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A much-discussed question at the top of the White House: just what magnitude of indignity would it take for Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to resign?
President Trump knew that appointing Anthony Scaramucci as communications director would humiliate Reince, who fought hard against it. Scaramucci was smuggled into the meeting with the President on Thursday so Reince wouldn't know about it. Trump had already taken pains to hide the discussions from his Chief of Staff, knowing Reince would try to foil the move. Trump also knew that inserting a line in the press release saying Scaramucci would report directly to the President — doing an end-run around Reince — was perhaps an unendurable public humiliation.
If we've learned anything so far about this President, it's that in real life he actually hates saying "you're fired."
So what might it take for Reince to quit?
Our thought bubble: Reince has redefined what it means to be the White House Chief of Staff — and not in a good way. It's unclear at this point how he survives much longer, and the breeziness with which the President humiliates him has even his enemies wincing in sympathy.
Senate Republicans are (finally) expected to vote this week for the motion to take up the bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Watch for a Tuesday afternoon vote, though that timing could shift.
The situation looks dicey for Mitch McConnell and the Trump administration. They're still shy of the 50 votes they need to even get the Senate to debate the health care bill.
But after talking to Senate and White House sources through the weekend, here's why I think there's a chance that the motion-to-proceed vote succeeds:
Sunday highlights reel, with Scaramucci repping the Trump administration across the networks:
The House has a busy week, with members scheduled to be voting all five days, according to a leadership source. Bills on the floor include funding bills for the Pentagon and Veterans Affairs, and a bipartisan GI bill, which the AP described as "the biggest expansion of college aid for military veterans in a decade..."
The most politically-contentious bill of the week:
What the West Wing will be monitoring this week:
Into Israel's storm:
A White House official, who shall remain nameless, has minted an emoji shorthand to refer to Anthony Scaramucci in the official's text message conversations with outside advisers. They now refer to him as: 😘. (It commemorates the kiss he blew to the White House press corps after his debut briefing.)
Scaramucci has plenty of company. Bannon allies have long referred to Gary Cohn as "Globalist Gary" or in text chains they use the emoji shorthand: 🌎. Some use a reindeer shorthand — 🦌— for Reince Priebus, whom they call "the prancer." (I've never quite understood that one.)