Aug 6, 2017

Kelly reviewing Trump's tweets

On Friday, Chief of Staff Kelly gave some 200 White House aides a "blunt" address, stressing loyalty, work ethic and stopping the leaks, per Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs and Margaret Talev.

  • In the meeting, Kelly said the staffers' loyalty must be to country first, Trump second, and "their own needs and priorities last."
  • A key sign: Trump has "shown a willingness to consult" with Kelly before tweeting, according to the Bloomberg report. He's not showing Kelly every tweet, and reserves the right to ignore him, but a source said Kelly has been "offering a different way to say the same thing."
  • The closed door policy, that Axios' Mike Allen and Jonathan Swan reported is keeping everyone from Jared Kushner to Omarosa from wandering into the Oval Office, is holding for now.

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Masks in class, sports on hold, dorm life without roommates and summer 2021 classes for some: Brown University President Christina Paxson tells "Axios on HBO" it's all in play as colleges consider whether and how to safely reopen campuses in the fall.

Why it matters: An extended shutdown of U.S. colleges and universities would leave nearly 20 million students and 3 million employees with an uncertain future, but premature reopenings without proper coronavirus safeguards could jeopardize lives and force more closings.

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After weeks of speculation, the NBA announced Saturday that it is in early discussions to resume its season in late July at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

What they're saying: The NBA's most well-sourced reporter, Adrian Wojnarowski, says "everything is pointing toward" this happening, and that teams could start recalling players as soon as next week for a two-week quarantine period and formal training camp before heading to Florida.

U.S.-China trade tensions are escalating again

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What's happening: White House National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow said Thursday the trade deal was "intact, and China has every intent of implementing it."