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11:40 AM ET, June 7, 2017


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New York Times:
Comey Told Sessions: Don't Leave Me Alone With Trump  —  WASHINGTON — The day after President Trump asked James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, to end an investigation into his former national security adviser, Mr. Comey confronted Attorney General Jeff Sessions and said he did not want to be left alone again …
Adam Entous / Washington Post:
Top intelligence official told associates Trump asked him if he could intervene with Comey on FBI Russia probe  —  The nation's top intelligence official told associates in March that President Trump asked him if he could intervene with then-FBI Director James B. Comey to get the bureau …
Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested he could resign amid rising tension with President Trump  —  As the White House braces for former FBI Director James Comey's testimony Thursday, sources tell ABC News the relationship between President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions …
Murray Waas / Vox:
3 senior FBI officials can vouch for Comey's story about Trump  —  Sources: McCabe, Rybicki, and Baker could corroborate the ex-director's claims that the president asked him to back off investigating Michael Flynn.  —  One by one this winter, then-FBI Director James B. Comey pulled aside three …
Washington Post:
Post-ABC Poll: Most say Trump is interfering with Russia investigations  —  A majority of Americans report grave suspicions about President Trump's firing of FBI Director James B. Comey and his conduct during investigations of Russia's interference in the 2016 election, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
New York Times:
Trump Picks Christopher Wray to Be F.B.I. Director  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump said Wednesday that he had selected the former federal prosecutor Christopher Wray, a partner at the Washington law firm King & Spalding, to be his new F.B.I. director.  —  The president revealed his decision in a morning tweet.
JGoldsmith / Lawfare:
President Trump Nominates Chris Wray for FBI Director  —  This morning President Trump announced that he would nominate Chris Wray as the next Director of the FBI.  I worked with Wray in the Justice Department.  He was the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division …
Discussion: The Atlantic
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump, furious and frustrated, gears up to punch back at Comey testimony  —  Alone in the White House in recent days, President Trump — frustrated and defiant — has been spoiling for a fight, according to his confidants and associates.  —  Glued even more than usual to the cable news shows …
Edward Morrissey / The Week:
James Comey's credibility problem
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump taps Christopher Wray to head FBI
Discussion: Axios and Refinery29
Thomas Erdbrink / New York Times:
Islamic State Claims Deadly Iran Attacks on Parliament and Khomeini Tomb  —  At least 12 people were killed and 39 others wounded Wednesday morning in a pair of devastating attacks on two of Iran's most potent symbols: the national Parliament and the mausoleum of the Islamic Republic's founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Colin Packham / Reuters:
Watergate ‘pales’ compared with Trump-Russia: former U.S. intelligence head  —  The Watergate scandal pales in comparison to events in Washington surrounding U.S. President Donald Trump and alleged links between his campaign and Russia, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said on Wednesday.
Stephen Dziedzic / ABC:
Donald Trump's alleged Russia links will dwarf Watergate scandal, says James Clapper
Discussion: RedState and Gizmodo
Bill Murray / Real Clear Politics:
The Media Have Been Played by Trump's Tweets  —  About 18 months ago, back when the world was young, I examined candidate Donald Trump's success in using social media - in particular Twitter - to circumvent the mainstream media and speak directly to the electorate.
Polly Mosendz / Bloomberg:
Do Americans Have a Right to Read Trump's Tweets?
Holly Figueroa O'Reilly / Washington Post:
President Trump is violating my constitutional rights by blocking me on Twitter
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Michael Flynn Had a Plan to Work With Russia's Military.  It Wasn't Exactly Legal. … Donald Trump's first national security adviser pushed so hard for the Pentagon to cooperate with the Russian military that his initiative would likely have broken the law if it had ever been enacted.
Discussion: Raw Story
