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It's easy to grow immune to — or skeptical of — the constant news breaks that all seem like big, defining Trump moments unfolding before our eyes. But we might look back at this week as the real deal.
The breadth and speed of the new disclosures were sobering even to the most fervent loyalists in Trump's inner circle
The departure of Trump lawyers John Dowd and Ty Cobb, and the arrival of brawler Rudy Giuliani and impeachment specialist Emmet Flood, signal a more combative stage, according to the WashPost's lead story:
P.S. And back in the West Wing ... "The president has come to believe that [Chief of Staff John] Kelly is hiding things from him," the N.Y. Times reports.
The idea of winning a Nobel Peace Prize for progress with North Korea may prove irresistible to Trump, associates tell Jonathan Swan:
Consider the big picture: Elites will never fully accept Trump, and he never stops his quest to prove them wrong.
But, but, but: Would the Europeans let Trump win the Nobel Peace Prize if he extinguishes the Iran deal this month?
P.S. A group of House Republicans is lobbying for a Nobel for Trump because of his work on North Korea, AP's Kevin Freking reports:
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Big Tech may be entering an age of tapered profits, the victim of much-reduced public tolerance for the industry's free ride, Axios future editor Steve LeVine writes in his Future of Work newsletter (sign up free here):
AP's Matt Slocum
Michelle Obama dances after speaking yesterday at College Signing Day, honoring Philadelphia students for pursuing college or a career in the military.
"Cambridge Analytica, a data firm that worked for President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, is shutting down following allegations about its misuse of Facebook data and the campaign tactics it pitched to clients," the Wall Street Journal reports on the front page (subscription):
A report on midterms released today by Morning Consult uses more than 250,000 interviews with registered voters to draw these conclusions:
In TIME's cover story, Eric Lichtblau reports on internal FBI problems that could jeopardize the agency’s credibility:
On a soon-to-be-released report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz: "That year-long probe ... is expected to come down particularly hard on former FBI director James Comey" for his handling of the Clinton emails.
Corporate trend ... Many businesses are quietly dropping marijuana from the drug tests they require of prospective employees, AP's Christopher Rugaber reports: "
The N.Y. Times Magazine this weekend will have a scam-themed Money Issue, looking at how crime can pay.
About the cover ... Gail Bichler, design director: “The illustrator Francesco Francavilla took inspiration from film-noir imagery ... His depiction of a crook entering a vault serves as an invitation to the reader into the world of financial misdeeds discussed in the articles.”
People pre-order food or coffee on apps, allowing them to skip the queue, but then wait in line anyway — for courtesy, company or just to take a moment to relax, the Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens writes (subscription):
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