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Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski at a campaign rally in Washington, Michigan. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

A new book by President Trump's former advisers Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie alleges that dozens of federal officials in Washington are working to undermine the president, according to a copy obtained by the Washington Post’s Philip Rucker.

Between the lines: Neither of the men work inside the administration, but they are close to the president and see themselves as "his outside protectors," according to Rucker. But both remain controversial figures and some White House officials, including Chief of Staff John Kelly, who reportedly physically confronted Lewandowski in the White House this year, are skeptical of their intentions.

Some key takeaways from "Trump’s Enemies: How the Deep State Is Undermining the Presidency," which is due out Tuesday:

  • Lewandowski and Bossie write that Trump told them in an interview for the book that Robert Mueller's Russia investigation has helped him politically. "I think it makes my base stronger. I would have never said this to you. But I think the level of love now is far greater than when we won." Vice President Mike Pence then agreed with Trump's assessment.
  • The president told them that he regrets not immediately firing FBI Director James Comey, saying, "I should have fired him the day after I won and announced please get the hell out."
  • They characterized former chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, who left the White House in March, as a "limousine liberal" and claimed that "the poster boy" conspired against Trump.
  • Lewandowski and Bossie similarly call establishment GOP officials who later joined the Trump White House, including former press secretary Sean Spicer, the "November Ninth Club," insinuating that the Republican Party never truly backed Trump until his 2016 victory.

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CDC approves boosters for Moderna and J&J

Boxes containing vials of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: Jon Cherry/Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's independent advisory panel voted unanimously to recommend booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine for certain populations and allow people to mix-and-match doses.

The big picture: The agency aligns with the Food and Drug Administration authorization Wednesday night which said people could switch to whichever vaccine they wanted for their booster shot.

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Israel to approve new construction in West Bank settlements

Bennett (L) and Biden discussed the settlements issue. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty

Israel will approve the construction of 4,400 new homes in the West Bank next week: 3,10o in the Jewish settlements and 1,300 in Palestinian villages.

Why it matters: This will be the first time Israel has approved new settlement building since President Biden assumed office, and it's the first time since 2007 that it approves a significant number of new homes for Palestinians in "Area C" of the West Bank, which is controlled by Israel.

House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress

Steve Bannon. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

The House of Representatives voted 229-202 on Thursday to hold former Trump strategist Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the Jan. 6 select committee.

Why it matters: The Justice Department will now consider bringing criminal charges against Bannon, marking a significant escalation in the Jan. 6 committee's efforts to enforce subpoenas against Trump allies who refuse to cooperate.

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