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We have Melissa McCarthy to thank for Sean Spicer’s downfall — raising his profile was the kiss of death

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A blockbuster new Wall Street Journal report details the “major changes” in store for the White House.

One major change may be putting a “team of lawyers” between President Donald Trump and his infamous @realDonaldTrump Twitter account.

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“To help deal with the legal ramifications of the Russia investigation, Mr. Trump is set to speak to several teams of high-powered attorneys to add to a roster of outside counsel around Marc Kasowitz, who will be helping coordinate the legal response,” The Journal reported.

It looks like a full hiring spree of criminal defense attorneys.

“The White House is also expected to hire several lawyers who will focus on the investigation in the legal office run by Don McGahn, White House counsel,” The Journal reported. “Some senior administration officials said they are considering hiring their own private attorneys.”

The Journal also confirmed previous reports that President Trump is poised to bring back Corey Lewandowski, David Bossie and David Urban. Communications Direct Mike Dubke looks to be on his way out and Sarah Huckabee Sanders appears poised to take over daily press briefings from Sean Spicer.

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One fascinating tidbit, it’s suggested that the Saturday Night Live portrayal by Melissa McCarthy created “unwanted celebrity status” that undercut the credibility of the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

In February, it was reported Spicer’s portrayal by a woman was “most problematic in the president’s eyes.”

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If Trump were the raving mad King of Liechtenstein all of this would be comical

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

This week, a former White House official told Politico that “Trump’s been asking his government for some matter of months what can we do to make sure that China doesn’t get Greenland.”

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Donald Trump and the Jews: He’s exactly why most of us vote for Democrats

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If President Trump doesn't understand why a large majority of American Jews are Democrats, maybe he should take a look in the mirror.

In case you need a quick refresher, Trump sparked an enormous furor on Tuesday when he said, "I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." He added that "five years ago, the concept of even talking about this . . . of cutting off aid to Israel because of two people that hate Israel and hate Jewish people — I can't believe we're even having this conversation. Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone where they're defending these two people over the State of Israel?"

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Wall Street Journal drops a truth-bomb on Trump over his market-destroying trade war: ‘Everyone loses’

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In yet another blast from the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, the editors looked back at Friday's stock market free fall and pointed the finger directly at President Donald Trump and his "trade-war general" Peter Navarro for being the main culprits.

After Friday's disastrous stock market session that took a major downturn due to the escalation of the trade war -- with China and Trump ordering billions of dollars in new tariffs -- the Journal pointed out that there will be no winners.

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