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August 4, 2017

Law and Disorder: Our Weekly Social Media Roundup

Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski (C) says hello to reporters as he and White House advisors Sebastian Gorka (from L), Omarosa Manigault and Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci accompany President Trump for an event celebrating veterans at AMVETS Post 44 in Struthers, Ohio, U.S. July 25, 2017. Photo: Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS

Call it our law-and-order edition. Or, the attempt at it, anyway.

Clearly, new White House Chief-of-Staff, General John Kelly, has his work cut out for him. After a bloodletting in the West Wing that shook up Trump’s motley crew, our sequence of Kelly photos tells you how much we really expect to change. Kelly may be disciplined, but he’s dealing with a family that knows only drama and chaos, the storm clouds tinged with feigned optimism.

To distract from the Russia investigations and the White House fire fight, Trump, too, went full authoritarian this week. Ginning up the culture war, he tweet-banned trans soldiers from the military and encouraged cops to rough up detainees. Because transgender soldiers have been the subject of many documentary photo stories, get ready for visual pushback there. At the same time, other threats — such as North Korea’s ICBM tests — seemed to generated fluff.

Given what’s at stake, we’re also paying closer attention to environmental stories. And here, in contrast to the tempest in the White House, the question is: how much can photography deliver with authority?

Photo: Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS. Caption: Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski (C) says hello to reporters as he and White House advisors Sebastian Gorka (from L), Omarosa Manigault and Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci accompany President Trump for an event celebrating veterans at AMVETS Post 44 in Struthers, Ohio, U.S. July 25, 2017. 

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