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White House Chief Of Staff John Kelly Will Leave 'By The End Of the Year,' Trump Says

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will be out of work “by the end of the year,” according to President Donald Trump.

The New York Times reports that Kelly’s departure is part of a “planned staff shakeup” and does not come as a surprise to the retired General, hired, initially to bring a sense of calm and order to a West Wing that seemed uncontrollably chaotic in the first few months of the Trump Administration.

The parting, though, is mutual; reports say Trump has wanted Kelly to move on for some time, and Kelly now feels he’s no longer useful in organizing the White House staff, having done all he can to impose a sense of order in Trump’s administration.

“John Kelly will be leaving — I don’t know if I can say ‘retiring,’” the president told reporters during the annual Army-Navy game Saturday. “But he’s a great guy. John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year.”

Kelly’s replacement is already waiting in the wings.

“Mr. Trump has settled on Nick Ayers, a youthful but experienced political operative who serves as chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, as his top choice to replace Mr. Kelly, people familiar with the matter said,” according to the NYT. “In Mr. Ayers, Mr. Trump sees what Mr. Kelly, a career military officer, was not: a wily political operative whose focus would be on politics and campaigning as the president looks toward his re-election bid.”

Ayers is expected to serve only on an interim basis, however, while the White House finds a more suitable, long-term replacement to take them through the 2020 campaign season. That’s a natural transition, though. Each White House has made big changes ahead of a re-election effort in order to withstand the intense criticism leveled during heated political battles, and to manage a more temporary flow of employees, many of whom will leave to join the President’s re-election campaign, to be replaced by newer, greener staffers.

Kelly’s departure is also no surprise, least of all to Kelly. The White House Chief of Staff has been working — sometimes unconvincingly — to assure nervous media and lawmakers that he had complete control in the White House and that he had no plans to leave his post for at least the last six months.

But even it was an expected staff shift, it doesn’t make it any less nerve-wracking for prominent Republicans,

Outgoing Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) Tweeted his goodbyes on Saturday.

“Our country is better for his duty at the White House. During this time he has become a dear friend and trusted partner,” Ryan wrote on social media. ‘He was a force for order, clarity, and good sense. He is departing what is often a thankless job, but John Kelly has my eternal gratitude.”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), who has been a surprisingly vocal critic of the President this weekend, expressed concern that a moderating force was departing the White House, leaving inevitable chaos in his wake.

“It depends who they put in as a replacement,” Rubio told CNN’s State of the Union Sunday morning. “Hopefully it will be someone just as qualified, just as strong. It’s good for our country to have someone like that in that post.”

Kelly is expected to release a statement detailing the specifics of his departure on Monday.

The Daily Wire Speaks With Conservative Late-Night Comedy Host Victor Dweck

“I was always a huge fan of late-night comedy. It was always something that I wanted to do. It was my dream.”

Sitting in a coffee shop in midtown Manhattan, 31-year-old Victor Dweck talks about his forthcoming late-night comedy show, simply titled “DWECK.”

He explains that he had previously worked on a comedy show, where he absorbed “anything and everything” about the craft. Regarding his own foray into television comedy, Dweck notes that “it was always going to be an extension and an expression of my humor.”

When I saw what was going on with the current late-night shows, which were basically just an anti-Trump hate fest, I saw an opportunity to let the people know that my show wasn’t going to be like that.

There’s a vacuum in the late-night landscape, according to Dweck, which has opened up a market for a more unique, conservative comedy host. “If the playing field wasn’t what it is, I probably wouldn’t have even made it known that I’m a conservative. My political views would have been irrelevant.”

I want to make it clear that we don’t consider this a conservative comedy show. We’re a comedy show first, and I just so happen to be conservative – which will come out in some of the political things I tackle.

Prior to creating the show, Dweck wasn’t a particularly political animal. He voted for Barack Obama twice, and considered himself a Democrat in the early years of his adult life. It wasn’t until his late twenties, when he began to really pay attention to fiscal issues, that things started to change.

Donald Trump really turned me on to the Republican Party. My political views changed once I started following him, and looking into the failures of the Obama presidency.

Dweck admits that putting together a late-night comedy show with conservative leanings has been difficult. When someone “curses the president” at an awards show, the audience cheers, and those people are often the arbiters of what shows make it to air.

There were even some people who were initially interested in Dweck’s show, but backed out as a result of his beliefs.

At least ten people were interested in doing the show, in me as a host, in the content itself, and then after thinking more about it, they didn’t have the stomach to work with a conservative.

Dweck stresses that it’s not even necessarily related to content, or a fear of being professionally associated with someone who might “like” a tweet from the president, but that many progressives in Hollywood “don’t even respect Republicans on a human level.”

I could be putting together a left-leaning show, and in the middle of lunch, they might say, “What do you think of the president?” And if they find out that you like him, they look at you like there’s something sinister about who you are.

