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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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"Anonymous" senior Trump official revealed as ex-DHS chief of staff Miles Taylor

Miles Taylor in a Republican Voters Against Trump ad. Screenshot via YouTube

Former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff Miles Taylor on Wednesday publicly claimed to be the author of the anonymous New York Times op-ed that described a "resistance" within the Trump administration working to thwart President Trump's agenda.

Why it matters: Taylor already publicly endorsed Joe Biden in a video funded by Republican Voters Against Trump in August, accusing the president of wanting to "exploit the Department of Homeland Security for his own political purposes and to fuel his own agenda."

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  1. Politics: Biden ahead in Wisconsin, Michigan as cases surge in the Midwest.
  2. Health: Surge "is real" and not just caused by more tests, Trump's testing czar saysMask mandates help control rise in hospitalizations Some coronavirus survivors have "autoantibodies."
  3. Business: Surge is sinking consumer confidence Testing is a windfall.
  4. Media: Pandemic causes TV providers to lose the most subscribers ever.
  5. World: Germany to close bars and restaurants for a month Putin mandates face masks.

Parties trade election influence accusations at Big Tech hearing

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A Senate hearing Wednesday with Big Tech CEOs became the backdrop for Democrats and Republicans to swap accusations of inappropriate electioneering.

Why it matters: Once staid tech policy debates are quickly becoming a major focal point of American culture and political wars, as both parties fret about the impact of massive social networks being the new public square.

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