FROM Kevin Robillard
Stephen Bannon is out as White House strategist It's official. The White House says chief of staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have agreed, "This will be Steve's last day." Did the President's chief strategist resign or was he fired? Kevin Robillard, who reports for Politico , has more on the reasons for Bannon's departure, where he'll go and who will replace him.
Kevin McCarthy Drops Bid for Speaker of the House House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is abandoning the race for Speaker of the House. John Boehner is expected to step down at the end of the month, but Rep. McCarthy was unable to unite the party behind his candidacy.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?