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Steve Bannon ‘livid’ over ‘absurd’ Breitbart report claiming Priebus might get booted

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White House Chief strategist and former Breitbart head Steve Bannon railed on a Breitbart reporter who wrote a post attacking Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, prompting questions about his ties to the alt-right media outlet. (Alt-right refers to a movement described by the Associated Press as “racist, neo-Nazi or white supremacist.”)

Axios reported Wednesday that Bannon “exploded” at writer Matt Boyle for stoking media speculation about a feud between Bannon and Priebus, noting that “there are a lot of people on the nationalist right out to get Priebus.”

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Bannon told CNN on Wednesday that he was “livid” when he saw the report. “Not upset — livid,” he said, adding, “The story is totally untrue. Reince is doing a great job. I couldn’t ask any more from a partner.”

When CNN asked if Bannon had spoken with the outlet before the story was published, he claimed to have “totally cut ties” with Breitbart, not having spoken with the outlet since leaving in August of 2o16.

Whether or not Bannon is still directly connected to Breitbart is unclear. However, as NPR reported in November following President Donald Trump’s victory, “Breitbart News can now serve as a voice reflecting the Bannon wing of the new Trump coalition. If desired, Breitbart can serve as its enforcer too.”

Nonetheless, Bannon has distanced himself from Boyle’s report, telling the Atlantic in an email the story was “absurd,” even though Boyle cited “sources close to the president” in his reporting.

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The Atlantic noted also that a Washington Republican “with knowledge of the White House” said, “Can you imagine Boyle running this against Bannon’s wishes? No chance. He was the editor of Breitbart about fifteen minutes ago. This is just so brazen.”

Bannon once touted Boyle as “one of the few reporters in Washington who isn’t afraid to ruffle the feathers of the establishment and relentlessly tell the stories grassroots conservatives care about.”

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Trump has spent his vacation golfing, watching cable TV — and panicking about a recession: AP

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While President Donald Trump has been able to golf frequently while on vacation in New Jersey, he may not return to DC well-rested.

"Trump has spent much of the week at his New Jersey golf club, many of his mornings on the links, his afternoons watching cable television and his evenings calling confidants and business executives to get their take on the market’s volatility," the Associated Press reported Friday.

"Though he has expressed private worries about Wall Street, he is also skeptical about some of the weaker economic indicators, wondering if the media and establishment figures are manipulating the data to make him look bad, according to two Republicans close to the White House, not authorized to discuss private conversations," the AP noted.

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WATCH: Rachel Maddow reports on why the NRA is ‘freaked out’ about Oliver North testimony

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow reported on the ongoing scandals engulfing the National Rifle Association on Friday evening.

Maddow began the show by introducing Letitia James, the new Attorney General of New York, who is investigating the NRA.

"But today Tish James ended up in the headlines for an unusual reason. Today she was sued. She didn’t sue somebody or bring a case against somebody. She herself was sued by the NRA," Maddow reported. "The NRA, this sort of powerful right-wing, pro-gun advocacy group. If you have been following news about the NRA recently at all, you know they are embroiled in all sorts of legal drama."

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‘He can’t finish a thought’: ex-Trump adviser Omarosa declares the president is in ‘total mental decline’

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President Donald Trump is in "complete and total mental decline" a longtime associate declared on MSNBC on Friday.

Omarosa Manigault Newman was a contestant on "The Apprentice" plus also worked on Trump's presidential campaign, his transition and in the White House.

"He made a lot of money and succeeded big-time in primetime TV with that persona, that serious judger of political horsepower, if you will. Economic horsepower. Was that just a show?" host Chris Matthews asked.

"Back in 2004 when 'The Apprentice' premiered, we watched a very sharp, intelligent, articulate Donald Trump put on the show for the world," she replied.

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