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Who pays hundreds of dollars to see James Comey?

The resistance is fired up and, in some cases, ready to pay a lot of money to see the fired FBI director. But is he really the conflicted superhero they need?

In a twist of fate that may have seemed bizarre back when bizarreness wasn’t so normal, one of the leading lights of the anti-Trump “resistance” is the ex-FBI director James Comey.

Comey memos: six of the biggest takeaways

Donald Trump tweeted the recently released memos show ‘no collusion’ – but that might not be the conclusion that jumps out most

Beginning in January 2017, when he first met Donald Trump, James Comey, then FBI director, carefully described each of his interactions with the new president in memos he shared with top deputies and lawyers within the agency. Comey said he wrote the memos because he thought the president might later lie about those interactions.

From Trump’s US to Syria, even the plain truth is tribal | Jonathan Freedland

The denigration of Robert Mueller and the White Helmets shows the extent to which provable facts are now under siege

There was a time when, even if we disagreed about the remedy, we did at least agree that the patient was sick. We might argue about the meaning of this or that event, but all sides usually accepted that the event in question had at least happened. No longer. A new and unsettling dimension has entered our collective, and global, conversation.

Comey memos: Trump said Michael Flynn had 'serious judgment issues'

According to former FBI head, president complained about his first national security adviser, who was later fired

The US president, Donald Trump, told former FBI director James Comey he had serious concerns about the judgment of his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, according to memos maintained by Comey.

Andrew McCabe: justice department refers its findings for possible criminal prosecution

Former FBI deputy director could face charges amid DoJ’s findings he misled investigators over 2016 inquiry into Clinton Foundation

The Office of the Inspector General at the US justice department has referred its findings on Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director, to the US attorney in Washington for possible criminal prosecution, according to a person familiar with the referral on Thursday.

Family of Afghan man tortured by CIA demands US reveal location of his body

Gul Rahman was killed in a secret CIA interrogation facility where he endured being doused with frigid water and shackled naked

It took almost 15 years for Gul Rahman’s family to receive a direct acknowledgment that he had been killed in a secret CIA interrogation facility in Afghanistan.

Now the family is pressing the United States to disclose what happened to his remains.

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Tammy Duckworth applauds new rule letting senators bring babies to work

US senator, the first to give birth in office, says new rule will help drag institution ‘into the 21st century’

The US Senate on Wednesday unanimously agreed to allow parents to bring their infants onto the chamber floor.

The rule change will allow Senator Tammy Duckworth, who this month became the first senator to give birth while in office, to nurse her newborn daughter on the Senate floor.

If Trump strikes a deal with North Korea, I’ll be delighted. But don’t hold your breath | Jonathan Freedland

Despite the clandestine meetings between Mike Pompeo and Kim-Jong-un there are many potential pitfalls on the road to peace

Is a North Korean breakthrough imminent? Is a region at war for more than 60 years about to make peace? And, most unexpectedly of all, will we soon have to credit Donald Trump for one of the great foreign policy achievements of our time?