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Gary Cohn announces promotions after tax cuts

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Two staffers at the National Economic Council are getting promotions to the deputy director level in the wake of tax cuts becoming law, Gary Cohn told staff this morning.

Quick hits: Shahira Knight, a driving force on tax reform, will be deputy director for domestic policy, according to a White House official. Ashley Marquis, who was Cohn's chief of staff and is a Bush administration veteran, will be deputy for economic affairs. They join Everett Eissenstat, who is deputy for international affairs.

Big picture: The NEC has been a force in the administration, and sources throughout the White House describe the NEC as its biggest magnet for talent. These moves simultaneously reflect the void left by the departure of former Cohn deputy Jeremy Katz, whose exit has been a bigger blow than many realize, but also the deep bench he helped build in his tenure.

What comes next: Most people in the White House believe Cohn won’t stay for much longer. But Cohn himself rebutted that widespread view in a recent interview with Mike Allen.

Michael Sykes 25 mins ago
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Juiciest excerpts from new book on Hillary Clinton campaign

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Hillary Clinton making her concession speech. Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images

Amy Chozick's new book "Chasing Hillary" is already making news around town with new details about Hillary Clinton's campaign falling under the microscope in the days before its release.

Quote"I knew it. I knew this would happen to me ... They were never going to let me be president."
— Hillary Clinton, per a quote from the book.
Mike Allen 36 mins ago
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Kim Jong-un's art of dealing with Donald

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Kim Jong-un speaks Friday to the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang. Photo: North Korean government via AP

Kim Jong-un may have learned the art of dealing with President Trump: Give him a win — or at least what he thinks is a win, or can spin as a win.

Why it matters, via BBC: "The surprise announcement comes as North Korea prepares for historic talks with South Korea and the U.S.": Kim is due to meet his South Korean counterpart next week, and President Trump by June.