WELP. That was a long week & we are making a drink.
President Trump issued a startling public threat to his ousted FBI director Friday morning: "James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Trump tweeted. On Thursday, Trump told NBC's Lester Holt that on three occasions, Comey had reassured him he was not under investigation for ties to Russia. One of those conversations was at dinner, and two others were during separate phone calls. The implication that Trump taped a private conversation is shocking: Author Jared Yates Sexton asked, "Is the president admitting he surreptitiously records his conversations? Because that's massive, if so."
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2. James Comey firing
The White House is still struggling to get its story straight on why President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Trump's crew settled (kind of) on an explanation, then the President blew it all up in an interview with NBC. Team Trump -- including Vice President Mike Pence, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway and others -- said Trump made the decision based on the deputy attorney general's recommendation and NOT the Russia investigation. But then Trump undercut them all and said he'd been thinking about dumping Comey for a while now and "this Russia thing" was part of his thought process. Gee, thanks boss.
But that wasn't the only story to unravel. Team Trump had also said Comey had to go because morale was in the trash over at the FBI. But Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe shot that down, too. He told the Senate intelligence committee that Comey enjoyed "broad support within the FBI and still does to this day." And that's probably one of the reasons why Trump's planned visit today to FBI headquarters got scratched, sources tell CNN.
In the interview, Trump also said he directly asked Comey during a dinner this year if he was under investigation. Trump said Comey said no. Did that really happen? Only Comey can answer that question, and so far he's not talking.
CNN's Stephen Collinson writes that Trump's long-simmering animosity toward Comey is just the latest example of how the President's anger could be dangerous for the nation.
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3. Betsy DeVos
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos addressed the graduates at historically black Bethune-Cookman University and, well, it went as badly as we thought it would. As soon as she started to speak, students jumped up and booed her, with some even turning their backs on her. It got so bad that the school's president told the grads that if they kept it up, "your degrees will be mailed to you." Students had urged administrators to cancel DeVos' speech, primarily because of her comments -- which she later recanted -- that founders of historically black colleges and universities were "real pioneers" of school choice. Here's a little history lesson: black colleges were established as a reaction to racial discrimination, not an exercise in school choice.
French voters elected centrist Emmanuel Macron as the country's next president, sending a strong pushback against the wave of populism sweeping Europe and the US. Macron won 66% of the vote against far-right rival Marine Le Pen. Also discussions about Brigitte Macron, who is 24 years older than her husband, President-elect Emmanuel Macron, has stirred a lively debate about sexism, ageism and contemporary marriage.
eighty-two chibok schoolgirls are finally free after being kidnapped by boko haram three years ago. they were released over the weekend in a swap between the nigerian government and the terrorist group. in exchange for the girls' release, the government freed five boko haram commanders. the girls are in the nigerian capital of abuja, where they will meet the country's president. this group of girls were among the 276 schoolgirls snatched by boko haram fighters in april 2014. the mass kidnapping sparked worldwide outrage and a social media movement -- #bringbackourgirls. more than 100 of those girls are still missing.
source: washington post