Michael Cohen's mystery client was revealed Monday: Fox News host Sean Hannity. Hannity last week called the FBI raid of President Trump's lawyer a declaration of war against Trump but failed to mention that he also shares an attorney-client relationship with Cohen. Cohen represented Trump in offering hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels, and Hannity has called CNN's president a "porn king" for the network's coverage of the Stormy Daniels scandal.
Former FBI director James Comey said in an exclusive interview with USA TODAY that if Trump were to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Russia investigation , it would be an attack on American rule of law — "a blaring alarm for everybody, regardless of your political affiliation." Mueller already interviewed Comey in the case, but publishing a memoir opens Comey to criticism of his credibility. Comey also shared an untold personal story — the loss of his infant son — and how his wife's reaction, launching a campaign to require testing for Group B strep, honed his vision of leadership. Comey likened Trump's leadership to that of the Mafia, which Stephen Colbert joked is "unfair" ... to mob bosses.
That message was among several signs displayed by two dozen protesters at a Starbucks in Philadelphia, where two black men were arrested after employees called police to say they were trespassing. During an interview on Good Morning America, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said he would institute employee training to address "unconscious bias" and will review the actions of the store's manager. "Starbucks was built as a company that creates a warm, welcoming environment for all customers," said Johnson. "That didn't happen in this case." Starbucks is the latest retailer to face accusations of racial profiling, joining such outlets as Applebee's and IHOP.
For the first time in 33 years, an American woman crossed the finish line first at the Boston Marathon. Desi Linden ran through miserable conditions and even slowed to help a friend to win Monday's marathon in 2:39:54. "It's storybook," said Linden, who finished fourth last year and second in 2011. "I'm thrilled to be here and to get it done." On the men's side, Yuki Kawauchi won, becoming the first Japanese runner to win since 1987. This year's race also marked five years since the Boston Marathon bombings.
They called us McPaper, so we hope you'll forgive our pride: USA TODAY NETWORK won three Pulitzers on Monday for our in-depth coverage with the Arizona Republic of the border with The Wall, The Cincinnati Enquirer's Seven Days of Heroin and The Des Moines Register's editorial writing on health care. We also had a finalist for our coverage of trucker industry abuses. It's worth reading all the Pulitzer winners, but of particular note are two joint prizes this year: The New York Times and New Yorker for their Me Too coverage and The New York Times and The Washington Post for reporting on Russian interference in the 2016 election. And for the Pulitzer for music, Kendrick Lamar's Damn became the first non-classical or jazz work to win.
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