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White House staff nervously watch their boss who seems to be in over his head….

We ALL KNOW that Donald J. Trump IS having problems with being President of the United States…

He has little idea of what the office of the Presidency entails….

He only seems to care about being the center of attention and how he can be the winner in all things….

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Vanity Fair does its piece on the situation that Trump’s staff,  the people of the county , Congress and the rest of the world are going thru with a New York Real Estate and Entertainment guy, who shouldn’t have won last November’s election , but did…..

One former official even speculated that Kelly and Secretary of Defense James Mattis have discussed what they would do in the event Trump ordered a nuclear first strike. “Would they tackle him?” the person said. Even Trump’s most loyal backers are sowing public doubts. This morning, The Washington Post quoted longtime Trump friend Tom Barrack saying he has been “shocked” and “stunned” by Trump’s behavior.

While Kelly can’t control Trump’s tweets, he is doing his best to physically sequester the president—much to Trump’s frustration. One major G.O.P. donor told me access to Trump has been cut off, and his outside calls to the White House switchboard aren’t put through to the Oval Office. Earlier this week, I reported on Kelly’s plans to prevent Trump from mingling with guests at Mar-a-Lago later this month. And, according to two sources, Keith Schiller quit last month after Kelly told Schiller he needed permission to speak to the president and wanted written reports of their conversations.

Even before Corker’s remarks, some West Wing advisers were worried that Trump’s behavior could cause the Cabinet to take extraordinary Constitutional measures to remove him from office. Several months ago, according to two sources with knowledge of the conversation, former chief strategist Steve Bannon told Trump that the risk to his presidency wasn’t impeachment, but the 25th Amendment—the provision by which a majority of the Cabinet can vote to remove the president. When Bannon mentioned the 25th Amendment, Trump said, “What’s that?” According to a source, Bannon has told people he thinks Trump has only a 30 percent chance of making it the full term….

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Allies see signs that Trump is frustrated with Kelly and increasingly unwilling to be managed, even just a little. The person close to the White House said the two men had engaged in “shouting matches” in recent days. (Hannity declined to comment about his role in advising the president on immigration policy.)

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Republicans in Congress ARE worried….

Donald Trump campaigned against them….

Steve Bannon hates them….

They are afloat with little backup from their party’s voters….

And they are trying to hold things together …..

They are the victims it would appear of their own circumstances….

In going so HARD against Barack Obama?

The set themselves up…..

Obama is gone and they are left trying to keep a government going that THEY vilified for the last 8 years….

And they are led by a New York Real Estate Guy who cares less about the government actually runs…..

And banging on the gates of THEIR party are those who have vowed the create even more anarchy ….

The Grand Ole Party Civil War continues unabated…

Republican leaders on Capitol Hill are making no attempt to mask their fear, predicting that failure to pass a tax overhaul in the coming months will lead to a wipeout in next year’s midterm elections. For the first time, some senators are contemplating whether their advantages on the electoral map next year could crumble amid a wave of primary challenges and other departures, putting their two-seat majority in jeopardy next year.

Republicans are increasingly mystified by their own grass roots, an electorate they thought they knew, and distressed that a wave of turnover in their ranks could fundamentally change the character of Congress. They fear that the inchoate populism that Mr. Trump personifies, and which Mr. Bannon is attempting to weaponize against incumbents, is on the march.

Mr. Trump is not helping. Speaking at a high-dollar fund-raiser for his re-election at Le Cirque restaurant in New York last week, Mr. Trump asked contributors what they would think if he worked with Democrats on health care, should Republicans prove unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act, according to a dinner attendee.

Roy S. Moore, the twice-removed chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, defeated the establishment-backed sitting senator in a primary runoff election last month.CreditBrynn Anderson/Associated Press

“I might very well end up making a deal with the Democrats,” he said, drawing applause.

“I got to my desk,” he said, recalling his expectations when he arrived in the White House. “I said, ‘Where’s the health care bill, where is repeal and replace?’ And it’s just been constant fighting.”

With Mr. Trump so willing to criticize, his aides have been emboldened to fan the discontent. That was jarringly illustrated this week when Politico revealed that Mr. Ayers told another group of party donors that they should “purge” disloyal Republicans.

“If I were you, I would not only stop donating, I would form a coalition of all the other major donors, and just say two things,” he said. “We’re definitely not giving to you, No. 1. And No. 2, if you don’t have this done by Dec. 31, we’re going out, we’re recruiting opponents, we’re maxing out to their campaigns, and we’re funding ‘super PACs’ to defeat all of you.”

