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Royal baby: New addition to the royal family will be fifth in line for the throne

A new British prince was born on Monday and that means a new line of succession to the British throne.

Move over, Prince Harry, your new nephew will bump you one step down the line, and shake up everyone who follows you.

The British line of succession was established in the 17th century after James II left the country and the throne in 1688. By 1701, the Act of Settlement established that the country’s Parliament could determine who would rule the country.

The act said that only Protestants could rule – no Roman Catholics could be considered and those in line for the throne could not marry a Catholic. In 2013, the Succession to the Crown Act ended the provision against marrying a Catholic. However, a Roman Catholic may not rule the country.

The law also stated that male heirs, no matter where they fell in the birth order, would displace female heirs in the line of succession. In other words, a younger brother would jump over an older sister in the succession line.

The Succession to the Crown Act amended that portion of the Act of Settlement by ending the practice of moving sons to the front of the line – called male primogeniture. The act applies to those born after Oct. 28, 2011. Princess Charlotte, the daughter of Prince William, is the first female in the line of succession who will not be skipped over by a younger sibling.

Here is the line of succession as stands after the birth of the new prince:

The line of Succession

Queen Elizabeth

1. The Prince of Wales – Prince Charles (Elizabeth’s first child)2. The Duke of Cambridge – Prince William (Prince Charles’ son)3. Prince George of Cambridge – William’s son4. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge - William’s daughter5. The new royal baby – brother to George and Charlotte6. Prince Henry of Wales – Prince Harry (William’s brother; Charles second child)8. The Duke of York – Prince Andrew (Elizabeth’s third child)7. Princess Beatrice of York – Andrew’s daughter8. Princess Eugenie of York – Andrew’s daughter9. The Earl of Wessex – Prince Edward (brother of Prince Charles; Elizabeth’s fourth child)10. James, Viscount Severn – (Prince Edward’s son)11. The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor – (Prince Edward’s daughter)12. The Princess Royal – Princess Anne (daughter of Queen Elizabeth; her second child)13. Peter Phillips – son of Princess Anne14. Savannah Phillips – daughter of Peter Phillips15. Isla Phillips – daughter of Peter Phillips16. Zara Tindall – daughter of Princess Anne


What is Earth Day? 5 things to know

Sunday is Earth Day 2018, and more than one billion people across the globe are expected to celebrate with environmentally friendly events.

But what exactly is Earth Day? Here's what you need to know:

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1. When did Earth Day start?

The first Earth Day celebration took place 48 years ago, in 1970, after a devastating oil spill in America brought environmental issues to the forefront of public consciousness. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 22 million people across the country came out in support of environmental reform.

"That day left a permanent impact on the politics of America," Gaylord Nelson wrote in the April 1980 edition of the EPA Journal. "It forcibly thrust the issue of environmental quality and resources conservation into the political dialogue of the nation.

"It showed political and opinion leadership of the country that the people cared, that they were ready for political action, that the politicians had better get ready, too. In short, Earth Day launched the environmental decade with a bang."

Since then, celebrations have only grown. This year, organizers estimate more than one billion people in 192 countries will participate in events the world over. The day is celebrated each year on April 22.

>> Target’s Earth Day car seat recycling program offers 20 percent off new car seat, stroller

2. Is there a theme for Earth Day 2018?

This year, organizers are focusing on curbing plastic pollution.

"Our goals include ending single-use plastics, promoting alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials, promoting 100 percent recycling of plastics, corporate and government accountability and changing human behavior concerning plastics," the Earth Day Network, which partners with tens of thousands of organizations in 192 countries to organize Earth Day events, said on its website.

The organization also said it "will educate millions of people about the health and other risks associated with the use and disposal of plastics, including pollution of our oceans, water, and wildlife, and about the growing body of evidence that decomposing plastics are creating serious global problems."

Read more here.

>> Antarctica's ice retreating 5 times faster than normal, study reveals

3. How are people celebrating?

In Tokyo, thousands of people will attend beach cleanups, concerts, art exhibits, classes and other events coordinated by the Green Room Festival, according to the Earth Day Network. In India's Karnataka state, a "no plastic" event will feature workshops led by "organizations that are champions of environmental sustainability in fields including electric vehicles, solar power and zero-waste living," the network said. Cleanups also were scheduled in Palm Beach, Florida; New York; New Jersey and other locations across the United States and worldwide.

Read more here.

4. What are businesses doing?

Google marked Earth Day with a "video doodle" featuring primatologist Jane Goodall. 

>> Click here to watch

“It is so important in the world today that we feel hopeful and do our part to protect life on Earth," Goodall said. "I am hopeful that this Earth Day Google Doodle will live as a reminder for people across the globe that there is still so much in the world worth fighting for. So much that is beautiful, so many wonderful people working to reverse the harm, to help protect species and their environments. And there are so, so many young people, like those in JGI’s Roots & Shoots program, dedicated to making this a better world. With all of us working together, I am hopeful that it is not too late to turn things around, if we all do our part for this beautiful planet.”

Read more about the doodle here.

Apple also joined in on the celebrations, announcing on April 19 that "for every device received at Apple stores and through the Apple GiveBack program from now through April 30, the company will make a donation to the nonprofit Conservation International."

In addition, Apple "debuted Daisy, a robot that can more efficiently disassemble iPhone to recover valuable materials," according to a company press release.

“At Apple, we’re constantly working toward smart solutions to address climate change and conserve our planet’s precious resources,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social Initiatives, said in a statement. “In recognition of Earth Day, we are making it as simple as possible for our customers to recycle devices and do something good for the planet through Apple GiveBack. We’re also thrilled to introduce Daisy to the world, as she represents what’s possible when innovation and conservation meet.”

