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2:05 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.”
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 …
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: Splinter and Mediaite
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.
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
Discussion: RedState, Clayton Cramer and Axios
Washington Post:
The morning after Comey's interview airs, Trump throws another punch at the fired FBI director
USA Today:
Exclusive: James Comey strikes back against ‘morally unfit’ Donald Trump in scathing interview
The premiere of “The Comey Show”
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
After The Inspector General Report, Questions Grow Over The Lack Of A Criminal Referral For McCabe
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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 …
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.
David Voreacos / Bloomberg:   Cohen Says He Gave Legal Advice to Three Clients in Past Year
Laura Nahmias / Politico:
Michael Cohen names Trump, GOP fundraiser Broidy as legal clients after FBI raid
Discussion: ABC News and Associated Press
Mark Penn / The Hill:
Comey's last stand for the deep state
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
EPA broke spending law on Pruitt phone booth: government watchdog  —  A government watchdog agency concluded that the Environmental Protection Agency violated federal law in spending more than $43,000 to install a private phone booth in EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's office, according to a report obtained by ABC News.
Washington Post:
Scott Pruitt's $43,000 soundproof phone booth violated spending laws, federal watchdog finds … The $43,000 soundproof phone booth Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt had installed in his office last year violated federal spending laws, the Government Accountability Office said Monday.
Discussion: Vox, MSNBC, HuffPost, VICE News and The Week
Washington Post:   Cost of EPA chief Scott Pruitt's secure phone booth violated law limiting such expenses …
EPA Chief of Staff Approved Raises for Aides, Report Finds
Discussion: Politico and BloombergQuint
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.
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Democrats in Good Position to Nab Republican House Seats
Discussion: Political Wire
Mark Murray / NBC News:   Poll: Democrats hold 19-point lead on the generic ballot in New Jersey
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 …
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.
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: Political Wire, Vox and Daily Kos
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.
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: Vox, Political Wire and ABC News
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 …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Every top New York Times best-seller this year has been about Trump  —  Since January, each book at the top of The New York Times best-seller list has had one thing in common: President Trump.  —  James Comey's book “A Higher Loyalty” will surely keep the streak alive.
Discussion: Political Wire
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: Politico and The Week
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
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.
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
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.
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
Starbucks CEO apologizes for arrests of 2 black men at Philadelphia store; manager has left company  —  Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson apologized Monday for the arrests of two black men at a Center City Starbucks, saying what happened to the pair was “reprehensible.”  —  RELATED COVERAGE
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 and
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Sean Illing / Vox:
Was Trump's Syria bombing illegal?
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Associated Press:
The Latest: USA's Linden wins wet, windy Boston Marathon
Washington Post:
How Congress's and Trump's latest deficit binge paved the way for the next one
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
Shouting Down Talk on Campus Free Speech
Discussion: Instapundit and Reason
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Alan Grayson raises $192K in first quarter, says ‘I am running for Congress’ ... somewhere
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Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
Trump contradicts his Treasury Department, accuses China and Russia of currency cheating
NBC News:
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American Greatness:
Michael Anton Addresses His Critics, Affirms Support for Trump
Discussion: Power Line
R. Lee Ermey:
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Discussion: WNEP-TV, Raw Story and Shot in the Dark
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump to Impose New Sanctions on Russia Over Support for Syria
Steve Kroft / CBS News:
Allegiant Air: The budget airline flying under the radar
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