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About half an hour before President Trump tweeted that Patrick Shanahan would no longer be his defense secretary, Shanahan left the Oval Office after finally telling Trump he was pulling out, Axios' Jonathan Swan reports.
Why it matters: As early as this morning some top White House officials were under the impression that Shanahan was still committed to getting himself confirmed as Defense Secretary, according to a senior White House official who was involved in the internal conversations.
Behind the scenes: Shanahan came to the White House late morning and discussed his situation with Trump.
Between the lines: The White House Counsel's Office and other top White House officials have known about Shanahan's divorce records for more than a month, according to White House sources. But Trump told reporters he first found out about the domestic abuse allegations yesterday.
Tourists are seen next to the security glass wall at the Eiffel Tower.
Not your granddaddy's scotch: "Scotch’s governing body is relaxing rules ... over how to produce the spirit," the WSJ reports.
Why it matters: Old ways are falling by the wayside because of consumer demand.