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Trump won’t fill vacant administration posts unless he can milk them for ‘reality show moments’: historian

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According to a report in Politico, Donald Trump has kept his administration in a state of chaos because the president has refused to fill key posts in his administration.

The reports notes that Trump has yet to make nominations to fill posts for ambassador to the United Nations and the crucial deputy national security adviser position, among others, and his current attorney general and EPA administrator are only serving in an acting capacity and have yet to face congressional scrutiny.

According to Politico, “The president once openly signaled plans to revamp his cabinet and staff after the midterm elections, calling it a “very customary’ act — and his aides acknowledged that big changes might be coming. But while he demanded the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions the day after last month’s midterm elections, the once-breathless anticipation of his next personnel move has stretched into a long and awkward waiting game.”

Speaking with Politico, presidential historian Douglas Brinkley said Trump was only interest is in creating drama — as if his presidency is merely a reality show.

“I think Trump likes to make nominations into kind of a reality TV show moment, he likes to keep people sitting on the edge of their seats. ‘Are you in or are you out?’ ‘Are you hired or fired?’” Brinkley explained. “But it creates a sense of chaos in the administration.”

The report goes on to state that Trump’s unhappiness with Chief of Staff John Kelly and his constant haranguing of Homeland Security head Kirstjen Nielsen has led to insecurity within the White House and her department, with employees unsure what direction the White House will take next.

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This, in turn, has tied aides’ hands as they attempt to make plans for the next two years — particularly in light of a having to deal with Democratic Party-majority House.

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’

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Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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Here are 5 questions Robert Mueller must answer during his Congressional hearings

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller will be testifying publicly before Congress on July 17th, the chairs of the House Judiciary and House Intelligence committees announced on Tuesday.

The special counsel had fought against testifying but was subpoenaed to compel his attendance.

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