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Cliff Sims, who wrote tell-all White House memoir, joins spy office

Sims declined to comment. An ODNI spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

POLITICO previously reported that Trump was incensed by Sims’ book, with several current and former White House officials having described the president as “very pissed off” and “really hopping mad” upon reading early excerpts and leaks of its text.

“A low level staffer that I hardly knew named Cliff Sims wrote yet another boring book based on made up stories and fiction,” Trump tweeted in January 2019. “He pretended to be an insider when in fact he was nothing more than a gofer. He signed a non-disclosure agreement. He is a mess!”

In his lawsuit against Trump, Sims argued that the federal government was seeking to penalize his “First Amendment right to disclose unclassified information regarding which he learned during his tenure as a federal employee.” The lawsuit was eventually dropped.

After a brief legal

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Was There a Super Spreader Event at the Rose Garden? Many Think So


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It appears that the Rose Garden event to honor Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the next potential Supreme Court Justice might have led to the spread of coronavirus among numerous politicians, including the president himself.

Trump confirmed he and his wife Melania had tested positive for COVID-19 early Friday morning. Shortly after, the president of Notre Dame confirmed that he, too, had tested positive for the virus. Hope Hicks and Senator Mike Lee have also tested positive for the virus. All of these people were present at the Rose Garden event, during which the majority of people present did not wear masks or observe social distancing protocol. Barrett herself has tested negative for the virus,

The White House has not released a statement acknowledging the rising speculation that the Rose Garden ceremony for Barrett became a super spreader event for COVID-19.

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Photos: Trump walks across White House lawn after COVID-19 diagnosis

  • President Donald Trump left the White House on Friday for Water Reed Medical Center, where he will be admitted after testing positive for COVID-19. He wore a mask.
  • Trump and the First Lady went into self-quarantine after testing positive for the virus early Friday morning, but the White House announced he developed a fever and cough later in the day and would be taken to the hospital for a “few days.”
  • Trump left the White House Friday evening, walking across the south lawn to board Marine One without assistance.
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President Donald Trump departed the White House Friday evening for Walter Reed Medical Center, where he will be admitted for a “few days” after testing positive for COVID-19 and developing symptoms.

Trump boarded the presidential helicopter, Marine One, after walking across the south lawn without assistance from staff. He wore a mask while making

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Food Network Kitchen Sets the Table with New Series BREAKFAST WITH BESSER

Featuring chef Elena Besser.

Food Network Kitchen Sets the Table with New Series BREAKFAST WITH BESSER

Food Network Kitchen, the award-winning, first of its kind culinary app, today announced the premiere of new, original series, Breakfast with Besser, featuring chef Elena Besser chatting with celebrity guests including some of Hollywood’s hungriest stars as she guides them in cooking breakfast dishes specifically crafted for them. From insightful interviews and interactive games, to creative recipes and cooking tips, viewers will be treated to a first row seat at the breakfast table and get a chance to laugh and learn as comedians, actors, and Broadway stars navigate their way through the kitchen. Joining Besser across the 6 episodes will be Lea DeLaria, André De Shields, James Monroe Iglehart, Chris Redd, Dulcé Sloan and Bowen Yang cooking up dishes such as Cheddar Chicken and Waffles, Chicago-style Breakfast Biscuit Egg Sandwich, Devil’s Food Crepe Cake and more. THE TALK show style interaction combined with cooking show level

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Beating survivor says part of her never left bathroom where she hid for 16 hours

She asked the judge to give her former boyfriend one year in prison for every hour she was trapped in a bathroom hiding from him. She was there for 16 hours after he attacked her.



a man standing in front of a building: Curtis Scott was sentenced to 22 years in prison Friday after beating his former girlfriend in 2019.


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Curtis Scott was sentenced to 22 years in prison Friday after beating his former girlfriend in 2019.

On Friday, Curtis Scott was sentenced to that and more. He will serve 19 years in prison for felonious assault, kidnapping and abduction, plus another three years for a weapons charge.

In an incident caught by surveillance cameras, Scott brutally beat his then-girlfriend Brenda Luper in the hallway of a West End apartment in July 2019.

