Bannon Removed From Security Council, U.S. Meets With China, and More

President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, was removed from the National Security Council, which reverses the controversial decision to include him in the first place. 

But officials say he was originally placed on the council in an effort to streamline and downsize its operations. The National Security Council includes higher-ups from various government agencies and meets to discuss important policy issues. Read the story from The AP

U.S. Meeting With China

Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet Thursday to discuss, among other things, pushing China to put more economic pressure on North Korea. North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the waters off its east coast on Wednesday. Read the story from The AP.

Susan Rice

Former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser denies that she or other officials spied on Trump or his associates for political reasons. She also denies leaking the details about ousted former national security adviser Mike Flynn. The White House, however, is casting doubt on her story. Read the story from The AP

Journalism For The Win

A principal of a Kentucky school is resigning after student reporters discovered that her credentials might not be valid. The district will likely now start asking for official transcripts as part of its vetting process. Read the story from The AP

Cable Cutters: Rejoice!

YouTube launched its streaming TV service today. It’s a crowded field, but the $35 subscription with YouTube offers some things that the others don’t. Read the story from NPR

Pepsi In The Hot Seat

The internet was on fire on Tuesday after seeing the new Pepsi ad starring Kendall Jenner. The ad showed Jenner leaving a modeling shoot to join protesters. She then hands a Pepsi can to one of the police officers standing by in riot gear as the crowd cheers. But after a huge amount of backlash, with people calling it “tone deaf,” Pepsi has pulled the ad: