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APRIL 18, 2017

     When Donald Trump has a problem, Keith Schiller is often the solution. Never was that clearer than earlier this year, when Trump -- nagged by questions about a series of baseless claims he made about his predecessor, Barack Obama -- leaned on Schiller to get the pestering press out of his meeting. "Mr. President, any proof on the wiretapping?" yelled a reporter. "Mr. President, any proof at all?" Enter the 6'4", 210-pound Schiller, a man who, after working for Trump for nearly two decades, knew his usually loquacious boss didn't want to talk. CNN is trying to tear apart the Trump team.

     In a White House marked by infighting, top economic aide Gary Cohn, a Democrat and former Goldman Sachs banker, is muscling aside some of President Donald Trump's hard-right advisers to push more moderate, business-friendly economic policies. Cohn, 56, did not work on Republican Trump's campaign and only got to know him after the November election, but he has emerged as one of the administration's most powerful players in an ascent that rankles conservatives. Trump refers to his director of the National Economic Council (NEC), as "one of my geniuses," according to one source close to Cohn.  Trump may be making a mistake in putting so much power and thought in Cohn.

     Donald Trump's characterization of Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists during his presidential campaign angered Heidi Sainz, whose family is from Mexico and who has close friends who are immigrants. She was also upset that she couldn't do anything about it at the ballot box because she was a year shy of being able to vote. Sainz favors a bill in the California Legislature that would lower the voting age to 17, which she thinks would give a voice to more people affected by the outcome of elections.  It's good there is an electoral college.

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