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U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore. Photo: Brynn Anderson / AP

There is "zero chance" Steve Bannon will back down from his support of Roy Moore, according to one source close to Bannon. A second source says Bannon believes Moore's denials which is why he's sticking with him.

Why this matters: Bannon has been out of the country and silent on the Moore situation as it spun out of control and other Republicans called for him to drop out of the race. Bannon's response, to triple-down on his support, will intensify his war with Republicans. As the source close to Bannon put it, Mitch McConnell should quit the Senate before Moore.

It's clear Bannon has been uncomfortable with the Moore situation. I've asked him multiple times, via text message, whether he's going to drop Moore given the mounting sexual allegations and the less-than-convincing responses from Moore himself. Under normal circumstances Bannon would respond immediately, telling me I don't get it, calling me a "Morning Joe" swamp creature, a member of the fake news "opposition party" etc. But he hasn't been doing that. He's been changing the subject and totally silent about Moore.

Back in D.C., Bannon's allies are struggling through the storm. Some of his friends and close allies are deeply uncomfortable about being the last on the island with Moore. The yearbook signature rattled almost everyone. When Sean Hannity effectively ditched Moore last night by giving him 24 hours to prove the allegations wrong, that made some of Bannon's allies even more uneasy about his exposure.

  • One Bannon ally said that if Moore can no longer defend himself in a credible fashion against these charges "it makes it very tough for supporters to continue backing his campaign."

But Bannon still has Matt Boyle, who is pushing Breitbart to stick totally behind Moore. Breitbart's Washington Editor — who was one of two reporters Bannon sent to Alabama to discredit the female accusers' stories — has told associates he's all in for Moore until Election Day. Bannon's nemesis Matt Drudge taunted Bannon today with a headline suggesting he was retreating on Moore. If anything, that's only likely to make Bannon more likely to stick with Moore.

Breaking: New Moore accuser, the 6th, comes forward

Go deeper: How Republicans are trying to stop Roy Moore

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Kellyanne Conway's parting power pointers

Kellyanne Conway addresses the 2020 Republican National Convention. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

Kellyanne Conway has seen power exercised as a pollster, campaign manager and senior counselor to President Trump. Now that his term in office has concluded, she shared her thoughts with Axios.

Why it matters: If there's a currency in this town, it's power, so we've asked several former Washington power brokers to share their best advice as a new administration and new Congress settle in.

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GOP holdouts press on with plans to crush Cheney

Screenshot of emails to a member of Congress from individuals who signed an Americans for Limited Government petition against Rep. Liz Cheney. Photo obtained by Axios

Pro-Trump holdouts in the House are forging ahead with an uphill campaign to oust Rep. Liz Cheney as head of the chamber's Republican caucus even though Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told them to back down.

Why it matters: What happens next will be a test of McCarthy's party control and the sincerity of his opposition to the movement. Cheney (R-Wyo.) is seen as a potential leadership rival to the California Republican.

Democrats aim to punish House GOP for Capitol riot

Speaker Nancy Pelosi passes through a newly installed metal detector at the House floor entrance Thursday. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House Democrats plan to take advantage of corporate efforts to cut funding for Republicans who opposed certifying the 2020 election results, with a plan to target vulnerable members in the pivotal 2022 midterms for their role in the Jan. 6 violence.

Why it matters: It's unclear whether the Democrats' strategy will manifest itself in ads or earned media in the targeted races or just be a stunt to raise money for themselves. But the Capitol violence will be central to the party's messaging as it seeks to maintain its narrow majorities in Congress.