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He rose from relative state-party obscurity and reached an unlikely pinnacle as the man responsible for the agenda of the president of the United States. Now, Reince Priebus is out of that job as White House chief of staff in the most significant shake-up of the rocky Trump presidency.
The former Republican National Committee chairman, a mild-mannered Wisconsinite, was never a natural fit with the flashy billionaire president. His exit indicates the full decline in the White House of the RNC-led Washington contingent, NPR’s Domenico Montanaro reports.
President Trump announced on Twitter Friday that Homeland Security Secretary John has been named as Priebus' replacement. The retired Marine general had served in the top slot of the U.S. Southern Command, the Pentagon's area of responsibility focused on the Caribbean and South America.
was confirmed as Homeland Security secretary with bipartisan support in the Senate, 88-11, on Inauguration Day. He had been leading DHS's recent surge in efforts to crackdown on illegal immigration — a core campaign promise by Trump, NPR’s Miles Parks and Scott Neuman report.
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It has been a week of whiplash in Washington. Wherever you looked, something made you stare in disbelief — even when you sensed you should avert your eyes.
But then you couldn't. You might miss a major news development. They came tumbling after one another, more than one a day.
The biggest story for history was the Republican effort to repeal (and possibly replace) the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). It was a high drama affair, with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., crossing the country to save his party on Tuesday — then crossing the aisle with the fatal vote that doomed their bill in the wee hours of Friday. Screenwriters would kill for that kind of material.
Congress emerged from the failure without a clear path forward — again. McCain has called for a return to “regular order”; that rather vague-sounding phrase actually has a more concrete meaning.
Yet even as the GOP's seven-year assault on Obamacare lurched and stumbled to a stop, the capital's attention was divided by other stories — some of lesser consequence but greater emotional impact, NPR’s Ron Elving writes.
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