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What you need to know about the worldwide cyberattack; In apparent warning to Comey, Trump suggests possible ‘tapes’ of their private conversations ; Analysis: Why it’s likely Trump has recordings of his Oval Office conversations; Spicer is still contradicting the president; Spicer won’t deny Trump is recording his Oval Office guests. That’s untenable.; The one little number that — so far — is all the protection Trump needs; Sessions directs prosecutors to seek toughest drug charges; One Republican’s ‘shameful’ plan to save money: Turn 82,000 non-English-speaking kids over to ICE; Trump’s lawyers outline president’s Russian income but provide no documents; Michelle Obama on Trump rollback: ‘Think about why someone is okay with your kids eating crap’; Republicans misstate, again and again on TV and at town halls, what’s in their health-care bill; Gunman fatally shoots Ohio police chief, 2 others at nursing home, sheriff says; ‘Our correspondents feel like Jews in 1933’: Russia pushes back on criticism of state photographer in Oval Office; ‘Rare as winning the lottery’: New dinosaur fossil so well preserved it looks like a statue; The girl I’m thinking about marrying is throwing a ton of money away on a dying dog;
 
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Massive hack exploits a vulnerability identified in leaked NSA documents
Malicious software that blocks access to computers is spreading swiftly across the world, snarling critical systems in hospitals, telecommunications, corporate offices and beyond. The Russian Interior Ministry reported that it, too, was under assault.
WorldViews | Analysis
What you need to know about the worldwide cyberattack
England’s health-care system and FedEx were among computer systems infected with ransomware, which requires payment for a decryption key to unlock the files.
 
In apparent warning to Comey, Trump suggests possible ‘tapes’ of their private conversations
In a tweet this morning, President Trump said former FBI director James Comey “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump fired Comey earlier this week.
 
Analysis: Why it’s likely Trump has recordings of his Oval Office conversations
We know that a Trump adviser claimed to have a recording of a conversation that took place near the Oval Office. We know that Donald Trump has, in the past, allegedly embraced the use of surveillance tools at his homes and properties. Put together? It seems likely the president has James Comey on tape.
 
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Spicer is still contradicting the president
Press secretary Sean Spicer, who did not handle the news briefing for the past two days, said Trump made the decision to terminate James Comey “in part based on the recommendation” of the Justice Department. Trump himself said a day earlier that he “was going to fire regardless of recommendation.”
 
The Fix | Analysis
Spicer won’t deny Trump is recording his Oval Office guests. That’s untenable.
The reason the White House is in a tough spot is because the president has threatened to use hypothetical recordings as a form of blackmail. Now all visitors and staff will be suspicious that their conversations are being recorded — possibly to be used against them later.
 
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The one little number that — so far — is all the protection Trump needs
People engaging in such speculation of impeachment are warned: There’s one little number that makes such a move unlikely.
 
Sessions directs prosecutors to seek toughest drug charges
Attorney General Jeff Sessions overturned the sweeping criminal charging policy of former attorney general Eric Holder Jr. and directed his federal prosecutors to charge defendants with the most serious, provable crimes carrying the most severe penalties.
 
One Republican’s ‘shameful’ plan to save money: Turn 82,000 non-English-speaking kids over to ICE
The state lawmaker disagrees with the idea that Oklahoma should be responsible for educating children who aren’t citizens, though a 1982 Supreme Court decision, Plyler v. Doe, actually prohibits states from denying education to undocumented immigrants.
 
Trump’s lawyers outline president’s Russian income but provide no documents
The White House released a letter from two tax attorneys for President Trump claiming that his only income from Russian sources in the past 10 years came from fees for hosting the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and sales of a mansion, condo units and golf games to Russians.
 
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Michelle Obama on Trump rollback: ‘Think about why someone is okay with your kids eating crap’
A fiery former first lady defended her healthy eating initiative, telling a public health summit that something was “wrong” with an administration that did not want to give consumers nutrition information or teach kids healthy habits.
 
The Health 202 | Analysis
Republicans misstate, again and again on TV and at town halls, what’s in their health-care bill
Their struggle to sell the bill at home reflects the new unpopularity — and perhaps impossibility — of their long-standing promise to fully repeal Obamacare.
 
Gunman fatally shoots Ohio police chief, 2 others at nursing home, sheriff says
Police said the chief and two nursing-home employees were killed in a village near Columbus. The gunman was also found dead.
 
‘Our correspondents feel like Jews in 1933’: Russia pushes back on criticism of state photographer in Oval Office
Russian officials are taking aim at the U.S. media over the claim that the photographer could have theoretically hidden a listening device in the White House.
 
‘Rare as winning the lottery’: New dinosaur fossil so well preserved it looks like a statue
The 2,500-pound fossil found by accident in Canada is a “member of the heavily armored ankylosaur subgroup,” which roamed during the Cretaceous Period.
 
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The girl I’m thinking about marrying is throwing a ton of money away on a dying dog
Advice columnist Carolyn Hax chats live every Friday to answer any questions you might have about this strange train we call life.
 
 
     
 
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