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Kalanick will be a CEO again

Kalanick on day three of the trial between Waymo and Uber Technologies on Feb. 7. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick will be a chief executive again — this time of City Storage Systems, "a holding company focused on the redevelopment of distressed real estate assets in the areas of parking, retail and industrial," if all goes to plan, according to his Facebook page.

Why it matters: Kalanick resigned from Uber last June amid a flurry of scandals, raising questions about how he'll occupy his time now. Recently, he announced the debut of a fund, 10100, which has acquired a controlling stake in City Storage Systems.

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Trump asked Netanyahu if he genuinely cares about peace

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Trump at the White House in March. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

In a phone call last year with Bibi Netanyahu, President Trump said something that shocked some of the people who helped prepare his briefing materials for the conversations. According to three sources familiar with the call, Trump asked Bibi bluntly if he actually cares about peace or not.

The details: Trump was pressing Bibi on the importance of striking a "deal" for Mideast peace. He'd read news reports about Bibi planning to build additional settlements to please his conservative base in Israel. Trump thought Bibi was unnecessarily angering the Palestinians. So, in the course of a longer conversation that was mostly friendly and complimentary, he bluntly asked Bibi whether or not he genuinely wants peace.

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Kellyanne Conway rises — again

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Kellyanne Conway has never actually wanted the job of White House communications director, according to sources who've discussed it with her, but Axios has learned that she left many in the White House communications team this week with the impression that she'd be leading the team in some capacity.

Behind the scenes: Senior White House communications official Mercedes Schlapp convened an off-site team-building and planning retreat last week for the White House comms team. They held the session on Thursday at the General Services Administration building a couple blocks from the WH (the same building that once housed the transition).