From VANITY FAIR:
On Monday, Trump convened his first full Cabinet meeting since taking office, gathering the heads of every major government agency for a press gaggle around the elliptical mahogany table that occupies a prominent place in the West Wing. Traditionally, the media is present only at the beginning of such meetings, during which the president makes a brief statement and a few photos are snapped before a review of the administration’s progress continues behind closed doors. Trump tried something a little different.
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From NBC NEWS:
The speculation began almost immediately after Donald Trump was elected: Who would have the ear of the famously unpredictable 45th president?
For a time it appeared that White House adviser Steve Bannon, memorably depicted as the Grim Reaper on “Saturday Night Live,” was the power behind the throne. Another trusted aide, Kellyanne Conway, was also said to be an influential member of Trump’s inner circle. And then there were Vice President Mike Pence, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller — all skilled and ambitious political animals vying for the boss’ attention.
But two months into Trump’s presidency, it’s becoming clear that blood and family have trumped ambition on Pennsylvania Avenue with First Daughter Ivanka Trump emerging as a powerbroker in her own right, along with her husband Jared Kushner.
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Who is to blame for the health care bill fiasco, and whose job might be in jeopardy? Not
Eddie Munster’s Paul Ryan’s, according to Chris Krueger, strategist at Cowen and Company (WSJ):
Ryan is probably safe as speaker because nobody particularly wants to be Henry VIII’s next wife.
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Hampton Court Palace. © The Royal Collection.)
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Steve Bannon. Do I need to say more? Hell, no! Because I can sing instead!!
To the tune of If I Only Had a Brain by Harold Arlen (music) and E.Y. Harburg (lyrics):
🎼 If my lips move, then I’m lyin’
Or I’m Holocaust denyin’,
Don’t care if that’s profane,
Because hour by hour,
I’m amassing so much power,
All of D.C.’s my domain.♫
Shoutout to our newest Raisinette, EPIC GOP Fail, whom you can follow on Twitter, as I do. EPIC tweeted that we needed a new graphic to measure the new GOP crazy. I was inspired, because all Raisinettes know that I never shirk my duty when called to do the public a service. Behold, the new Terror Alert Color Coded System, just like the old one that has kept us so safe.
There is much speculation about the tiny-handed Cuckwreck Orange’s choice for Secretary of State. Apparently, there are still lots of people in contention, including whackadoodle Rudy Giuliani, scary-ass John Bolton, Tennessee asshole Senator Bob Corker, and the latest beauty contestant, former Ford CEO Alan Mulally. Of course, the most talked-about possibility is Mitt Romney. Personally, I think Wisconsin weasel Reince Priebus was pushing Mittsie. I guess he figured that the administration needs at least one grown-up. However, curmudgeon and all-round piece of shit Newt Gingrich is against Mittsie (mostly because Mittsie is not Newtie), and the vile liar Kellyanne Conway hates his guts.
From The Washington Examiner:
Rick Santorum just might get his wish to debate Newt Gingrich head-to-head again before the Iowa caucuses next month.
Santorum and Gingrich are currently the only confirmed participants in the Donald Trump-moderated debate on ION Television December 27.
Santorum said he was excited about the possibility of the debate turning into a two-man show.
“I think it’s great,” Santorum said. “I’d love a head-to-head with Newt Gingrich. I’d like to head-to-head with anybody in the field. I think those are the best debates.”
Republican stategist Mark McKinnon:
And this Trump debate is proof the inmates have taken over the asylum.
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