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THE TAKE with ABC News’ Rick Klein
You can take the man out of the palace, but you can’t keep the intrigue away. In a White House rocked by departures, loyalty oaths are popping from unlikely places. The vice president followed the attorney general in stating fealty to the president, and even the president found it necessary to side publicly with his national security adviser as a “good man” with whom he works well. (President Trump also sought to prove that, with the Oval Office empty for a while, he was working through the weekend: “This is not a vacation – meetings and calls!” tweeted the man spotted back on the golf course.) Perhaps Vice President Mike Pence isn’t coveting the presidency and hates “fake news,” and Attorney General Jeff Sessions wasn’t worried about being fired if he didn’t go after leakers, and Trump just wanted to give a shout-out to H.R. McMaster. Or it may be that, in a White House that’s now being cleaned, fears abound that the housecleaning isn’t done.
TWO GOP SENATORS GREETED WITH THANKS
Resist…and recognize? Lawmakers are home again for recess and opposition groups are revved up and raring to meet them. But there seems to be a new goal for activist groups this summer: saying thanks where thanks is due. Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski were greeted at airports in their home states with…