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Trump has spoken with Lewandowski about replacing chief of staff Kelly: Fox News’ Howard Kurtz

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Donald Trump has spoken with former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski about replacing chief of staff John Kelly, Fox News’ Howard Kurtz reports.

There are “growing whispers” that the job would go to Lewandowski, who was charged with battery during the campaign after he allegedly grabbed Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields by the arm to prevent her from asking Trump a question.

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Authorities later dropped the charges against him, but not before Trump unceremoniously fired him from the campaign.

“I can report, based on my sources, that the president and his first campaign manager have discussed that possibility,” Kurtz wrote on Thursday. “Lewandowski has said he would accept a White House post if Trump calls him off the bench.”

Kurtz reports that Trump “is increasingly focused on the midterms” and believes “Lewandowski can be a valuable asset” to his team as they campaign against Democrats for control of the House of Representatives.

“The signs are unmistakable that Lewandowski, now a consultant, TV surrogate and chief strategist for America First Policies, is back in the inner circle,” Kurtz wrote noting the pair “speak regularly on the phone.”

According to Kurtz, tapping Lewandowski to lead would have serious repercussions throughout the White House. “At least half the staff would resign if he were tapped as chief of staff,” Kurtz said.

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Kurtz also bolstered reporting about tensions between Kelly and Trump, despite efforts by the chief of staff to dismiss reports he called the president an “idiot.”

“Knowledgeable sources say that Trump’s relations with Kelly are indeed strained, that they sometimes fight like brothers, but that neither one is ready to dissolve the partnership and no change is imminent,” Kurtz wrote.

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WATCH: Saturday Night Live airs Christmas special — that’s just one giant dig at the Electoral College

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NBC's "Saturday Night Live" aired an opening skit that was just one giant attack on the electoral college.

A snowman introduced the segment, saying that we could look in on the holiday table conversation thanks to hacked Nest cams.

The skit featured a house in San Francisco, California, a second in Charleston, South Carolina and a third in Atlanta, Georgia.

Each dinner table debated impeachment, and the differences between President Donald Trump and his predecessor, President Barack Obama.

But then the snowman said that none of their votes matter.

"They'll debate the issues all year long, but then it all comes down to 1,000 people in Wisconsin who won't even think about the election until the morning of," the snowman said. "And that's the magic of the Electoral College."

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Georgia mayor being recalled for racism resigns from office: report

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Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly resigned in a special city council meeting held on Saturday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Saturday.

"The resignation came just days after Councilman Jim Cleveland resigned saying he‘d rather leave office on his own terms than face voters in a recall election next month," the newspaper reported. "Both resignations follow an AJC investigation launched seven months ago into claims that an African American candidate for city administrator was sidetracked by Mayor Theresa Kenerly because of his race."

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Nine 2020 Democrats unite to demand DNC Chair Tom Perez scrap debate rules: report

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The Democratic National Committee is facing a revolt for the party's 2020 presidential candidates for its restrictive debate rules.

"Nine Democratic presidential candidates, including the party's front-runners, are urging the Democratic National Committee to toss out the current polling and fundraising rules used to determine who appears in televised debates and reopen the exchanges to better reflect the historic diversity of the current field. The candidates say the rules exclude diverse candidates in the field from participating," CBS News reported Saturday evening.

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