White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci. Pablo Martinez Monsivais | AP

Ryan Lizza probably didn’t expect the phone call he got from newly minted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci last night.

The New Yorker’s Washington correspondent had tweeted, citing two sources he didn’t name, that Scaramucci was having dinner with President Trump right-wing TV host Sean Hannity and a former Fox News executive.

Scaramucci’s instinct led him to call Lizza to ask, “Who leaked that to you?”

Being a good and reasonable journalist, Lizza didn’t give up his sources.

So, Scaramucci threatened to fire every member of the White House communications staff. Lizza laughed at such an outlandish idea, but Scaramucci appeared to be serious.

The New Yorker on Thursday published Lizza’s write-up of the call with Scaramucci, in which he eventually said, “What I want to do is I want to [expletive] kill all the leakers and I want to get the President’s agenda on track so we can succeed for the American people.”

Read the whole New Yorker piece here if you choose (Note: It’s far from family-friendly). I’ll leave some takeaways here:

• Scaramucci likes to refer to himself in the third-person, including as “the Mooch.”

• The New Yorker printed six of Scaramucci’s F-bombs.

• Scaramucci says chief of staff Reince Priebus will “be asked to resign very shortly.” He also called Priebus “a [expletive] paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac.”

• He doesn’t appear to like White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, either. Scaramucci suggested to Lizza that Bannon is trying to build a “brand” off the president.

In this Monday, July 24, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump waves to the crowd after speaking at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in Glen Jean, W.Va. On Thursday, July 27, 2017, Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh released a statement apologizing to members of the scouting community who were offended by the aggressive political rhetoric in the president’s speech three days earlier. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

In the last few days, a number of people in the “comments” section of NewsCut have suggested that the Boy Scouts should have issued a response to President Trump’s speech at the Boy Scout Jamboree this week.

Today, it did.

Here’s the full statement from Michael Surbaugh, the chief Scout executive, issued today:

Scouting Family,

In the last two weeks, we have celebrated the best of Scouting at our 20th National Jamboree with nearly 40,000 participants, volunteers, staff and visitors. The 2017 National Jamboree has showcased and furthered the Scouting mission by combining adventure and leadership development to give youth life-changing experiences. Scouts from Alaska met Scouts from Alabama; Scouts from New Mexico met those from New York, and American youth met youth from 59 other countries.

Over the course of ten days, Scouts have taken part in adventures, learned new skills, made new and lasting friendships and completed over 200 community service projects that offered 100,000 hours of service to the community by young men and women eager to do the right thing for the right reasons.

These character-building experiences have not diminished in recent days at the jamboree – Scouts have continued to trade patches, climb rock walls, and share stories about the day’s adventures. But for our Scouting family at home not able to see these real moments of Scouting, we know the past few days have been overshadowed by the remarks offered by the President of the United States.

I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree. That was never our intent. The invitation for the sitting U.S. President to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition that has been extended to the leader of our nation that has had a Jamboree during his term since 1937. It is in no way an endorsement of any person, party or policies. For years, people have called upon us to take a position on political issues, and we have steadfastly remained non-partisan and refused to comment on political matters. We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program.

While we live in a challenging time in a country divided along political lines, the focus of Scouting remains the same today as every day.

Trustworthiness, loyalty, kindness and bravery are just a few of the admirable traits Scouts aspire to develop – in fact, they make up the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

As part of our program’s duty to country, we teach youth to become active citizens, to participate in their government, respect the variety of perspectives and to stand up for individual rights.

Few will argue the importance of teaching values and responsibility to our youth — not only right from wrong, but specific positive values such as fairness, courage, honor and respect for others.

For all of the adventure we provide youth such as hiking, camping and zip-lining, those activities actually serve as proven pathways and opportunities to develop leadership skills and become people of character.

In a time when differences seem to separate our country, we hope the true spirit of Scouting will empower our next generation of leaders to bring people together to do good in the world.

Yours in Scouting,


If this keeps up, I’m going to have to set up a category for “apologies for poor behavior,” which would now include Peter Frampton, who stormed off the stage at Treasure Island on Sunday.

Poor Sherry Tupa, of Champlin, Minn., was only doing what lots of fans of aging rockers do: holding an album up from the artist’s best days. It was Frampton Comes Alive. Of course it was Frampton Comes Alive. What other Peter Frampton album would anyone own? I’m in You? Please.

But a cameraman put her on the big video screen during a Frampton solo, the crowd hooted, and that ruined his moment, so he stormed off the stage.

Ms. Tupa was nothing but class, telling the Star Tribune, “We all have our less than stellar moments.”

By last night, Frampton showed some class too, the Strib reports today. He called Tupa.

He was “humble and sweet,” she said, inviting her to send his album to him for the autograph she wanted.

It would be best if he not notice the autograph she did get on Sunday. The camera man’s.