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​Bannon on McConnell: "I'm going to light him up"

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Steve Bannon told The Economist two days after his White House departure as Trump's chief strategist that Breitbart "will never turn on" Trump and instead will try pushing Trump in the direction of populist and nationalist agendas; "we are never going to let him take a decision that hurts him." Interview highlights:

  • On Mitch McConnell: "I'm going to light him up."
  • On Silicon Valley and Wall Street: "they're a bunch of globalists who have forgotten their fellow Americans."
  • On China: "Let's go screw up One Belt One Road."
  • "In the White House, I had influence…At Breitbart, I had power." Since his departure, Bannon's back steering right-wing Breitbart News.
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LIVE: A conversation on guns in America featuring Parkland student David Hogg

Axios hosts a conversation on guns in America, featuring Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and SVP at the National Shooting Sports Foundation Lawrence Keane.

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Bolton bombshell: the clashes to come

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John Bolton speaks at CPAC in 2016. Photo: Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sources close to President Trump say he feels John Bolton, hurriedly named last night to replace H.R. McMaster as national security adviser, will finally deliver the foreign policy the president wants — particularly on Iran and North Korea.

Why it matters: We can’t overstate how dramatic a change it is for Trump to replace H.R. McMaster with Bolton, who was U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under President George W. Bush.