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Comey Did 5-Hour Interview with ABC News

“The James Comey media blitz has officially begun, with the former FBI director sitting down for a marathon five-hour interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News ahead of the release of his much-anticipated memoir,” Politico reports.

“Comey is preparing a media blitz of at least two weeks around the release of the book, including a live interview with CNN on April 19, an MSNBC interview later that day, an appearance on Fox News on April 26, and a PBS NewsHour interview on April 30.”

Comey Compares Trump to a Mob Boss

A source present at the taping told Axios that James Comey’s interview with George Stephanopoulos  airing on Sunday at 10 p.m. is “going to shock the president and his team.”

“The Comey interview left people in the room stunned — he told George things that he’s never said before… If anyone wonders if Comey will go there, he goes there.”

Who Will Be the First Woman President?

Jennifer Palmieri, former Hillary Clinton communications director and author of Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World, joins Chris Riback for a great discussion of what the first woman president needs to know.

Rather than dwell on the results of the 2016 election, Palmieri turns the experience into something very empowering for future female leaders.

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White House Has No Plan for Countering Comey

“Former FBI director James Comey is about to return to the national spotlight with the release of his memoir next week — but the White House is doing little to prepare for the onslaught,” Politico reports.

“These officials said it’s understood within the West Wing that laying out an advance media strategy is largely a futile exercise since President Trump could blow up any prepared talking points with a single tweet.”

Jared and Ivanka Offered ‘Bribe’ to Stop Abortions

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards writes in her new memoir that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump offered the organization increased federal funding if it stopped providing abortions, People reports.

Writes Richards: “If it wasn’t crystal clear before, it was now. Jared and Ivanka were there for one reason: to deliver a political win… In their eyes, if they could stop Planned Parenthood from providing abortions, it would confirm their reputation as savvy dealmakers. It was surreal, essentially being asked to barter away women’s rights for more money.”

The Trump White House

Out this week: The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game by Ronald Kessler.

The author to CNN: “If you wonder why there are so many leaks out of the White House, one reason is Kellyanne Conway is the number one leaker.”

Kessler also says that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner pushed the president into some of the most dangerous moves of his presidency: “In the end, Jared and Ivanka would push the most disastrous and foolish decisions of Trump’s presidency … they had no understanding of the basic fundamentals of how government works … most of all, they had no understanding of the political consequences of their actions.”

How Antonin Scalia Was the Trump of the Supreme Court

Rick Hasen, author of The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption, joins Chris Riback for a discussion of Scalia’s complex legacy as a conservative legal thinker and disruptor of the nation’s highest court.

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Comey Book Tour Tickets Selling for $850

Former FBI director James Comey already has a best seller through preorders with his book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, the New York Post reports.

“Comey, who is also taping an audio version, will make promotional appearances on ABC and CBS and launch a 10-city tour. In five of those cities, Comey is giving lectures and commanding Broadway-like prices.”

“Tickets for Comey’s appearance at Town Hall on April 19 (two days after the book’s publication) are going for as much as $850 on StubHub — $95 is the top face value.”

Chasing Hillary

Coming soon: Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling by Amy Chozick.

Axios reports that Chozick uses pseudonyms to identify top Clinton aides in her memoir.

Chozick explains: “I changed some names and identifying details, and gave lots of people pseudonyms, sometimes to protect the innocent but usually to protect the story — I think having to remember the names of dozens of political operatives who all essentially perform the same purpose is boring.”