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3:20 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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Nightmare scenario: Here's how Trump can bury Mueller's findings … THE MORNING PLUM:  —  Former FBI director James B. Comey's media tour has begun, and in multiple interviews, he has now amplified extremely serious claims about President Trump.  With Trump once again responding in a rage …
Discussion: Political Wire, The Week and CNN
Lanny J. Davis / The Hill:
Admit it, James Comey: You've been lying all along
Discussion: RedState
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
New York Times:
Comey, in Interview, Calls Trump ‘Morally Unfit’ and ‘Stain’ on All Around Him
The premiere of “The Comey Show”
Discussion: CNN, 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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Used the Same Delaware Company for Payment Deals to Two Women
David Voreacos / Bloomberg:   Cohen Says He Gave Legal Advice to Three Clients in Past Year
Washington Post:
Trump puts the brakes on new Russian sanctions, reversing Haley's announcement  —  President Trump on Monday put the brakes on a preliminary plan to impose additional economic sanctions on Russia, walking back a Sunday announcement by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley …
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 …
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
White House walks back Haley announcement on Russian sanctions for chemical attack
Discussion: RedState and ABC
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump to Impose New Sanctions on Russia Over Support for Syria
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.
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
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.
Tim Starks / Politico:
U.S., U.K.: Russia launching global cyberattacks aimed at internet traffic controls  —  The United States and United Kingdom Monday issued a joint alert blaming Russia for mounting global cyberattacks on devices and networks that control internet traffic, potentially affecting millions of machines.
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:   Trump contradicts his Treasury Department, accuses China and Russia of currency cheating
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
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, Mediaite and Political Wire
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Senate poised to allow Duckworth's newborn on the floor  —  The hidebound U.S. Senate is expected to soon change its rules for a member who just made history as a new mom.  —  Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), who this month became the first sitting senator to have a baby while in office …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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.
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.
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Barbara Slavin / Axios:
With Iran deal on the line, France, Britain win Trump's favor in Syria
Amazon has shelved a plan to sell drugs to hospitals, and insiders say there are two reasons why
Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News:
FEC hit with lawsuit over ignoring civil complaint accusing Clinton, DNC in election scheme
Discussion: Sean Hannity and Daily Wire
Sean Illing / Vox:
Was Trump's Syria bombing illegal?
Discussion: Mother Jones
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Every top New York Times best-seller this year has been about Trump
Discussion: Political Wire
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
Shouting Down Talk on Campus Free Speech
Discussion: Instapundit and Reason
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Trump's Syria strike was meant to project strength. It did the opposite.
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Parkland Student Activist David Hogg Teases Another Boycott: ‘Stay Tuned’
Discussion: IJR, Mediaite and
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
‘They Eat Money’: How Mandela's Political Heirs Grow Rich Off Corruption
Kara Scannell / CNN:
Another white collar lawyer turns down Trump
Discussion: The Hill, RedState and IJR
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The Democrats Are the Party of Fiscal Responsibility
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
How Russian Facebook Ads Divided and Targeted US Voters Before the 2016 Election
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
States Want to Force Online Retailers to Collect Billions in Sales Tax
Discussion: CNBC, Daily Wire and The Daily Signal
Here's What We Learned From Thousands Of Secret NYPD Disciplinary Files
Discussion: Hit & Run