Good Thursday morning, and welcome to March.
Hope Hicks and President-elect Trump at a rally in Mobile, Ala., on Dec. 17, 2016 (Mark Wallheiser / Getty Images)
Scoop: After a crazy 24 hours, sources close to President Trump say he is in a bad place — mad as hell about the internal chaos and the sense that things are unraveling.
Everywhere you look inside this White House, top officials are fighting, fomenting, feuding or fleeing, insiders say in conversations with Jonathan Swan, Jim VandeHei and me:
Be smart: Trump is in a bad, mad place, feeling ill-served and confined by staff. The people he genuinely enjoys and feels close to are gone (Keith Schiller), leaving (Hope) or getting pounded in the press (Jared).
Jared Kushner's business got loans after White House meetings, per the N.Y. Times:
Response from Peter Mirijanian, spokesperson for Kushner's attorney, Abbe Lowell:
Response from Chris Taylor, spokesperson for Kushner Companies:
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Exclusive: The three top officials in the Justice Department dined together last night, on the same day President Trump was publicly and privately raging about Sessions, Axios' Jonathan Swan and Alayna Treene report:
Mourners pay respects to the Rev. Billy Graham, lying in honor in the Capitol Rotunda.
This is how crazy:
Swan tells me that confusion last night among senior officials on the trade announcement — a decision of global consequence — is like nothing he's seen in the Kelly era:
Be smart: This is a good illustration of catching Trump at the right moment —
which senior administration officials believe is what Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and possibly trade adviser Peter Navarro did.
No decision has been made on Hope Hicks' replacement as White House communications director, but here are some people who could be in the mix, according to Jonathan Swan's conversations with the inner circle:
Of the more than 360 access-related gun bills proposed by Congress since the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, only one has become law, according to an Axios analysis (by Haley Britzky, Chris Canipe and Andrew Witherspoon) of congressional bill data from ProPublica.
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Trump's gun comments yesterday (POTUS "stunned Republicans on live television ... by embracing gun control," as the N.Y. Times put it):
Be smart, from Axios' Caitlin Owens:
Suspicions of bias dog Trump ... "Large numbers of Americans say they think President Donald Trump's policies have made things worse for African-Americans, Hispanics and Muslims. And more than half [of those polled] say the president himself is a racist," AP reports:
Likely midterm voters in swing states don’t perceive a direct employment benefit from international trade, according to polling by Firehouse Strategies, a Republican firm, and Optimus, a data consultancy:
Sunday's Academy Awards show (ABC, 9 p.m. ET) brings the closest, most unpredictable race for best-picture Oscar in recent history, AP film writer and critic Jake Coyle writes:
"The season has seen film after film vie for the most compelling, of-the-moment story line":
Be smart: "In the eyes of Oscar observers, 'Get Out' has surged the most in recent weeks, aided in part by a robust campaign by Universal Pictures."
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