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Former senior counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway and former press secretary Sean Spicer. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Biden administration has asked 18 members of military service advisory boards, including 11 officials appointed by former President Trump, to resign or be fired, the White House confirmed Wednesday.

Why it matters: The officials include prominent former Trump advisors — like former counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway and former press secretary Sean Spicer —who were appointed to Air Force Academy and Naval Academy boards respectively just before the former president left office.

  • Other officials include former national security adviser H.R. McMaster on the West Point board, former Office of Management and Budget director Russell Vought on the Naval Academy's board and former White House liaison to the Justice Department ​​Heidi Stirrup.

What she's saying: "The president's objective ... was to ensure you have nominees and people serving on these boards who are qualified to serve on them and who are aligned with our core values," press secretary Jen Psaki said at a briefing Wednesday.

  • "I will let others evaluate whether they think Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer and others were qualified, or not political, to serve on these boards."
"The president's qualification requirements are not your party registration, they are whether you're qualified to serve and you're aligned with the values of this administration."
— Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday

Be smart: The boards' duties are "to inquire into the state of morale and discipline, the curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs, academic methods, and other matters relating to the academy which the Board decides to consider."

  • The president appoints six of each boards' 15 members — all of whom Biden has now asked to resign. Members typically serve their entire three-year terms.

The big picture: Spicer said on his cable news show that he will not resign, and that he will take legal action against the decision. Conway tweeted "President Biden, I'm not resigning, but you should." Vought also indicated on Twitter he would not resign, writing, "No. It’s a three-year term."

  • Meaghan Mobbs, a member of the West Point board, in a statement called the decision "unconscionable and not all in the spirit by which this Administration promised to govern."
  • Air Force Academy board member Michael Wynne told CNN, which first reported the news, "it was an honor to be on the board," and said he was disappointed he wasn't asked to remain.

Editor's note: This post was updated to include comments from Sean Spicer on his cable news show.

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Biden replaces DeJoy allies on Postal Service board

Ron Bloom. Photo: Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden on Friday announced his nominees to replace two members — and allies of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy — of the USPS board of governors.

Why it matters: Biden is replacing Ron Bloom, a Democrat, and John Barger, a Republican, with Daniel Tangherlini and Derek Kan. If confirmed by the Senate, Tangherlini's appointment could give liberals the necessary votes to remove DeJoy as chief, who can only be removed via by the governing board, per the Washington Post.

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MLB headed for first lockout since '95 as deal expires

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred (L) and Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark. Photo: Matt King/MLB via Getty Images

Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement expired at 11:59 p.m. ET Wednesday without a new deal in place.

Why it matters: With no CBA, the MLB is headed for the first management lockout since a 1994-95 strike led to the cancelation of the World Series for the first time in 90 years.

Media giants back Bannon's bid to release Jan. 6 documents

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon at the FBI Washington Field Office in Washington, DC., in November. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

A coalition of news outlets including the Washington Post is supporting Stephen Bannon's campaign for the release of documents related to his contempt of Congress charges, WashPost confirmed Wednesday.

Why it matters: WashPost, the New York Times, CNN, NBC, the Wall Street Journal's parent company and others filed a motion arguing that a proposed protective order seeking to prevent the documents from being released violates the First Amendment, per the Daily Mail, which first reported on the news.