Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Photo: Jim Bennett/WireImage

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich has formed a center-right, Ohio-based group, Two Paths America, to promote solutions that he considers more positive than President Trump and more modern than Ronald Reagan.

The big picture: Kasich, whose 2017 book was called "Two Paths," has assembled a national advisory committee for Two Paths America that includes Bill Kristol, and is studded with prominent former Republican officials.

  • The list: Tom Davis, Charlie Dent, Jennifer Horn, Bob Inglis, Tom Rath, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rick Snyder and Christine Todd Whitman.

The board also includes California Assemblyman Chad Mayes (formerly Republican leader), and Steve Luczo, chairman of Seagate Technology.

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Vindman to retire from military after "retaliation" from Trump impeachment

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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who served as a key witness in President Trump's impeachment trial, announced Wednesday that he has moved to retire from the military after 21 years of service amid fears that he will "forever be limited" due to political backlash over his testimony.

The big picture: The president fired Vindman in February as the leading Ukraine expert on the National Security Council for being "insubordinate," but top military leaders including Secretary of Defense Mark Esper claim Vindman had not been politically targeted.

New York City schools will not fully reopen in fall

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at a press conference on Wednesday that schools will not fully reopen in fall, and will instead adopt a hybrid model that will limit in-person attendance to just one to three days a week.

Why it matters: New York City, once the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, is home to the nation's largest public school district — totaling 1,800 schools and 1.1 million students, according to the New York Times. The partial reopening plan could prevent hundreds of thousands of parents from fully returning to work.