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11:00 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.”
Washington Post:
The morning after Comey's interview airs, Trump throws another punch at the fired FBI director … President Trump took fresh aim at fired FBI director James B. Comey on Monday, lambasting his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server and asserting again that Comey and another FBI official had committed crimes.
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 …
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: Clayton Cramer, Axios and Bustle
JONATHAN TURLEY:   After The Inspector General Report, Questions Grow Over The Lack Of A Criminal Referral For McCabe
Mark Penn / The Hill:
Comey's last stand for the deep state
Discussion: Instapundit
The premiere of “The Comey Show”
Discussion: Political Wire
Jana Winter / The Daily Beast:
James Comey's ABC Interview Has Furious FBI Insiders Lashing Out
Loretta Lynch defends handling of Clinton investigation ahead of Comey interview
Discussion: Axios, WHYY and ABC News
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump lawyer presses for access to seized Cohen files
Discussion: Associated Press and ABC News
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 …
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, KTLA and The Week
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:   Trump, Twitter Fingers Flying, Exclaims. Pence, Note Cards in Hand, Explains.
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.
Washington Post:
Poll: Democrats' advantage in midterm election support is shrinking
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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
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.
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.
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
American Greatness:
Michael Anton Addresses His Critics, Affirms Support for Trump  —  Michael Anton was a senior contributing editor of American Greatness from July 2016 until January 2017 when he became deputy assistant to the president for strategic communications on the National Security Council.
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Bowed to Pentagon Restraint on Syria Strikes  —  President was dissuaded from more robust action, in first test of new national-security team  —  WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump deferred to his Pentagon chief's caution and tempered his preference for a more robust attack on Syria …
Discussion: RT and The Right Scoop
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
American Sports Needs More Fair-Weather Fans  —  When I was 10 years old, I was brainwashed.  It was a perfectly legal maneuver.  My uncle, who lived in New York City, observed that I liked to play baseball and took great care to impress upon me the superiority of the Yankees.
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.
Here's What We Learned From Thousands Of Secret NYPD Disciplinary Files  —  BuzzFeed News is making public a huge cache of the New York Police Department's disciplinary records, revealing for the first time which employees have been charged with misconduct and what punishment, if any, they have received.
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David Voreacos / Bloomberg:
Cohen Says He Gave Legal Advice to Three Clients in Past Year
Kara Scannell / CNN:
Another white collar lawyer turns down Trump
Discussion: RedState and The Hill
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Report for America Supports Journalism Where Cutbacks Hit Hard
NBC News:
Meet the Press - April 15, 2018
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
Trump's trade moves could send Germany into a recession, report warns
New York Times:
Independent New York Prosecutors Pose Potential Risk for Trump
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and The Week
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 Earlier Items: 
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
Showdown in November: Fearsome Blue Wave or Flaccid Democrat Failure?
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump to Impose New Sanctions on Russia Over Support for Syria
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
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
Discussion: Denver Post
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Man pictured with Michael Cohen group accused of racist threat in 1998
Discussion: Raw Story