This has made the best place to begin assessing the state of White House palace intrigue on any given day — not a frivolous pursuit, since every policy fight is transacted through perpetually shifting hierarchies.Astonishingly, for the first time in American history, the president is as likely to take time out of his schedule to lance news personalities as he is to condemn the country’s foreign adversaries.

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Brzezinski was skeptical, but Scarborough insisted Donald Fluffy Trump kept scratching him, and so he banished it from his home in Connecticut (where there was a cat, Oliver Meatball Scarborough; a dog, Scout; and four chickens: Napoleon, Sal, Iris, and S. S.) to live at hers, the land-bound Noah’s Ark of Westchester, where there were two dogs (Cajun and Hobson); two cats (Elle and Emma); 11 chickens (Pierre, Olivia, Donna, Nugget, Gina, Baby Bumba, Tammy, Jeremih, Graham, Esther, and Marta); and another rabbit they sometimes called Ducky.

It was when Ducky met Donald Fluffy Trump that it first became clear nothing was quite what it seemed. I’m like, ‘Uh-oh,’ because Ducky, at that point, was on top of what we thought was Donald.

But that drama quickly became just subtext for viewers; recently, the biggest draw has been the drama of their relationship with the president, unraveling in real time (the show’s audience has grown 50 percent since last year).

In the deranged reality-television solar system that contains the press and the new presidency, Scarborough and Brzezinski deliver black comedy with a lot of plot.

“We think it’s in the best interest of the country for him to stop watching our show.” Trump sleeps little and rises early, and most days, before he’s spoken to his advisers or received his daily intelligence briefing, he’s heard from the media.

In recent months, the president has made a conscious effort to consume less critical coverage of himself, which means less But White House officials have been alarmed by the program and admit to alerting the president when the hosts say something particularly harsh.

It was Joe Scarborough’s 53rd birthday, April 9, 2016, and his youngest child, an 8-year-old boy named Jack, was trying to tell him something. The cake was in the shape of a small mammal, resting on a bed of artificially green coconut shavings, its body frosted vanilla white and its floppy ears studded with Smarties.

Fourteen candles stuck out of its back, with another stabbed into the center of its head like some kind of sugary acupuncture experiment.

And if it hadn’t been obvious before, by the morning of June 29 — when the president falsely accused Brzezinski of bleeding all over his Palm Beach country club while recovering from a face-lift — it was clear that Joe and Mika had become satellite antagonists in the ensemble cast of the Trump-administration soap opera, which plays out on TV, online, and in print each day.

But why, exactly, their previously cozy relationship with the president had changed, and what the nature of that coziness was to begin with, depends a lot on which side you ask. and in September will celebrate its tenth anniversary, has been the preferred programming of the political elite.

He began warning that Trump was unfit for the presidency and, once he became president anyway, amplified the disarray within the White House.