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Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders faced a series of questions about the reported tense relationship between Trump's new White House Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci, and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus during Thursday's WH briefing. Her response? "I think the President as always enjoys healthy competition and conversation."

She later dodged questions on whether Trump still has confidence in Priebus, given the president's reported disappointment with his inaction, and instead stated that the Trump WH is one that "has a lot of different perspectives because the president hires the very best people." And as for Scaramucci's suggestion on firing those responsible for the leaks coming out of the White House? "I'm not going to comment on Anthony's suggestion. I'll let him speak for himself," she said.

Other highlights from the on-camera briefing:

  • On implementation of Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the military: The WH still has to work with the DoD "to fully implement" the president's transgender policy, "and do so in a lawful manner." Sanders added that there is currently "no specific timeline" for when the policy change will be rolled out.
  • Health care update: "The president is looking forward to [Senate Republicans] keeping their promise tonight." She also said that the president wants them to replace the ACA with a "freedom" health care bill.
  • On Sessions' thoughts about the Russia probe: "Attorney General Sessions knows better than anybody that the president and his campaign had nothing to do with Russia."
  • Russia sanctions bill: Sanders said the WH has to see the final language before Trump decides whether to veto it or not.
  • On Trump "stepping on his own message" on Twitter: "I think the President's aware that he can walk and chew gum at the same time."

One fun Sanders quote: "No, I cannot confirm whether or not Sean Spicer will be on 'Dancing With the Stars' upon leaving the white House."

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Parkland shooting victims' families settle suit with school district

A makeshift memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2020. Photo: Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Families and survivors of a 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., reached a $25 million settlement in their lawsuit against the Broward County school district Monday, per the South Florida SunSentinel.

Why it matters: The deal was reached in the suit over the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High after the school district won a Florida Supreme Court ruling that could have capped damages at $300,000 in total without approval from the state legislature, AP notes.

Texas Republicans pass new congressional maps in their favor

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The Texas House voted 84-59 late Monday to approve new congressional district maps that reduce the number of districts with Black and Hispanic majorities, per the Texas Tribune.

Why it matters: The legislation comes after recent census figures found Texas' growing diverse population doesn't bode well for Republicans, who then worked to protect incumbents with the redrawn maps.

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North Korea's military fires another ballistic missile into sea

A woman in Seoul, South Korea, walks past a television image if North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: Jung Yeon-je/AFP via Getty Images

North Korea's military fired at least one ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, per multiple reports.

Why it matters: Pyongyang's latest in a series of recent missile launches happened hours after U.S. officials emphasized their commitment to restart negotiations on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which have stalled since talks broke down during the Trump administration, AP notes.