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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.

U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster gives a keynote speech in front of the Jamestown Foundation in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 13. (Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images.)

The Guerrilla Campaign Against McMaster Is Alive and Well

Now critics claim the national security advisor is hurting efforts to recruit senior White House intelligence advisors.

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 14:  US President Donald Trump walks toward Marine One on the South Lawn at the White House, on August 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump is traveling to New York where he will attend his first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The Solitary Executive

Increasingly alone in the White House, the executive branch is grinding to a halt. And all Trump can do is tweet in the darkness.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets US President Donald Trump  prior to the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7.
Leaders of the world's top economies will gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / IAN LANGSDON        (Photo credit should read IAN LANGSDON/AFP/Getty Images)

The Object of McMaster’s Obsession

Mike Cernovich tries to walk the line between journalist and activist. Can he have it both ways?

An art lover walks past a images of President Obama (L) and a series titled 'Mao Trump'(R) by the contemporary pop artist Knowledge Bennett at the Ren Gallery display during the LA Art Show in Los Angeles, California on January 31, 2016. / AFP / Mark Ralston / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION, TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION        (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s the Memo That Blew Up the NSC 

Fired White House staffer argued "deep state" attacked Trump administration because the president represents a threat to cultural Marxist memes, globalists, and bankers.

The south side of the White House is seen January 26, 2015 in Washington, DC.  A small aerial drone was found on the grounds of the White House but poses no threat, a spokesman for President Obama said on Monday. Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said he did not have details about the size or type of the drone, but he said the Secret Service was investigating. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Trolls Are Waging War on America’s Civil Servants

Alt-right bloggers are singling out government employees deemed hostile to the president’s agenda.

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 16:  U.S. President Donald Trump points as he speaks about policy changes he is making toward Cuba at the Manuel Artime Theater in the Little Havana neighborhood on June 16, 2017 in Miami, Florida. The President will re-institute some of the restrictions on travel to Cuba and U.S. business dealings with entities tied to the Cuban military and intelligence services.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Why Trump’s Foreign Policy Can’t Be Stopped

There are almost no checks and balances on the administration’s conduct of international affairs. And most Americans are fine with that.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 28: President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office of the White House, January 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. Also pictured, from left, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. On Saturday, President Trump is making several phone calls with world leaders from Japan, Germany, Russia, France and Australia. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Hardest Part of Trump’s National Security Strategy to Write

Sometime this year, the Trump administration intends to release the legislatively mandated National Security Strategy (NSS). What will it contain about Russia?

US National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster speaks during a briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, May 16, 2017.
McMaster on Tuesday denied that US President Donald Trump had caused a "lapse in national security" following reports he disclosed highly-classified information about the Islamic State group to Russian officials. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Time for McMaster to Choose

The national security advisor wrote the book on dereliction of duty. Is he on the verge of being complicit?

US National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster denies the report of US President Donald Trump revealing classified information to Russian officials in the Oval Office, during a statement to the press outside of the West Wing at the White House in Washington, DC, May 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

What Exactly Is the White House Denying About the ‘Trump Mishandled Classified Material’ Story?

It appears they are attempting something much bigger and more difficult: they are claiming the central allegations of the Washington Post story are false.

US Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster looks on as US President Donald Trump announces him as his national security adviser at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 20, 2017. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

The Knives Are Out for Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster

In the White House “Game of Thrones for morons,” Steve Bannon is trying to turn the president against his national security advisor.

ARLINGTON, VA - JANUARY 27: U.S. President Donald Trump sits during a meeting to sign executive orders in the Hall of Heroes at the Department of Defense on January 27, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia. Trump signed two orders calling for the "great rebuilding" of the nation's military and the "extreme vetting" of visa seekers from terror-plagued countries. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

Can Trump Learn?

And is the National Security Council shake-up the beginning of the end for Steve Bannon?

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon leaves after a press conference in the East Room of the White House March 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

In Reversal, Trump Banishes Bannon from National Security Council

National Security Advisor McMaster asserts his control in a shake-up of the NSC, but Bannon remains a powerful voice inside the White House.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump pauses after signing an executive order in the Oval Office of the White House surrounded by small business leadersJanuary 30, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump said he will ÒdramaticallyÓ reduce regulations overall with this executive action as it requires that for every new federal regulation implemented, two must be rescinded. (Photo by Andrew Harrer - Pool/Getty Images)

Worst. Start. Ever.

Don't blame President Bannon. There’s a simple reason Trump’s approval ratings are historically low.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 28: President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office of the White House, January 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. Also pictured, from left, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. On Saturday, President Trump is making several phone calls with world leaders from Japan, Germany, Russia, France and Australia. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Beware Trump’s Kitchen Cabinet

Never before has a president so much seemed to favor amateurs over professionals.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 28: President Donald Trump signs three executive actions in the Oval Office on January 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. The actions outline a reorganization of the National Security Council, implement a five year lobbying ban on administration officials and a lifetime ban on administration officials lobbying for a foreign country and calls on military leaders to present a report to the president in 30 days that outlines a strategy for defeating ISIS.  (Photo by Pete Marovich - Pool/Getty Images)

Give Trump’s National Security Team Some Time. They’re Just Getting Started.

The president continues to be irascible toward allies, imperturbable toward Russia, and acting with reckless disregard for consequences. But his team ain't so bad.

Trump advisor Steve Bannon is seen in the Oval Office before US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May meet at the White House January 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Bannon’s Hugely Destructive First Week in Office

The puppet master is leading the Trump administration down a road of carnage.

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