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AirTalk politics: Scaramucci resigns, possible ACA cuts and bipartisan tax reform?




White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci talks with the media outside the White House in Washington, DC on July 25, 2017.
White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci talks with the media outside the White House in Washington, DC on July 25, 2017.
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Another whirlwind week at the White House is in motion with the resignation of Anthony Scaramucci, whose tenure as communications director lasted little more than a week.

The decision to fire Scaramucci came from another new name to Trump’s Administration, Chief of Staff John Kelly. Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general who replaced Reince Priebus, is tasked with restoring order in the Administration. At a press briefing Monday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders mentioned Scaramucci’s unconventional comments as part of the reason for his removal. The bombastic former communications director had some controversial interview moments last week, including comments that he would fire whoever leaked information to the press.

In other news, on the heels of a failed repeal and replacement for the Affordable Care Act, Trump is considering cuts to subsidies for the ACA. Stopping these federal payments, which are owed to insurers, could spell trouble for the ACA and private insurance marketplaces.

So would the cuts be constitutional? And Democrats are offering help with a bipartisan tax reform plan to the GOP. But not without conditions. All this and more on today’s AirTalk political roundup.

Guests:

Scott Horsley, NPR White House reporter; he tweets @HorselyScott

Lisa Mascaro, congressional reporter for the Los Angeles Times; she tweets @LisaMascaro