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The WashPost delves into the reality show in a juicy front-pager, "Tensions, tumult mark Trump's first days as president," by Ashley Parker, Phil Rucker and Matea Gold:

  • "As Trump thought about staffing his administration following his surprise victory, he hesitated over selecting Spicer … He did not see Spicer as particularly telegenic and preferred a woman."
  • "Efforts to launch an outside group supporting Trump's agenda have stalled amid fighting between Kushner loyalists … and conservative donor Rebekah Mercer … Major disputes include who would control the data."
  • Kellyanne "is arguably Trump's most recognizable aide, which has caused her to receive threats against her life. She has been assigned a Secret Service detail."
  • "Conway said she now hopes to limit her television appearances. Instead, she is taking on an expanded portfolio, which will include health care and veterans' issues, and Pence — for whom she has worked for years as a pollster — is also expected to carve out more substantive responsibilities for her."

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Why it matters: Previous presidents avoided blurring staged campaign-style events — like party conventions — with official business of governing on the White House premises, per Politico.

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