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Trump forced to hire ex-Bush officials he loathes because of massive White House turnover: report

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Due to the mass exodus of administration aides and advisers who have left the White House — either by quitting or being pushed out — President Donald Trump has been forced to hire former members of President George W. Bush’s administration despite having nothing but contempt for what he calls “Bushies.”

According to a report at Politico, “President Donald Trump uses the term ‘Bushie’ as shorthand for anyone he considers too establishment, thinks too conventionally, or is just, in the president’s mind, a pain.”

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But, with the White House in constant turmoil and high-ranking officials leaving at a record pace as the president faces multiple investigations, Trump has been forced to hire who he can to fill key posts.

“Bush administration alums now run huge swaths of Trump’s government. They’re at high levels of his departments of Homeland Security, Labor, State, Health and Human Services, and Treasury. At the White House, they staff his legal and domestic policy offices,” Politico reports.

This has some of Trump’s ardent supporters furious who don’t care for Bush-style conservatism and would prefer he tap people who helped him win the presidency.

“And Trump wonders why he can’t get anything done,” explained a former Trump transition official, who claims Trump’s senior staff have shut out loyalists from plum positions. “It was hard in January 2018 to imagine Trump senior personnel decision-making to get any worse. But it has.”

Among Trump’s picks from the Bush years is “Bill Barr, a former Attorney General under President George H.W. Bush as his replacement for Jeff Sessions. Two of his recent hires for the White House counsel’s office, Mike Purpura and Pat Philpin, served under President George W. Bush. They will report to the new White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, who served in the elder Bush’s Justice Department,” Politico reports.

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According to the report, “Bushies” are still not held in high regard at the White House and their links to an earlier time are used as a “weapon” to undercut their advice and positions.

The report states, “One former administration official said that Trump officials and allies often ‘use the Bush term to their advantage’ by reminding Trump and his senior aides of an internal rival’s ties to the Republican clan.”

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Texas conservatives lose their minds after GOP Gov. Greg Abbott mandates masks in public

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Texas' Republican Gov. Gregg Abbott finally acknowledged that there is a serious problem as COVID-19 takes down the state's population.

It was just a few months ago that municipalities were deciding for themselves when and if they would reopen. But Abbott shut it down, saying that his orders "overrule any local jurisdiction."

In April, "Abbott and the state’s other Republican leaders have blasted local officials in Dallas and Houston for what they called overzealous enforcement of COVID-19 regulations, first zeroing in on Democratically led Harris County’s decision to fine residents for not wearing face masks, a penalty Abbott banned in his April 27 reopening order," ProPublica reported. "The fights came to a head this month with the arrest of a Dallas hair salon owner who refused to shutter her business, an act of defiance that was supported by a right-wing group that launched a GoFundMe campaign a day before she reopened that raised $500,000 before it was disabled."

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Unemployment may not return to pre-COVID levels for a decade: Congressional Budget Office

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On Thursday, Politico reported that it could take a decade for unemployment levels to return to where they were before the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

"The economic outlook for the next 10 years has 'deteriorated significantly' since the independent budget agency issued its last complete set of projections in January, CBO noted," reported Caitlan Emma. "That illustrates the devastating effects of the pandemic and underscores the reality of a slower economic recovery than the 'rocket ship' rebound predicted by President Donald Trump."

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Fired SDNY prosecutor to testify before House Judiciary Committee — behind closed doors: report

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The former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, according to multiple reports.

Geoffrey Berman will testify after the bizarre sequence of events that preceded his ouster from the office. AG Bill Barr announced that Berman was resigning, with the SDNY denied. He was then fired by President Donald Trump.

NEW: Fired US Attorney for SDNY Geoffrey Berman will appear next week before House Judiciary behind closed doors next Thursday, according to a congressional aide

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