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Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference last month. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

President Trump said Thursday that national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who's resigning, will be replaced by John R. Bolton, a hawkish former United States ambassador to the United Nations.

Quick facts about Bolton:

  • Axios' Jonathan Swan reported in early January citing sources saying Bolton is expected to be part "the next phase of Trump's national security team."
  • Bolton, a Fox News contributor, will take office on April 9th.
  • He served under President George W. Bush as both under secretary of state and ambassador to the UN.
  • One area where he and Trump contrast sharply is the Iraq War. Trump has called the war a “huge mistake,” while Bolton insists it was the correct move.
  • He and Trump are staunch opponents of the Iran nuclear deal, but Bolton has gone so far as to call for Iran to be bombed. He also wrote a WSJ op-ed last month titled: The Legal Case for Striking North Korea First.
  • Bolton served as one of Mitt Romney's foreign policy advisers during his 2012 presidential bid.

Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that Bolton's title was under secretary of state, not assistant secretary of state.

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Europe's biggest soccer clubs have established The Super League, a new midweek tournament that would compete with — and threaten the very existence of — the Champions League.

Why it matters: This new league, set to start in 2023, "would bring about the most significant restructuring of elite European soccer since the 1950s, and could herald the largest transfer of wealth to a small set of teams in modern sports history," writes NYT's Tariq Panja.

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2021's expected earnings blowout begins

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First-quarter earnings so far have been very strong, outpacing even the rosy expectations from Wall Street and that's a trend that's expected to continue for all of 2021. S&P 500 companies are on pace for one of the best quarters of positive earnings surprises on record, according to FactSet.

Why it matters: The results show that not only has the earnings recession ended for U.S. companies, but firms are performing better than expected and the economy may be justifying all the hype.

NASA's Mars helicopter takes flight as first aircraft piloted on another planet

Ingenuity on the surface of Mars, filmed by NASA's Perseverance rover. Photo: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA successfully piloted the Ingenuity Mars helicopter for its first experimental flight on Monday, briefly hovering the aircraft as NASA's Perseverance rover collected data.

Why it matters: Ingenuity's short flight marks the first time a human-built aircraft has flown on a world other than Earth, opening the door to new means of exploring planets far from our own.