This week's edition of The 45th newsletter.

New White House Chief of Staff John Kelly wasted no time asserting his influence on his first day in the job. On Monday morning he fired White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, who'd served only 10 days since his appointment – and wasn't even due to officially start his role until August 15. (Axios has a great breakdown of how Scaramucci's firing went down here.)

Short though his tenure was, those 10 days were enough to cause the resignation of former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and the ousting of former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus – not to mention the profanity-laden interview with The New Yorker, where the former financier unloaded on his colleagues in sensational fashion. The social media frenzy that followed the firing invoked everything from television's Survivor to Kate Hudson's 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days'.

Now Kelly has his clean slate, the question will be whether he can command a more orderly White House bereft of its most colourful characters.

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