In today’s Morning Buzz: Steve Bannon is out, Chance the Rapper is in, and Robert Gangi is befuddled. 

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  • Trump drops Steve Bannon from National Security Council: U.S. President Donald Trump removed his chief strategist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council on Wednesday, reversing his controversial decision early this year to give a political adviser an unprecedented role in security discussions. Trump’s overhaul of the NSC, confirmed by a White House official, also elevated General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Dan Coats, the director of National Intelligence who heads all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies.

  •  For Trump, Mar-a-Lago is place to break the ice with China’s Xi: U.S. President Donald Trump has told visitors that his Mar-a-Lago retreat is set up perfectly for foreign visits, but the Chinese side was initially hesitant when word came that Trump would like to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping there, according to administration officials.
  • Syria chemical attack: Russia faces fury at UN Security Council: Moscow’s suggestions that civilians were poisoned by rebel weapons on the ground have been widely rejected. The UK’s foreign secretary, a rebel commander and a weapons expert all said evidence pointed to an attack by the Syrian government, Russia’s ally.


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  • Florida SunRail on track to be under local government control: The latest numbers from the SunRail commission show roughly 3,500 trips a day on the train in February. Despite the low ridership, Mayor Buddy Dyer said he’s not concerned, even though the city, Orange, Seminole and Volusia counties are set to take over the operations in 2021. But now there are talks to fast track that takeover, from an operations standpoint, by two years.
  • Drawing Up an Urban Planning Manual for Chicago TeensWacker’s Manual and No Small Plans are both driven by questions of what makes a city or neighborhood livable, and they are similarly interested in fostering a sense of guardianship of Chicago among young readers. Yet they approach these questions and goal differently—and not only in terms of the form they take.

  • NC House panel votes to stop local governments from charging development fees: Cities, towns and counties would lose the power to charge developers for infrastructure and school construction costs under a pair of bills that cleared an N.C. House committee Wednesday morning.

  • State and local officials wary of federal government’s election security efforts: FBI Director James Comey has warned that Russia will try once again to influence U.S. elections, possibly as early as next year. To prepare, the federal government has declared elections to be a part of the nation’s critical infrastructure that demands special attention. But the federal government’s focus has state and local election officials, who are very protective of how they do things now, extremely nervous.

  • How Texas’ ‘bathroom bill’ compares to North Carolina’s revised law: Texas Republicans followed North Carolina’s lead earlier this year in unveiling their own “bathroom bill.” Since then, supporters have described the Texas bill as similar to the North Carolina law yet different in important ways.

  • Brookhaven, GA hires new public works director: The city of Brookhaven’s new public works director took the helm this week. Lowe Engineers, the private contractor that operates Brookhaven’s Public Works department, hired Hari Karikaran to manage the day-to-day operations for the department.

  • Gov Hutchinson, AR, reviewing planned executions; says no economic effect: Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he is reviewing the cases of each of the eight men the state plans to execute over 11 days from April 17-27 and said he doesn’t believe the resulting publicity will hurt the state economically.

Local Government Confidential

  • Tough election night for many suburban mayors: Incumbent politicians enjoy advantages from name recognition to fundraising, and as usual, most Chicago-area mayors and village presidents running for office Tuesday easily reclaimed their seats. But for a variety of reasons, 17 were turned out of office — 18 if you count Waukegan’s Wayne Motley, who lost in a February primary — and several more clung to their positions by slender margins. It’s unclear whether that’s an unusually high number, but some experts said it’s a sign of two-fisted politics finding a welcoming home in the suburbs.

  • Robert Gangi Announces Candidacy for Mayor of New York: He pulled campaign materials from a paper shopping bag, sought advice on which of two hats to wear in front of waiting reporters — before going with the fedora — and had to interrupt a news conference introducing his bid to be New York City’s next mayor. In a field increasingly crowded with quixotic candidates, Mr. Gangi, a born-and-bred New Yorker from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, who said he celebrates the city’s bustle and cacophony, faces almost insurmountable odds in trying to wrest the Democratic nomination from the incumbent, Bill de Blasio.

  • Chance the Rapper for Mayor: An online campaign is urging Chance the Rapper to consider running for mayor of Chicago. The website Chano4Mayor.com developed by four 20somethings, states that Chicago needs a new mayor in 2019 — a sentiment echoed by the rapper himself in a story in Complex magazine last year — given the closure of schools and mental health clinics, and systemic problems in the Police Department.