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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYS HE CONTEMPLATED RUSSIA PROBE BEFORE FIRING COMEY The president told NBC News that he decided to fire former FBI Director Comey when thinking about the “made-up story” of the Russian investigation. He also called Comey a “showboat.” Reports surfaced of Trump asking for Comey’s loyalty at a private dinner earlier this year, while the former FBI director “demurred.” And Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s surprise appearance at Capitol Hill Thursday only led to more questions. [HuffPost]
INTERIM FBI DIRECTOR CORRECTS THE RECORD WHEN IT COMES TO THE BUREAU’S OPINION OF COMEY “Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI, and still does to this day.” Trump has canceled his planned visit to FBI headquarters after being told it would not go well. [HuffPost]
THE MORMON CHURCH HAS NIXED THE BOY SCOUTS For its older teenage members. [HuffPost]
‘WHEN THE WIFE OF A SOLDIER HEARS A KNOCK AT THE DOOR’ “’When you see your daughter crying,’ she continued, ‘and your 4-year-old son, who had only a snap of a second with his dad, he’s crying.’” [NYT]
MEET TRUMP’S PRIVATE BODYGUARD Who was tasked with delivering the letter firing Comey. [WaPo]
GRADUATING FROM COLLEGE THIS YEAR? Your salary is the highest average graduating salary in a decade. [WSJ | Paywall]
SOON, THERE WON’T BE MUCH LEFT Of Montana’s Glacier National Park, as the glaciers continue to melt away. [HuffPost]
TWITTER HAD NO TIME For the Fox News alert that read: “Men just want a woman who’s nice.” [HuffPost]
ALL THE CANCELED AND RENEWED TV SHOWS FOR NEXT SEASON May the odds be ever in your favorite show’s favor. [HuffPost]
THIS LIST OF THE RIDICULOUS THINGS JOHNNY DEPP HAS SPENT HIS MONEY ON Truly knows no bounds. Truly. [Vulture]
THE PEOPLE BEHIND ‘THE HANDMAID’S TALE’ KNOW THEY’RE GIVING YOU NIGHTMARES But their advice is not that helpful. [HuffPost]
WE MIGHT HAVE A NEW FAVORITE ROYAL Meet Norway’s Prince Sverre Magnus, the 11-year-old who dabbed on a royal balcony. [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
Amid all of this, Trump found time to respond to a Rosie O’Donnell tweet from six months ago ― and agree with it.
The latest New Yorker cover is brutal.
We don’t know if we can eat ravioli again after realizing what baby stingrays look like.
Chicago’s new high-tech approach to fighting crime.
This is a video of a police helicopter casually informing swimmers in Orange County that 15 sharks are swimming nearby and they should probably get out of the water.
A disgusting and mesmerizing look at the internet subculture of pimple-popping.
Of course this girls’ soccer team won the all-boys league.
Nobody puts baby buffalo in a corner.
In creepy news of the day, did you know that you will probably walk past 16 murderers in your lifetime?
An actor with autism is finally starring in the “Curious Incident of the Dog and the Night-Time.”
How the Russians would have gone about sneaking a recording device into the Oval Office on Wednesday.
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And Ryan Seacrest is probably returning to the “American Idol” reboot, proving in fact he has managed to clone himself because no normal human can have that many jobs.