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After a series of high-profile missteps and months of reports that President Trump was ready to sideline human Curb Your Enthusiasm theme Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary may finally be searching for his own replacement.


As Politico reported late Monday, Spicer and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus have already reached out to two possible candidates about the job: Fox News contributor and radio host Laura Ingraham and David Martosko, the resident Trump sycophant at the Daily Mail.

Ingraham, for her part, did not work that hard to dispel the rumors when she showed up on Fox News Tuesday morning.

The White House had already begun to roll back Spicer’s public-facing role, deploying Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to conduct daily briefings.


To the horror of the White House press corps, the Trump administration has also strictly curtailed daily press briefings in general, with Spicer holding a press gaggle on Monday where no audio or cameras were allowed.


  • Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who was detained in North Korea for 17 months, died days after being released from captivity in a coma.


  • The closely watched runoff election to fill Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District seat is today, with returns expected to start rolling in shortly before 8 p.m. The race between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel—a testing ground for whether anti-Trump momentum is enough to turn a conservative-leaning district blue—is the most expensive House race in history.

Managing Editor, Splinter

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