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One of Trump's closest former advisers now says he's 'obviously in mental decline’

Trump's former communications director thinks he may resign.

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Anthony Scaramucci worked with Donald Trump for three years, both on his campaign and as White House Communications Director, and he has serious questions about his mental health.

"If you look at a whole pattern of speech and deterioration of his syntax — I'm not a psychologist so I'm not going to clinically evaluate him — (but) as a person, as a voter, you're saying the guy is obviously in mental decline," Scaramucci said on CNN's "New Day."

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Intermission: Peep Show (The Candy Kind)

The Washington Post is highlighting some of its favorite submissions of dioramas made out of Peep candies.

For six years, The Washington Post has hosted a Peep Diorama Contest, receiving thousands of submissions of famous historical or cultural scenes made entirely out of Peep marshmallow candies. The deadline for 2012 submissions is later today, so the paper is highlighting their favorite submissions from past years for last-minute inspiration. Although the finalists and semi-finalists selected must be from D.C., Maryland, or Virginia, anyone can enter. Who knew leftover Easter candy could be so fun?

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Let's All Ask The New York Times Why Its Healthcare Reform Coverage Is So Lopsided

We've got a project for you: Let's demand some accountability from our newsmakers.


Early Thursday I told you that nearly 50 percent of Americans either believe Obama's Affordable Care Act has been repealed or don't know enough to say whether it's still a law. If that stat seems like a condemnation of American civics knowledge, it is—but only partially.

For the rest of the story, or, perhaps, for an explanation about why many Americans are so ignorant, consider the above graph. Ezra Klein made it with data from the Washington Monthly, and it shows the disparity between media coverage of court rulings that have ruled healthcare reform unconstitutional and rulings that have found the law completely legal.

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Education: Morning Roundup, A School Fix Manifesto

The single most important factor in determining whether students succeed in school is the quality of their teacher.

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Mines Are Still Super Dangerous (and Big Coal Is Still Making Big PR Gaffes)

A moving tribute to coal miners who have died on the job, brought to you by the industry that killed them.

Remember the Upper Big Branch disaster back in April, when miners died and all of sudden mine safety was a big issue in the media? Well, nine miners have died since then—this despite the public outcry and a federal crackdown that was supposed to increase scrutiny and safety in mines.

The Washington Post ran an incredible, in-depth, and disturbing look at this regulatory failure, accompanied by a powerful, moving slideshow about deceased miners and their families. Though, as Jeff Biggers pointed out, "online readers of the Washington Post today were forced to view a fatuous 'clean coal' ad prior to viewing an extraordinary photo galley on 'Death at American coal mines.'"

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