Jul 23, 2017

The Mooch 😘 emoji

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 β€” πŸ¦Œβ€” for Reince Priebus, whom they call "the prancer." (I've never quite understood that one.)

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 1:30 a.m. ET: 5,695,155 β€” Total deaths: 355,688 β€” Total recoveries β€” 2,351,177 β€” Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 1:30 a.m. ET: 1,699,933 β€” Total deaths: 100,442 β€” Total recoveries: 391,508 β€” Total tested: 15,192,481 β€” Map.
  3. Public health: CDC issues guidelines for reopening offices β€” Fauci says data is "really quite evident" against hydroxychloroquine.
  4. States: California hospitals strained by patients in Mexico β€” Texas Supreme Court blocks mail-in expansion to state voters.
  5. Business: MGM plans to reopen major Las Vegas resorts in June β€” African American business owners have seen less relief from PPP, Goldman Sachs says.
  6. Tech: AI will help in the pandemic β€” but it might not be in time for this one.
  7. World: EU proposes a massive pandemic rescue package.
  8. 1 🎢 thing: Local music venues get rocked by coronavirus.
  9. 🎧 Podcast: Trump vs. Twitter ... vs. Trump.
  10. What should I do? When you can be around others after contracting the coronavirus β€” Traveling, asthma, dishes, disinfectants and being contagious β€” Masks, lending books and self-isolating β€” Exercise, laundry, what counts as soap β€”Β Pets, moving and personal health β€” Answers about the virus from Axios experts β€” What to know about social distancing β€” How to minimize your risk.
  11. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it, the right mask to wear.

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