To the consternation of Republican lawmakers, Mr. Pence let Mr. Ayers’s comments stand.

“That was amateur hour,” said Mr. Corker, adding that it also happened to be “the general modus operandi” of the administration.

To maintain their grip on the party, Republican leaders and their supporters are scrambling to recruit new allies and pleading with their loyalists to remain in Washington — not always with success….

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Steve Bannon warns Donald Trump from straying….

I’ve been saying at thius palce that Donald Trump REALLY has NO political ideology ….

Donald Trump is a opportunist for himself….

A Democrat several times, A Reformist and now a Republican….

The man successfully adopted a Republicxan party plank that peddled an anti healthcare program that has become popular to help capture the American Presidency…..

Now what?

Donald Trump appaers to be stuck man….

Everytime one of his old Democratic left leaning bubbles to the surface?

Conservatives and guys like Bannon work to slap it down…..

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Remember Trump first days after winning the election last November?

He was the ‘King’!…..

A ban that came from Bannon and Miller…..No regard for Congress, his coming Admin or the courts!

His lunge at embracing the Russians!

Hiring just rich guys who didn’t have to tell anybody anthing or follow the rules….

Per Bannon…Drain the Swamp!

Well?

Those things went out the window…..

Trump’s left bubble have surfaced and been busted….

His promise that no one would lose their healthcare has been counter by Republican failed efforts knock tens of millions of American out of coverage…

His promise to keep Social Security and Medicare is countered by Republican efforts to cut those programs…

His promise to help the Dreamers by doing a deal with Democrats  is currently under attck by House Conservetives who have equated it with the GOP curse word ‘amnesty ‘…..

And after the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night?

Trump says ‘We’ll visit gun control’...But Bannon has already  taken to the media to warn his former boss to stand down….

I asked Steve Bannon whether he could imagine Trump pivoting to the left on guns after the Las Vegas massacre. “Impossible: will be the end of everything,” Bannon texted. When asked whether Trump’s base would react worse to this than they would if he supported an immigration amnesty bill, Bannon replied: “as hard as it is to believe actually worse.”…..

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Could Steve Bannon be the Democrats best hope for 2018?

It appears that the former Trump aide and political flame thrower is trying to line up people to run against REPUBLICANS……

in doing so will he actually do what Donald Trump ran on last year…..Get rid of the Grand Ole Parties establishment?…..

Will that devide the party and let the Democrats pull of wins and make even better gains in the House and Senate next year in midterm elections?…..could Bannon be the best hope for Democrats?

The  populist rage in the base as Trump struggles to enact his priorities — which lifted former judge Roy Moore to victory on Tuesday against Trump’s ally, Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) — now threatens to upend GOP incumbents in 2018 as the latest incarnation of Republican grievance takes hold.”

“Stoked by former White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon and his incendiary media platform, Breitbart News, a new wave of anti-establishment activists and contenders are emerging to plot a political insurrection that is with Trump in spirit but entirely out of his — or anyone’s — control.”

“Central command is the ‘Breitbart Embassy,’ a Capitol Hill townhouse where Bannon has recently huddled with candidates, from House prospects to Senate primary recruits. Hedge fund executive Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah — Bannon’s wealthy allies — have already pledged millions to the cause, said people briefed on their plans.”…..

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The Republican Civil War continues…

It’s been going on for a while….

And will keep going….

Bannon is out traveling around trying to recruit MORE Roy Moore’s…(He picked the winner that Trump didn’t back)

Donald Trump is trying to go both ways….

WTF is Raul Ryan and Mitch McConnell trying to get stuff done with their OWN Grand Ole party people beating them up….

And should Democrats be smiling at what could be their good fortune?

The stunning defeat of President Trump’s chosen Senate candidate in Alabama on Tuesday amounted to a political lightning strike — setting the stage for a worsening Republican civil war that could have profound effects on next year’s midterm elections and undermine Trump’s clout with his core voters.

The GOP primary victory by conservative firebrand Roy Moore over Sen. Luther Strange could also produce a stampede of Republican retirements in the coming months and an energized swarm of challengers.

It marked yet another humiliation for the Washington-based Republican establishment, particularly Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), whose allies pumped millions of dollars into the race to prop up Strange and reassure his colleagues that they could survive the Trump era.