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The video shows him punching her in the face, dragging her by her hair, stomping on her head and slamming her body

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White House initiated contact tracing after aide tested positive: spokeswoman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Contact tracing was put into place at the White House immediately after Trump aide Hope Hicks tested positive for coronavirus, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks in the Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 1, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

“Immediately there was contact tracing that was put into place and all of the necessary procedures,” McEnany said without elaborating on when Hicks received her positive result.

She said Trump got his positive result on Thursday night and “within an hour, we put out that information to the American people.”

In separate remarks to reporters, McEnany said it was considered safe for Trump to travel to his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, for a private fundraiser on Thursday.

“It was deemed safe for the president to go. He socially distanced, it was an

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White House announces no changes to safety procedures after Trump positive COVID-19 test

The White House said Friday it will continue following the coronavirus safety procedures it already has in place after President TrumpDonald John TrumpPresident Trump, Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19 Trump, first lady to quarantine after top aide tests positive for coronavirus Secret recordings show Melania Trump was frustrated about criticism of Trump 2018 border separation policy: CNN MORE tested positive for COVID-19. 

When asked what changes would take place after the president’s diagnosis, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany did not rule out making future changes to existing guidelines but did not announce any changes from existing procedures.

“We put in place safety procedures. The White House Correspondents’ Association has spaces between the chairs, we wear masks in the White House when we can’t socially distance, the president, we make sure we’re always six feet away and we stay away from each other. So we’ll move forward with

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University of Notre Dame president tests positive for COVID-19

The University of Notre Dame’s president has tested positive for COVID-19, a school spokesman confirmed Friday morning, less than a week after he attended Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination ceremony at the White House without wearing a mask.



John I. Jenkins wearing a suit and tie: In this file photo, John I. Jenkins, President of Notre Dame and Chairman of the Big East CEO Executive Committee talks with the media after TCU accepted an invitation for full membership into The Big East Conference on November 29, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas. Jenkins has tested positive for COVID-19 less than a week after he attended Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination ceremony at the White House without wearing a mask.


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In this file photo, John I. Jenkins, President of Notre Dame and Chairman of the Big East CEO Executive Committee talks with the media after TCU accepted an invitation for full membership into The Big East Conference on November 29, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas. Jenkins has tested positive for COVID-19 less than a week after he attended Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination ceremony at the White House without wearing a mask.

The Rev. John Jenkins has mild symptoms and contracted the illness “from a colleague he was in regular contact with at Notre Dame,” according to university spokesman Paul Browne.

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Journalists who work at the White House are testing positive for Covid-19

A widening coronavirus outbreak at the White House has left members of the media scrambling to find out if they, too, are infected.



a display in a store: The White House's Brady press briefing room is almost empty, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Washington. President Donald Trump said early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning announcement that plunges the country deeper into uncertainty just a month before the presidential election. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)


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The White House’s Brady press briefing room is almost empty, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Washington. President Donald Trump said early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning announcement that plunges the country deeper into uncertainty just a month before the presidential election. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Three journalists who work at the White House tested positive on Friday, according to a series of memos from the White House Correspondents Association.

A White House staffer who sits in the “lower press” area of the West Wing also received a confirmed positive result on Friday morning.

Reporters and White House spokespeople work together in cramped quarters, often meeting the definition of close contact.

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READ: Update from White House doctor on Trump’s COVID-19 treatment

The White House on Friday afternoon released an update on President TrumpDonald John TrumpPresident Trump, Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19 Trump, first lady to quarantine after top aide tests positive for coronavirus Secret recordings show Melania Trump was frustrated about criticism of Trump 2018 border separation policy: CNN MORE‘s treatment for COVID-19 from his physician Sean Conley.

The doctor revealed that Trump has been treated with one dose of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail, as well as zinc, vitamin D, the antihistamine famotidine, melatonin and aspirin.

Conley wrote that Trump is in “good spirits” though “fatigued” but did not detail his other symptoms, which have been described by the White House as “mild.”

“He’s being evaluated by a team of experts, and together we’ll be making recommendations to the president and first lady in regards to next best steps,” the doctor wrote.

The memo follows another from earlier

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