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The report flashes back to Trump's attacks on Jeff Sessions at that time, and includes this bit of news: "Recently, Trump bemoaned the Republicans' loss in a special election in Alabama and in ... the levy on higher-end homes," the Wall Street Journal ...


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It was Trump, of course, who nominated Sessions in the first place. The timeline ..words July 19 Trump attacks Jeff Sessions in an interview with the New York Times and later on TwitterJuly 20 Contentious national security meeting, in which Trump questions why the U.Sneeds "so many people" in foreign posts, and after which Rex Tillerson reportedly calls him a "moron." July 21 Anthony Scaramucci named communications director.Sean Spicer announces resignation as press secretaryJuly 26 FBI raids Paul Manafort's home.In a vulgar call with the New Yorker's Ryan Lizza, Scaramucci savages his fellow senior White House officialsJuly 28 John McCain tanks "skinny repeal" of the Affordable Care Act with an unexpected "no" vote.Departure of Reince Priebus is announced, Trump taps John Kelly to replace him as chief of staffJuly 31 Scaramucci ousted after 11 days Show less Politics Link copied to clipboard. Get Axios in your inbox Subscribe (function() { // If the referrer is facebook or twitter, show the follow module. if(/facebook\.com|twitter\.com|t\.co/.exec(document.referrer)) { document.querySelector('.stream-social-cta').className += " is-active"; } })() Dave Lawler 4 hrs ago Featured Trump talks Mueller, Sessions, China and Moore Trump at Mar-a-Lago during a call with troops serving overseasPhoto: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images President Trump told the NY Times' Michael Schmidt that he expects Robert Mueller to treat him fairly, but that the investigation "makes the country look very bad, and it puts the country in a very bad position." Trump also claimed 16 times that Mueller had found "no collusion" between his campaign and Russia In an interview at the restaurant of his Palm Beach golf club that will create buzz on multiple fronts, Trump claimed to be more knowledgable about "the big bills" before Congress "than any president that's ever been in office," and predicted that the press would "let me win" in 2020 to protect its "ratings." Keep reading ..words On China: Trump said he'd "been soft" on China in terms of trade so far, but "Oil is going into North KoreaThat wasn't my deal! If they don't help us with North Korea, then I can do what I've always said I want to do."On his policy chops: "I know the details of taxes better than anybodyBetter than the greatest C.P.AI know the details of health care better than most, better than most." He said he knows more about the "big bills… than any president that's ever been in office."On Roy Moore: He said he only made the endorsement because "I feel that I have to endorse Republicans as the head of the party."Will he order DOJ to investigate Clinton? "I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice DepartmentBut for purposes of hopefully thinking I'm going to be treated fairly, I've stayed uninvolved with this particular matter."On Jeff Sessions: "I don't want to get into loyalty, but I will tell you that, I will say this: Holder protected President ObamaTotally protected himWhen you look at the things that they did, and Holder protected the presidentAnd I have great respect for that, I'll be honest."On Paul Manafort: "Paul only worked for me for a few monthsPaul worked for Ronald ReaganHis firm worked for John McCain, worked for Bob Dole, worked for many Republicans for far longer than he worked for meAnd you're talking about what Paul was many years ago before I ever heard of himHe worked for me for — what was it, three and a half months?"On the media: "Another reason that we're going to win another four years is because newspapers, television, all forms of media will tank if I'm not there because without me, their ratings are going down the tubesWithout me, The New York Times will indeed be, not the failing New York Times, but the failed New York Times...So they basically have to let me winAnd eventually, probably six months before the election, they'll be loving me because they're saying, 'Please, please, don't lose Donald Trump.' O.K."On bipartisanship: Trump said of centrist Democrats like Joe Manchin, "He talksBut he doesn't do anything…'Hey, let's get together, let's do bipartisan.' I say, 'Good, let's go.' Then you don't hear from him again." Trump did say he thought there was a chance of bipartisanship on health care, infrastructure and DACA. Show less popular Link copied to clipboard. Haley Britzky 5 hrs ago Featured A record year for home values A home in BrooklynPhoto: Atilgan Ozdil / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images U.Shome values are at a record high and grew 6.5% over last year according to an analysis from online real estate site Zillow, per AFPRenters also paid a record amount, 1% more in total than in 2016."Strong demand from buyers and the ongoing inventory shortage keep pushing values higher, especially in some of the nation's booming coastal markets," Aaron Terrazas, senior economist at Zillow, said. Business Link copied to clipboard. Dave Lawler 6 hrs ago Featured How foreign leaders have angered, and impressed, Trump Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images President Trump has injected turmoil into traditional U.Spartnerships while strengthening ties with less likely allies, including authoritarian leaders, the NY Times' Mark Landler