Wednesday’s Headlines: Trump fires FBI director

Comey’s removal sparks fears about future of Russia probe; Shocking firing raises questions and stakes for the White House; After Trump fired Comey, his staff scrambled to explain why; The Justice Department’s case against Comey, annotated; Is Comey’s firing ‘Nixonian’ or uniquely Trumpian?; Senate Republicans face their own divisions in push for health-care overhaul; Who will decide what the Senate’s health-care bill looks like? Follow the Medicaid-state senators.;
 
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Trump fires FBI director
FBI Director James B. Comey was dismissed after officials said he treated Hillary Clinton unfairly and in doing so damaged the credibility of the FBI and the Justice Department. Democrats have long argued that Comey’s decisions in the investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server hurt the presidential candidate’s standing with voters. But President Trump and his advisers had argued that Comey went too easy on Clinton and her aides.
Comey’s removal sparks fears about future of Russia probe
Legislators on both sides of the aisle are calling for an independent body to continue the investigation into possible collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
 
The Take | Analysis
Shocking firing raises questions and stakes for the White House
After the surprise move, the president will face renewed pressure for a special prosecutor to take over the Russia investigation.
 
After Trump fired Comey, his staff scrambled to explain why
Sean Spicer had wanted to drop the bombshell news in an emailed statement but it was not transmitting quickly enough.
 
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The Fix | Analysis
The Justice Department’s case against Comey, annotated
The letter from Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein about Comey is heavy on quotes from media reports and light on new information — leading some to suggest it was cobbled together quickly.
 
Is Comey’s firing ‘Nixonian’ or uniquely Trumpian?
Democrats and Republicans immediately turned to the Saturday Night Massacre of 1973 amid the height of the Watergate scandal. But the yearning to find comfort in American history runs up against Donald Trump’s lifelong desire to be provocative and unpredictable — and against unprecedented allegations in which a president’s campaign stands accused of possible collusion with a foreign adversary.
 
Senate Republicans face their own divisions in push for health-care overhaul
After the House’s narrow approval of its health-care bill, the Senate faces its own challenges as key questions remain unresolved and senators splinter into different coalitions. The rifts suggest that the path to 51 votes in a chamber with only 52 Republicans will be daunting.
 
@PKCapitol | Analysis
Who will decide what the Senate’s health-care bill looks like? Follow the Medicaid-state senators.
The most powerful bloc in the Senate, based on the size and clout of its members, are the 20 Republicans who come from states that took advantage of the 2010 health law’s federal expansion of Medicaid to provide insurance to millions of lower-income Americans.
 
 
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In blow to ties with Turkey, U.S. to directly arm Syrian Kurds against ISIS
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Grassley, Chaffetz rebuke HHS secretary for muzzling agency employees
The Republican leaders said Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s new policy curtailing his employees’ ability to communicate directly with Congress “is potentially illegal and unconstitutional.”
The Fix | Analysis
All of Trump’s campaign statements just vanished from his website. So let’s remember them.
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