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‘He can’t fire anybody’: Republican explains why Bannon and Priebus should tell Scaramucci to ‘piss off’

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The former spokesman for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Anthony Scaramucci is woefully unqualified for — and should be disqualified from — his job as White House communications director before he officially starts.

Scaramucci called a reporter this week and gave a lengthy and profane interview attacking White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and chief of staff Reince Priebus, who he accused of being a leaker.

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The financier-turned-White House official later said he mistakenly trusted the reporter, who said Scaramucci never told him the conversation was off the record — and former Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler said the interview was full of inexcusable mistakes.

“A, he does not know what a leak is, B, he does not know what the law is, C, he doesn’t know what levels of attribution are, which is on the record and off the record,” Tyler told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Scaramucci is selling his stake in SkyBridge Capital, but the transaction isn’t final and he may be ineligible to receive a capital gains tax deferment after he was passed over for an administration position in January.

“He shouldn’t even be in the White House — he has a conflict of interest that hasn’t even been cleared,” Tyler said. “He can’t fire anybody.

Scaramucci described the White House as a sinking ship in another interview, and has threatened to fire numerous officials for leaking to reporters — but Tyler said he shouldn’t have any authority.

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“If i was in the White House and Scaramucci came to me, I’d tell him to piss off,” Tyler said.


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Some Trump supporters ‘delight’ in defying pandemic protocols to stick it to liberals: report

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A new report from The Atlantic's McKay Coppins reveals that some conservative Trump supporters are intentionally defying recommended social distancing protocols as a way to stick it to their political foes.

In his article, Coppins interviews Georgia resident Geoff Frost, who says that older conservatives who play at his local country club have made a habit of blowing off recommendations against shaking hands and sharing golf carts during the worst public health crisis the United States has faced in decades.

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Pandemic modelers warn that Trump’s lies may increase the spread of COVID-19

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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.

Epidemiologists model how an infectious disease outbreak may spread within and between communities. The computer models are based on research into past epidemics, the virulence of a pathogen,the  severity of the illness it causes and various other factors. But these scientists assume that leaders will offer a coherent response to the crisis, and that people will modify their behavior appropriately. Trump, the conservative press and the Republican base are upending those assumptions.

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Doctors and nurses suffer near-impossible conditions in a defunded health system

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The doctor who said this continues to show up daily, caring for patients in need. Her health — and that of millions of other doctors, nurses, their families and the patients they care for — is put at risk when our leaders de-fund the health system that protects us all. She and other front line health workers, covering extra shifts and working overtime in this historic pandemic, tap into reserves of strength and resilience in hopes that the long overdue staff, equipment, space and systems arrive before the cases of COVID-19 surge out of control.

This article was originally published at Salon

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