Moore’s win, however, also demonstrates the real political limitations of Trump, who endorsed “Big Luther” at McConnell’s urging and staged a rally for Strange in Huntsville, Ala., just days before the primary. The outcome is likely to further fray Trump’s ties to Republicans in Congress, many of whom now fear that even his endorsement cannot protect them from voter fury….

“If you’re an incumbent, you have to assume the wind is against you,” said consultant Tom Ingram, a longtime Corker adviser. “If you do run, you take nothing for granted and leave nothing on the table. You start out with one big strike against you: You’re an incumbent Republican senator.”

For Democrats, the prospect of further retirements and revived GOP infighting has sparked talk of competing for Senate seats previously thought out of play. That is particularly true with candidates like Moore, long considered a fringe political figure who has, among other things, expressed doubts about whether former president Barack Obama was born in the United States and referred this month to “reds and yellows” in remarks on race. On the eve of the election, Moore, wearing a white cowboy hat and a black leather vest, pulled a handgun out of his pocket and flashed it at a rally.

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Trump approval numbers bump up with well educted Americans…

That’s what the Washington Post see’s…..

Steve Bannon is gone…..(And other flame throwers)

John Kelly has the reigns of the White House….

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Hmmmm?

In the week since Kelly came in, there’s been effectively no change in Trump’s approval. That week it was 38 percent, then it fell and rose back to the same point. Since Bannon was ousted, the rise has been pretty consistent.

The change over the past four weeks has been heavily centered on the sorts of Americans that Trump would very much like to keep in line for 2020. Among college graduates, his approval has jumped 7 points; among those with advanced degrees, it’s up 10. Among moderate Republicans, his approval rating has climbed 7 points. In the case of moderate Republicans, he still is well behind where he was in January, but among better-educated Americans, he’s regained most of the ground he lost…..

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The piece DOES incidently point out that for the last month Donald Trump has played second fiddle to several storms…..

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Trump floats higher taxes for the rich to get tax cuts?

This ain’t going to fly…..

Sounds like Steve Bannon talking….

Anyone think Republicans would vote WITH Democrats to RAISE taxes on the rich?

There was a ‘Updated CLARIFICATION’ on Trump’s comment within hour’s….

 Eager to garner Democratic support for a still-emerging tax overhaul package, President Donald Trump on Wednesday expressed a willingness to send larger tax bills to the wealthiest Americans.

During a meeting with lawmakers from both parties, Trump pledged that he wants lawmakers to craft a bill focused on slashing middle-class tax rates and doing things to create jobs — code for a dramatic corporate tax rate cut.

“The rich will not be gaining at all with this plan. We are looking for the middle class and we are looking for jobs — jobs being the economy,” Trump told reporters as the White House meeting began. “So we’re looking at [the] middle class and we’re looking at jobs.

“I think the wealthy will be pretty much where they are, pretty much where they are,” Trump told reporters of tax rates on the wealthiest Americans. “If they have to go higher, they’ll go higher.”

A few hours later, the White House deployed legislative affairs director Marc Short to clarify the president’s statements.

Trump is not proposing to hike rates for the wealthiest – or any – Americans, Short told a handful of reporters.

But the richest Americans could end up paying more to the IRS each year if he signs into law a measure that targets tax deductions Short said , adding: “He is not looking to raise rates.”

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James Comey haunts Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump….

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Hillary Clinton told the Today Show that she was “dumbfounded” when former FBI Director James Comey reopened the investigation into her email server right before Election Day.

Said Clinton: “The determining factor was the intervention of Comey… it stopped my momentum, it drove voters from me.”

She added: “I feel very strongly that he went way beyond his role in doing what he did.”

Mike Allen: “Behind the scenes in the West Wing, President Trump continues to rant and brood about former FBI Director Jim Comey and the Russia investigation that got him fired. Trump tells aides and visitors that the probe now being run by special counsel Bob Mueller is a witch hunt, and that Comey was a leaker.”

“The president’s friends are most worried about Mueller digging into past business deals, which is why his team keeps raising concerns in public and private about the ‘scope’ of the investigation.”

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And Steve Bannon says his former boss made a mistake by firing the guy that COULD cost his boss HIS job….

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon believes President Donald Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey was one of the worst mistakes in “modern political history.”

In a “60 Minutes” interview that was posted online Sunday night, Bannon was asked whether he considered Comey’s dismissal — which ignited a political firestorm and directly led to the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including potential ties to Trump’s campaign — the biggest mistake in political history.
Bannon responded, “That would be probably — that probably would be too bombastic even for me, but maybe modern political history.”
He went on to acknowledge that if Comey had not been let go, it’s unlikely that the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller would have been established…..
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Could Steve Bannon help Nanacy Pelosi become Speaker again?

