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7:50 AM ET, April 16, 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:
Comey, in Interview, Calls Trump ‘Morally Unfit’ and ‘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 …
USA Today:
Exclusive: James Comey strikes back against ‘morally unfit’ Donald Trump in scathing interview  —  Former FBI director, James Comey does not hold back in his new book, ‘A Higher Loyalty.’ He attacks President Trump, calling him ‘unethical’ and ‘untethered to truth.’ USA TODAY
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: Axios and ABC News
Kyle Feldscher / Washington Examiner:
James Comey book: President Obama and Loretta Lynch ‘jeopardized’ the Hillary Clinton email investigation
Washington Post:
Comey says Trump ‘morally unfit to be president,’ possibly susceptible to Russian blackmail
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
‘Morally unfit’: The moments that mattered in James Comey's explosive interview
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Axios and The Week
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Trump wants to review material seized from personal lawyer before federal investigators … President Trump asked a federal judge Sunday night to allow him to review documents that FBI agents seized from the office of his longtime lawyer before criminal investigators have a chance to see the material.
Discussion: Political Wire
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump lawyer presses for access to seized Cohen files  —  A lawyer for President Donald Trump is pressing a federal judge to allow Trump's attorneys to sift through the records the FBI seized last week in high-profile searches tied to Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.
Discussion: ABC News
Associated Press:   The Latest: Trump's lawyer files papers in Cohen case
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 …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Incoming Pence staffer withdraws after report Trump tried to block him  —  Vice President Mike Pence's pick for his national security advisor, Jon Lerner, has decided against joining Pence's team.  Lerner's decision comes after Axios reported earlier tonight that President Trump had attempted …
Discussion: CNN, The Week and KTLA
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:   Trump, Twitter Fingers Flying, Exclaims. Pence, Note Cards in Hand, Explains.
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.
Discussion: Axios and HuffPost
Sofi Sinozich / ABC News:
2018 vote margin narrows as Democratic engagement slips (POLL)  —  A Democratic advantage in the upcoming midterm elections has narrowed in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, with indications of lower engagement among members of the party now out of power in the federal government.
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:   Poll: Democrats' advantage in midterm election support is shrinking
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
New York Times:
Eyeing 2020, Trump Fund-Raisers Return to Familiar Well: Small Donors
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Trump's reelection committee has spent more than $1 out of every $5 on legal fees this year
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Jessica Pressler / New York Magazine:
Cynthia Nixon Has Already Won  —  By moving the governor to the left.  And she's beginning to think she just might win the whole thing.  —  Photographs By ANDRES KUDACKI and MARCO GROB  —  They say politics is Hollywood for ugly people, so it's understandable that the question …
Discussion: NY State of Politics
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 …
Discussion: TVNewser
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Trump strikes Syria — but Assad's war crimes continue … The Trump administration is declaring victory after striking three Syrian government chemical weapons sites.  But the White House hasn't learned the lessons of last year's “pinprick” strikes on the Assad regime.
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Syria's Assad in a ‘good mood,’ scorns U.S. weaponry after airstrikes
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
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
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CBS Boston:
Use Of Force Investigation Underway After Naked Man Punched During Arrest
Here's What We Learned From Thousands Of Secret NYPD Disciplinary Files
Burgess Everett / Politico:
‘Spare me’: Tillis draws GOP fire with pro-Mueller push
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
Discussion: Instapundit
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Trump allies are helping Russia spread lies about brutality in Syria
Discussion: TheBlaze
Carl M. Cannon / Real Clear Politics:
Special Prosecutorial Abuse
 Earlier Items: 
Bevin issues statement in wake of condemnation from KY House
Discussion: NBC News, Splinter and WTOP
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
Judith Miller / Fox News:
Trump was right to pardon ‘Scooter’ Libby
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump might survive firing Rosenstein or even Mueller. The reason: Fox News.
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
Magazine editors turn blind eye to Melania
Jamie Gangel / CNN:
Barbara Bush in failing health