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Trump whining about low staff morale and disloyal aides as White House scrambles to replace John Kelly: report

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President Donald Trump is reportedly angry at his staffers for exhibiting low morale amid the search for a replacement for his  outgoing chief of staff John Kelly.

White House sources who spoke to the Wall Street Journal said the president has taken to complaining once again about his “disloyal” aides and the apparently poor morale in the West Wing.

The report noted that both Kelly and Reince Preibus, his predecessor as White House chief of staff, found Trump “difficult to manage” and lamented how hard it was to keep his administration on-message and disciplined in its pursuance of goals.

Priebus, the Journal noted, took to referring to himself as merely the “chief of stuff” in relation to the warring power factions within the Trump administration.

Read the entire report via the Journal.

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Here’s the ugly racist history behind tipping — and how it still persists today

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On Saturday, writing for Politico, minister and civil rights activist Rev. Dr. William Barber applauded House Democrats' plans to not only raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024, but eliminate the much lower "tipped wage" of $2.13 an hour and require tipped workers to also be paid at least the minimum.

This is important, wrote Barber, because the roots of businesses forcing their workers to rely on tips for a proper wage is deeply rooted in America's history of racial tension.

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Black GOP strategist called on the carpet by Joy Reid for trying to sidestep Trump’s racist rally as ’empowering’ voters

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An "AM Joy" panel on MSNBC descended into talking over each other as host Joy Reid confronted a black GOP consultant over Donald Trump's racist rally in North Carolina.

Presenting the conservative point of view, Republican strategist Lenny McAllister was asked point-blank by the host, "Lenny, hold on a second, because you as a man of color yourself -- do you feel comfortable in a party that does rallies like that?"

McAllister pushed back saying he had walked away from just those type of events, before admitting, "To the greater point. They're using racism as an avenue through which people feel empowered, they lend you the loyalty, they give you the vote. What Republicans need to do is continue to empower people, but not by using racism and not by using phobia."

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Do politicians actually care about your opinions? This researcher says no

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Earlier this month, a New York Times op-ed written by two political science professors, Ethan Porter of George Washington University and Joshua Kalla of Yale, discussed their troubling research findings: State legislators, the two claim, don't much care about the opinions of their constituents, even if they're given detailed data regarding their views.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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