Scoop: The Trump White House stands at the doorstep of the 2018 midterm elections with no serious political operation. Read up.
The career of the highest-paid man in TV news came crashing down today, as NBC fired "TODAY" show anchor Matt Lauer over allegations of sexual harassment.
The big picture: Several news outlets had reportedly been investigating Lauer for weeks, including the New York Times and Variety. Variety's New York Bureau Chief, Ramin Setoodeh, said they discovered multiple victims, and that NBC was aware of Variety's story.
The Variety story, which published this afternoon:
President Trump crossed new lines this morning, Axios' Jonathan Swan writes:
Swan's open questions:
How does Trump's national security team feel about this, given their Middle East strategy rests on the cooperation of Muslim-majority countries like Saudi Arabia?Chief of Staff John Kelly likes to say he ignores Trump's tweets, but when you have the British Prime Minister releasing a highly unusual statement condemning Trump, it's impossible to ignore them. They are now directly affecting foreign policy and can't be dismissed as fluff.What reaction can we expect from the moderate / liberal wing of the administration — White House officials like Gary Cohn, who condemned Trump's response to Charlottesville?Go deeper: See the rest ... How the White House is spinning the comments.