FIRST ON CNN: US suspects Russian hackers planted fake news behind Qatar crisis  —  Washington (CNN)US investigators believe Russian hackers breached Qatar's state news agency and planted a fake news report that contributed to a crisis among the US' closest Gulf allies, according to US officials briefed on the investigation.
Us Weekly:
How Ivanka Trump Influences Her Father Donald Trump  —  She got it from her mama.  At just 5 years old, Arabella Kushner already has mom Ivanka Trump's defining characteristic, the former Trump Organization VP revealed in a September interview with Harper's Bazaar: “She knows exactly what to say to get what she wants.”
Discussion: Washington Post
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Breitbart News seems to be cleaning house after readers and advertisers drift away  —  The clarion of the far right seems to be having second thoughts with how far right it wants to go.  —  Faced with an advertiser boycott and plummeting readership, Breitbart News has lately been trimming …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
The Pro-Trump Internet And The Alt-Right Are Turning On Breitbart
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Karen Handel: ‘I Do Not Support A Livable Wage’ (VIDEO)  —  During Tuesday night's debate for an open U.S. House seat in Georgia, Republican candidate Karen Handel said that she does not support a “livable wage.”  —  “This is an example of the fundamental difference between a liberal and a conservative …
Kaili Joy Gray / Shareblue:
Watch Jon Ossoff bust Karen Handel for cutting off funding for breast cancer screenings
Discussion: IJR
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Fox host to Trump: ‘Fake news media’ isn't the issue, it's you  —  Fox News host Neil Cavuto on Tuesday hit President Trump for his criticism of media outlets' coverage of his Twitter habits.  —  “Mr. President, it's not the fake news media that's your problem,” he said on Fox.  “It's you.
Discussion: RedState
Wichita Eagle:
Lawmakers override Brownback veto of tax increases, rolling back 2012 cuts  —  TOPEKA  —  Lawmakers rolled back Gov. Sam Brownback's signature tax policy over his objections Tuesday night, forcing into law tax increases to fix a budget shortfall and provide more money for schools.
New York Times:
How Russian Propaganda Spread From a Parody Website to Fox News  —  Made up Russian attack on U.S. ship Invented a quote from a U.S. Air Force general Reprinted article with only hints of skepticism  —  Parody website Made up Russian attack on U.S. ship  —  Invented a quote from a U.S. Air Force
Allan Woods / Toronto Star:
VIPs, big money turn out for ‘rock star’ Barack Obama's Montreal speech  —  Barack Obama didn't mention Donald Trump by name in his first post-presidency appearance in Canada in Montreal on Tuesday.  —  MONTREAL—A dim-lit hall laid out for a rock star, a red-carpet stroll for giddy VIPs …
Discussion: Deadline
John Ibbitson / Globe and Mail:
Trudeau decides it's just not worth appeasing Trump in foreign-policy shift
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
South Korea Suspends Deployment of U.S. Antimissile System  —  TOKYO — South Korea's newly elected president, Moon Jae-in, has suspended the deployment of an American missile defense system, an apparent concession to China and a significant break with the United States on policy toward North Korea.
Christine Filer / ABC News:
61 percent say Trump fired Comey to protect himself (POLL)  —  Six in 10 Americans think Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in order to protect himself rather than for the good of the country, and most think Trump is trying to interfere with official investigations of possible Russian influence in the 2016 election.
Clint Watts / The Daily Beast:
Russia's Last-Minute Hacking Was to Burn President Hillary … “Did Russia change my vote?”  —  Yesterday's leak of a classified NSA document detailing how the Kremlin's military intelligence, the GRU, targeted election officials and breached some voter rolls brought back many Americans …
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Shannon Vavra / Axios:
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Discussion: Politico
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Discussion: ThinkProgress, The Daily Caller and Vox
Matt Wilkinson / The Sun:
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Meta says it is testing its Meta AI chatbot with WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger users in India and parts of Africa

Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Elon Musk's xAI previews Grok-1.5 Vision, its first multimodal model, and says the AI model will be available soon to “early testers and existing Grok users”

Wes Davis / The Verge:
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