Seems the word is out that Bannon back at Breibart and inching to ‘tear the place down’ is getting ready to go after Grand Ole Party lawmakers that haven’t kowtowed to his ex-bosses ill conceived wishes….

Good Look there Steve!

I never thought you and Donald cared much for the Republican party even though he’s the head of it….

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You guys may turn out to be the Democrats best hope for gaining back a majority in the House next year…Actually?

If ya work hard enough?

You might be able to get Chuck Schumer the Majority leader in the Senate also…

President Donald Trump’s closest allies are planning a slate of primary challenges against Republican senators, potentially undermining the party’s prospects in 2018 and further inflaming tensions between GOP leaders and the White House.

The effort is being led by Steve Bannon, Trump’s bomb-throwing former chief strategist, who is launching an all-out war against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican establishment. Bannon has begun holding private meetings with insurgent challengers, vowing his support. He’s coordinating with conservative mega-donor Robert Mercer, who is prepared to pour millions of dollars into attacks on GOP incumbents. Bannon has also installed a confidant at an outside group that is expected to target Republican lawmakers and push the Trump agenda.

The activity has alarmed senior Republicans, who worry it will drain millions of dollars from the party’s coffers to take on Democrats in the general election. McConnell has repeatedly expressed concern to the White House about the danger primaries pose to his members, stressing that it could imperil his narrow four-seat majority, according to three people with direct knowledge of the discussions.

“The issue is: Do you invest your time and energy in attacking people who are carrying this president’s water in Congress to the benefit of people who are trying to impeach him? That seems like an incredibly short-sighted strategy,” said Josh Holmes, a former McConnell chief of staff.

Bannon is paying little heed to those warnings….

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Trump supporters want him to keep beating on GOP lawmakers…

Those supporters feel that Donald Trump should continue a ‘scorched earth’  policy aimed at those who he needs to get anything done in Congress….It really hasn’t been effective recently and going into the fall Trump will need even more from those he is attacking daily as they deal with legislation to keep the country running….

Steve Bannon and now Roger Stone will continue their efforts to ‘shake things up’, which plays to Trump’s penchant to swing at anything that gets in his way of not getting what he wants…

The guy seems unable to adjust to the to the fact that he is President and needs to work with his fellow adopted party leaders to get things done…

He always gave on that he liked Putin and Saddam types of guys, eh?

Republicans on Capitol Hill lament President Trump’s aggressive behavior toward them, but some people in the president’s orbit are urging him to up the ante even further.

They say that, far from making nice, Trump needs to instill fear so that lawmakers do not feel at liberty to thwart him.

“Most members of Congress are arrogant, and until a scalp is actually taken they are going to continue to be defiant,” longtime Trump friend Roger Stone told The Hill. “All he needs to do is punish one incumbent and I think you’d see a sea-change.”

Advice like Stone’s feeds the president’s instincts to hit back hard against those whom he believes have wronged him: a list that at present appears to include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as well as GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.).

Trump’s biggest defeat to date, on his attempt to gut the Affordable Care Act, came at the hands of McCain and Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska.), who joined Democrats to sink a Senate bill.

Other Trump loyalists join Stone in arguing that the president should neither forgive nor forget.

“He is 100 percent correct to go after McCain, Flake, Murkowksi,” said Sam Nunberg, who worked as an aide to Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Nunberg also expressed the hope that Trump would be able to engineer the defeat of Collins in a GOP primary if she sought to become Maine’s governor.

But Nunberg drew a distinction between those senators who have been critical of Trump and the GOP leadership on Capitol Hill.

“I do think it is counterproductive for him to have a strained relationship with Leader McConnell,” Nunberg said, citing both the danger to Trump’s legislative agenda and the widespread support McConnell enjoys among his colleagues.

Steve Bannon, recently ousted as Trump’s chief strategist, does not appear to be in a compromising mood, however. He promised to keep up his own attacks on McConnell in an interview published by The Economist on Friday…..

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While he checks the media everyday?

In order to protect him from the crazies?

John Kelly is further isolating  the man….

And Trump’s support numbers continue to inch DOWNWARD as he continues to try leverage those supporters possible votes  against Republicans across the country who are NOT happy with him and must decide what to do…..

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Bannon is correct….’That Presidency is over’….

