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Lazaro Gamio / Axios

New White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci is already making his presence felt, telling Politico's Tara Palmeri today that he'll fire Michael Short, a loyalist to Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. And don't be confused by last week's public bromance: Scaramucci and Reince aren't friends. It's totally phony.

  • Why it matters: Reince has a very small number of loyalists left in the White House, with most of them in the press shop. Scaramucci has been given carte-blanche firing authority by Trump.
  • What to watch: What happens if Scaramucci fires another Reince loyalist in the press shop? And then another one? Then Reince is exposed and in a situation where his clout is tested with Trump.
  • How not to read this: Mooch keeps saying "everybody" will get fired, but he has a very friendly relationship with the Trump originals, the campaign veterans who aren't tied to the RNC. In particular, that means Hope Hicks and Dan Scavino.

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Senate confirms retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as defense secretary

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The Senate voted 93-2 on Friday to confirm retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as secretary of defense. Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) were the sole "no" votes.

Why it matters: Austin is the first Black American to lead the Pentagon and President Biden's second Cabinet nominee to be confirmed.

House will transmit article of impeachment to Senate on Monday, Schumer says

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that the House will deliver the article of impeachment against former President Trump for "incitement of insurrection" on Monday.

Why it matters: The Senate is required to begin the impeachment trial at 1pm the day after the article is transmitted.

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Private equity bets on delayed tax reform in Biden administration

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In normal times, private equity would be nervous about Democratic Party control of both the White House and Congress. But in pandemic-consumed 2021, the industry seems sanguine.

Driving the news: Industry executives and lobbyists paid very close attention to Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen's confirmation hearings this week, and came away convinced that tax reform isn't on the near-term agenda.

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