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Donald Trump is scaling back his already light White House work schedule in 2018: report

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President Donald Trump is starting work later and ending the day earlier in 2018, according to internal White House documents obtained by Jonathan Swan of Axios.com.

Trump is postponing the beginning of his work day until 11 a.m., taking fewer meetings and and demanding more “executive time” in which he is unscheduled for official duties. Even close White House officials admit, Swan said, that this means the president will be watching TV and using Twitter “alone in the residence.”

“The schedule says Trump has ‘Executive Time’ in the Oval Office every day from 8am to 11am,” wrote Swan, “but the reality is he spends that time in his residence, watching TV, making phone calls and tweeting. Trump comes down for his first meeting of the day, which is often an intelligence briefing, at 11am.”

By contrast, President Barack Obama typically took in an early morning workout, then arrived in the Oval Office between 8:30 and 9 a.m. and worked well into the evening hours. President George W. Bush arrived in the Oval Office even earlier, at 6:45 each morning.

Trump typically ends his day around 6 p.m. and retreats to the residence, where he and First Lady Melania Trump maintain separate quarters and can go days without seeing each other.

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After 6, Trump eats dinner and makes phone calls, watching TV and occasionally firing off tweets in response to things he sees on one of his three TV screens.

This Tuesday, Swan reported, Trump has his first item of the day at 11 a.m., a meeting with White House chief of staff John Kelly. Then he takes an hour lunch and a subsequent hour and 15 minutes of “Executive Time,” then a 45-minute meeting with national security adviser H. R. McMaster, followed by more Executive Time and a short meeting with the work day ending in the afternoon at 4:15.

On Wednesday, the president has one meeting, one briefing, a video chat with Hope Hicks and the day ends at 4. Thursday is virtually unscheduled with an 11 a.m. “Policy Time” briefing and Executive Time for the rest of the very short day.

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Trump has spent nearly a third of his time since Inauguration Day playing golf. A vast number of federal positions are still left unfilled nearly a year into Trump’s presidency.

Aides insist that the president is always busy, but Swan noted that the bulk of that time appears to be “unstructured and undisciplined.”

“He’s calling people, watching TV, tweeting, and generally taking the same loose, improvisational approach to being president that he took to running the Trump Organization for so many years,” wrote Swan. “Old habits die hard.”


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‘Bond is dead’: White dudes flip out over casting of a black woman as next Agent 007

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On Monday, the Daily Beast reported that the new 007 -- the special agent in the James Bond series -- will be portrayed by the black actress Lashana Lynch.

The announcement set off predictably racist and sexist reactions.

Perhaps the most prominent right-winger to voice his displeasure was Ben Shapiro, who complained that it didn't make sense for Bond to be a woman because of the character's signature seduction moves.

"Bond is about the guns and the girls," Shapiro said, noting that a woman in a seductive role was not realistic.

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REVEALED: The government just ‘dramatically’ expanded its investigation of Jeffrey Epstein

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Federal investigators have been able to “dramatically expand” their investigation into financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein as prosecutors bring sex trafficking charges against him, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller said in court on Monday.

The government revealed the expansion of the case at the day’s bail hearing. In searching the defendant’s house, investigators found an old passport with Epstein picture and a fake name that listed Saudi Arabia as the location of his residence, the prosecutor said.

The judge was surprised at this revelation, NBC News reported, asking the attorney, “Say again?”

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Will Hurd becomes first GOP lawmaker to condemn Trump’s ‘racist and xenophobic’ attacks on Dems

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Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) on Monday became the first Republican lawmaker to unequivocally condemn President Donald Trump's racist attacks against four Democratic lawmakers.

When asked by CNN's Christiane Amanpour about Trump's weekend tweets, in which he told Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to “go back” to their countries despite the fact that all four are American citizens, Hurd did not hold back on repudiating the president's statements.

"Those tweets are racist, and xenophobic," he said. "They’re also inaccurate. The four women he’s referring to are actually citizens of the United States."

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