In the history of mankind, many republics have risen, have flourished for a less or greater time, and then have fallen because their citizens lost the power of governing themselves and thereby of governing their state. TR

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Conservatives Question Haley Claim that Kelly and Tillerson Sought to End-Run Trump

Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley claims in her new book that ex-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to recruit her in a cabal to resist President Trump, whom they presumably had decided was a lunatic. Some conservatives are questioning this, wondering why she didn’t tell Trump. But it kind of rings true to me. I

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Trump to Remove National Security Aide at Melania’s Request

Sounds like Mira Ricardel, one of National Security Advisor John Bolton’s most trusted aides, rubbed the first lady the wrong way. According to the Wall Street Journal: Mr. Trump has already decided to remove Ms. Ricardel, the top deputy for national security adviser John Bolton, officials said on Tuesday. A rift emerged after Mrs. Trump staff’s battled with Ms. Ricardel during the first lady’s trip

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Kelly Attacked Lewandowski Outside the Oval Office

It must be global warming. That’s what I’m thinking. According to the New York Times: An argument last February between the White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, and Corey Lewandowski, an informal adviser to President Trump, turned into a physical altercation that required Secret Service intervention just outside the Oval Office, according to a half-dozen people familiar with the events. Mr. Kelly has

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Bolton and Kelly Get in Profanity-Laced Shouting Match Over Immigration

Both CNN and Bloomberg are reporting that National Security Advisor John Bolton and White House Cheif of Staff John Kelly got into a verbal brawl over the continued influx of illegal immigrants into the country. According to CNN: A heated argument in the West Wing between chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton over a recent surge in border crossings turned

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Kelly to Remain as Chief of Staff

Well, looks like Gen. John Kelly may go from on his way out the door to one of the longest-serving White House chiefs of staf in history. From the Wall Street Journal: White House chief of staff John Kelly told staff on Monday that President Trump had asked him to remain in his post through the 2020 election, White House officials said, a request that

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NBC: Kelly Called Trump “An Idiot;” Kelly: Story is “Total BS”

NBC News is reporting that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is eroding morale, calling President Trump and idiot and suggesting he is saving the country from catastrophe. According to NBC: The officials said Kelly portrays himself to Trump administration aides as the lone bulwark against catastrophe, curbing the erratic urges of a president who has a questionable grasp on policy issues and the

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Comey: Kelly Called Trump “Dishonorable” for Firing Me

From the Daily Beast: Within minutes of his firing in May, former FBI director James Comey received a call from John Kelly, then the head of the Department of Homeland Security and now the White House chief of staff. According to Comey’s account, which is set to appear in his highly-anticipated forthcoming memoir, Kelly was “emotional” over the manner in which Comey was let go.

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Kelly to Remain as Chief of Staff for Now

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has apparently dodged whatever bullets are flying around the West Wing and will remain in his job. According to the Wall Street Journal: President Donald Trump and White House chief of staff John Kelly have settled on a truce, at least temporarily, as the latest round of staff tumult continues to ripple through the West Wing, according to

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Scaramucci Goes After John Kelly: There’s a “Culture of Fear”

Well, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly fired Anthony Scaramucci, and the Mooch still ain’t happy about it. So why do I run this video when it’s obviously, despite what Scaramucci says, part retribution? Because the Mooch makes some good points. First, it’s interesting that he still talks to President Trump, at least according to Scaramucci. And second, he makes the great point that

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Sanders Wants Kelly to Face the Press on Porter

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has apparently had it with trying to explain what the White House did about Rob Porter and wants Chief of Staff John Kelly to come to the briefing room podium and do it himself. That makes sense. This thing has gone on incredibly long. A smart White House would have made this a two-day story, but it’s dragged on

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House Oversight Committee to Investigate Porter White House Tenure

According to the Washington Examiner: The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has launched an investigation into former White House staff secretary Rob Porter’s employment with the Trump administration, committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said Wednesday . . . Gowdy said he is not only troubled by the fact that Porter had been working with an interim security clearance for his year-long tenure at the White

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