FROM Douglas Paal
The US and China Try Personal Diplomacy The President came to California for fundraisers, a review of the state's implementation of the Affordable Care Act — and for his first meeting with China's new President, Xi Jing-ping. What's described as an "informal," "shirt-sleeve" summit will be held in Rancho Mirage, California. Sunnylands, the desert estate of the late Walter Annenberg, now provides a luxurious venue for elite convocations.
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."
Getting answers on phone taps, Russia and leaking The Directors of the FBI and the NSA testified on Capitol Hill today there's no evidence for President Trump's claim he was wire-tapped by former President Obama. We'll hear about that and the investigation into Russian tampering with last year's presidential campaign.