notes in a reflection on year one of Trump's foreign policy Why it matters, per Landler: "MrTrump's feuds with MsMay and other British officials have left him in a strange position: feted in Beijing and Riyadh but barely welcome in London." Keep reading ..words Rifts with allies Germany: Landler reports that White House aides called Chancellor Angela Merkel earlier this year to complain that she had been condescending toward Trump when they discussed Ukraine over the phoneWhen they met in person, Trump told Merkel he wanted a bilateral trade deal with Germany — an impossibility, given Germany's membership in the E.U— and Merkel was careful to "get through the exchange without embarrassing the president or appearing to lecture him" (she told him Europe and the U.Scould strike a bilateral deal).U.K.: Trump scolded Prime Minister Theresa May on Twitter after she said it was a mistake for him to share anti-Muslim videos from a far-right hate group.NATO: Landler reports that Trump was fixated on the expensive new NATO headquarters in Brussels during his tense visit there, telling his fellow leaders sarcastically, "I never asked once what the new NATO headquarters cost." How foreign leaders have impressed Trump France: "MrMacron figured out early how to appeal to the president: He invited him to a military parade."Saudi Arabia: "The Saudi monarch projected his image on the side of a hotel."China: "MrXi reopened a long-dormant theater inside the Forbidden City to present MrTrump and his wife, Melania, an evening of Chinese opera." Other takeaways "During the Bastille Day visit, officials recalled, MrTrump told MrMacron he was rethinking his decision to pull out of the Paris climate accordThat prompted French diplomats to make a flurry of excited calls to the White House for clarification the following week, only to find out that American policy had not changed… the exchange captures MrTrump's lack of nuance or detail, which leaves him open to being misunderstood in complex international talks."H.RMcMaster told Landler Trump had "moved a lot of us out of our comfort zone, me included," but that his approach has merit: "The consensus view has been that engagement overseas is an unmitigated good, regardless of the circumstancesBut there are problems that are maybe both intractable and of marginal interest to the American people, that do not justify investments of blood and treasure."Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said, "Most foreign leaders are still trying to get a handle on himEverywhere I go, I'm still getting asked, 'Help us understand this president, help us navigate this situation.'" Show less Politics Link copied to clipboard. Amy Harder 6 hrs ago Featured Trump mocks global warming in tweet President Trump mocked the idea of global warming in a tweet Thursday, making one of his first (if not the first) such public comments on the topic since entering the White House almost a year ago Why it matters: Trump has tweeted in the past that he thinks global warming is a hoax, but that was in 2012 and he has not focused on the topic much at all in his Twitter activity as presidentThis tweet shows he's still openly mocking mainstream climate change science, even without directly questioning it. The facts ..words Fast facts: Most scientists agree human activity, primarily through the burning of fossil fuels, has been the primary contributor to Earth's aggregate temperature going up this past centuryThat does not mean, though, that freezing cold weather, like the East Coast is experiencing right now, won't happen in the future in many parts of the worldClimate change science is much more complicated than that, but citing cold weather is still a favorite line of politicians and others who doubt climate change is happeningSenJames Inhofe, Republican from Oklahoma, threw a snowball on the Senate floor in February 2015 to mock global warmingOne level deeper: Trump's tweet was also mocking the Paris climate deal, a global accord virtually every country in the world except the United States supportsIt calls on countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions, but as it stands the commitments wouldn't cut emissions to the levels most scientists say is neededAmerica's commitment under President Obama was actually relatively moderate -- up to 28% cut in such emissions by 2025 based on 2005 levels, but the Trump administration pointed to conservative groups' studies showing it could cripple the U.Sindustrial economy while other countries, notably China, were called on to do lessBetween the lines: The Trump administration released without political influence a statutorily required report earlier this year confirming in great depth that human activity is driving climate changeTrump's tweets get a lot of attention, but make sure to also watch what the administration does or doesn't do on this issue The bottom line: Words matter, and so do the president's tweetsHis perspective on this issue is influencing his most ardent followers, a new poll suggestsA survey released in October from George Mason University found that just 21% of conservative Republicans think global warming is mostly human-caused, a decrease of nine points since earlier this yearOne more thing: The semantics around climate change, or global warming, are almost as divisive as the science itselfGlobal warming was the default term up until the last decade or so, when climate change became more popular among those urging action to cut greenhouse gas emissionsThat shift was partly to respond to comments like Trump made Thursday by clarifying that a higher global