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THE TRUMP-COMEY SAGA CONTINUES President Donald Trump lashed out against the idea of a “special counsel appointment” Thursday, saying it was harmful for the country. More stories about former FBI Director James Comey’s thoughts on the president broke, including reports that Trump asked Comey when the Feds would say he wasn’t under investigation, as well as a detail about Comey attempting to blend into the curtains at the White House to avoid interactions with Trump. Comey is 6’8”. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told senators Thursday that he knew Trump would fire Comey before writing the infamous memo. All the while, Michael Flynn has yet to cooperate with the Senate Intelligence Committee. And many wonder why Trump continues to stand by the man despite denouncing his ties to Paul Manafort and Carter Page. [HuffPost]
TRUMP: FORMER SEN. JOE LIEBERMAN TOP PICK FOR FBI DIRECTOR The other three candidates include “current acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe; Frank Keating, the former governor of Oklahoma who previously served as an FBI agent and in high-level positions in the Justice Department; and Richard McFeely, who served in the FBI for 24 years before retiring as executive assistant director in 2014.” [HuffPost]
SWEDEN DROPS SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES AGAINST JULIAN ASSANGE However, British police say the Wikileaks founder would still be arrested if he left the Ecuadorian embassy in London. [Reuters]
MAN REPORTEDLY HIGH ON PCP KILLS 1, INJURES 22 BY PLOWING CAR THROUGH TIMES SQUARE Richard Rojas was high on PCP when he mowed down a crowd in New York City before crashing his car into security barricades. [HuffPost]
THIS VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF THE FLOOD THREAT FROM A MELTING ANTARCTICA Doesn’t bode well for the world. [NYT]
THE 2016 LITIGATION WILL NEVER END Former Vice President Joe Biden said, “I never thought [Clinton] was the correct candidate. I thought I was the correct candidate.” [HuffPost]
JASON CHAFFETZ RESIGNING FROM CONGRESS SHORTLY The chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform announced he would step down by June 30, leaving before his term concluded in 2019. He is expected to head to Fox News. [HuffPost]
TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO COMBAT THE RISK OF FAMINE IN SOMALIA “As their farms dry up and their cattle die, it’s impossible for people, many of whom are herders who rely on water, to escape the harsh environmental reality each day. They leave their homes, walking miles on the parched dirt in search of help.” [HuffPost]
TRUMP’S DISASTER RELIEF POLICY RAISING CONCERNS AS HURRICANE AND WILDFIRE SEASON NEARS The Trump administration denied 99 percent of the aid North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper asked for following Hurricane Matthew. [HuffPost]
READ THE HUFFPOST STORY THAT INSPIRED YOUR NEWEST NETFLIX BINGE The streaming service’s “The Keepers” builds off a HuffPost investigative piece from 2015 about a group of Baltimore women trying to solve the 1969 murder of a beloved young nun. [HuffPost]
DID YOU KNOW PLANTS CAN HEAR? Yeah, we didn’t either. [HuffPost]
WESTMINSTER ABBEY HAS MADE A CURIOUS STATEMENT PROCLAIMING DIVORCEES COULD GET MARRIED THERE Could this be signaling for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? And here’s your friendly reminder that Pippa Middleton is getting married tomorrow. Prepare yourself for the onslaught. [Vanity Fair]
‘HOW “MASTER OF NONE” CAPTURES THE LONELINESS OF CONSTANT CONNECTIVITY’ “The resulting collage is a plush image of modern life, its whirlwind moments and its moments of listlessness and isolation.” [HuffPost]
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BEFORE YOU GO
Roger Ailes is dead at 77.
Chelsea Manning shared the first photo of herself since leaving prison.
Chris Cornell’s cause of death has been ruled a suicide.
It’s incredibly disturbing that this man broke into Amber Rose’s house while she slept and just sat there for hours before leaving.
You’ll soon be able to binge (and then be terrified by) another Margaret Atwood creation.
We wish our parents had sent us to the kindergarten where you get to play in the forest all day long.
Of course you’re going to love Harry Styles’ latest “Carpool Karaoke.”
Don’t worry “This Is Us” fans ― William will be back for Season 2.
We are all this dog attempting to do human exercises.
T-Pain and Lil Wayne have collaborated for “T-Wayne.” How did we not think of this earlier?
Trump and Toby Keith are holding a men-only concert in Saudi Arabia.
The tweets that sum up married life in a nutshell.
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This article has been updated with new information about the incident in Times Square.