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Week in politics: Expectations for new White House chief of staff, plus how the GOP stays on agenda following health care debacle

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Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, delivers a speech as Republican President-elect Donald Trump looks on during his election night event in New York City. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

For a second straight week, a key member of President Donald Trump’s staff is out of a job.

After now former press secretary Sean Spicer resigned two Fridays ago, this past Friday saw the exit of White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. It came just a day after new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci went on a profanity-laced tirade to a New Yorker correspondent about his frustration with leaks in the White House and some of his West Wing co-workers, including Mr. Priebus. The president appointed former Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to be his new chief of staff, raising questions about how his tenure will differ from Priebus’.

The shakeup comes at a difficult time for the Trump administration, which finds itself trying to advance an ambitious policy agenda after the Senate’s failure to pass health care reform while also staying focused amid the tumult in the West Wing.

Elsewhere, the U.S. and Russia continue to flex their diplomatic muscles at one another. After the U.S. approved a new package of sanctions for Russia last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that 755 staff have to leave U.S. diplomatic missions in Russia. North Korea is also back in the headlines after it test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday, prompting U.S. bombers to fly over the Korean peninsula this weekend.


Lisa Garcia Bedolla, professor in the Graduate School of Education and director of the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley

Charles Kesler, Dengler-Dykema Distinguished Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College and editor of the Claremont Review of Books

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