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Trump and Sessions in August. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The AP dives deep into a two week stretch from July that saw John Kelly take the reins as chief of staff, the FBI raid Paul Manafort's home and Anthony Scaramucci arrive, and then almost immediately depart, as communications director.

The report flashes back to Trump's attacks on Jeff Sessions at that time, and includes this bit of news: "Recently, Trump bemoaned the Republicans' loss in a special election in Alabama and in part blamed Sessions, whose departure from the Senate to head to Justice necessitated the election." It was Trump, of course, who nominated Sessions in the first place.

July 19

  • Trump attacks Jeff Sessions in an interview with the New York Times and later on Twitter.
July 20
  • Contentious national security meeting, in which Trump questions why the U.S. needs "so many people" in foreign posts, and after which Rex Tillerson reportedly calls him a "moron."
July 21
  • Anthony Scaramucci named communications director.
  • Sean Spicer announces resignation as press secretary.
July 26
  • FBI raids Paul Manafort's home.
  • In a vulgar call with the New Yorker's Ryan Lizza, Scaramucci savages his fellow senior White House officials.
July 28
  • John McCain tanks "skinny repeal" of the Affordable Care Act with an unexpected "no" vote.
  • Departure of Reince Priebus is announced, Trump taps John Kelly to replace him as chief of staff.
July 31
  • Scaramucci ousted after 11 days.

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The House approved President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package on a 219-212 vote early Saturday morning, sending it to the Senate for a possible rewrite before it gets to Biden's desk.

The big picture: The vote was a critical first step for the package, which includes $1,400 cash payments for many Americans, a national vaccination program, ramped-up COVID testing and contact tracing, state and local funding and money to help schools reopen.

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President Biden speaking after visiting a FEMA Covid-19 vaccination facility in Houston on Feb. 26. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said Friday that "it's not the time to relax" coronavirus mitigation efforts and warned that the number of cases and hospitalizations could rise again as new variants of the virus emerge.

Why it matters: Biden, who made the remarks after touring a vaccination site in Houston, echoed CDC director Rochelle Walensky, who said earlier on Friday that while the U.S. has seen a recent drop in cases and hospitalizations, "these declines follow the highest peak we have experienced in the pandemic."

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