Sep 1, 2017

Trump hits on report Comey prematurely cleared Clinton

News broke yesterday that former FBI Director James Comey had been preparing a statement that cleared Hillary Clinton of her email investigation months before she was interviewed by the Bureau, leading Senate Judiciary Republicans to call on the FBI to release additional information. President Trump responded to this news with a tweet:

That led Benjamin Wittes, editor-in-chief of Brookings' Lawfare, to provide an explanation for Comey's actions in a Twitter thread of his own. His argument: Comey was simply "[thinking] ahead and preparing," which he argues is a common practice at DOJ.

Of course, a caveat: Wittes is a noted anti-Trump voice and a personal friend of Comey.

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Kenan Thompson and Hasan Minhaj to headline White House Correspondents' Dinner

Kenan Thompson on "SNL" in 2018. Photo: Rosalind O'Connor/NBC via Getty Images

Kenan Thompson, the longest-tenured "Saturday Night Live" cast member, will host the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on April 25.

And Hasan Minhaj — host of Netflix’s "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj," and the entertainer at the 2017 dinner — will return as featured entertainer.

"Billions": Season 2020

Mike Bloomberg speaks at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond, Va., on Saturday. Photo: James H. Wallace/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP

Money alone can’t buy a presidential election, but it surely gets you VIP access.

Why it matters: Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is duking it out with Billionaire Donald Trump, often on Billionaire Jack Dorsey’s Twitter and in ads on Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook, all chronicled in Billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post. 

Biometrics invade banking and retail

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Banks have been quietly rolling out biometrics to identify customers — verifying them by their fingerprint, voice or eye scan — and retailers like Amazon are getting into the game.

Why it matters: These companies are amassing giant databases of our most personal information — including our gait, how we hold our cellphones, our typing patterns — that raise knotty questions about data security and privacy.