Robert Mueller

Democracy in Crisis: Sad little scenes from the White House Briefing Room

Democracy in Crisis: Sad little scenes from the White House Briefing Room

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The White House briefing room feels like a mansion's pool house, but with the carpet of a church basement. On the eve of the summer solstice, after a week without an on-camera press briefing, the room smells like a grill doused with too much lighter fluid.

Cameramen and techies move around in loose clothes and floral shirts.

"A barbecue?" one reporter says. "Are we invited?"

"I feel like we'd be the main course," another says.

It has just been reported that Sean Spicer, the combative and sometimes-dishonest press secretary, may be moving to a new position in the White House. But he is scheduled to be here...

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