5-Point Guide To Politics Today: Flynn Resigns, Mnuchin Confirmed, And More

Good morning, here’s what you need to know.

  • National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn Resigns

Mr. Flynn resigned after it became apparent that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence and said he had not discussed sanctions with Russia. He quit the job about a month in, and in the meantime retired Lt. Gen. Joseph K. Kellogg Jr. will be the acting national security adviser.

  • The investigation that yielded the decision

The F.B.I. looked at Mr. Flynn’s phone calls after he came under public scrutiny, and the Justice Department told the White House last month that Mr. Flynn had not explained himself fully, the Justice Department also feared he could be vulnerable to blackmail from Moscow.

  • “HOLY MOLY!!!” a crisis caught on tape 

That’s what a member of Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida said on Facebook after he witnessed firsthand the president handling the news that North Korea conducted a missile test with top aides and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan. Mr. Trump’s meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada was more formal, the two held a joint press conference.

  • Dirty Air

India’s pollution causes about 1.1. million premature deaths each year, second only to China for worst in the world, according to a recent study. Rapid industrialization, population growth, and a lack of government regulation were cited as the reasons for this in the study.

  • Kellyanne Conway Gets Called a Liar

Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway’s claim that former national security adviser Michael Flynn had “the full confidence of the president” just hours before his resignation was announced is proof that she is “out of the loop” and acting recklessly, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said this morning.

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