The move is an abrupt change from earlier this year, when President Trump reorganized the council to include his chief strategist as a permanent member.
In the frenzy over the Trump team's talks with Russians, a darker story may be getting missed: how "deep state" surveillance powers control American leaders.
The mere existence of a transcript of a phone conversation involving Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser (pictured), carries the potential for a Watergate-size scandal that would land on the Democrats.
It reflects poorly on the president's judgment that he could not see that his hand-picked national security adviser, pictured, was a disaster.
Investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald published an expose this week detailing how the NSA has been feeding "propaganda" to various news publications, which have happily played along.
A look at the day's political happenings, including Susan Rice being considered for another political appointment and a GOP strategist criticizes the Republican Party's outreach to women.
The Obama administration has seen another key player out the door. This time, it's national security adviser James Jones, whom Obama thanked for his "sacrifices" in his announcement in the White House's Rose Garden on Friday. Who's next?