Sunday’s Headlines: White House ‘systems failed’ with Comey’s firing, but Trump pushed the buttons

Trump’s shifting reason for firing Comey could cost him with Hill leaders; Nations race to contain one of the biggest cyberattacks in recent history; At Mar-a-Lago, the star power of the presidency helps charities — and Trump — make more money; From death row to adoption: Groups move animals north, where euthanasia rates are lower;
 
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White House ‘systems failed’ with Comey’s firing, but Trump pushed the buttons
In choosing how and when to fire FBI Director James B. Comey — a subject of considerable debate in the White House — President Trump characteristically followed his gut. The aftermath plunged his presidency into its most serious self-inflicted crisis yet, exposing dysfunction and distrust within his West Wing and imperiling his agenda.
Trump’s shifting reason for firing Comey could cost him with Hill leaders
The possibility that Trump misled lawmakers about the reasons for Comey’s ouster could fuel calls on Capitol Hill for investigators to more aggressively probe allegations of collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government.
 
Nations race to contain one of the biggest cyberattacks in recent history
It was still unclear who was behind the sophisticated “ransomware” attack that affected hospitals, agencies, students and more in 100 countries. The malware’s spread may have been stemmed by the work of a young British researcher.
 
At Mar-a-Lago, the star power of the presidency helps charities — and Trump — make more money
The Post identified more than 45 events since Election Day in which outside groups paid to rent space at Trump’s private Florida club. For most, Trump’s presence — or possible presence — became a ticket-selling draw that generated extra cash for the groups and himself. But the Trump effect can cut both ways: one charity that faced criticism for hosting an event there experienced a decline in ticket sales.
 
From death row to adoption: Groups move animals north, where euthanasia rates are lower
Dozens of organizations nationwide are taking part in a dizzying daily reshuffle of dogs and cats, taking them mostly away from high-kill southern regions. It’s a small but growing factor in the decline of euthanasia at American shelters. 
 
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Opinions
 
Trump must be impeached. Here’s why.
 
Trump’s top aides need to go
 
Former attorney general: Trump made the right call on Comey
 
A theory: Trump fired Comey because he’s taller
 
I know the fears of immigrants in the schools I oversee. I was undocumented myself.
 
What we know Trump did this week — and why it matters
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Trapped in Trumpland: Politics seeps into everything, even at the strip club
More than half of adults recently surveyed by the American Psychological Association said they had discussed politics at work since the election, and 26 percent reported feeling tense and stressed as a result.
North Korea launches a ballistic missile that flies about 435 miles
A White House statement played up the incident’s proximity to Russia: “With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil — in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan — the President cannot imagine that Russia is pleased.”
On SNL, Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer emerges from the bushes and finally confronts Trump
The latest episode of “Saturday Night Live” included a skit with McCarthy-as-Spicer and Alec Baldwin’s President Trump, who delivered a “kiss of death” that bordered on an intense make-out session.
Egypt sees recent archaeological findings as a blessing for a struggling economy
This weekend’s announcement that 17 mummies were found south of Cairo marked the latest in a series of discoveries this year that officials see as a boost for the tourism sector, a vital source of hard currency.
Solo-ish | Perspective
Why one mom won’t be spending Mother’s Day with her son
Mother’s Day can be devoted to light and laughter, with moms celebrating themselves, rather than taking part in a sentimental tribute to the mother/child bond.
This week’s defiant, funny and touching college commencement speeches
Comedian Will Ferrell channeled Whitney Houston, Sen. Elizabeth Warren made a call to civic action, and Sen. Tim Kaine urged graduates to keep an open mind and listen to others.
Put your baby to sleep in a box? A Finnish idea is winning converts here.
The idea, tied to Finland’s national health-care system, started 80 years ago and helped to substantially reduce the country’s infant mortality rate, the Finnish government says.
News quiz: Fired, fired up and attacked
A high-profile government official was terminated this week, but that wasn’t the only headline. See how well you paid attention, and earn more points for quickly providing the correct answers.
On Love
That prank call was to the right number
She tried to phone a classmate, but the person who answered kept her on the line. And they just kept talking.
Food
This fried rice is actually good for you
It’s loaded with spring vegetables and topped with an egg.
Magazine
What a son will do for his mother
When she was in a nursing home, he took unorthodox measures to be sure they spent time together.
 
     
 
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