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12:45 PM 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.”
Page Six:
George Stephanopoulos is having more sex than you  —  It seems James Comey isn't the only one being thoroughly probed by George Stephanopoulos.  —  Apparently the bijou broadcaster — whose blockbuster interview with the former FBI director aired Sunday — is as relentless in the bedroom as he is in the newsroom.
Discussion: Mediaite
Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
Kellyanne Conway slams Comey: He always diverts ‘the spotlight to him’  —  President Donald Trump's senior counselor, Kellyanne Conway, slammed former FBI Director James Comey as a publicity hound who is trying to promote his new book.  —  “The president is very confounded that this person …
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 …
Jana Winter / The Daily Beast:
James Comey's ABC Interview Has Furious FBI Insiders Lashing Out … James Comey's first interview since President Trump fired him as director of the FBI has enraged his former agents who deluged the Daily Beast with their disdain as they watched him tell his side of the story to George Stephanopoulos on Sunday night.
Lanny J. Davis / The Hill:
Admit it, James Comey: You've been lying all along  —  On Saturday night, the great Wolf Blitzer interviewed one of his panelists about James Comey  —  's justification for violating over a half-century of Justice Department policies in Republican and Democratic administrations when he sent …
Discussion: RedState, Clayton Cramer and Axios
USA Today:
Exclusive: James Comey strikes back against ‘morally unfit’ Donald Trump in scathing interview
Washington Post:
The morning after Comey's interview airs, Trump throws another punch at the fired FBI director
The premiere of “The Comey Show”
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and Political Wire
Mark Penn / The Hill:
Comey's last stand for the deep state
Discussion: Politico and Instapundit
JONATHAN TURLEY:   After The Inspector General Report, Questions Grow Over The Lack Of A Criminal Referral For McCabe
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 …
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump's attorney says raids ‘took everything’  —  The Latest on efforts by President Donald Trump and his personal lawyer to stop criminal prosecutors from reviewing materials seized in raids before they have a chance to review them for potential breach of attorney-client privilege.
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Cohen Isn't the Biggest Catch from Trump World  —  Other players know far more about the president's dealings than his lawyer does.  —  Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, will be in a federal courtroom on Monday, arguing that he has the right to review documents …
David Voreacos / Bloomberg:
Cohen Says He Gave Legal Advice to Three Clients in Past Year  —  Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, says he gave legal advice to three clients in the past year, including the president and Elliott Broidy, former deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee.
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 …
Washington Post:
Cost of EPA chief Scott Pruitt's secure phone booth violated law limiting such expenses to $5,000 without prior approval, GAO says  —  The Environmental Protection Agency administrator installed a $43,000 soundproof phone booth at agency headquarters last fall.
Washington Post:   Scott Pruitt's $43,000 soundproof phone booth violated spending laws, federal watchdog finds
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
EPA broke spending law on Pruitt phone booth: government watchdog
Discussion: Mediaite and ThinkProgress
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.
Sofi Sinozich / ABC News:
2018 vote margin narrows as Democratic engagement slips (POLL)
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Trump businesses made millions off Republican groups and 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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The GOP's Never-Trumpers Are Really Just Never-Democrats  —  David Brooks, the New York Times op-ed page's long-standing ambassador from the center-right, recently wrote a self-flagellatory column about the failure of anti-Trump Republicans to influence their own tribe.
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 …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump tried to block Pence national security appointment
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Kara Scannell / CNN:
Another white collar lawyer turns down Trump  —  (CNN)Another white collar lawyer has turned down the opportunity to represent President Donald Trump, citing an unidentified conflict, as the President struggles to add to the legal team representing him in the special counsel investigation.
Discussion: RedState, The Hill and IJR
Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Arizona special election in dead heat: poll  —  The special election for an Arizona House seat is in a statistical dead heat in the final week of the race, according to a poll released on Monday.  —  A poll from Emerson College found physician Hiral Tipirneni (D) narrowly leading with 46 percent …
Discussion: Vox, Political Wire and Daily Kos
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.
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.
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
Shouting Down Talk on Campus Free Speech  —  Speaker at CUNY law school interrupted repeatedly by those who said he shouldn't have been permitted there.  —  Josh Blackman is a regular guest lecturer on college campuses and writes regularly for conservative publications.
Discussion: Instapundit and Reason
Robert Draper / New York Times:
Dan Scavino, the Secretary of Offense  —  Unraveling the mystery of the inscrutable White House social media director, whose job is to help @realDonaldTrump stay unpresidential.  —  Last July, President Donald Trump was sued in federal court over his Twitter habits.
Discussion: The Week
Washington Post:
How Congress's and Trump's latest deficit binge paved the way for the next one  —  By 2022, the U.S. government is projected to spend almost as much money on interest payments for its massive debt as it will on the Pentagon, more than $600 billion every year.
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Parkland Student Activist David Hogg Teases Another Boycott: ‘Stay Tuned’  —  “Going to announce another boycott this week,” Florida high schooler tweets on Monday  —  Parkland, Florida shooting survivor David Hogg announced Monday that he would launch another boycott sometime later …
Discussion: Mediaite
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
7 inmates dead, 17 injured in South Carolina prison fighting  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Seven inmates were killed and at least 17 others seriously injured as inmates were left to fight for more than seven hours before authorities regained control of a maximum-security prison.
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
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