First 100 days

President Donald Trump asked retired Vice Adm. Robert Harward to succeed Michael Flynn as his national security adviser, according to two sources. Harward was a former deputy commander of U.S. Central Command under current Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. He served as the National Security Council’s director of strategy during President George W. Bush’s administration before he was assigned to the National Counterterrorism Center.

Texas has become the only state to support President Donald Trump’s travel ban executive order in a pending federal appeals court challenge. The state filed a legal brief Wednesday urging the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to lift the broad restraining order issued earlier this month in a lawsuit brought by two other states, Washington and Minnesota. Last week, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit rejected the Trump administration’s request to stay a district court judge’s restraining order blocking Trump’s directive.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said that he will oppose President Donald Trump’s pick to oversee the federal budget, a defection that could bring yet more trouble for the new president. McCain said on the Senate Wednesday that he and Trump’s nominee, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., could not agree on military spending. McCain supports an increase, but Mulvaney supports reduced federal outlays.

A policy manifesto from an influential conservative group with ties to the Trump administration, including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, urged dismantling the Education Department and bringing God into classrooms. The document produced by the Council for National Policy calls for a “restoration of education in America” that would minimize the federal role, promote religious schools and home schooling and enshrine “Judeo-Christian principles” as a basis for instruction.

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