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James Comey — the fired FBI director, who has a hotly awaited memoir, "A Higher Loyalty," coming out May 1 — uses his Twitter feed to lob some of the most biting, terse commentary on White House handling of the Russia probe:

@Comey
  • Above, you see Comey's hot take on The Memo.
  • The day before, when the FBI warned of "grave concerns" about the memo's release: "All should appreciate the FBI speaking up. I wish more of our leaders would. But take heart: American history shows that, in the long run, weasels and liars never hold the field, so long as good people stand up. Not a lot of schools or streets named for Joe McCarthy."
  • On New Year's Eve: "Here’s hoping 2018 brings more ethical leadership, focused on the truth and lasting values. Happy New Year, everybody."
  • After attending "Springsteen on Broadway": "'The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.' - Bruce Springsteen tonight, quoting Martin Luther King, Jr."
  • And one of his most noted posts, when Michael Flynn pleaded guilty: "'But justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream' Amos 5:24.'"
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Trump threatens to veto Defense spending bill over social media shield

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President Trump tweeted Tuesday a threat to veto a must-pass end-of-year $740 billion bill defense-spending authorization bill unless Congress repeals a federal law that protects social media sites from legal liability.

Why it matters: Trump's attempt to get Congress to end the tech industry protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is the latest escalation in his war on tech giants over what he and some other Republicans perceive as bias against conservatives.

The walls close in on Trump

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With Bill Barr's "Et tu, Brute!" interview with AP, President Trump is watching the walls close in on his claims of fraud, hoaxes and conspiracies.

Why it matters: Trump and his legal team continue to claim election fraud. But the Republican governors of Arizona and Georgia have certified their elections, a loyalist like Barr has weighed in, and lower-ranking officials have taken potshots.

Congress plots COVID pandemic-era office upgrades

oving crates outside Rep. Elise Stefanik's old office Tuesday. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

The House plans to renovate members' suites even though staff are worried about an influx of contractors and D.C. is tightening restrictions on large gatherings, some staffers told Axios.

Why it matters: The Capitol has been closed to public tours since March. Work over the holiday season comes as U.S. coronavirus cases spike, Americans beg for more pandemic assistance and food lines grow.