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Trump Staffer Responsible For Finding Positive News Stories Resigns

Andy Hemming resignsPresident Donald Trump’s administration parted ways with yet another staffer this week.

Politico reported Thursday that Andy Hemming resigned from his position as the White House communications team’s director of rapid response on Monday.

The 31-year-old former Republican National Committee staffer, who was profiled by Politico’s Annie Karni this month, was responsible for finding positive mainstream media news stories about the Trump administration and recirculating those reports to key reporters and talking heads. Hemming’s goal was to ultimately create more mainstream coverage about positive moments for the Trump administration on the very networks the president routinely bashes and refers to as “fake news,” according to Karni’s piece.

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Pompeo Has CIA Unit on Edge Over Loyalty to Trump

Popmpeo wants CIA Unit to report to himOfficials in a CIA counterintelligence unit that has played a vital role in the FBI’s Russia probe say they have to “watch” CIA Director Mike Pompeo over fear he might report new information directly to President Trump, The Washington Post reports.

Officials at the Counterintelligence Mission Center—which Pompeo has asked to report directly to him—say they are wary of a director overseeing their work who seems intent on appeasing the president. “People have to watch him,” one official said in the report, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “It’s almost as if he can’t resist the impulse to be political.”

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Kelly moves to control the information Trump sees

John Kelly, Chief of Staff, to vet everything reaching TrumpConfronted with a West Wing that treated policymaking as a free-for-all, President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, is instituting a system used by previous administrations to limit internal competition — and to make himself the last word on the material that crosses the president’s desk.

It’s a quiet effort to make Trump conform to White House decision-making norms he’s flouted without making him feel shackled or out of the loop. In a conference call last week, Kelly initiated a new policymaking process in which just he and one other aide — White House staff secretary Rob Porter, a little-known but highly regarded Rhodes scholar who overlapped with Jared Kushner as an undergraduate at Harvard — will review all documents that cross the Resolute desk.

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Probe Investigators Find Another Email From A Trump Top Aide About A Russia Meeting

Rick Dearborn tried to reach Putin during campaignCongressional investigators have found another email from a top aide to President Donald Trump last year about an effort to arrange a meeting between campaign officials and Russian President Vladimir Putin, CNN reported on Thursday, citing sources.

The email was sent by Rick Dearborn, now the president’s deputy chief of staff, to campaign officials with information about a person trying to connect them with Putin, CNN said.

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18th charity cancels event at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort

18th charity cancels Mar-a-LagoA Florida hospital foundation is canceling a fundraiser luncheon at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, becoming the 18th charity to do so after Trump’s comments on the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

The luncheon, hosted by the Bethesda Hospital Foundation, was moved to the Boca Raton Resort and Club, The Washington Post reported Thursday. The event had been held at Mar-a-Lago for four years straight and was one of the club's largest and most profitable events, drawing around 500 guests.

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Trump blasts Clapper, who questioned his fitness for office

Trump hits back at ClapperPresident Donald Trump on Thursday attacked former national intelligence director James Clapper, who earlier this week questioned Trump’s fitness for office.

“James Clapper, who famously got caught lying to Congress, is now an authority on Donald Trump. Will he show you his beautiful letter to me?” Trump tweeted, referencing Clapper’s testimony before Congress in 2013 in which he said intelligence officials did not “wittingly” collect data on Americans.

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Trump's election commission co-chair pushes rules that led to tossed-out votes

Trump's election commission promotes vote tossing procedureA conservative firebrand promoting Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud oversees a Kansas election system that threw out at least three times as many ballots as any similarly sized state did, fueling concerns about massive voter suppression should its practices become the national standard.

Only six states – all among the top 10 in population – discarded more votes during the 2016 election than the 33rd-largest state of Kansas, according to data collected by the bipartisan US Election Assistance Commission, a federal agency that certifies voting systems. Kansas’s 13,717 rejected ballots even topped the 13,461 from Florida, which has about seven times as many residents.

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