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Trump’s third chief of staff Mick Mulvaney already wants out of the job: report

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Mick Mulvaney is reportedly looking to leave his role as acting White House chief of staff — but doesn’t want to leave the Trump administration yet.

As Vanity Fair‘s Bess Levin noted Thursday, Mulvaney — who also serves as the Office of Management and Budget director — is eyeing Wilbur Ross’ job as Commerce Secretary.

Politico reported via its “Playbook” podcast earlier on Thursday that Mulvaney has been seeking out the Commerce Secretary role since at least November, but according to Trump administration officials, “now that he’s in the White House’s top job, the positioning has started anew, and seems to have picked up in recent weeks.”

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“Constantly looking for a new government agency to destroy is kind of Mulvaney’s thing,” Levin wrote in Vanity Fair. Along with his roles as Donald Trump’s chief of staff and OMB director, he also was acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from November 2017 to December 2018.

Mulvaney was also, according to the New York Times, “exploring the possibility of becoming president of the University of South Carolina.”

The reported possibility led Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to call for an ethics probe, but the OMB director and acting White House chief of staff said he’d been merely discussing the role with a friend and had subsequently abandoned it after taking over for John Kelly.

Levin added that Vanity Fair reported yesterday that Trump may blame Mulvaney for the bad optics from his government shutdown over his border wall, which, if true, may add “a little more urgency to his job search.”


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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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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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