As far as the general dearth of conservative content on television, however, Dweck sees it as a “numbers game.” The process by which shows are created requires room for numerous failed projects, and there simply aren’t enough conservatives in Hollywood producing content.

“It’s not just that,” says Dweck. “It’s a mob mentality. I’ve worked with tons of people that, even if we’re putting out something funny, they don’t want to be associated with anyone who’s conservative.”

Several previously filmed sketches from “DWECK” have been released on social media, one of which includes Gilbert Gottfried. As to how someone with seemingly little name recognition could snag a well-known comedian like Gottfried, Dweck gives credit to the show’s co-creator, Tom Leopold.

Leopold is a veteran sitcom writer, having worked on “Seinfeld,” “Cheers,” “Ellen,” and numerous other projects. Dweck says that he and Leopold were introduced last year by a mutual friend.

We met at the Second Avenue Deli for lunch, and hit it off right away. He’s the funniest person I’ve ever met, and a true genius. Tom knows everybody. You name a comedian, and he’s written for them in some way. So, anyone is a phone call away from Tom.

Dweck adds that the content has become a selling point unto itself due to the traction that some of the pre-released videos have gotten on social media.

Regarding what’s to come, Dweck says that audiences can expect a “great late-night show that makes fun of both sides, and isn’t purely political.”

It’s going to be the opposite of what’s out there now. They can expect a great, feel-good comedy show with a relatable host that puts humor first. It will have all the standards of a late-night comedy show – cold opens, monologues, celebrity guest interviews, desk pieces.

“It’s a dream come true. I’m so grateful to be able to give some of these people laughter,” Dweck says at the end of the interview. “There’s so much pain in comedy right now. You turn on any show, and it just insults you. So, I’m very grateful to be able to remove some of that.”

While Dweck is still in negotiations with an undisclosed network or networks, he and Leopold are expecting the show to air by early 2019.

Check out the official trailer for “DWECK” here (WARNING: Strong Language):

MSM Blast Trump Nomination Of Fox News Reporter For U.N. Job, But Two Dozen 'Journalists' Joined Obama Team

Back in 2013, president Barack Obama nominated a 42-year-old former journalist for one of the top diplomatic posts in the federal government, ambassador to the United Nations. There was an immediate outcry from the media, which questioned her qualifications.

Just kidding. That never happened. But it is happening now, as President Trump nominates a 48-year-old former journalist to the very same post.

In 2013, Obama nominated Samantha Powers for the U.N. post. Powers had begun her illustrious career as a war correspondent for four years, covering the Yugoslav Wars for U.S. News & World Report and the Boston Globe, among other publications. She went on to become director of a human rights center at Harvard, but also continued as a columnist for Time magazine.

She joined the Obama campaign in 2008, but was quickly forced to resign after she called Hillary Clinton a “monster” who was “stooping to anything” to win.

But after Powers’ nomination to the U.S. position, powerful Republicans like Sen. John McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham, along with independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman, backed her, and she was confirmed by a Senate vote of 87-10. She served in the position for more than three years and was succeeded by Trump’s appointment, Nikki Haley, who is stepping down at the end of this year.

Fast forward to today. Trump has nominated as Haley’s replacement Heather Nauert, a former Fox News journalist. Nauert worked in journalism for 20 years but also served as a government affairs consultant on issues including health insurance, Social Security and taxes and was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In April 2017, the United States Department of State announced that Nauert would become the new department’s spokesman. This past March, she was named Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. And on Thursday, Trump nominated her for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

CNN immediately called into doubt Nauert’s skills. In a section of a news piece titled “Qualifications questioned,” CNN cited a “senior diplomat” who said “This is extraordinary. Especially in the footsteps of the former ambassadors: Madeleine Albright, Susan Rice.”

The Washington Post quoted career presidential aide David Gergen, who said, “In terms of what we normally look for at the United Nations, her résumé is very thin.”

But that’s not all the MSM was moaning about. Many liberal news outlets criticized the Trump administration for employing former journalists, including a few from Fox News.

In another Washington Post piece headlined “The Foxification of the Trump White House, visualized,” the liberal paper complained about the “remarkable bit of interplay between the administration and the network that is also the only one Trump has praised regularly since taking office….”

Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, who served under George W. Bush, noted the irony. “More than 26 reporters went into the Obama Administration. I guess that was fine with the press back then, but not now,” he wrote on Twitter.

We couldn’t find the 26 Fleischer cited, but a 2013 story in The Atlantic listed 24 journalists who joined the Obama administration. Some took public communications roles, like former Time writer Jay Carney, who served as Obama’s second spokesman. But others joined on for policy roles, like:

  • Boston Globe online politics editor Glen Johnson, who worked for Secretary of State John Kerry as a senior adviser.
  • Rosa Brooks, an author who was a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, became a counselor to Michele Flournoy, the undersecretary of defense for policy.
  • CNN national security correspondent Jim Sciutto worked as chief of staff for U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke.

