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Installed by Trump himself, the bombastic spokesman seized control of Covid-19 messaging, with disastrous results.Michael Caputo’s moves to more closely control public health agencies under HHS’ umbrella prompted the loudest objections | Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesAfter it became clear in mid-April that his administration’s response to Covid-19 was threatening his re-election, President Donald Trump considered a leadership shake-up within a health department whose rivalries and battles with the White House had hampered efforts to contain the virus.Instead, Trump made a different move: He...

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What Ebola Taught Susan Rice About the Next Pandemic

What Ebola Taught Susan Rice About the Next Pandemic

Six years ago, the U.S. was caught flat-footed by a rampaging infection overseas. And one of Joe Biden’s top VP candidates was right in the middle.Susan Rice listens as Pres. Obama speaks at the White House about the administration’s efforts to combat Ebola in the U.S. and abroad in Oct. 2014. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty ImagesIn October 2014, national security adviser Susan Rice was steeling herself to resign.Ten months into a vicious outbreak of Ebola, a terrifying virus that caused some victims to bleed from their eyeballs, the United States was struggling to contain its spread...

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Meadows learns to navigate Kushner’s sprawling White House influence

Meadows learns to navigate Kushner’s sprawling White House influence

The new chief of staff is witnessing Trump White House truisms: Power centers vie over many decisions, and Jared Kushner is often the most powerful voice.White House chief of staff Mark Meadows listens during a meeting about the coronavirus in the White House on April 29 as senior adviser Jared Kushner looks on. | Evan Vucci/AP PhotoWhen the White House’s top domestic policy job came open in recent weeks, newly installed chief of staff Mark Meadows was quick to suggest a surprising name: Stephen Miller.The proposal, described by three people familiar with the situation, would place Miller,...

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