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Today in Kafka 
March 16th, 2018
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Disfunction in the White House

Emails reveal conservative alarm over ‘Obama holdovers’ in Trump administration Nahal Toosi writes in Politico. “PLEASE READ THIS STORY – it’s the result of a SCOOP of mine from last year about conservative media, ‘Obama holdovers,’ the ‘deep state’ and a young woman caught in the middle,” Toosi revealed on Twitter. Michael Crowley called it “eye-opening.”

White House trade aide Peter Navarro’s Ties to Nucor Highlight Trump Advisers’ Steel Industry Connections, Nick Timiraos writes in Wall Street Journalism. Bob Davis explained, “Anti-China video that brought WH trade aide Peter Navarro to Trump’s attention was financed by a steel company is a secretive way.” Paul Page put it simply: “Several top officials behind U.S. trade policy have strong ties to the steel industry.”

Trump’s personal aide John McEntee lost his White House position over a gambling habit that posed a security risk, Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig and Josh Dawsey report. While Dawsey added on Twitter that McEntee was leaving himself susceptible to blackmail.

Amid tumult engulfing his White House, Trump jokes 'who's next?' Jonathan Lemire tweeted: “NEW: Trump is moving to replacing HR McMaster, though has not settled on timing or replacement. But other changes may be coming too: Shulkin grasping for job, other Cabinet members scrambling, and Kelly is now on thin ice.” Zeke Miller, Jonathan Lemire, and Catherine Lucey reported on this piece for the AP.

As Trump decides to remove his national security adviser, others may follow, Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey, Philip Rucker, and Carol Leonnig write in the Washington Post.

Indeed, Trump Says as More Personnel Shake-Ups Loom. He tells Michael Shear and Maggie Haberman at the New York Times, “There Will Always Be Change.” Haberman added, “Trump protests, but another administration shakeup as soon as tomorrow is looking…” Michael M. Grynbaum shared this quote from the article: "His language was saltier and unfit for publication.”

Trump: ‘I had no idea’

Desikan Thirunarayanapuram at the Washington Post reports that Trump says he made up facts in meeting with Justin Trudeau. The President admitted as much in a fundraising speech. It’s all about whether or not the U.S. has a trade surplus or deficit with Canada. Trump’s solution? “I didn’t even know...I had no idea.”

Elsewhere in the Trump administration, Politico’s Dan Diamond got the exclusive that Trump is finalizing an opioid plan that includes death penalty for dealers. Meanwhile, “Many lawmakers have said they weren’t sure whether to take the idea seriously,” Diamond writes.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will meet with Ivanka Trump in the U.S. “No Tillerson? No problem. S. Korea's foreign minister, originally scheduled to meet Rex in Washington, will meet Ivanka instead,” Jonathan Cheng resolved.

‘Vanessa [Trump] is done’

For more on the Trump family, Vanessa Trump filed for divorce from Donald Trump Jr. Julia Marsh has the news in Page Six. And everyone else had a lot of thoughts: 
Mara Siegler tweeted: “It happened.”
Chris Geidner put it bluntly, “Vanessa is done.”
Kate Bennett felt otherwise, “Sad to hear of anyone going through tough times. The Trump's have five children, were married 13 years.”
Eve Peyser wrote, “Today love died.”
Emily C. Singer shared, “Apparently Don Jr.'s tweets were one of the causes of their divorce.”
Jillian Sederholm wrote, “‘Controversial Tweets’ is the new Irreconcilable Differences.”
Ashley Feinberg added, “i just want to thank all of you for your support during these times.”

The trouble with Russia

An NRA lawyer told investigators that the group is concerned about their Russia ties, Peter Stone and Greg Gordon write at McClatchy DC.

And Special Investigator Robert Mueller Subpoenaed the Trump Organization, Demanding Documents About Russia, we learn in another piece from Michael Schmidt and Maggie Haberman at the New York Times.

‘Why do we need reporters?’

In a different Washington, the head of the Washington state Employment Security Department resigned after an investigation found his workplace behavior made some coworkers uncomfortable, according to Joe O'Sullivan at the Seattle Times. Mike Rosenberg put it quite clearly: “‘Why do we need reporters when we can get info straight from sources now?’ Press release: head of WA employment dept retires after great success News story: head of WA employment dept resigns after sexual harassment complaints.”

Radio-Canada reporter Antoine Trépanier was arrested for harassment after asking the subject of a story for an in-person interview, Shaamini Yogaretnam reports in the Ottawa Citizen.


Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: Someone with a lot of time on their hands recently tracked all the songs played on the TV show WKRP in Cincinnati and put them in a spreadsheet. What was the first rock song Johnny Fever played when the station switched formats?

Answer: That would be “Queen of the Forest” by Ted Nugent.

Congrats to Debra Krol who was the first to tweet the correct answer!

Your question of the day for today is…Before helming a new media empire on the principles of living life as a happy Man Repeller, what was the name of Leandra Medine’s first blog?

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