The Post Most: Inside Trump’s anger and impatience — and his sudden decision to fire Comey

Inside Trump’s anger and impatience — and his sudden decision to fire Comey; The White House explanations for Comey’s firing are crumbling before our eyes; Acting FBI director vows to inform congressional committee if White House tries to upend Russia probe; Trump says he invented an 84-year-old phrase. But, why?; ‘I didn’t come here to defend the president tonight.’ Republican who rescued health-care bill faces voters.; The White House’s laughable spin about Comey now lies in smoking ruins; Why Trump expected only applause when he told Comey, ‘You’re fired.’; More bad news for Trump: His poll numbers just hit a bunch of new lows; Jefferson Davis disappears as New Orleans removes tribute to ‘lost cause of the Confederacy’; Trump’s ‘You’re fired’ message to Comey broke this basic rule of management; The Daily 202: Firing FBI director Comey is already backfiring on Trump. It’s only going to get worse.; After Trump fired Comey, White House staff scrambled to explain why; Presence of Russian photographer in Oval Office raises alarms; Some are puzzled by deputy AG’s central role in the drama of Trump and Comey; Here are the three dumbest defenses of Comey’s firing; Scott Van Pelt, ‘sick and freaking tired’ of Caps’ playoff routine, speaks for every fan
 
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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 White House explanations for Comey’s firing are crumbling before our eyes
Over 36 hours, a host of story lines from the White House.
 
Acting FBI director vows to inform congressional committee if White House tries to upend Russia probe
Andrew McCabe also told a congressional committee there had “been no effort to impede our investigation to date.”
 
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Trump says he invented an 84-year-old phrase. But, why?
When he talks about his own achievements, Trump hasn’t earned the benefit of the doubt.
 
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The White House’s laughable spin about Comey now lies in smoking ruins
And as always, it all leads back to Trump’s megalomania and sneaking dread of the illegitimacy of his presidency.
 
Why Trump expected only applause when he told Comey, ‘You’re fired.’
A president who operates in the moment sees no profit in considering the lessons and contradictions of the past.
 
The Fix •  Analysis
More bad news for Trump: His poll numbers just hit a bunch of new lows
Even before the Comey fiasco. And even worse for Trump, he’s got those working-class whites to thank for it.
 
Jefferson Davis disappears as New Orleans removes tribute to ‘lost cause of the Confederacy’
‘We continue our march to reconciliation by removing the Jefferson Davis Confederate statue from its pedestal of reverence,’ Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.
 
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Trump’s ‘You’re fired’ message to Comey broke this basic rule of management
Don’t catch people by surprise when they’re getting the ax, experts say, and do deliver bad news in person.
 
 
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