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Donald Trump shakes hands with former FBI Director James Comey. Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images

Former FBI Director James Comey's forthcoming book,"A Higher Loyalty" is making a splash in the days before its release as several leaked excerpts reveal it to be an unfiltered look at his short-lived time in the Trump administration.

What’s next: The book hits shelves on Tuesday, and Comey is doing a nationwide press tour in the weeks that follow.

  • Comey accuses Trump of having been more concerned about his political appearance while President-elect than Russian meddling, and says the Trump team's approach was focused on “how to position these findings for maximum political advantage.” (Politico)
  • Comey details the now-infamous "loyalty dinner," writing: "The president of the United States had invited me to dinner and decided my job security was on the menu." (Axios)
  • He refers to Trump as "untethered to the truth" and unethical. (Washington Post)
  • Comey describes feeling as though Trump was sitting "on a throne" in the Oval, "separated from everyone who spoke to him by a large block of wood." He adds that Bush #2 and Obama never did that. (Axios)
  • Comey says John Kelly called him after his firing and told him he was “sick” about the situation and “intended to quit” in protest. Kelly “said he didn’t want to work for dishonorable people,” referring specifically to Trump. (The Daily Beast)
  • Comey admits that even though Trump's actions might be unethical, they "may fall short of illegal."(Washington Post)
  • He says "it's possible" that President Trump was in Moscow at a hotel with hookers who were "peeing on each other." He continued "I honestly never thought those words would come out of my mouth." (NY Post)
  • He also jabs at Trump's physical appearance, saying he is "orange" with "white half-moons" under his eyes and really does have small hands. (Washington Post)

Go deeper: Trump reacts to the Comey book, calls him an “untruthful slime ball"

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Scoop: Blinken protests Israel settlements approval in "tense" phone call

Benny Gantz (L) and Tony Blinken. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/Pool/AFP via Getty

Secretary of State Tony Blinken protested the decision to approve 3,000 new housing units in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank during a tense phone call on Tuesday with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, three Israeli officials tell me.

Why it matters: This is the first time new construction in the settlements has been approved since President Biden assumed office, and the Biden administration had been privately pressing the Israeli government not to proceed.

Senate Democrats unveil new income tax for billionaires

Sen. Ron Wyden. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Senate Democrats on Wednesday released a billionaires' tax proposal, designed to help support President Biden's social spending and climate change legislation.

Why it matters: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said the Billionaires Income Tax would raise "hundreds of billions of dollars" and would affect approximately 700 taxpayers who have more than $1 billion in assets or incomes of over $100 million a year.

The startup that wants to disrupt big internet providers

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.