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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE COMEY FALLOUT President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, making him only the second FBI director to be fired in the Bureau’s history. Read the annotated version of the deputy attorney general’s memo dismissing Comey. The New York Times editorial board said Comey was fired because “he could bring down a president,” as Comey was the top official leading the investigation into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election. While comparisons to Watergate and the 1973 Saturday Night Massacre abound, the Nixon library would like to remind you that the former president never fired his FBI director. This is what the FBI plans to do until a replacement is found. Here’s a list of who could be the next FBI director. And this is how front pages across the countryreported the news. [HuffPost]
SUBPOENAS ISSUED IN RUSSIA INVESTIGATION “Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn seeking business records, as part of the ongoing probe of Russian meddling in last year’s election, according to people familiar with the matter. CNN learned of the subpoenas hours before President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey.” [CNN]
REACTIONS ACROSS THE AISLE While Democrats are doubling down on their calls for a special prosecutor to investigate the possibility of Russian collusion, even some Republicans said they were troubled by Trump’s decision to fire Comey. And Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff weighed in on Twitter. [HuffPost]
U.S. WEIGHING BAN OF ELECTRONICS ON FLIGHTS FROM EUROPE Passengers flying from 10 airports in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates already have such a restriction in place. [HuffPost]
‘HACKERS CAME, BUT THE FRENCH WERE PREPARED’ A tick-tock of how France and Emmanuel Macron’s team handled the hacking at the 11th hour of his campaign. [NYT]
TOKYO’S ‘SUSTAINABLE’ OLYMPICS IS BEING BUILT WITH WOOD FROM RAINFORESTS “The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics are using illegally logged tropical wood from indigenous Malaysians’ land to build a billion-dollar wooden sports stadium, human rights activists claimed this week.” [HuffPost]
THE FINAL AUDIO OF HUNDREDS OF SYRIAN REFUGEES TRAPPED ON A SINKING BOAT HAS BEEN RELEASED 268 people died in the 2013 sinking off the Italian coast. [HuffPost]
BREAKING DOWN WHY WOMEN FELL SO HARD FOR SALLY YATES “There aren’t a lot of women in power, especially in Washington, and especially not right now. So, when an intelligent, straightforward, strong woman is spotted out in the wild ― i.e., before a nearly all-male Senate subcommittee ― it’s a moment to behold.” [HuffPost]
‘WHEN GETTING HEALTH CARE MEANS HIKING THROUGH A LEOPARD’S HUNTING GROUND’ When faced with a choice of a flesh-eating disease or a trip through leopard hunting ground, which would you choose? [HuffPost]
WE’RE TRANSFIXED BY THESE MASSIVE OVAL STORMS ON THE SURFACE OF JUPITER And scientists are still trying to figure out what it means for the makeup of Jupiter’s surface. [HuffPost]
PEOPLE HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS About former President Barack Obama’s shirt being unbuttoned in his latest appearance. [HuffPost]
THE STAR OF ‘DANCE MOMS’ HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO ONE YEAR IN PRISON After pleading guilty to bankruptcy fraud. [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
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