Donald Trump's very public embarrassment of H.R. McMaster
- Remember that news of McMaster's likely ouster comes amid a week that saw Trump fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over Twitter -- and let go of the undersecretary of public affairs at the State Department because he put out a statement saying Tillerson was unaware of the why he was being fired.
- Trump, for all of the bravado of his "you're fired" catchphrase, has proven to be less willing to do the deed as president than everyone expects -- with Tillerson being a case in point.
- The McMaster move -- I'm-going-to-fire-him-but-just-not-yet-or-maybe-I-will-do-it-now-or-maybe-he-will-just-quit -- is another example of a distinct lack of class (and being a grown up) within this White House.
- For a president already struggling to recruit top tier talent to join his White House, the moves on Tillerson and McMaster this week will further complicate attempts to bring in the best and brightest -- or even the third best and third brightest.
Trump's pick for secretary of state reportedly set up 'kill teams' of commandos at the CIA
- As director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo reportedly set up small teams of commandos to kill suspected terrorists, according to a report by BuzzFeed.
- Pompeo, who has said the agency would become more "aggressive" and "vicious," pushed for such lethal operations after he took over the agency in January 2017.
- The military and the National Security Council were initially resistant to the plan, according to BuzzFeed, but the proposal was eventually approved.
- The current head of the SAC, a former aide to both Pompeo and his predecessor, John Brennan, is a former commando who has pushed for more aggressive operations, including the use of the SAC to kill terrorists.
- Trump has picked Pompeo to take over the State Department, after former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was abruptly fired.
- Trump said he plans to select CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel as Pompeo's successor.
Firing Trump's Cabinet is easy. Replacing them is hard.
- Washington (CNN) - President Donald Trump's appetite for an ambitious shake-up of his Cabinet and other key advisers is already facing headwinds from inside his own administration and some Republicans on Capitol Hill.
- A conversation is underway at the White House about whether, if Trump were to fire Sessions, one idea being considered would be to have EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt become the next attorney general, according to a Republican familiar with the discussion.
- The committee chairman, Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, warned Trump not to take the step of firing Sessions, but stopped short of saying his agenda was full and that he wouldn't hold confirmation hearings on a replacement.
- Around that same time , Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, also urged Trump not to fire Sessions, warning of an extraordinarily difficult confirmation process, according to a person briefed on their talks.
A White House 'blood bath' simmers as national security adviser H.R. McMaster is reportedly at the front of Trump's firing line
- Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is also on Trump's radar, according to several media reports.
- Shulkin has reportedly drawn ire from Trump following a spate of scandals in his agency, including a recent report alleging he asked a member of his security detail to accompany him to a Home Depot and carry furniture items to his house.
- Rumors of Shulkin's replacements have ranged from Energy Secretary Rick Perry to Fox News co-host Pete Hegseth.
- Hegseth, who previously competed for Shulkin's job, reportedly talks to Trump on a regular basis.
- Earlier this month, Shulkin met with Trump in the Oval Office to discuss the VA healthcare system when Trump surprised him by calling Hegseth and putting him on speaker phone to get his opinion, according to sources in an Axios report.
The mood inside the White House is the worst it's ever been, with staffers calling it 'the most toxic working environment on the planet'
- The White House is being called "the most toxic working environment on the planet" by some staffers as rumors of another wave of firings have circulated, Axios reported Wednesday.
- Following the abrupt firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, officials were reportedly vague in providing details on the fate of senior White House officials that have drawn ire from President Donald Trump, including White House chief of staff John Kelly, national security adviser H.R. McMaster, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
- In addition to the firing of John McEntee, Trump's longtime personal assistant, on Wednesday, an aide to first lady Melania Trump was reportedly escorted out.
- Kelly, who was also reportedly on Trump's radar, enacted stricter measures for security clearances following a scandal involving a former aide, Rob Porter.
New Raspberry Pi Model B+
- Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is now on sale now for $35, featuring: – A 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU – Dual-band 802.11ac wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.2 – Faster Ethernet (Gigabit Ethernet over USB 2.0) – Power-over-Ethernet support (with separate PoE HAT) – Improved PXE network and USB mass-storage booting – Improved thermal management Alongside a 200MHz increase in peak CPU clock frequency, we have roughly three times the wired and wireless network throughput, and the ability to sustain high performance for much longer periods.
Tillerson ouster shows Trump is unleashed
- Washington (CNN) - President Donald Trump's firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is the latest move in an audacious power play designed to build a governing team in his own image and to purge restraints that have tempered his brazen, impulsive instincts.
- In the short term, Trump's desire to move Mike Pompeo from the CIA to the State Department could actually provide more coherence and stability to US foreign policy after months of chaos, given his ideological synergy with the President.
- That will be especially important with the approaching epochal summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It could also reinforce the President's determination to do away with the Iran nuclear deal, given that both Trump and Pompeo have been strident critics of the Obama-era agreement.
5 high-profile departures in 2 weeks for Trump's White House
- Washington (CNN) - President Donald Trump has tried to quell talk of chaos in his administration for days, but the last two weeks inside the West Wing have been anything but calm.
- Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy Steve Goldstein said Tillerson, who had been on a week-long tour of African nations until Tuesday morning, did not speak to Trump before his ouster and is unaware of the reasons behind the firing.
- Gary Cohn, Trump's top economic adviser, resigned from the White House last week after he voiced his fierce disagreement with the President's decision to levy steel and aluminum tariffs.
- John McEntee, Trump's longtime personal aide and bodyman, was fired and escorted from the White House on Monday, three sources with knowledge of the situation told CNN on Tuesday.
Recode Daily: Trump stops the Broadcom-Qualcomm deal
- Stitch Fix made a big addition to its business that won’t show up in its Q2 financial results.
- The company will have to “pop” like crazy to meet its last valuation.
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- GoNoodle makes free software your kids may have used at school; he wants them to watch it at home, too.
- The new feature — called Extras — signals where the company is headed.
- She has stepped down as CEO of A&E; and is likely to become the new boss at Vice Media.
- Makes sense.
Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran says he will resign April 1, cites health issues
- U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, R-Miss., citing poor health, announced Monday that he will resign April 1 from the Senate, leaving just 50 seats in that 100-seat chamber held by Republicans.
- Cochran, who is chairman of the Senate's Appropriations Committee, has been ill since at least last year.
- Elected in 1978, he recently has been frequently absent from the Senate, as has his GOP colleague, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who is undergoing treatment for cancer.
- Cochran was the first Republican in more than a century to win a state-wide election in Mississippi.
- He is the 10th-longest-serving senator in U.S. history.
- Cochran was first elected to the Senate in 1978, becoming the first Republican in more than 100 years to win a statewide election in Mississippi.
- He is the tenth-longest serving Senator in U.S. history.
- Cochran previously served three terms in House of Representatives.