HuffPost Morning Email: Why the latest Comey news matters.
By Lauren Weber
Wednesday, May 17
THE COMEY FALLOUT CONTINUES Former FBI Director James Comey reportedly left a paper trail of notes and memos about his meetings with President Donald Trump. One such memo alleges that the president asked him to stop the investigation into Michael Flynn. Outcry has been swift — Sen. John McCain even said the White House scandals were “reaching Watergate size and scale.” House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz says they’re going to subpoena for Comey’s memos. And here’s a breakdown of what qualifies as an obstruction of justice. [HuffPost]
WHEN THE NSA’S HACKING TOOLS GET OUT “The malicious code at the heart of the WannaCry virus that hit computer systems globally late last week was apparently stolen from the NSA, repackaged by cybercriminals and unleashed on the world for a cyberattack that now ranks as among the most disruptive in history.” [WaPo]
IT’S NOT JUST YOU This past week of news has been pure chaos for the White House. [HuffPost]
RIPPLE EFFECT OF CONTINUOUS WHITE HOUSE TURMOIL: HIRING ISN’T GETTING ANY EASIER Hundreds of key posts at the Department of Defense and the State Department are still unfilled. [HuffPost]
CHINA INSTALLS ROCKET LAUNCHERS ON DISPUTED SOUTH CHINA SEA ISLAND Allegedly to “ward off Vietnamese military combat divers.” [Reuters]
CHOLERA SWEEPING THROUGH YEMEN’S CAPITAL Killing 184 in just days. [HuffPost]
BREAKING DOWN WHAT FOX COVERED INSTEAD OF THE COMEY MEMO Including a conspiracy theory about the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich. [Axios]
‘MY FAMILY’S SLAVE’ “She lived with us for 56 years. She raised me and my siblings without pay. I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized who she was.” [The Atlantic]
YOU PROBABLY EAT PLASTIC ALL THE TIME “One in four fish has plastic in its gut, according a recent study. Plastic particles have also been found in oysters and mussels. If you eat a lot of shellfish, for example, you might be consuming 11,000 pieces of plastic a year.” And it even seepsinto your salt. [HuffPost]
A WARNING NOTE FOR TAKING CARE OF THAT BUBBLY Make sure you aren’t ruining that bottle of champagne by keeping it in the fridge for too long. [HuffPost]
4 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE WATCHED THIS VIDEO OF KENDALL JENNER FACE-PLANTING Take from that what you will. [HuffPost]
WHY THERE ARE SO MANY MEDICAL BILL ERRORS And how you can spot them. [HuffPost]
WAS IT PROM FOR THE ROYALS? Nah, just a garden party that had Prince William and Kate Middleton rocking matching his-and-hers outfits. [Vanity Fair]
Trump also reportedly asked Comey to consider jailing journalists for publishing leaks.
Israel is reportedly the source of the intelligence Trump gave the Russians.
Twitter had a field day with the latest Comey story.
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Tom Hanks is all for this fan theory about “Toy Story.”
A closer look at Apple’s “mothership” and all its bells and whistles.
It’s official — “Roseanne” and all its main original cast members is returning to ABC.
The new “Bachelor” spinoff sounds like “The Hunger Games” with cuter ski wear.
These photos make it pretty clear you should think long and hard before ordering your prom dress online.
This poll has “The Rock” (yes, Dwayne Johnson) beating Trump in 2020.
“The Little Mermaid” is headed to ABC as a live musical.
We are already very disturbed by the idea of Zac Efron playing notorious serial killer Ted Bundy.
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