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11:25 PM ET, April 15, 2018


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ABC News:
Transcript: James Comey's interview with ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos  —  ABC News' chief anchor George Stephanopoulos' interviewed former FBI director James Comey for a special edition of “20/20” that aired on Sunday, April 15, 2018 ahead of the release of Comey's book, “A Higher Loyalty.”
New York Times:
In Interview, Comey Calls Trump ‘Morally Unfit’ and a ‘Stain’ on All Around Him  —  WASHINGTON — If there was any chance that President Trump and James B. Comey could have avoided all-out war, it ended Sunday night.  —  That was when ABC News aired an interview with Mr. Comey …
Loretta Lynch defends handling of Clinton investigation ahead of Comey interview  —  Loretta Lynch counters 2017 Comey testimony  —  (CNN)Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Sunday defended her handling of the Clinton email investigation, saying in a statement that she “never hesitated to make the hard decisions.”
Discussion: ABC News and Axios
Kyle Feldscher / Washington Examiner:
James Comey book: President Obama and Loretta Lynch ‘jeopardized’ the Hillary Clinton email investigation  —  Former FBI Director James Comey doesn't believe anyone in the government brought politics into the Hillary Clinton email investigation — aside from then-President Obama …
Washington Post:
Comey says Trump ‘morally unfit to be president,’ possibly susceptible to Russian blackmail
Discussion: New York Times, NBC News and LifeZette
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Comey talks about awkward interactions with Trump in bombshell interview
Mike Allen / Axios:
The FBI's revenge  —  Back in December, President Trump tweeted …
Discussion: ABC News
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Donald Trump is contagious. He turned James Comey into Donald Trump.
Discussion: Mediaite
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Used the Same Delaware Company for Payment Deals to Two Women  —  Federal probe looks closely at money flowing in and out of Essential Consultants  —  Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, used the same Delaware limited-liability company …
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Man pictured with Michael Cohen group accused of racist threat in 1998  —  Black parking attendant alleged that Jerry Rotonda repeatedly used racial slurs and threatened to hit her for giving him a $20 ticket … One of the men photographed smoking cigars around Donald Trump's attorney Michael Cohen …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump's lawyer files papers in Cohen case
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost … President Trump seemed distracted in March as his aides briefed him at his Mar-a-Lago resort on the administration's plan to expel 60 Russian diplomats and suspected spies.  —  The United States, they explained …
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
The President Is Not Above The Law  —  “This great nation can tolerate a president who makes mistakes,” declared Senator Orrin Hatch, the Utah Republican.  “But it cannot tolerate one who makes a mistake and then breaks the law to cover it up.”  —  No, Mr. Hatch wasn't talking about Donald Trump.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump tried to block Pence national security appointment  —  The White House kept it quiet until now, but on Friday the President nearly blocked the Vice President from getting his chosen national security adviser.  —  Why this matters: It's a highly unusual event …
USA Today:
Donald Trump's campaign raises $10 million, spends big on legal bills  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's campaign has raised $10.1 million so far this year, and has stockpiled more than $28 million in available cash for a re-election campaign that is more than two years away.
Discussion: Washington Press
Washington Post:
Trump's reelection committee has spent more than $1 out of every $5 on legal fees this year
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Eyeing 2020, Trump Fund-Raisers Return to Familiar Well: Small Donors
Discussion: Political Wire
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Trump allies are helping Russia spread lies about brutality in Syria  —  When the Pentagon warned that a Russian disinformation campaign was underway, they forgot to mention that allies of the president were spreading it.  —  The Russian propaganda machine is hard at work in the aftermath …
Discussion: TheBlaze
NBC News:   One tiny corner of the U.S. government pushes back against Russian disinformation
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Syria's Assad in a ‘good mood,’ scorns U.S. weaponry after airstrikes
Discussion: Axios
Jamie Gangel / CNN:
Barbara Bush in failing health  —  (CNN)Former first lady Barbara Bush is in failing health, a source close to the Bush family tells CNN.  —  At 92 years old, Bush has been suffering for some time and has been in and out of the hospital multiple times in the last year while battling …
Starbucks Newsroom:
Starbucks ceo: Reprehensible outcome in Philadelphia incident  —  Dear Starbucks Partners and Customers:  —  By now, you may be aware of a disheartening situation in one of our Philadelphia-area stores this past Thursday, that led to a reprehensible outcome.  —  I'm writing this evening to convey three things:
Kelly McCleary / CNN:
Philadelphia police chief defends officers in Starbucks arrests
Monique Judge / The Root:
Starbucks Witness: Implicit Bias Exists and White People Need to Speak Up When They See It
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Steve Kroft / CBS News:
Allegiant Air: The budget airline flying under the radar  —  Steve Kroft investigates Allegiant Air, a discount carrier known more for its ultra-low fares than its high record of in-flight breakdowns  —  Allegiant Air is a small, ultra-low-cost carrier based in Las Vegas …
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Without mentioning Mueller, Trump lawyers urge high court to bolster his power to fire executive officials … The Supreme Court is set to hear a seemingly minor case later this month on the status of administrative judges at the Securities and Exchange Commission, an issue that normally might …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Political Wire
Betsy Woodruff /
Will This Man Save the Justice Department?
