Situational awareness: President Trump, who has falsely accused Amazon.com of cheating the Postal Service by taking advantage of bulk delivery rates, last night "ordered a sweeping overhaul of the Postal Service’s business model." (WashPost)
"Trump is poised to pardon Scooter J. Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney... The president has already signed off on the pardon, which is something he has been considering for several months, sources told ABC News."
Fired FBI director James Comey comes across in "A Higher Loyalty," out Tuesday, as aghast that, in his view, so many people who should know better allowed President Trump to attack basic norms of behavior and ethics.
In one of the juicier scenes, Comey takes readers inside his "loyalty dinner" with Trump, in the White House residence on Jan. 27, 2017, a week after the inauguration:
Comey writes that Trump's loyalty demand at the dinner was like "Sammy the Bull’s Cosa Nostra induction ceremony." (ABC)
James Comey has an eye and memory for detail — color, curtains, wood — that infuses "A Higher Loyalty" (out Tuesday) with take-you-there accounts like this vivid take on President Trump and his FBI director in the Oval Office:
"Trump’s personal attorney Michael D. Cohen sometimes taped conversations with associates," according to the WashPost's Ashley Parker, Carol Leonnig, Josh Dawsey and Tom Hamburger:
"The largest US air and naval strike force since the 2003 Iraq war was heading towards Syria last night as [U.K. Prime Minister] Theresa May won the backing of the cabinet to join in military action," per The Times of London (subscription):
Go deeper; share the graphic ... "Awaiting Trump's 'final decision' in Syria."
CIA Director Mike Pompeo, at his confirmation hearing yesterday for Secretary of State (from N.Y. Times, "Trading Snarl for Smile, Pompeo Makes Case to Lead State Dept."):
A Wall Street Journal analysis shows venture-capital investment from Asia is skyrocketing, threatening to shift power over innovation (subscription):
On "60 Minutes" on Sunday, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff tells Lesley Stahl how he bridged pay inequities between men and women:
"An intensifying series of red-state battles over education funding and teacher pay threatens to loosen Republicans’ grip on some of the country’s most conservative states" (including Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma and West Virginia), the N.Y. Times' Dana Goldstein and Alex Burns write:
Courtesy Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter names its "35 Most Powerful People in New York Media":
First look: For Sunday's Season 3 premiere of "The Circus" on Showtime (8 p.m.), co-hosts John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon and Alex Wagner (replacing Mark Halperin) report from Moscow, St. Petersburg, London and Washington.
YouTube clip from season premiere.
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