With John Kelly cleaning house and gaining a hand over things the campaign rebel rousers are gone from the Trump Admin….Some are sitting with their lawyers and talking to FBI agents….

Some are back in the private rightwing world supporting their guy….

But former Trump advisor Steve Bannon is correct….

The establishment (Majority Republican) IS clawing back …Moving  to take control of a President that adopted them , but gives then the finger ever chance he gets….Being President seems to be a bit much for a New York Real Estate Guy who wasn’t supposed to win the big prize and shows everyone why not every time he can…

With the departure from the White House of strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who helped shape the so-called nationalist-populist program embraced by Donald Trump in his unlikely path to election, a new phase of the Trump presidency begins. Given Trump’s nature, what comes next will hardly be conventional, but it may well be less willfully disruptive—which, to Bannon, had been the point of winning the White House.

“The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over,” Bannon said Friday, shortly after confirming his departure. “We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over. It’ll be something else. And there’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.”….

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In fact it is normal for campaign staff to NOT survive in running the governing  of American President….

Campaigning and governing are two DISTINCTLY different things….

Mean while?

All the Bull Shit media predictions that Donald Trump would turn things upside down where just that BS….In the end?..The Basic will remain the same….Trump CAN and will do things thru executive actions like Obama…But also like Obama ?…Congress DOES have a say in how America works….

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Scaramucci starts a political knife fight with Preibus…(and Bannon…)

 

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, left, and newly appointed Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, listening as President Donald Trump talks with reporters at the White House on Tuesday.

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, left, and newly appointed Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, listening as President Donald Trump talks with reporters at the White House on Tuesday. PHOTO: T.J. KIRKPATRICK FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

The new Trump Communications guy Anthony Scaramucci is finding out working in the White House isn’t like working on Wall Street….

The Hedge Fund guy, who lets us know he went to Harvard Law school after growing up on Long Island, NY seems to have more lip than his boss Donald Trump….That may not be a good thing…

He’s pissed that his financials are out in the media and it appears he thinks Trump Chief of Staff Reince Preibus leaked it….( Preibus has been portrayed as on thin ice since he got the job and did NOT want his boss to hire the ‘Mooch’)…

Presidential staff jockeying is normal…

But this new guy is setting a record for keeping things center stage…

Just after Politico reported that financial disclosure forms from White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci show he may profit from his ownership in an investment firm despite moving to the White House, Scaramucci tweeted:

“In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #Swamp @Reince45…”

Ryan Lizza: “In case there’s any ambiguity in his tweet I can confirm that Scaramucci wants the FBI to investigate Reince for leaking.”

Washington Post: “Some in White House are trying to build a case that Priebus is a leaker — ‘a diagram’ charting leaks, per senior official — to show Trump.”

Apparently unknown to Scaramucci: His financial disclosure is a public document….

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Could this be ANOTHER Trump effort to get a staff member to quit?

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Add Steve Bannon to people the ‘Mooch’ is now after….

Incoming White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci blasted chief strategist Stephen Bannon in a phone call with a reporter from The New Yorker on Wednesday night.

“I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock,” Scaramucci reportedly told The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, according to an account of the explosive phone call published Thursday.

“I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f—— strength of the president. I’m here to serve the country,” Scaramucci continued on the call.

Bannon, who was a top surrogate for Trump at Breitbart News before joining the campaign and then the administration, declined to comment to The New Yorker….

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Trump White House staff looking to rearrange things already….

The internal bickering, lack of knowledge and organization isn’t doing them any favors….And is making them look foolish and ineffective….

They look like the rank amateurs they are…

The campaign is over….

They won and the Democrats are smiling at their ineptitude….

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They do NOT seem to understand that governing is more complex and involves compromise ….

They ARE 0 for 2 on big things and they have a Budget to get done…..

Less than three months into Donald Trump’s White House, top advisers are exploring organizational changes to stabilize an administration consumed by crisis and chaos.

Following the failure to advance health-care legislation, senior officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, chief of staff Reince Priebus, senior adviser Jared Kushner, chief strategist Steve Bannon, and chief economic adviser Gary Cohn gathered this week to hold post-mortems about what went wrong.

“Everybody,” said one official involved in the talks, “agreed to do it differently next time.”

In interviews over the last week, several senior aides said they were carefully examining how the beleaguered administration functions as they weigh possible fixes. Among the top concerns: The circular firing squad continually playing out in the press pitting top aides against one another — a dynamic that one senior adviser described as increasingly unsustainable.