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Fealty to Trump has become the coin of the realm for GOP Senate candidates  —  MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Among his qualifications for the U.S. Senate, Rep. Evan Jenkins wants West Virginia voters to know that he once attended a Christmas party with Donald Trump, flew with him on Air Force …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP launches secret group to attack West Virginia coal baron
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump's French flip on Syria  —  French President Emmanuel Macron claimed in a television interview that France has convinced President Trump that it is “necessary” to remain in Syria “long-term,” according to the AFP.  —  Why this matters: If Trump follows through on this alleged commitment to Macron …
Washington Post:
U.S. plans to impose sanctions on Russia over alleged chemical weapons use in Syria
Discussion: The Hill, Fox News, Axios, The Week and TheBlaze
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Maintaining Advantage Over GOP in Voter Sentiment Poll  —  Democratic voters are showing a higher level of interest in midterms than Republicans, but the party's edge has slipped in who should lead Congress  —  Democratic voters are showing a higher level of interest …
Discussion: and Politico
Erica Meltzer / Chalkbeat:
Colorado Democrats overwhelmingly reject Democrats for Education Reform at state assembly  —  Delegates at the Colorado Democratic state assembly Saturday sent a clear message to the state chapter of Democrats for Education Reform: You don't have a place in our party.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump might survive firing Rosenstein or even Mueller.  The reason: Fox News.  —  For Richard Nixon, the “Saturday Night Massacre” was the beginning of the end.  —  The nation finally turned against the embattled president after he forced out — on Oct. 20, 1973 — the attorney general …
Discussion: Raw Story
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Trump, Twitter Fingers Flying, Exclaims.  Pence, Note Cards in Hand, Explains.  —  LIMA, Peru — As President Trump was tweeting “Mission Accomplished!” on Saturday morning after the strikes on Syrian chemical weapons facilities, Vice President Mike Pence was tackling what has become a familiar task …
Discussion: Axios
Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
Magazine editors turn blind eye to Melania  —  Magazines are showing no love for Melania Trump.  —  The internet was in a tizzy last week when actor James Woods pointed out via Twitter that the first lady hasn't been a muse for the magazine industry since her husband, President Trump, took office.
Carl M. Cannon / Real Clear Politics:
Special Prosecutorial Abuse  —  We're supposed to be reassured that the FBI agents who raided the offices and home of Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael A. Cohen, were, in Cohen's words, “courteous” and “respectful.”  —  The president's attorney was understandably grateful that the agents …
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Jessica Pressler / New York Magazine:
Cynthia Nixon Has Already Won
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
HHS Secretary Alex Azar hospitalized for treatment of ‘minor infection’
Discussion: Politico
Mark Penn / The Hill:
Comey's last stand for the deep state
Bevin issues statement in wake of condemnation from KY House
Discussion: NBC News and Splinter
Madison Breshears / Washington Examiner:
Feminists don't care about the gender gap in ballet. Why should we care about the one in tech?
Discussion: Power Line
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Indianapolis Star:
Next Slide  —  COLUMBUS, Ind. — The first gay pride festival here …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Press
Judith Miller / Fox News:
Trump was right to pardon ‘Scooter’ Libby
Kailani Koenig / NBC News:
Paul Ryan: Not ‘necessary’ to bring up bill to protect Mueller
Stan Collender / Forbes:
On The Deficit, GOP Has Been Playing Us All For Suckers