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Former Obama advisor Dan Pfeiffer leaves GoFundMe

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Former White House senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer recently left GoFundMe, a crowdfunding site he joined in late 2015 as vice president of communications and policy. He continues to co-host the popular Pod Saves America podcast, which launches its first tour this week, and tells Axios:

"I love GoFundMe, the people there, and the work they do, but for a variety of reasons now was the right time to transition. In the near term, I will spend my time on the podcast, some political projects I had been working on in my spare time, and return to consulting for a mix of political and tech clients."

Mike Pompeo’s first foreign trip

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo testifies on worldwide threats. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

If he is confirmed as Secretary of State tomorrow, Mike Pompeo will embark on his first foreign trip as secretary to Brussels for the NATO Summit, Axios has learned. Bloomberg first reported the contingency planning for the potential trip.

The details: “The acting secretary John Sullivan is ready to go to the NATO summit in Brussels Thursday,” a senior administration official told Axios. “The secretary-designate Mike Pompeo is prepared to travel to the meeting of foreign ministers to reaffirm our commitment to NATO and coordinate the alliance’s response to Russian aggression.”

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the latest developments.

Haley Britzky 12 hours ago
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Cohen is pleading the Fifth in Stormy Daniels case

Michael Cohen walking next to photographers.
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Michael Cohen is excersising his Fifth Amendment rights regarding his role in the payoff of former porn star Stormy Daniels, according to court papers he filed on Wednesday, CNN reports.

What they're saying: Cohen wrote in the filing that "[b]ased upon the advice of counsel, I will assert my 5th amendment rights in connection with all proceedings in this case due to the ongoing criminal investigation by the FBI and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York." Trump has previously said, "If you're innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?"