Erik Wemple, a Washington Post reporter, responded to Fleischer’s tweet: “All right: Were they from the same cable-news network — the same cable-news network that the president watches for hours and hours each day, and gets bogus information from?”

But Fleischer got the last zing in, responding: “No, silly. Barack Obama had his pick of reporters from every network, newspaper and magazine. They almost all fell for him, and those who didn’t join his Administration loved him and gave him soft coverage for 8 years.”

Rep. Adam Schiff: Trump Faces The 'Real Prospect Of Jail Time'

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who is set to take over the House Intelligence Committee when Democrats reclaim the House of Representatives in January, told Face the Nation Sunday morning that he believes President Donald Trump faces the “prospect” of “real jail time” after prosecutors accused the President of directing his former attorney, Michael Cohen, to issue payments to two of the President’s alleged former mistresses.

“”There’s a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him,” Schiff said. “That he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time.”

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Although the allegations, released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York on Friday, are serious, it’s not clear that they carry jail time — or much of a punishment at all. The document, which never mentions the President by name (but appears to refer to Trump as “Individual-1”) says that Cohen “acted in coordination with and at the direction of” Trump, who wanted two alleged former flings, Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, paid to keep quiet about their affairs with Trump during the 2016 Presidential campaign.

The claims, if true, appear to be campaign finance violations.

The claims, which have not yet escalated into official charges, are also separate from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign illegally coordinated with Russian officials to impact the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election. So far, it does not appear there is any evidence connecting the President to any overt coordination effort.

But Democrats seized on the Cohen report as evidence that they may have enough to impeach — or at least imperil — Trump’s term in office. Schiff, in particular, told Face the Nation that the Democratic Congress will be keeping a much closer eye on how the President doesn’t business throughout this legal ordeal.

Getting a bit ahead of himself, Schiff also says Democrats are considering how to prevent future Presidents from pardoning Trump, even though Trump has yet to be officially accused of an offense.

“We have been discussing the issue of pardons the president may offer to people or dangle in front of people,” Schiff said. “The bigger pardon question may come down the road, as the next president has to determine whether to pardon Donald Trump.”

“I think the prosecutors in New York make a powerful case against that idea,” he added. “All the arguments they make against Michael Cohen…that argument was equally made with respect to Individual-1, the President of the United States.”

The White House dismissed claims that the new allegations were anything novel on Friday. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the allegations were “nothing of value that wasn’t already known,” and reiterated that “Mr. Cohen has repeatedly lied and as the prosecution has pointed out to the court, Mr. Cohen is no hero.”

Cohen unlike the President, currently faces years of jail time on several counts.

WATCH: Shocking Video Shows 'Yellow Vest' Riots EXPLODING Across Central Paris

French authorities detained hundreds Saturday as the “yellow vest” protests, aimed at French President Emmanuel Macron’s economic and climate change policies, entered their fourth weekend.

The BBC reports that at least 1,000 people have been taken into custody across France. Dozens were injured — including a handful of police officers — in demonstrations that drew more than 10,000 people to Paris’s city center, and more than 100,000 to the streets across France, including in “Lyon, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille and Grenoble.”

A shocking video, taken from above the Paris protests, shows the scope of the demonstrations — and the devastation left in their wake.

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The French government reportedly dispatched more than 90,000 law enforcement officers nationwide, with 8,000 dispatched in Paris alone. Police used heavy armored vehicles to control the crowd, which stayed contained, again, primarily to the Champs-Elysées, Paris’s primary thoroughfare.

Freelance reporter Clement Lanot captured footage of small tanks deployed to protect major tourist attractions like the Arc de Triomphe, the massive Louvre museum, and the Musee D’Orsay, which hosts some of the world’s more precious Impressionist works.

French authorities said Saturday that they felt confident the protests were contained and, indeed, the protests in Paris were smaller than they have been in previous weeks — thanks, likely, to concessions made on the part of Macron’s government to scale back and indefinitely delay gasoline taxes designed to curb French reliance on fossil fuels by pricing domestic fuel users out of the market.

But the demonstrations are spreading as concerned French citizens share their issues with Macron’s government on social media. This week, more people demonstrated in towns and cities outside of Paris, and protests spread all the way to Belgium and the Netherlands, according to the Associated Press.

“Belgian police fired tear gas and water cannons at yellow-vested protesters calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Charles Michel after they tried to breach a riot barricade, as the movement that started in France made its mark Saturday in Belgium and the Netherlands,” the AP reported.

