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The White House continued its attack on former FBI Director James Comey as Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said his upcoming book "belongs in the bargain bin of the fiction section," and that Comey is "known to be a liar and a leaker."

Why it matters: This battle between Comey and Trump isn't ending any time soon, as we near Comey's national book tour that kicks off next week. Sanders added that the tour and his book are "nothing more than a poorly executed PR stunt" by Comey. She followed up by saying Trump is "not at all" worried about what Comey has to say.

  • Per Sanders, there will be a National Security Council meeting over Syria at the White House later on Friday at the "deputy level," and that all options are still under consideration.
  • She added that in the pardoning of Scooter Libby, Trump believed it "was the right thing to do."

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U.S.-Israeli delegation secretly visits Sudan

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A joint U.S.-Israeli delegation traveled secretly on Wednesday to Sudan for talks on a possible announcement on "ending the state of belligerence" between the countries that could be released in the next few days, sources briefed on the trip told me.

The big picture: President Trump announced earlier this week he is ready to remove Sudan from the U.S. state sponsors of terrorism list once Sudan pays $335 million in compensation to American terror victims.

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A white-collar crime crackdown

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America has waited a decade for an aggressive government crackdown on white-collar crime. Now, just before the election, and in the middle of a bull market, it has arrived.

Why it matters: When times are good, investors become more trusting and more greedy. That makes them more likely to put their money into fraudulent or criminal enterprises.

  • After a decade-long bull market, there is no shortage of those frauds to prosecute.
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Lawyers crystal-ball the Google antitrust case

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The Justice Department's antitrust suit against Google is a strong, straightforward monopoly case, competition lawyers and experts tell Axios. But that doesn't mean it'll be an easy journey for the government.

The big picture: Winning any antitrust case is a heavy lift. It's even more of a challenge to pull off victory in a future-looking case that seeks to make room for potential new competition to flourish.