First Lady Melania Trump's communications director Stephanie Grisham. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Expect to hear more about Stephanie Grisham, First Lady Melania Trump's spokeswoman, as discussions heat up about replacing White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

The state of play: A number of influential people close to President Trump want her in the job — and Trump has told people he likes her and trusts her. She is one of a tiny number of campaign originals left in the White House.

  • A person close to the president said Grisham could potentially take on another senior press job, if not as a direct replacement for Sanders.
  • No decision has been made on Sanders’ replacement. Trump tweeted about Sanders: "I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas."

Go deeper: Some of Sanders' most controversial claims as press secretary

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Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn promised that "science will guide our decision" for a coronavirus vaccine at a Senate hearing on Wednesday.

Why it matters: More Americans are expressing doubt about a first-generation vaccine, despite President Trump's efforts to push an unrealistic timeline that conflicts with medical experts in his administration.

CEO confidence rises for the first time in over 2 years

Data: Business Roundtable; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

A closely-watched CEO economic confidence index rose for the first time after declining for nine straight quarters, according to a survey of 150 chief executives of the biggest U.S. companies by trade group Business Roundtable.

Why it matters: The index, which still remains at a decade low, reflects corporate America's expectations for sales, hiring and spending — which plummeted amid uncertainty when the pandemic hit.

Official says White House political appointees "commandeered" Bolton book review

John Bolton's book "The Room Where it Happened." Photo: Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty Images

A former career official at the National Security Council claims her pre-publication review of former national security adviser John Bolton's explosive book on President Trump was "commandeered by political appointees for a seemingly political purpose," according to a letter from her lawyers filed in court on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The White House fought against the publication of Bolton's book for most of the year on the grounds that it contained harmful and "significant amounts of classified information."

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