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Two Years Later, No Amnesty for the GOP’s Never Trump Camp

Many remain critical, others have repented, but all are shut out from the Trump State Department.

U.S. President Donald Trump stands alongside then-White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on April 18, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Taps Bannon Ally for Top Broadcasting Job

Some in Washington worry he will turn the agency into a mouthpiece for Trump, but others say the threat is overblown.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis greets incoming National Security Advisor John Bolton at the Pentagon on March 29. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

John Bolton Can’t Be Contained

For the first time in his career, Washington’s most belligerent foreign policy wonk is officially outside the bureaucratic box.

U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster attends a White House meeting with President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on March 20, 2018. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

McMaster Unleashes on Russia in Final Speech

The outgoing national security advisor took one last swipe at Putin’s efforts to undermine Western democracies.

John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, waves as he leaves Trump Tower in New York on Dec. 2, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Bolton Expected to ‘Clean House’

The incoming national security advisor aims to ax dozens of White House officials as he dismantles McMaster’s NSC.

John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, waves as he leaves Trump Tower in New York on Dec. 2, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Trump Taps Uber-Hawk Bolton as National Security Advisor

From “Bomb, Bomb Iran” to a preemptive strike on North Korea, the former Bush official promises a much more belligerent foreign policy.

Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gives a farewell address to State Department staff in Washington on March 22. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson Decries ‘Mean-Spirited’ D.C. in Farewell Address

Tillerson gave a four-minute farewell speech to State Department employees. His legacy will last much longer.

Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist, speaks during a discussion on countering violent extremism in Washington on Oct. 23, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Fear of a Coup at Broadcasting Board of Governors

Employees fear the Breitbartization of U.S.-government funded international media outlets

White House National Security Advisor HR McMaster on December 13, 2017 in Washington,DC. (ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty Images)

McMaster’s Problem Isn’t Trump. It’s Mattis and Kelly.

The "axis of adults" has been running foreign policy, but the national security advisor was quickly pushed to the kids' table.

Then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally organized by the Tea Party Patriots against the Iran nuclear deal in Washington, D.C., on Sep. 9, 2015. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s Where Advocates and Critics of the Iran Nuke Deal Can Agree

Supporters and detractors alike should see an opportunity in Trump's threats to the accord.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with then-FBI Director James Comey at the White House on Jan. 22, 2017. (Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

Trump Launched Campaign to Discredit Potential FBI Witnesses

The president targeted three bureau officials who could provide key testimony in the Mueller probe.

U.S. President Donald Trump and former advisor Steve Bannon during the swearing-in of senior staff at the White House on Jan. 22, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Ordered Bannon to Limit Testimony

The president relied on a key legal advisor, but his advice could have a downside

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Deep Pockets, Deep Cover

The UAE Is paying Ex-CIA officers to build a spy empire in the Gulf

President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

The NSS and the China Challenge

The president and his team deserve credit for formulating a coherent, cohesive approach to battling Beijing.

President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden at the White House on July 25.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Evidence Is Damning: What Team Trump Knew and When

We already know that the Trump campaign was aware of — and intended to profit from — Moscow’s interference in the election.

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