“It will have to either stop or there will have to be decisions made,” this person said, hinting that more serious changes would be made if the incessant shooting doesn’t end.

The discussions provide a window into an embattled administration that is scrambling to find answers. It’s also an acknowledgment that the White House is not the “fine-tuned machine” that Trump has sought to portray…

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Speaker Ryan tries to advance Trump’s Border Tax…The Senate GOPer’s won’t bite…

Donald Trump keep on about a border tax to hang on American companies that move jobs to Mexico ….

He was gonna whipsaw America companies into bringing jobs back to America with the tax penality ….‘America First’....

Problem…

Donald Trump himself and even Steve Bannon CANNOT impose a tax….

Congress does that….

And while Speaker of the House Paul Ryan wants the tax money from such an law?

Senate REPUBLICANS (Nor will a good many in the House) will NOT vote for it….

And without the tax revenue?

Ryan is NOT gonna be able change much in the tax system…

And the jobs are STILL going to Mexico and other countries….

Paul Ryan showed up to Senate Republicans’ weekly lunch on Tuesday hoping to salvage a controversial pillar of his tax reform plan that would change how imports and exports are taxed. “Keep your powder dry,” the House speaker pleaded.

The next day, Sen. Tom Cotton took to the Senate floor to slam Ryan’s so-called border adjustment tax, saying “some ideas are so stupid only an intellectual could believe them.”

“Many other senators share these concerns and we most certainly will not ‘keep our powder dry,’” Cotton went on, without naming the speaker in his speech.

The sequence was an ominous sign for a linchpin of Ryan’s tax plan — and perhaps for the prospects of tax reform happening at all. The border adjustment tax would generate more than a trillion dollars over a decade; there’s no obvious way to replace that money, which is needed to help pay for a steep cut in corporate and income taxes.

In meetings with administration officials and Senate leaders, Ryan has framed his proposal as a compromise between a tariff, which the president wants, and conservative orthodoxy against border taxes…

Many Republican senators say privately they detest the concept, fretting that it will hurt their in-state retailers like Walmart, which is headquartered in Cotton’s state of Arkansas. Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), sources said, has warned Trump and Ryan that border adjustment won’t likely have the support needed to clear the Senate.

Hatch, in an interview after Ryan’s presentation, said the speaker “didn’t cover [the border adjustment proposal] as specifically as I would have liked.” And Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, the fifth-ranking GOP senator, said the Finance Committee will likely go a “different way.”

Others were more unequivocal.

“It’s beyond a complication. It’s a bad economic proposition,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.).

That’s not to mention Ryan’s issue in his own chamber. A handful of Ways and Means Republicans — including some with close ties to Trump — are fretting that retailers slapped with an import tax will ultimately pass the cost onto consumers. One member of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio), asked his chairman Wednesday to hold hearings on the proposal….

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As pointed out here…

The ‘honeymoon’ that Trump has had for the last few weeks with Congress will evaporate when Congressmen have to get down covering their own rears back home…

It’s coming….

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The Last Days of the Trump Show….

Here are just a few of the things we’re learning from this (ahem) vivid New York Times account of the last days of the Donald J. Trump presidential campaign. It’s worth a read.

Trump’s daughter Ivanka “discouraged” the campaign from promoting her own ad for her father, fearing it would damage her own businesses.

Corey Lewandowski, CNN’s pro-Trump “analyst”, “still talk[s] to the candidate frequently.”

Trump doesn’t use a computer and, apparently, can’t wrap his mind around the idea that other people do. So he “rails against the campaign’s expenditure of tens of millions on digital ads, skeptical that spots he never sees could have any effect.”

Trump’s Gettysburg speech was supposed to be something more dignified and highbrow, but Trump “insisted” that he instead use the event to lash out at women accusing him of sexual assault. This made his campaign team sad.

Steve Bannon’s pants literally caught fire while helping to write one of Trump’s speeches. Parlor game: Guess which one!

Trump’s team finally took away his Twitter access because … well, I think we all know why.

Trump does not do well with alone-time.

Aboard his gold-plated jumbo jet, the Republican nominee does not like to rest or be alone with his thoughts, insisting that aides stay up and keep talking to him. He prefers the soothing, whispery voice of his son-in-law.He requires constant assurance that his candidacy is on track. […]

And he is struggling to suppress his bottomless need for attention.

Goodnight, moon. Goodnight, jet. Goodnight, horrible stain on the nation that will never, ever come out.

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