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APRIL 16, 2018


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"Gary" – Prince William's old nickname for the Queen. We have questions.



The Story

Former FBI Director James Comey has a new book. And last night ABC aired the first of many, many promo interviews.

How'd we get here again?

Last year, President Trump abruptly fired Comey, who was leading the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation. Trump later said he had "this Russia thing" on the mind at the time. That and more raised questions as to whether Trump obstructed justice. Questions that special counsel Robert Mueller is now trying to answer.

What's Comey saying now?

In an interview that aired last night, he said "it's possible" Trump is compromised by the Russians. That there's "certainly some evidence" that he obstructed justice. That he is "morally unfit to be president." In lots of weekend tweets, Trump called Comey a "slimeball" who has told "many lies."


What Comey has to say isn't just about the he-said-he-said with Trump. It's also testimony that Mueller is using as he decides whether he thinks Trump committed an impeachable offense.


The Story

Days after President Trump announced airstrikes on Syria, Syrian President Assad is apparently in a "good mood."

What's going on?

Last week, dozens of Syrian civilians were killed in a suspected chemical weapons attack. Assad's forces are believed to be behind it. On Friday, Trump announced a coordinated missile attack with the UK and France on Syrian chemical weapons facilities. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley says the US is "locked and loaded" if Assad uses these weapons again.

How are people reacting?

Some on both sides of the aisle say Trump was right to show that the US won't tolerate chemical weapons. But many are wondering what the larger US strategy is in Syria. Earlier this month, Trump was saying he wanted out altogether. Now, apparently not.


It's unlikely that this weekend's missile attack will change the situation on the ground in Syria. Case in point: reports of Assad's "good mood" while meeting with officials from Russia (Syria's top ally) yesterday.


What people are talking about…

Barbara Bush. A family spokesman says the former first lady is in "failing health," and has decided she doesn't want to seek further treatment. Bush is at the head of one of the country's biggest political dynasties. She was the first lady, and the mother of another president. In the past year, she's been in and out of the hospital. Now, the 92-year-old is focusing on "comfort care."

What to say to your friend who can't survive without coffee...

Heard about this? Starbucks is in the spotlight after two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia store. Last week, the two men asked to use the bathroom, but an employee said no because they hadn't bought anything. Police say an employee called 911 after the men refused to leave. When they arrived, the men were walked out in handcuffs. The men's attorney later said they were waiting for someone for a business meeting. Starbucks CEO offered "our deepest apologies" to the two men, and says the company is reviewing what happened. Yesterday, protesters gathered in Philadelphia and plan to do so again today.

What people are watching…

India, where people are protesting recent attacks on young girls. In 2012, a fatal gang rape of a young woman led to mass protests. That led India to strengthen its laws about violence against women. But it's still a huge problem. Last week, a lawmaker from India's ruling party was arrested in connection to the rape of a teenager that happened last year. That case, and the separate case of the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl, have brought people back to the streets to accuse authorities of failing to protect women. Over the weekend, another person connected to the teenager's rape was arrested.

What to say when you break your fourth pair of sunglasses…

Another one bites the dust. Over the weekend, Martin Sorrell – the CEO of the world's largest advertising agency – resigned after an internal investigation into claims of "personal misconduct." He denies the allegations. Sorrell is an advertising industry giant. He transformed a manufacturing company called Wire and Plastic Products into a worldwide ad agency called WPP that now has 200,000 employees in over 100 countries. He was apparently facing a longer investigation into allegations against him if he didn't step down.

What to say when you see your friend's #Beychella story...

Still not over it.


Dual aperture

Photography speak for 'double the fun.' Aperture refers to the opening in a camera through which light passes. Dual aperture means that the camera can switch between two aperture modes depending on whether it's low light vs bright light. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is the first phone to have dual aperture. Ever. So you'll never stumble into some bad lighting like Cher Horowitz. Check it out here.


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