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Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

The White House has eliminated its top cybersecurity advisor post, Politico reports. Rob Joyce, who announced his resignation weeks ago, will be the last so-called cyber czar.

Why it matters: This is the latest episode in the Trump administration, and national security advisor John Bolton has remade the national security apparatus away from cybersecurity. Since Bolton's arrival, the National Security Council has lost homeland security advisor Tom Bossert and Joyce.

How it happened: Politico reports that Christine Samuelian, an aide to Bolton, wrote the Council on Tuesday explaining in an email obtained by Politico from a former U.S. official, that the decision is part of a larger effort to "streamline authority" for senior directors who head NSC teams.

John Bolton gets what he wants: Bolton had long been rumored to want to demote the cybersecurity advisor post from one reporting to the president to one reporting to him. More recently he had been rumored to be considering eliminating the post entirely.

The timing: At a time with unprecedented cybersecurity threats, Bolton has consolidated power at a time nearly everyone outside the administration agrees calls for specialized knowledge. Right now:

  • The U.S. is picking fights with two of its top cyber adversaries in Russia and Iran.
  • The National Security Council — on which the cybersecurity coordinator sits — can't agree on important aspects of cybersecurity strategy.
  • The country is just welcoming a new director to the NSA and Cyber Command — the top posts in cyber espionage and offense.
  • Criminal threats continue to evolve.
  • The president has proposed some form of massive infrastructure investment. Modern infrastructure is connected to computers — creating brand new threats.

What they're saying: In a statement House Homeland Security Committee ranking member Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said "after just a month in the Trump White House [Bolton] is already wreaking havoc on the National Security Council."

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Educators face fines, harassment over critical race theory

People talk before the start of a rally against critical race theory being taught in schools at the Loudoun County Government center in Leesburg, Va. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Elementary school teachers, administrators and college professors are facing fines, physical threats, and fear of firing because of an organized push from the right to remove classroom discussions of systemic racism.

Why it matters: Moves to ban critical race theory are raising free speech concerns amid an absence of consistent parameters about what teachings are in or out of bounds.

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1 dead after pickup truck hits Pride spectators in Florida

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A driver in a pickup truck hit spectators at a Pride festival in Wilton Manors, Florida, killing a man and leaving another person hospitalized Saturday, authorities said.

Details: Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis told reporters police had "apprehended the driver" and that the vehicle missed a parade car carrying Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) "by inches."

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Uganda Olympic team member tests positive for COVID in Tokyo

The Uganda National boxing team's Catherine Nanziri (L) and others arrive for check-in at Entebbe international airport in Wakiso, Uganda on Friday, ahead of their departure to participate in the Tokyo Olympic Games. Photo: Badru Katumba/AFP via Getty Images

A Uganda Olympic team member tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Japan late Saturday, officials said.

Why it matters: Japan's government has faced criticism for vowing to host the Tokyo Games next month as coronavirus cases rise. The Ugandan team is the second to arrive in Japan after the Australian women's softball players, and this is the first COVID-19 infection detected among the Olympic athletes, Al Jazeera notes.

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