A new Politico report today paints the picture of a White House rife with leaks and a businessman-turned-president attempting to come to grips with the realities of running a government. Key sentence:

In interviews, nearly two dozen people who've spent time with Trump in the three weeks since his inauguration said that his mood has careened between surprise and anger as he's faced the predictable realities of governing, from congressional delays over his cabinet nominations and legal fights holding up his aggressive initiatives to staff in-fighting and leaks.


  • Trump's planned directive to his staff on leaks: "Cut this shit out."
  • Return of Christie?: The New Jersey governor is reportedly telling people that he'll be a part of a "second wave" in the White House once Trump's initial hires are shown the door.
  • There's no place like home: Trump's aides joke that he should spend more time at Mar-a-Lago, where he's noticeably more relaxed.
  • Spicer Soaker: After Melissa McCarthy's SNL sendup, Sean Spicer wanted to blast the press corps with a water gun during a press briefing, but Trump said no.

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Why you should be skeptical of Russia's coronavirus vaccine claims

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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday that his country has registered a coronavirus vaccine and said that one of his daughters has already been inoculated, AP reports.

Why it matters: Scientists around the world are skeptical about Russia's claims. There is no published scientific data to back up Putin's claims that Russia has a viable vaccine — or that it produces any sort of immunity without significant side effects.

A quandary for state unemployment agencies

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State agencies charged with paying unemployment benefits to jobless residents have their backs against the wall as they rush to parse President Trump's executive actions on coronavirus aid.

Why it matters: States are being asked to pitch in $100 per unemployed resident, but it’s a heavy lift for cash-strapped states that are still unclear about the details and may not opt-in at all. It leaves the states and jobless residents in a state of limbo.

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New Zealand reports first local coronavirus cases for 102 days

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after a press conference at Parliament on July 22 in Wellington, New Zealand. Photo: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Auckland is locking down and the rest of New Zealand faces lesser restrictions for 72 hours after a family of four tested positive for COVID-19, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: It's the first cases not in managed isolation for 102 days, Ardern said at a news briefing.