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Nobody wants to become Trump’s chief of staff — because they’re worried about this ‘worst case scenario’

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President Donald Trump announced Saturday that his Chief of Staff, John Kelly, would leave the White House before the end of the year.

The President did not indicate who would take his place. Nick Ayers, the young White House operative who served as Chief of Staff to Vice President Mike Pence, was widely seen as Kelly’s likely replacement. But over the weekend the New York Times reported that Ayers had declined the post.

The cabinet shake-up comes at a time of growing turmoil for the Trump administration, as the Russia probe and a second investigation into campaign finance violations look likely to implicate the President and members of his inner circle in serious wrongdoing during the 2016 election.

In an article published Monday, Politico chronicled how the Trump White House transformed the job of Chief of Staff from dream appointment to a position no one qualified seems to want.

“For decades, the job of White House chief of staff was among Washington’s most desirable jobs — a pinnacle of access and power,” they write. “Like so many other things in the White House, that has been changed by President Donald Trump.”

Both John Kelly and Reince Priebus are arguably worse off now than before taking on the job of imposing order and discipline on Trump’s chaotic administration.

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“Priebus was marginalized and mocked before he was abandoned on an airport tarmac,” Politico points out. “Kelly was subjected to analyses of his facial expressions during awkward moments, repeatedly threatened to quit, and wasn’t even allowed to announce his own resignation despite a reported agreement with Trump that he could do so.”

Beyond the standard disorder that’s to be expected in Trump’s administration, there are upcoming troubles that would make the job of chief of staff even tougher.

Chris Whipple, a historian who’s written about White House chiefs of staff, likened the scenario to Richard Nixon’s final days in office.

“This White House is headed into a world of trouble — a Democratic Congress, Mueller closing in, and anybody who comes into this White House has to be thinking about lawyering up. Worst case scenario you could become H.R. Haldeman,” Whipple told Politico. Haldeman spent more than a year and a half in prison.

It’s not clear if President Trump had a second choice, but some insiders have pointed to Matthew Whitaker, the acting Attorney General.

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Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quiet’

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Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.

Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.

Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.

He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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‘Everyone knows what to expect’ at Trump’s Amway Center re-election kickoff

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Donald Trump considers himself a legendary salesman, but can he really sell America on giving him four more drama-filled years at the White House?

Tuesday, he'll make his big pitch.

The 2020 reelection kickoff rally is being held in Orlando, Florida and campaign operations chief Michael Glassner says the "historic" event "has already generated tens of thousands of ticketing requests."

There's little mystery about how the night will go down.

Expect Trump, the self-promoting hero of his ghost-written book "The Art of the Deal," to claim the US economy is richer, the military stronger, and the country more respected than ever in history.

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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