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New York Times:
Days Before He Was Fired, Comey Asked for Money for Russia Investigation  —  WASHINGTON — Days before he was fired, James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, asked the Justice Department for a significant increase in money and personnel for the bureau's investigation into Russia's interference …
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Behind Comey's firing: An enraged Trump, fuming about Russia  —  President Donald Trump weighed firing his FBI director for more than a week.  When he finally pulled the trigger Tuesday afternoon, he didn't call James Comey.  He sent his longtime private security guard to deliver …
CNN exclusive: Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI's Russia investigation  —  Washington (CNN)Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn seeking business records, as part of the ongoing probe of Russian meddling in last year's election …
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
After Trump fired Comey, White House staff scrambled to explain why  —  White House press secretary Sean Spicer wrapped up his brief interview with Fox Business from the White House grounds late Tuesday night and then disappeared into the shadows, huddling with his staff behind a tall hedge.
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Firing FBI director Comey is already backfiring on Trump.  It's only going to get worse.  —  THE BIG IDEA: After the president fired James Comey, the cloud hanging over the White House just got bigger and darker.  — Donald Trump has surrounded himself with sycophants …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
In the wake of Trump's brazen firing of Comey, it's time to go nuclear.  Here's how.  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  President Trump's Tuesday Night Massacre — his firing of FBI director James Comey — was such a brazen power play in the context of the FBI's ongoing Russia probe that even some Republicans are troubled by it.
Wall Street Journal:
Before James Comey's Dismissal, a Growing Frustration at White House  —  In the months before James Comey's dismissal, frustration was growing among top associates of President Donald Trump that the FBI director wouldn't publicly tamp down questions about possible collusion with Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Donald Trump Is Lying Again, Now About James Comey  —  The president of the United States is lying again.  —  He is lying about the reason he fired James Comey, the F.B.I. director.  Trump claimed that he was doing so because Comey bungled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email …
New York Times:
Updates and Reactions to F.B.I. Director Comey's Firing  —  President Trump has fired James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, the White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Tuesday.  —  Mr. Comey was delivering a speech in Los Angeles when he learned he had been fired.
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Conway: It's ‘inappropriate’ to question Trump's firing decisions  —  Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said Wednesday that it is “inappropriate” for the media to question the timing of President Donald Trump's hiring and firing decisions in the executive branch.
Discussion: ABC News
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
John McCain on Comey firing: ‘There will be more shoes to drop’  —  President Trump's sudden firing of FBI Director James B. Comey is bad for the country and will not be the end of the Trump-Russia affair, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told a group of foreign diplomats and experts Tuesday night.
John Harwood / CNBC:   Trump's firing of Comey endangers his entire presidency
David Weigel / Washington Post:
From Fox News to the Senate floor, Republicans close ranks behind Trump firing Comey
Discussion: Political Wire and USA Today
Phil Helsel / NBC News:   Trump Hires Law Firm to Fight Suggestions of Russia Business Ties
Jeffrey Frank / New Yorker:
Comey's Firing Is—and Isn't—Like Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Times:
F.B.I. Director James Comey Is Fired by Trump
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:
A Former Top Official Cited In The DOJ's Comey Memo Calls Firing A “Sham”
Discussion: The Guardian
Sara Murray / CNN:
Sources: James Comey sought more resources for Russia investigation
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
11 possible contenders to replace Comey
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Ann Coulter: Trump using Comey firing to distract attention from lack of progress on wall
Discussion: RedState
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Why James Comey had to go
Gen. Michael Hayden / The Hill:
Michael Hayden: When Trump's Washington starts to resemble Nicaragua
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   To fire Comey, Trump team waited for Rosenstein
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Rudy Giuliani Is Visiting the White House, But He Says It Has Nothing to Do With Comey's Firing
Discussion: Axios and Washington Free Beacon
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
FBI agents in tears as news of Comey's firing spread
Daniel J. Flynn / Breitbart:
Exclusive-James Comey ‘Threw the Reputation of the FBI Under the Bus,’ Says Bureau's Former Assistant Director
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Los Angeles Times:   Editorial Absolutely nothing about James Comey's firing passes the smell test
David Greenberg / Washington Post:
Trump is mirroring Nixon's final days
Discussion: The Week
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Franken rips Sessions for encouraging Comey firing
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
West Virginia journalist arrested after asking HHS Secretary Tom Price a question  —  As Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price walked through a hallway Tuesday in the West Virginia state capitol, veteran reporter Dan Heyman followed alongside him, holding up his phone to Price while attempting to ask him a question.
Reporter arrested at W.Va. Capitol during visit from Conway and Price  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A reporter was arrested Tuesday at the West Virginia Capitol for allegedly causing a disturbance and yelling questions at federal leaders in town, court records show.
Dwayne Johnson for President!  —  No one gets up earlier than Dwayne Johnson.  Or goes to bed later.  Or is more awake during the hours in between.  No one in Hollywood is more buff, more driven, or gets paid better.  The man has so much charisma and ambition he can do anything.
Tara Bahrampour / Washington Post:
U.S. Census director resigns amid turmoil over funding of 2020 count  —  The director of the U.S. Census Bureau is resigning, leaving the agency leaderless at a time when it faces a crisis over funding for the 2020 decennial count of the U.S. population and beyond.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
White House leakers have new target: H. R. McMaster  —  National security adviser H.R. McMaster has become the latest target of the leaks and infighting that have dogged the Trump administration's early days.  —  President Trump has tried to put an end to White House staffers placing palace intrigue stories …
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Ricky Waddell named White House deputy national security adviser
Deborah Kilroe / CBO's Publications:
CBO to release estimate for House-passed version of the AHCA early in the week of May 22  —  CBO and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation are in the process of preparing a cost estimate for the House-passed version of the American Health Care Act.  CBO anticipates being able to release …
Discussion: Politico, Axios and Washington Times
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