The Mooch goes on the warpath: 7 of the most jaw-dropping quotes from Anthony Scaramucci’s call to Ryan Lizza

Anthony Scaramucci; Reince Priebus (Credit: AP/Richard Drew/J. Scott Applewhite) Reince Priebus never wanted Donald Trump to hire Anthony Scaramucci. An aide to the White House chief of staff recently confirmed to the New York Times that Priebus blocked a job offer for Scaramucci during the transition based on fears that the man known as the Mooch would be a destabilizing force in the administration. Now less than a week after being introduced as the new White House communications director — only hours after embattled White House press secretary and Priebus ally Sean Spicer announced his resignation — Scaramucci is getting his payback on Priebus. In one of the most jaw… Read More

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Ryan says House is willing to negotiate final health care bill with Senate

RELATED CONTENTRepublicans look to pass ‘skinny repeal’ of ObamacareThe Senate voted to open debate on health care. Now what? Speaker Paul Ryan says the House is willing to negotiate a final health care bill with the Senate. Ryan’s announcement Thursday evening is meant to ease doubts among Senate Republicans about voting for a minimal repeal bill. It’s not clear if Ryan’s announcement will clear the way for Senate passage. The so-called “skinny repeal” is a last resort for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who’s trying to undo the Affordable Care Act. WATCH: These Republican senators say they won’t vote for ‘skinny’ health bill unless there’s broader debate It would repeal… Read More

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Scaramucci threats, insults inflame fierce White House fight

By Julie Bykowicz and Jonathan Lemire | Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s new communications director exploded the smoldering tensions at the White House into a full-fledged conflagration Thursday, angrily daring Trump’s chief of staff to deny he’s a “leaker” and exposing West Wing backstabbing in language more suitable to a mobster movie than a seat of presidential stability. In a pull-no-punches, impromptu CNN interview that he said was authorized by the president, Anthony Scaramucci went after chief of staff Reince Priebus in graphic terms. “The fish stinks from the head down,” he said. “I can tell you two fish that don’t stink, and that’s me and the… Read More

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Scaramucci threats, insults inflame fierce White House fight

By Julie Bykowicz and Jonathan Lemire | Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s new communications director exploded the smoldering tensions at the White House into a full-fledged conflagration Thursday, angrily daring Trump’s chief of staff to deny he’s a “leaker” and exposing West Wing backstabbing in language more suitable to a mobster movie than a seat of presidential stability. In a pull-no-punches, impromptu CNN interview that he said was authorized by the president, Anthony Scaramucci went after chief of staff Reince Priebus in graphic terms. “The fish stinks from the head down,” he said. “I can tell you two fish that don’t stink, and that’s me and the… Read More

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Congress sends Russia sanctions bill to Trump’s desk, but it’s unclear whether he will veto it

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to pass a bill increasing sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, establishing veto-proof majorities for the measure that also allows Congress to block President Trump from easing sanctions against Moscow. The 98-to-2 vote sets the president up with a pivotal choice: veto the bill knowing that lawmakers are prepared to override, as his communications chief Anthony Scaramucci suggested this morning on CNN that he might, or sign the legislation that binds his hands when it comes to altering sanctions policy against Moscow, a provision his administration lobbied hard against. Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., were the only senators to… Read More

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