In those countries, though, it’s not immediately clear to the government what is sparking the protests. Unlike in France, the Belgians and the Dutch aren’t about to be hit with new fuel surcharges in order to handle “climate change.” But the AP does report that there’s a growing displeasure with what protesters consider “out-of-touch” centralized government that continues to tax and regulate ordinary citizens without concern for the financial burden ordinary Belgians and Dutch shoulder.

French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to address the nation this week, as his approval rating hovers just above 20%. The appearance will mark the first time Macron has said anything publicly since the riots began; the President has preferred to leave communication with the crowds to his Prime Minister, something that’s only thrown fuel on the fire.

There’s not much more Macron can do, however, without cutting French welfare benefits. Even if the government lowers taxes, or rolls back more surcharges, it’s in danger of falling into dire financial straits because of the cost of sustaining France’s massive welfare state. And Macron cannot raise taxes on the rich, either; his predecessor, Francois Hollande, instituted a “millionaire’s tax” that drove high-income earners out of France altogether. Macron campaigned on a pledge to repeal the “millionaire’s tax.”

The protesters say they’re not giving up, however, and claim they’re planning demonstrations all the way through the winter.

High School Teacher Fired For Refusing To Use Transgender Student's Preferred Pronoun

This week, a Virginia high school teacher was fired because he wouldn’t use the preferred pronoun of a female student who claimed she was now a male.

The unanimous decision from the five members of the West Point School Board to fire Peter Vlaming, a French teacher at West Point High School, which has roughly 265 students, followed a four-hour hearing. The board only discussed the case for an hour before rendering their decision.

As Richmond.com reports, Vlaming, 47, had taught at the high school for almost seven years and had taught the student in the 2017-18 school year, when the student still identified as female. Over the summer of 2018, the girl decided she was a boy. This school year, Vlamming addressed the girl by the new name she had chosen, but would not use the girl’s preferred new pronoun because it conflicted with Vlaming’s Christian faith.

The student claimed she felt singled out. But the only reference to Vlamming actively calling the girl by the female pronoun rather than her name, according to witnesses, came on Halloween, when the student was using a virtual reality headset. As the student was about to a wall, Vlaming told students to stop “her.” That incident prompted a discussion with administrators, Vlaming said he would not use the student’s preferred pronoun, He was subsequently suspended.

A year ago, the school district changed its nondiscrimination policies, although Vlaming’s lawyer, Shawn Voyles, pointed out during the hearing that no specific guidance on the use of gender pronouns was mentioned.

West Point High Principal Jonathan Hochman, who testified he had instructed Vlaming to use the student’s new pronoun, said, “I can’t think of a worse way to treat a child than what was happening.” West Point schools Superintendent Laura Abel stated, “That discrimination then leads to creating a hostile learning environment. And the student had expressed that. The parent had expressed that. They felt disrespected.” The school district’s attorney, Stacy Haney, snapped, “Does this board expect its employees to follow its policies or not?”

Voyles countered that as a public employee, Vlaming had the right of free speech, adding, “One of those rights that is not curtailed is to be free from being compelled to speak something that violates your conscience.”

Ironically, Vlaming and his lawyer noted that during Hochman’s testimony at the hearing, when he described his conversation with Vlaming after the incident on Halloween, Hochman referred to the student as female, saying he told Vlaming: “You need to say sorry for that. And refer to her by the male pronoun.”

Vlaming said he loved and respected all of his students and was trying to find an answer for the situation based on “mutual tolerance” but was rejected. He said his point of view had been common in “most of the world for most of human history,” adding succinctly, “That is not tolerance. That is coercion.”

According to Richmond,com, the hearing was jammed, primarily with supporters of Vlaming; one parent, Jennifer Hayne, said, “If there’s no policy in place, how can they just let him go?”

Following the decision, the school board wrote:

The School Board made a difficult decision after thoughtful consideration. It is the Board’s responsibility to adopt and uphold policy, and we unanimously voted to affirm the Superintendent’s recommendation to terminate Mr. Vlaming. West Point Public Schools has the responsibility to ensure all students have a safe and supportive school environment where they can learn and thrive. We do not and cannot tolerate discrimination in any form, or actions that create a hostile environment for any member of our school family. Mr. Vlaming was asked repeatedly, over several weeks and by multiple administrators, to address a student by the pronouns with which this student identifies. The issue before us was not one mistaken slip of the tongue. Mr. Vlaming consistently refused to comply going forward — including in a statement made at the hearing — a willful violation of school board policy. While we understand that some do not agree with our decision, we hope to have discussions that help West Point Public Schools move forward, maintain our focus on excellence and instruction, and make a positive impact on the lives of our community’s children.

Vlaming could conceivably file to a wrongful-termination lawsuit; but he has made no decision as yet. He said, “I have to research how we would do that, what that would entail. I do think it’s a serious question of First Amendment rights.” He concluded, “I am being punished for what I haven’t said.”