Feb 7, 2017

Trump reportedly not hot on Spicer

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Per CNN, the White House is prioritizing its search for a White House Communications Director to help out Sean Spicer, who has been handling that role in addition to his duties as press secretary.

CNN's source says the role "needs to be filled more than ever" as Trump is reportedly unhappy with Spicer's performance as press secretary after Chief of Staff Reince Priebus recommended him for the position. That's been further compounded by Melissa McCarthy's blistering impression of Spicer on SNL last weekend, which did not amuse the president at all.

Twisting the knife: Trump "regrets [the choice of Spicer] every day and blames Priebus."

The last time someone held both positions?: In addition to his duties as communications director, George Stephanopoulos acted as a de facto press secretary at the outset of Bill Clinton's presidency. He only lasted a tumultuous five months in both roles until he was pulled out of the communications department — however, he remained close to Clinton in an influential role as senior advisor on policy and strategy.

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee on Wednesday, including the gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at a Wednesday evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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