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White House chief of staff John Kelly will leave his position at the White House by the end of the year, President Trump said Saturday as he departed for the Army-Navy football game. He will likely be replaced by Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff.

Why it matters: Trump has long discussed replacing Kelly, particularly as the White House gears up for his reelection in 2020. Meanwhile, Kelly is leaving at a time when Trump is facing three key threats — a wobbly stock market, a Democratic House with ample investigative power, and the Mueller investigation.

"John Kelly will be leaving, I don’t know if I can say ‘retiring.’ But, he’s a great guy. John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year. We’ll be announcing who will be taking John’s place…over the next day or two... He’s been with me almost two years now... John Kelly will be leaving toward the end of the year, at the end of the year."

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Scoop: Mike Bloomberg's anti-chaos theory

CNN's Anderson Cooper questions Joe Biden last night at a drive-in town hall in Moosic, Pa., outside Scranton. Photo: CNN

Mike Bloomberg's $100 million Florida blitz begins today and will continue "wall to wall" in all 10 TV markets through Election Day, advisers tell me.

Why it matters: Bloomberg thinks that Joe Biden putting away Florida is the most feasible way to head off the national chaos we could have if the outcome of Trump v. Biden remained uncertain long after Election Day.

Biden's hardline Russia reset

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When he talks about Russia, Joe Biden has sounded like Ronald Reagan all summer, setting up a potential Day 1 confrontation with Russian President Vladimir Putin if Biden were to win.

Why it matters: Biden has promised a forceful response against Russia for both election interference and alleged bounty payments to target American troops in Afghanistan. But being tougher than President Trump could be the easy part. The risk is overdoing it and making diplomacy impossible.