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In today’s email: Ron Klain, Anita Dunn, The Macker, Joe Biden, Gina Raimondo, John Boehner, Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, M.T.G., and many, many more.
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News and notes on the hottest topics in town: speculation about Biden’s musical chairs, and schadenfreude regarding how McCarthy’s lust for the speakership may set back his post-speakership financial opportunities.
It’s revolving door season in Washington: lawmakers with senioritis are bidding adieu, a new congress is a few weeks from commencing, Hakeem Jeffries has received the baton from Nancy Pelosi, and Kevin McCarthy is trying to play “saboteur” whack-a-mole for a job he always wanted, no matter how unappetizing it presents itself to be. Hope springs eternal in a town where everyone is writing—and rewriting, and re-rewriting—their narrative in real time. And that’s especially true in the White House, the human laboratory that usually undergoes its fair share of professional turnover coming out of the midterms.
As I reported last month, Joe Biden’s chief of staff Ron Klain has been looking forward to a much-needed break from civil service after what has turned out to be a particularly...