Watch Your Six

“Mr. Shine, who held the title of deputy White House chief of staff, was the sixth person to accept the job to manage communications chief for this White House … But as time wore on, Mr. Shine never developed a close relationship with Mr. Trump. The president frequently criticized him to other advisers, saying that his own press coverage had not improved.” NYT: Bill Shine Resigns as White House Message Chief. (With Bill Shine out as Communications Director, you can say goodbye to the disciplined, focused White House messaging to which you’ve grown accustomed.) Shine lasted the longest of anyone in the role, or about 22.3 Scaramuccis.

+ The unexpectedly brief sentence handed out to Paul Manafort got a lot of people talking about the inequities in the criminal justice system. (Manafort got 47 months for bank fraud, money laundering, and cheating the American people. Half the country got 48 months for losing the electoral vote.) Here’s Franklin Foer on The ‘Otherwise Blameless Life’ of Paul Manafort.

+ And today in synergy: Trump cheered Patriots to Super Bowl victory with founder of spa where Kraft was busted. (Ay, there’s the rub … and tug.)

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