aggregate temperature does not mean the entire planet would be getting universally warmer. Show less Politics Link copied to clipboard. Haley Britzky 6 hrs ago Featured Tehran to end arrests over "Islamic values" violations Supporters of presidential candidates distribute brochures ahead of the Iranian presidential election in MayPhoto: Fatemeh Bahrami / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images Police in Iran's capital of Tehran will no longer arrest those who violate "Islamic values," and will instead "educate" them, according to the Wall Street JournalWomen have long been punished for "infractions as minor as...wearing nail polish, heavy makeup, or tying their headscarves too loosely," per the Journal.Why it matters: This comes after Saudi Arabia ended its ban on women driving, and could indicate a shift toward moderation in the regionSome Iranians are skeptical, however, and say what matters is how the new rules are implemented, per the Journal popular Link copied to clipboard. Haley Britzky 8 hrs ago Featured Romanians charged with hacking D.Csecurity cameras before inauguration The 58th U.SPresidential InaugurationPhoto: Samuel Corum / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images Two Romanians are being charged in D.Cfederal court for allegedly hacking into two-thirds of Washington, D.C.'s outdoor surveillance cameras in the weeks before President Trump's inauguration, according to the Washington PostA spokesman for U.SAttorney Jessie KLiu said: "This case was of the highest priority due to its impact on the Secret Service's protective mission and its potential effect on the security plan for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration."What happened: D.Cpolice noticed the problem on January 12, the Post reports, and the cameras were taken offline and re-setThe hackers, Alexandru Isvanca and Eveline Cismaru, are being described "as part of a bigger extortionist hacking group," and face up to 20 years in prison if they're convicted on charges of fraud and computer crimes. Politics Link copied to clipboard. Ina Fried Erica Pandey 8 hrs ago Featured Apple apologizes, will cut battery price after admitting it slowed down old devices Apple admitted to slowing down old iPhonesPhoto: Chesnot / Getty Images In the wake of criticism over its handling of iPhone related battery issues, Apple announced a series of new actions, which include cutting the cost of replacing the battery on most newer iPhones to $29 from $79Apple also issued an apologyWhy it matters: Apple faces multiple lawsuits over the issue, and has been under intense criticism for slowing down some older phonesWhile it had good reasons for doing so, making it hard and expensive to replace batteries added to the criticism. Keep reading ..words Apple also said it will issue a software update early next year to "give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone's battery, so they can see for themselves if its condition is affecting performance." Apple statement: "We know that some of you feel Apple has let you downWe apologizeThere's been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we're makingFirst and foremost, we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgradesOur goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that." Show less Technology Link copied to clipboard. Erica Pandey 8 hrs ago Featured Police officers in Puerto Rico call in sick over owed overtime pay A police car patrols the streets of Albonito, Puerto Rico after Hurricane MariaPhoto: Mario Tama / Getty Images Thousands of Puerto Rico's police officers are calling in sick to protest rising tabs of owed overtime pay, AP reportsIn the weeks after Hurricane Maria, officers worked 7 days a week for 12 to 15 hours at a time, lobbying groups for the police told AP.The big picture: Demand spiked for police officers to aid in the hurricane recovery and ensure safety in cities and towns that lost power for weeks after Maria hit the islandPer AP, Puerto Rico's police department usually sees about 550 absences a dayRecently, an average of 2,700 of the island's 13,000 officers have been absent each day, and police chief Michelle Hernandez has recommended that U.SNational Guard soldiers step in to fill spots. popular Link copied to clipboard. Sara Fischer 9 hrs ago Featured Accounts you don't follow will soon show up in your Instagram feed Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP Instagram announced this week that posts from accounts users don't follow will start appearing in a new section of News Feeds called "Recommended for You." Users will have the option to temporarily hide posts that are recommended to them. Why it matters: Instagram has been testing ways to expose users to a wider range of content to increase user engagement — which helps the app, and its parent company Facebook, sell adsEarlier this month, Instagram added up a feature that would allow users to follow hashtags (topics) as well as specific accountsThe company has continually developed and customized its "Explore" section in a similar push to expand what users engage with. Technology Link copied to clipboard. Khorri Atkinson 10 hrs ago Featured Alabama certifies that Jones beat Moore Nicole Craine/Bloomberg via Getty Images Alabama officials certified Democrat Doug Jones as the winner of this month's special Senate election, despite a last ditch legal effort by Republican rival Roy Moore to delay the certificationWhy it matters: Moore, who lost by over 20,000 votes, has refused to concede the race after the Dec

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