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7:50 PM ET, May 11, 2017


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Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Trump Interview With Lester Holt: President Asked Comey If He Was Under Investigation  —  President Donald Trump, in an exclusive interview Thursday with NBC News' Lester Holt, called ousted FBI chief James Comey a “showboat” and revealed he asked Comey whether he was under investigation for alleged ties to Russia.
White House: Removing Comey will help bring Russia investigation to end  —  (CNN)The White House said Thursday that removing FBI Director James Comey from his post may hasten the agency's investigation into Russian meddling.  —  “We want this to come to its conclusion …
Discussion: Political Wire and Washington Post
Deputy AG Rosenstein: 'I'm not quitting,' didn't threaten to quit over Comey firing  —  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Thursday, May 11, 2017 that he's not quitting, nor did he threaten to quit over his role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey.  (Sinclair Broadcast Group)  —  AA
Jim Acosta / CNN:
White House furious after being trolled with Russia Oval Office photos  —  Washington (CNN)The White House did not anticipate that the Russian government would allow its state news agency to post photographs of an Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov …
NBC News:
Trump No Longer Expecting to Visit FBI Headquarters After Comey Firing: Officials  —  The White House has abandoned the idea of President Trump visiting FBI headquarters after being told he would not be greeted warmly, administration officials tell NBC News.
Wall Street Journal:
Rosenstein Pressed White House to Correct the Record on Comey Firing  —  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein pressed White House counsel Don McGahn to correct what he felt was an inaccurate White House depiction of the events surrounding FBI Director James Comey's firing.
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Considering Ex-Congressman Mike Rogers for FBI Director, Official Says  —  President Donald Trump is considering Mike Rogers, a former congressman and FBI agent from Michigan, to replace James Comey as FBI director, a White House official said.  —  Rogers, 53, a former chairman …
Ali Watkins / Politico:
Rosenstein meets with Senate Intel leaders after Comey firing  —  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was seen arriving at the Senate Intelligence Committee's secure office spaces Thursday afternoon.  Sources told POLITICO Rosenstein had requested to meet with the Intelligence Committee leaders …
New York Times:
Acting F.B.I. director contradicts White House.  —  The unfolding story over Mr. Trump's abrupt firing of Mr. Comey hung over the hearing, infusing political theater into annual testimony by the nation's top security officials about the biggest threats facing the United States.
Adrian Carrasquillo / BuzzFeed:
White House: “Oh My God, For The Billionth Time” Spicer Is Not Being Fired
Discussion: RedState and AOL
Brian Beutler / New Republic:   Our Rendezvous With Authoritarianism Has Arrived
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Sources: Comey sought to expand Trump-Russia probe of former campaign officials
Discussion: Hot Air
Edward Morrissey / The Fiscal Times:
The Comey Firing Proves We Need Two Special Counsels, Not One
From where the 45th President works, eats and sleeps, everything is going just great.  Now if only everyone else would see it that way.  A TIME exclusive  —  PHOTOGRAPHS BY BENJAMIN RASMUSSEN FOR TIME  —  In a few minutes, President Donald Trump will release a new set of tweets …
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Trump Official: We ‘Let the Biggest Perpetrator of Fake News into the Oval Office’ … Senior members of the Trump administration are livid that the White House allowed the Russian government to steer the narrative of the president's Wednesday meeting with top Russian diplomats …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
What is Trumponomics and how does it differ from standard Republican economics?  —  Well it's an interesting question.  I don't think it's ever been asked quite that way.  But it really has to do with self-respect as a nation.  It has to do with trade deals that have to be fair, and somewhat reciprocal, if not fully reciprocal.
Martin Longman / Washington Monthly:
Trump Names Racist to Co-Chair Voter Fraud Commission  —  On paper, Kris Kobach is the kind of guy you'd like to marry your daughter.  An Eagle Scout who graduated summa cum laude and first in his department at Harvard, went on to get M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics from Oxford and a law degree from Yale …
Discussion: New York Times and Hullabaloo
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump creates voter-fraud panel that critics label a ‘sham’
Discussion: ABC News and Talking Points Memo
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
President Trump launches commission on ‘election integrity’
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Trump signs order launching voter fraud investigation
Discussion: ABC News and ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
Trump Wants ‘Goddamned Steam,’ Not Digital Catapults on Aircraft Carriers  —  Navy officials were “blindsided” on Thursday, a spokesman told me, by President Donald Trump's suggestion that he has convinced the Navy to abandon a long-planned digital launching system in favor of steam on its newest aircraft carrier.
Ellen Mitchell / The Hill:
Trump wants ‘goddamned steam’ catapults on new aircraft carriers
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
‘You have to be Albert Einstein to figure it out.’ Trump targets the Navy's new aircraft catapult
FBI raids office of Republican campaign consultant in Annapolis  —  The Baltimore Sun  —  The FBI raided the office of a Republican campaign consultant in Annapolis on Thursday, part of an investigation the firm's president said was tied to the 2013 Virginia governor's race.
Discussion: Raw Story, New York Magazine and IJR
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Conway links Anderson Cooper's eye roll to sexism … White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Thursday appeared to accuse CNN's Anderson Cooper of sexism for rolling his eyes during an on-air interview with her.  —  “I face sexism a lot of times when I show up for interviews like that,” Conway said on “Fox & Friends.”
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Trump Jr. shares tweet linking Clinton's firing of FBI director to death of Vince Foster
Discussion: Hullabaloo and
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
NYU Accidentally Exposed Military Code-breaking Computer Project to Entire Internet  —  In early December 2016, Adam was doing what he's always doing, somewhere between hobby and profession: looking for things that are on the internet that shouldn't be.  That week, he came across a server inside …
Discussion: Engadget
Fox News:
Ex-Rep. Corrine Brown guilty on fraud, tax evasion charges  —  Former Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown was found guilty on 18 fraud and tax evasion charges Thursday afternoon in a Jacksonville federal court.  —  The charges stemmed from accusations she illegally siphoned thousands of dollars …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
For Trump Supporters, the Real Outrage Is the Left's Uproar Over Comey  —  WASHINGTON — The script should be familiar by now.  President Trump takes action that stuns the country, eliciting indignation and disbelief from Democrats and leading them to conclude that the vitality of American democracy is under assault.
Discussion: National Review
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Cody Derespina / Fox News:
Mike Lee: Merrick Garland for FBI head
George Brown / WREG-TV:
Police: Woman followed then threatened Congressman David Kustoff
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Sara A. Carter / Circa:
WATCH |  An update on Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's conversation with Hillary Clinton …
Shawn Boburg / Washington Post:
Kushner family drops out of China presentation
Derick Garcia / RGVPROUD:
Trump Supporter Harassing Muslim Family In Viral Video Cries In Mug Shot
Discussion:, The Root and IJR
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Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Experts on authoritarianism are absolutely terrified by the Comey firing
Discussion: Shareblue and Washington Monthly
Ken Silverstein / Observer:
The John Oliver Property Tax Scam: HBO Comedian Secretly Buys Manhattan Mansion
Discussion: Hot Air and Breitbart
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