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9:55 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.”
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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
Greg P. / twitchy.com:
Loretta Lynch drops the hammer on James Comey  —  Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch fired back at former James Comey over allegations the former FBI director made in his new book, saying he never raised any concerns with her over the Clinton email investigation: … Full statement here:
Mark Penn / The Hill:
Comey's last stand for the deep state
Discussion: Instapundit
CNN:
Loretta Lynch defends handling of Clinton investigation ahead of Comey interview
Discussion: Axios and ABC News
Axios:
The premiere of “The Comey Show”
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
The morning after Comey's interview airs, Trump throws another punch at the fired FBI director
Lanny J. Davis / The Hill:
Admit it, James Comey: You've been lying all along
Discussion: Clayton Cramer, Axios and Bustle
JONATHAN TURLEY:
After The Inspector General Report, Questions Grow Over The Lack Of A Criminal Referral For McCabe
Discussion: The Hill
Kyle Feldscher / Washington Examiner:
James Comey book: President Obama and Loretta Lynch ‘jeopardized’ the Hillary Clinton email investigation
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 …
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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.
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
Under Siege, Michael Cohen Is Vacillating Between a New Level of Exasperation and Trumpian Business-As-Usual  —  Cohen has been dismayed by the silence from Trump's inner-circle in Washington.  One person familiar with his thinking said that he's gotten messages from thousands of people since last Monday …
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Cohen Isn't the Biggest Catch from Trump World
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Man pictured with Michael Cohen group accused of racist threat in 1998
Discussion: Raw Story
Reuters:
Trump lawyer Michael Cohen expected at court hearing over searches
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump lawyer presses for access to seized Cohen files
Discussion: Associated Press and ABC News
Nicole Hong / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Lawyers Ask Judge for First Review of Cohen Documents
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Week
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
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, Washington Times, The Week and KTLA
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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 …
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:   Trump, Twitter Fingers Flying, Exclaims. Pence, Note Cards in Hand, Explains.
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Trump businesses made millions off Republican groups, federal agencies report says  —  WASHINGTON  —  President Donald Trump's U.S. businesses have received at least $15.1 million in revenue from political groups and federal agencies since 2015, according to a new report to be released Monday.
Washington Post:
Poll: Democrats' advantage in midterm election support is shrinking … Democrats hold an advantage ahead of the midterm elections, but a Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that edge has narrowed since January, a signal to party leaders and strategists that they could be premature in anticipating a huge wave of victories in November.
Discussion: Althouse
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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.
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:   Showdown in November: Fearsome Blue Wave or Flaccid Democrat Failure?
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: Raw Story, Axios and HuffPost
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump to Impose New Sanctions on Russia Over Support for Syria  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration plans to impose new sanctions against Russia on Monday to punish it for enabling the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons in its civil war, the latest in a series of actions …
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Associated Press:   The Latest: Turkey defends Russia ties despite Syria strikes
Burgess Everett / Politico:
‘Spare me’: Tillis draws GOP fire with pro-Mueller push  —  Thom Tillis isn't the kind of Republican who typically challenges Donald Trump.  —  The North Carolina senator backs the president's agenda and holds his tongue when it comes to the tweets.  As others abandoned Trump after the …
BBC:
Russian reporter Borodin dead after mystery fall  —  A Russian investigative journalist who wrote about the deaths of mercenaries in Syria has died in hospital after falling from his fifth-floor flat.  —  Maxim Borodin was found badly injured by neighbours in Yekaterinburg and taken to hospital, where he later died.
Discussion: CNBC
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
How Russian Facebook Ads Divided and Targeted US Voters Before the 2016 Election  —  WHEN YOUNG MIE Kim began studying political ads on Facebook in August of 2016—while Hillary Clinton was still leading the polls— few people had ever heard of the Russian propaganda group, Internet Research Agency.
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: The Points Guy, CBS Boston and TVNewser
 
 
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Rick Noack / Washington Post:
Trump's trade moves could send Germany into a recession, report warns
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
7 inmates dead, 17 injured in South Carolina prison fighting
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Bowed to Pentagon Restraint on Syria Strikes
Discussion: RT
New York Times:
Independent New York Prosecutors Pose Potential Risk for Trump
Discussion: The Week
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The Democrats Are the Party of Fiscal Responsibility
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
States Want to Force Online Retailers to Collect Billions in Sales Tax
American Greatness:
Michael Anton Addresses His Critics, Affirms Support for Trump
R. Lee Ermey:
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Real Next War in Syria: Iran vs. Israel
Discussion: Just Security
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Republicans Struggle to Make Tax Cuts a Winning Election Issue
Discussion: Splinter
CBS Boston:
Use Of Force Investigation Underway After Naked Man Punched During Arrest
BuzzFeed:
Here's What We Learned From Thousands Of Secret NYPD Disciplinary Files
Jessica Pressler / New York Magazine:
Cynthia Nixon Has Already Won
Discussion: NY State of Politics
Erica Meltzer / Chalkbeat:
Colorado Democrats overwhelmingly reject Democrats for Education Reform at state assembly
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
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump might survive firing Rosenstein or even Mueller. The reason: Fox News.
Discussion: Raw Story