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In early 2017, when then-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer took the podium to give his first (then-daily) White House press briefing, few would have suspected that in just under three years and two press secretaries later, he would be competing on Season 28 of Dancing With the Stars.

But in the cosmic joke that is 2019, that's exactly what happened.

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Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, has been busy as of late. With the release of his book, The Briefing, he's embarked on a tour that's seen him jump from media outlets to comedy shows in what at least one outlet called "an effort at image rehabilitation."

Spicer, in contrast to many previous members of President Donald Trump's administration, has, at times, apologized for the outright lies he told on camera during daily press briefings and for his combative––infamously parodied––behavior with members of the media. The press has often tolerated these appearances, seemed deferential, and even congratulated Spicer for appearing to accept some degree of responsibility for stoking the flames of a culture that has grown nearly numb to the president's daily cries of "fake news!" at news outlets that print anything critical of him or his administration.

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Sean Spicer promotes his new book, The Briefing, during a SiriusXM Patriot Forum on July 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

Sean Spicer, embattled former White House Communications Director and Press Secretary for President Donald Trump, resigned from his position in 2017. Then the man dubbed Spicey did what most prominent political figures now do: sought a book deal.

The resulting book, The Briefing: Politics, the Press, and the President released Monday July 23, 2018, received a not so favorable review from The Wall Street Journal Tuesday. Jonathan Karl, a political journalist with extensive background covering the nation's capital, took Spicer to task for the many factual inaccuracies in the book.

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Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Former Press Secretary Sean Spicer conducting White House press briefings. (Credit: Win McNamee/Alex Wong)

In an interview on Tuesday, Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had expressed praise for current White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Sanders previously worked under Spicer as Deputy Press Secretary until Spicer's resignation. The kind words for his replacement come almost exactly a year after she was appointed:

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President Donald Trump loomed large at last night's Primetime Emmy Awards, the target of more than one brutal joke, including a rather boisterous monologue by host Stephen Colbert.

The Americans has hotter spies than the Russia inquiry,” Colbert sang during his opening musical number alongside Emmy-nominated performers Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys. "Even treason's better on TV."

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A wealthy supporter of President Donald Trump collaborated with Fox News under the watchful eye of the White House to concoct a story claiming that Seth Rich, a Democratic National Committee staffer, was killed in retaliation for leaking information damaging to Hillary Clinton to Wikileaks, a new lawsuit claims. Rich was killed on a Washington street in the middle of the night last year. The crime remains unsolved. Fox News published the story on May 16 only to retract it later, saying the story didn’t meet its “standards.”

Private investigator Rod Wheeler alleges in his lawsuit that President Trump read the Fox story before publication and gave the green light for the network to falsely quote him in an article which supported the story's premise. Jay Wallace, Fox's President of News, says there was no "concrete evidence" Wheeler was misquoted by the reporter, Malia Zimmerman. The network declined to allow Zimmerman to comment.

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The White House barred journalists from recording video or audio footage during Monday afternoon's White House press briefing. Jim Acosta, CNN's Senior White House Correspondent, condemned the White House's action in statements to his Twitter followers and rebuked White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer for ignoring his questions. Acosta later called the briefing "bizarre."

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