White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Tuesday confirmed that Ronny Jackson is no longer the president's doctor saying, "he's still an active duty navy doctor assigned to the White House, but upon his nomination to Veterans Affairs secretary an acting doctor was put in his place."

Sanders denied reports that Chief of Staff John Kelly is being considered to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs explaining, "no, he is not being considered. ...Both the president and his chief of staff are very happy with the position he currently holds."

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Sanders confirmed a NBC News report that President Trump's medical records were taken from his longtime doctor in New York without notice, calling the action a “standard procedure" for a newly elected president. She also disputes the characterization of Keith Schiller seizing records as a "burglary."

Sanders slammed the Iran nuclear deal explaining, "[w]e think the biggest mistake that was made was under the Obama administration by ever entering the deal in the first place."

On the Waffle House shooting incident, Sanders said the White House is arranging a possible meeting between Trump and James Shaw Jr., the man who confronted a gunman at a Nashville Waffle House shooting that left four dead last month.

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Biden pushes unity message in new TV wave

A fresh Joe Biden ad, "New Start," signals an effort by his campaign to make unity a central theme, underscoring a new passage in his stump speech that says he won't be a president just for Democrats but for all Americans.

What he's saying: The ad — which began Friday night, and is a follow-up to "Fresh Start" — draws from a Biden speech earlier in the week in Manitowoc, Wisconsin:

Trump prepares to announce Amy Coney Barrett as Supreme Court replacement

Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Photo: Matt Cashore/Notre Dame University via Reuters

President Trump is preparing to nominate federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana, a favorite of both the social conservative base and Republican elected officials, to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Republican sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: Barrett would push the already conservative court further and harder to the right, for decades to come, on the most important issues in American politics — from abortion to the limits of presidential power. If confirmed, she would give conservatives a 6-3 majority on the high court.