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GOP insiders snap at new chief of staff Mulvaney for shutdown debacle: ‘He screwed this up and now we’re boxed in’

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White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is drawing the ire of lawmakers as the government shutdown drags on, reports Politico.

According to ten former and current administration officials and close White House advisers who spoke with Politico, Mulvaney has been unsuccessfully lobbying lawmakers to give President Donald Trump funding for his border wall. Mulvaney reportedly advised the president to stick to his demand for $5.7 billion in funding.

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But Democrats—and a few Republicans—are resolute in their stance to not release the funds. As the government shutdown reached it’s 35th day Friday, with 800,000 federal employees going without pay, the optics look increasingly bad for Trump. Even his avid supporters are upset about the shutdown, which is now causing airports to ground flights.

“Mulvaney’s big selling point is that he’s a political guy, but he seems to have screwed this up and put us in a box,” a Republican close to the White House told Politico. “It’s not like the president or others are saying, ‘This is Mick’s fault’ but he cheered it on.”

Another Republican noted that Mulvaney’s impotence fits into the president’s preferred behavior for top staff.

“This is what the president wants. He wants a chief of staff who isn’t in charge of anything. Mulvaney is the right man for the job,” another Republican close to the White House told Politico.

Mulvaney replaced John Kelly, who signed a letter this week pleading for an end to the government shutdown.

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These 7 details from the damning Sharpiegate report show it was a dark omen of Trump’s destructive potential

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While it was dismissed by some as an overhyped media obsession, the presidential scandal that has come to be known as "Sharpiegate" was, in fact, an early warning sign of the truly catastrophic potential of Donald Trump.

The story arose out of Hurricane Dorian, which began its deliberate march up toward the East Coast of the United States in late August and early September of 2019. It ravaged the Bahamas, and officials feared the damage it could inflict stateside. But then came a Trump tweet on Sept. 1, and later comments to reporters, in which he warned that Alabama was in the storm's path. He said it was among the states "most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated."

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Florida governor finally releases the true numbers of people hospitalized with coronavirus

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis finally caved in to pressure to release the actual numbers of coronavirus cases in the state's hospitals.

Until Friday, DeSantis had refused to reveal the true numbers, leaving many in the state unaware of just how bad the cases were. According to the Orlando Sentinel, a whopping 7,000 Floridians are in hospitals hoping they survive the virus.

"The data, which for the first time breaks down the number of people in the hospital with coronavirus, was promised by the state two weeks ago," the report explained.

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MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace asks why Bill Barr is trying to ‘erase Robert Mueller’s investigation’ before November

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MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace returned to television Friday night to address what she called outright corruption in the Trump White House after another example of the president trying to escape the consequences of the law.

Wallace began by calling Attorney General William Barr nothing more than Trump's "bouncer."

"He has been intellectually overestimated from day one. He is not a mastermind of anything," said Wallace. "He is Donald Trump's body man."

She cited "well-sourced spin" coming from the White House Friday evening, because there were people that she said were "enlisted" with trying to talk Trump out of commuting Roger Stone's sentence. She anticipated that Barr and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone may huff and puff about the act, but that they won't quit over it. "And we should remember their names forever. They are all accomplices in the greatest corruption of one of the most sacred powers."

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