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Chris Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax Media and a Florida friend of President Trump, said on ABC's "This Week" that the president told him "he's expecting to make one or two major changes to his government very soon, and that's going to be it."

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The big picture: Ruddy said Trump said the White House is running "like a smooth machine — his words."

  • Ruddy, an ABC News contributor, told Martha Raddatz that Trump told him he’s "perplexed" by all of the reports of chaos in the White House.
  • Other sources — not Trump — told Ruddy that Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin "is likely to depart soon."
  • Trump is happy with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, according to Ruddy: "He will be staying."
  • Ben Carson's fracas about spending on office furnishings hasn't hurt his standing with Trump, per Ruddy, who said that "the president is very happy with the job he's doing."
  • Ruddy dismissed concerns about Stormy Daniels for President Trump, saying, “This is politically motivated to hurt or embarrass [President Trump] in some way…I think the American people are really dismissing this as political witch hunt."
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17 mins ago - World

Brazil senators vote to recommend criminal charges for Bolsonaro

Brazilian senators vote on probe into President Bolsonaro's handling of pandemic. Photo: Gustavo Minas/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Brazilian Senate committee Tuesday voted to approve a report recommending President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with a raft of criminal indictments including crimes against humanity over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, per AP.

Why it matters: Bolsonaro has become the face of a right-wing approach to the pandemic that includes repudiating vaccines and masks and resisting lockdowns and other mitigation measures. The Senate report holds him personally responsible for half of the country's 600,000 deaths.

Former Georgetown tennis coach pleads guilty to accepting admissions bribes

Gordon Ernst (left) former head tennis coach at Georgetown, outside a courthouse in Boston in 2019. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

A former Georgetown University head tennis coach has pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribery charges related to facilitating the admission of prospective applicants.

Why it matters: Gordon Ernst solicited and accepted bribes from William Singer, ringleader of the cheating scheme uncovered by Operation Varsity Blues, and families in exchange for helping prospective applicants get into Georgetown as student athletes, according to the Justice Department.

4 hours ago - Health

CDC says some immunocompromised people can get fourth COVID shot

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in updated guidelines Tuesday that some immunocompromised people who have received either Pfizer or Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines will be able to get a fourth shot.

Details: People over 18 who are "moderately to severely immunocompromised" and have received three doses of an mRNA vaccine may get a fourth shot (of either the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines) at least six months after getting their third Pfizer or Moderna dose, per the CDC.