Must Reads: Inside Trump’s anger-fueled decision to fire Comey

The 5 compelling, ambitious reads you can’t afford to miss this week.
Compelling, ambitious reads you can’t afford to miss.
White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker was working in a Washington Post conference room Tuesday evening when he learned President Trump had fired FBI Director James B. Comey. He and at least a dozen of The Post’s political and national security correspondents dropped everything and began reporting the story at breakneck speed. By the end of the night, they knew they’d launch on a deeper look at how Trump had arrived at his decision — what’s known in the newsroom as a tick-tock. “With Trump, these decisions are unexpected,” Rucker said. “You want to figure out what’s in the man’s head.” On Wednesday, he and seven other reporters worked the phones for hours, interviewing more than 30 officials at the White House, Justice Department, FBI, along with lawmakers and Trump confidants, to understand what prompted him to move against Comey. The result was a revelatory account of a president driven by anger, reported and written in a single day. Rucker said he and his colleagues, particularly White House reporter Ashley Parker and national political correspondent Robert Costa, have grown used to the all-consuming pace of covering the Trump administration. “It’s really grueling,” he said. “But that’s our job.”  — Lynda Robinson, Local Enterprise Editor

Inside Trump’s anger and impatience — and his sudden decision to fire Comey

The president was said to be frustrated by James Comey’s focus on Russia and lack of attention on leaks.
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The D.C. Housing Department forfeited millions as families waited for help

In a city gripped by a crisis in affordable housing, $15.8 million in federal funding was lost.
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Meet the critic who panned ‘Sgt. Pepper’ then discovered his speaker was busted. He’s still not sorry.

Fifty years later, the writer who savaged the Beatles’ masterpiece re-listens — with a stereo that works.
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A side effect of peace in Colombia? A cocaine boom in the U.S.

There is a giant surge in coca production as peasants try to cash in on government benefits.
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Anti-vaccine activists spark a state’s worst measles outbreak in decades

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