Mooch Escorted Out, President Wrote the Lie

Ten Days that Shook the World: After just 10 days on the job, foul-mouthed braggart Anthony Scaramucci, the White House communications director, was abruptly fired yesterday and escorted out of the building.

The firing was directed by the new Chief of Staff John Kelly, who went to work at the White House only yesterday morning. Technically, the Mooch resigned after coveting a White House job so much he sold his business and lost his marriage. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement, “Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team.” Don’t believe it.

Scaramucci’s appointment was supported by President Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner. But it sent shock waves through the White House, resulting in the departures of Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Scaramucci joins a growing list of people who’ve resigned or been fired in the turbulent first six months of the Trump presidency.

Scaramucci’s fate was probably sealed quickly when he gave an obscenity-laced interview to a writer for The New Yorker in which he trashed other members of the White House staff. President Trump cluelessly tweeted early yesterday that there’s “No WH chaos!”

The Dictater: The Washington Post reports that President Trump personally dictated the misleading response for his son, Donald Jr., after the revelation that Junior had met with a Russian lawyer dealing dirt on Hillary Clinton. The statement ultimately released said the Russian lawyer had “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children,” which turned out to be a lie.

Nation:  Former Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who used to bill himself as “the toughest sheriff in America,” was convicted yesterday of criminal contempt for defying a court order to stop rounding up illegal immigrants. The 85-year-old tough guy could be sent to jail, the ultimate irony for a lawman who built an outdoor tent city for inmates in the baking Arizona desert. — The city of Los Angeles is expected to announce a deal today to host the 2028 summer Olympics. LA ceded a bid for 2024 to Paris. The two cities were the only ones that bid for the games.

Foreign Relations: After Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro staged an election in which there was no opposition, and the vote gave him power to re-write the country’s constitution, President Trump yesterday levelled economic sanctions on Maduro. More than 100 people have died in street demonstrations since April. —  In response to North Korea’s launch of a missile that could reach parts of the US, President Trump told reporters yesterday, “We will handle North Korea. We are gonna be able to handle them. It will be handled. We handle everything.”

The Obit Page: Sam Shepard, the ruggedly handsome playwright and actor who won a Pulitzer prize and an Oscar nomination, died at home in Kentucky of Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 73.

Shephard was considered to be one of the most influential playwrights in the early Off-Broadway movement. He wrote about the dark side of family life in his plays, “Buried Child,” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1979, “Curse of the Starving Class,” and “A Lie of the Mind.”

He was also nominated for Pulitzers for “True West” and “Fool for Love,” both of which opened on Broadway.

He tended to play quiet, ironic, and sometimes troubled characters in the movies. He was Col. Chuck Yeager, the man who broke the sound barrier, in 1983’s “The Right Stuff.” He played the taciturn commanding officer in “Blackhawk Down” about the military disaster in Somalia, and more recently, the patriarch of a Florida family in the Netflix series, “Bloodline.”

-Jeanne Moreau, the beautiful French actress who could melt film, has died at age 89. Moreau was the thinking woman’s blonde bombshell. She was in real life a chain-smoking left winger.

Britain’s Guardian newspaper once said that “While Bardot did the dippy blonde sex bomb thing, Moreau was as sharp as cold air and mercilessly clever.”

Fasten Seatbelts: If you think the seat are smaller every time you fly with an airline, you’re pretty much right. In recent years the distance between seats has shrunk from 35 inches to 31, and the width is down to just over 17, small for a lot of American butts.

In response to a complaint by the organization Flyers Rights, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ordered the FAA to investigate what may have become a safety hazard with passengers packed in like sardines. They call it “The Case of the Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat.”

The guy in front just leaned back and crushed your laptop.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Page Two

Jaw Meet Floor

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Small President

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Cuba Diaries

Sunday, March 13, 2016

An Alphabet of Maladies

Friday, February 26, 2016

The Healthcare Confusion Act

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Freedom from Speech

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Too Big to Fire

Friday, June 19, 2015

More Probable Than Not

Thursday, May 14, 2015

It's Been Said

"One of the things that actually Trump has benefited from is that, on a daily if not hourly basis, there are things he says that you could never have imagined any other American president -- left, right, up or down -- saying, and they kind of bleed into each other. And you sort of forget, 'Oh, yes, 72 hours ago, he said this...'"

-Jeff Greenfield on CNN’s "Reliable Sources"

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