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With the departure of White House chief of staff John Kelly, the misinformation emanating from President Trump has only escalated.
"It has devolved into anarchy," added another alumnus of Trump's White House.
Wednesday was Kelly's last formal day in the White House, but his influence had declined since he announced his departure on Dec. 8.
Since then, Trump has made several unusually specific factual assertions that were quickly shown to be inaccurate, suggesting more unvetted information may be reaching him than had been the case in the heyday of Kelly's control:
Be smart: The WashPost called the Cabinet meeting "a fact-checking nightmare."
P.S. ... Trump tweeted last night:
"Record numbers of migrant families are streaming into the United States, overwhelming border agents and leaving holding cells dangerously overcrowded with children, many of whom are falling sick," the WashPost's Nick Miroff and David Nakamura report:
"Many immigration judges have been furloughed, deepening dysfunction in a court system crippled by a backlog of nearly 1 million cases," the Post continues.
"Early applications have been expanding for years, but last month some big-name schools reported record-setting spikes," per the WashPost's Nick Anderson:
How it works: "[C]olleges want students who definitely want them. It helps fill classes (and varsity sports teams). By contrast, students admitted during the regular round, who might have multiple offers, are less likely to enroll."
"Some counselors worry the trend is widening the divide between haves and have-nots."
Tweeted by Vice President Pence: "Productive discussion w/ Congressional leadership staff at @WhiteHouse. ... Discussions continue" today.
Very few articles fully deliver, but here's one that totally does. One of the most interesting pieces to post over the holidays was a profile of Mark Burnett — creator of "The Apprentice," the long-running NBC reality show that built Donald Trump's fame in middle America — by The New Yorker's Patrick Radden Keefe:
"How Mark Burnett Resurrected Donald Trump as an Icon of American Success ... With 'The Apprentice,' the TV producer mythologized Trump — then a floundering D-lister — as the ultimate titan, paving his way to the Presidency":
"At the end of each episode, Trump determined which competitor should be 'fired.' But ... Trump was frequently unprepared for these sessions, with little grasp of who had performed well."
During her first full day in Iowa, Sen. Elizabeth Warren made clear her campaign will be built on the twin themes of economic fairness and government stripped of money's influence, AP's Tom Beaumont reports:
"Even when Sioux City Democrat Tricia Currans-Sheehan asked her why she submitted to a DNA test after Trump questioned Warren's claim of Native American ancestry," Warren tried to stick to her message.
"[J]oining her in Iowa was Joe Rospars, a recent Warren hire who was Barack Obama’s digital strategist during his successful 2008 and 2012 campaigns."
P.S. ... Just as a Boston Globe editorial suggested Warren stay on the bench, Vermont's capital newspaper, the Times Argus of Montpelier, posts a "Don't run" editorial: "Bernie Sanders should not run for president. In fact, we beg him not to."
A 612-pound bluefin tuna sold for a record $3 million at the first tuna auction of the year at Tokyo’s new fish market, the N.Y. Times' Megan Specia reports: