The national security adviser has been agitating for a war on Iran for two decades, and if he's not reined in, he could soon get his way.
Predictably, the mainstream media has issued a collective pronouncement about the president's pullout plan that fails to reflect the facts.
Warplanes over Lebanon shoot missiles at targets near the Syrian capital. Observers say Israeli airstrikes aimed to destroy arms depots.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls Putin to express sorrow over the plane's loss, but insists that Syria bears responsibility for the downing of the Il-20 electronic intelligence plane.
Annan was one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become its first black African leader.
With the capture from Islamic State militants of an enclave in southern Damascus, the city and its suburbs are now in the hands of Syrian President Bashar Assad for the first time since 2011.
The Trump administration designates Valiollah Seif, head of Iran's central bank, a terrorist and says it will impose worldwide sanctions on anyone doing business with him.
Interviews with multiple U.S. officials and advisers make it clear that America's closest allies had no chance of persuading the president to accept even a toughened-up version of the nuclear deal.
Benjamin Netanyahu's presentation on Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program was all smoke and mirrors to influence President Trump.