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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.

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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.

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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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.

The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.

It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

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GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.

"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."

Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.

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White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."

Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.

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Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.

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