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1. THREAD. On the power structure of Team Trump. Bannon pulled back the curtain today. Here's what we learned... It's not comforting. (1/17)

2. Steve Bannon is the brains behind it all. He sees himself as a political/social philosopher with a radical vision to remake America.

3. Donald Trump is the front man who keeps his true believers riled up so he and Bannon can use them as leverage to wield more power.

4. Reince Priebus is the manager, an operator with limited autonomy whose job is to keep the White House functioning. And he's frustrated.

5. Kellyanne Conway and the Trump family are Trump's anchors in the chaos. But Conway is expendable despite her loyalty. And she knows it.

6. The military guys (Mattis, Kelly, McMaster, etc.) are busy trying to preserve their reputations by disagreeing with Trump when possible.

7. Stephen Miller is Bannon's eager lieutenant, but his influence goes only as far as Bannon allows. Too young, too self-important.

8. Sean Spicer is a flack, a traditional GOP operative whose days are numbered if you believe Beltway chatter. Not a vision guy.

9. Per Bannon, cabinet chiefs are figureheads for a devious & destructive strategy: Put people in charge who will gut their own departments.

10. Pence is POTUS-in-waiting, conducting a shadow campaign for the presidency, positioning himself to take over if/when scandal erupts.

11. Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and other GOP leaders are playing a dangerous game of chicken, betting they can contain (and use) Trump.

12. There are a few other lawyers, officials, friends, etc. who are loyal, but none have real power. Bannon overrides them if he wants.

13. Any of these people could be leaking the inner workings of the White House. Palace intrigue is thick. Unpredictability rules.

14. The main checks on Bannon/Trump are: The judiciary, the intel community, the people. Democratic leaders are left twisting in the wind.

15. The media squandered their credibility during the election, helping to elect Trump by vilifying Hillary. Their impact is curtailed.

16. So here we are. Anything can happen, from trudging along as we have been, to a dramatic crackdown on free speech and a major war.

17. The best course of action for those who oppose this extreme agenda is to speak out, peacefully protest, donate to orgs, call reps...
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