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The juiciest excerpts from James Comey's new book

Donald Trump and James Comey shaking hands.
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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Birds-eye view: How deforestation is taking over Brazil

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A time-lapse satellite view of deforestation in Brazil from 1984 to 2016. Images via EarthTime.

As seen in the graphic above, based on EarthTime's deforestation data and story, Brazil's Rondônia state changed drastically over a 30-year period. It started as pristine forest in 1984, then came a single road the following year that exploded into a town of 20,000 people with tens of thousands of square kilometers of forest cut for crops and cattle.

Why this matters: Deforestation can create areas of extreme heat, make forests vulnerable to mega-fires, and lead to the loss of habitat for millions of species. Forests lock in carbon — and about 12% of man-made climate emissions today are linked to deforestation.