Jun 7, 2017

Trump feels "vindicated" by Comey testimony, lawyer says

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Marc Kasowitz, the lawyer representing President Trump in the Russia probe, says Trump feels "vindicated" by James Comey's opening statement, in which Comey wrote that Trump asked him for loyalty and tried to steer him away from investigating Michael Flynn.

The statement, via Bloomberg's Margaret Talev: "The president is pleased that Mr. Comey has finally publicly confirmed his private reports that the President was not under investigation in any Russia probe. The President feels completely and totally vindicated. He is eager to continue to move forward with his agenda."

The trend: from Fox News to Breitbart to the RNC, the focus from Trump-friendly outlets is on the fact that Comey told Trump he was not personally under investigation. Others, meanwhile, are proclaiming obstruction of justice based on Trump's alleged statements about Flynn. It's yet another "chose your own news" moment

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What to watch in tonight's Democratic debate

Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Colorado. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Bernie Sanders is now the clear front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his opponents are ready to try to knock him down at tonight's debate in Charleston, South Carolina β€” especially Michael Bloomberg, who was the punching bag at the Las Vegas debate.

Why it matters: This is the last debate before Super Tuesday, when Sanders is expected to win California and Texas and could secure an insurmountable lead for the Democratic nomination. That's a direct threat to the entire field, but especially to Bloomberg, who skipped the early states to focus on the March 3 contests.

Bob Iger to step down as CEO of Disney

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The Walt Disney Company said Tuesday that it had named longtime Disney executive Bob Chapek as CEO Bob Iger's successor, effectively immediately. Iger will remain executive chairman of the company through 2021.

Why it matters: Iger is credited with having successfully turned around Disney’s animation and studio businesses and with the strategic acquisition of Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox. Most recently, he was the person behind Disney's successful launch of its Netflix rival Disney+.

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