Jan 29, 2018

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is stepping down

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Photo: Pete Marovich / Getty Images

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is stepping down, effective today, multiple sources familiar with the matter told NBC News. McCabe will "remain on the FBI payroll until he is eligible to retire with full benefits in mid-March," NBC reports.

There were reports last month that McCabe, 49, planned to retire in the coming months, but sources told CBS' Pat Milton that McCabe was forced out. NBC's Pete Williams notes that in addition to the distraction caused by criticism from President Trump, McCabe may be anticipating the release of an inspector general's report on how the FBI handled the Clinton email investigation.

Timing: The move comes after Axios’ Jonathan Swan scooped last week that Attorney General Jeff Sessions — at the public urging of President Donald Trump — had pressured FBI Director Christopher Wray to fire McCabe.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday that Trump "wasn't a part of the decision-making process" surrounding his departure.

What's next: Associate Deputy Director of the FBI, David Bowdich, has been appointed to Acting Deputy Director of the FBI, reports CNN, replacing McCabe.

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Scoop: New White House personnel chief tells Cabinet liaisons to target Never Trumpers

McEntee, shown with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, walks on the South Lawn of the White House Jan. 9. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Johnny McEntee called in White House liaisons from cabinet agencies for an introductory meeting Thursday, in which he asked them to identify political appointees across the U.S. government who are believed to be anti-Trump, three sources familiar with the meeting tell Axios.

Behind the scenes: McEntee, a 29-year-old former body man to Trump who was fired in 2018 by then-Chief of Staff John Kelly but recently rehired — and promoted to head the presidential personnel office — foreshadowed sweeping personnel changes across government.

How art can help us understand AI

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Activists and journalists have been telling us for years that we are handing too much of our human autonomy over to machines and algorithms. Now artists have a showcase in the heart of Silicon Valley to highlight concerns around facial recognition, algorithmic bias and automation.

Why it matters: Art and technology have been partners for millennia, as Steve Jobs liked to remind us. But the opening of "Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI" tomorrow at the de Young Museum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park puts art in the role of technology's questioner, challenger — and sometimes prosecutor.

The Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury fight is the rematch of the century

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The weekend's biggest sporting event is Wilder-Fury II, which despite its name is not an action movie sequel starring Jean-Claude Van Damme but, rather, a boxing match starring arguably the two best heavyweights in the world.

The backdrop: In their first meeting in December 2018, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury put on a memorable show at Staples Center, with Fury surviving a brutal right hand in the 12th round to earn a split-decision draw.

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