Read more here.

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5. How can I get involved?

There are multiple ways to get into the Earth Day spirit, from participating in a local event to changing your bills from paper to paperless. Here are some suggestions from the Earth Day Network:

  • Urge your local elected officials or businesses to make a substantial tree planting commitment by starting a letter-writing campaign or online petition.

  • Lead a recycling drive to collect as much plastic, metal, and glass as possible.

  • Pick up trash at a local park or beach.

  • Set up a screening of an environmentally themed movie. Consider supplementing the screening with a speaker who can lead a Q&A following the film.

What does '420' mean? Here are 10 things you may not know about the term

You may not realize it, but Friday is a holiday, of sorts.On April 20 – or 4/20 – marijuana advocates around the world gather to celebrate, in a variety of ways, the cannabis plant. Last year, thousands gathered in cities across the United States to consume marijuana in places where it is legal to do so, as well as places where it isn’t.

If you are not familiar with the term “420” as it is used in the marijuana culture, here’s a look at its origins and its meaning.

1. The term “420” was first associated with marijuana use in 1971.

2. It was the time of day when a group of California high school students who called themselves the “Waldos” decided to meet to hunt for a rumored abandoned stash of cannabis. The students would meet at 4:20 p.m. near a statue of Louis Pasteur on the grounds of San Rafael High School to go to search for the crop. If one of the Waldos called for a “4:20 Louis” it meant that everyone was to meet at the statue to search for the marijuana.

3. Eventually, “4:20 Louis” became just “4:20,” and the number was recognized not as a call to hunt for the abandoned cannabis, but as a code word for smoking pot.

4. The members of the band the Grateful Dead moved to the San Rafael area from San Francisco in 1970. They had connections to some of the parents of the Waldos, and eventually picked up the phrase and began using it.

5. The term spread past San Rafael with the help of the Grateful Dead and after a story about the Waldos appeared in “High Times.” Another story in the magazine suggested that 4:20 was an “accepted” hour to use cannabis.

6. April 20 is observed around the country and around the world as a time to gather together to smoke pot. In places where it is illegal to sell it, it is often given away on that day.

7. Some believe that the number 420 refers to the anniversary of the deaths of Bob Marley or Jimi Hendrix. It does not. Neither died on April 20.

8. It is not a police code for someone smoking marijuana, either.

9. Snapchat may allow users to display a 420 graphic on Friday.

10. Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked ice cream and Sour Patch Kids candy were the top two requested “munchies” delivered by goPuff in 2016. The on-demand delivery company saw an 80 percent increase in orders for food such as chips, cookies, candy and beef jerky on April 20, 2016, according to company officials. 

‘Scandal’ finale: What time, what channel, what happens to Olivia

Mellie’s in the White House. Rowan is talking to his dinosaur. Cyrus, who has killed his way to the vice presidency, is perched like a vulture waiting to take a seat behind a desk in the Oval Office.

Jake has just lost his mind.

If the names are not familiar to you, we’re guessing being a gladiator is not on your bucket list.

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The ABC series “Scandal” comes to an end Thursday after seven years of chronicling the rise and fall of Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington). Pope is a “fixer” in Washington, D.C., jumping in to make “awkward situations” come out right – or go away, as the case may be.

Shondra Rhimes created the show that quickly became a hit, and viewers were often surprised at the twists and turns the series took – from killing off favorite characters to revealing a black-ops group that runs the government.

In last week’s episode, Oliva is set up for a final reckoning as she is called to testify about her deeds and misdeeds of the past years. From a trailer released by ABC, it appears she will have some company in the end, as most all of the show’s major characters are seated at a table in front of a group of congressmen ready to talk.

“She started out as the character that we knew who very much believed in this power and how important this particular kind of power was, and molding it and being a part of it,” Rhimes told Variety. “We watched her, like everybody else, become completely corrupted by it and make all the same mistakes that everybody else makes to get what she wants from it. Then we watched her hopefully fight her way back from it.” 

Or, as Olivia put it: “This is bigger than us,” Olivia said. “This is about the country. This is about patriotism: the end of politics, the beginning of leadership. It all has to come down, no matter the cost . . . We are not the heroes of this story. We are the villains. This is your chance to be a hero. This is positive change.”

Rhimes, when asked about any “cultural risks involved with a black female antihero,” told The New York Times, “I’m smiling because I wasn’t thinking of her that way. For me, writing Olivia Pope as the lead meant she got to be the lead and the lead is everything. She’s the love interest, she’s mean, she’s kind, she’s flawed, she’s brilliant at her job. She makes mistakes. Equality is getting to be as screwed up and as messed up as all of the other leads on television.”

Will the Olivia get her comeuppance, or come out on the other side unscathed? You’ll have to tune in.

“Scandal” finale

What time: The episode airs at 10 p.m. ET

What channel: “Scandal” airs on ABC.

'National School Walkout’: Everything you need to know about Friday’s event

Thousands of students across the country are set to walk out of class on Friday, the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.

More than 2,500 groups have signed up for the “National School Walkout,” a student-led protest aimed at bolstering the discussion about gun-control measures.

>> Read more trending news

Lane Murdock, a high school sophomore who started a petition suggesting the walkout, said keeping the momentum of the national “March for Our Lives” movement strong was important to her and that, “Our generation is demanding change and won't be ignored or swept under the rug." 

March for Our Lives grew out of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people died in the Feb. 14 shooting.

Murdock told National Public Radio that the protest is “not conservative or liberal. It is just about making sure our children don't get harmed in school and we don't live in a community and in a country that has institutionalized fear. I think we're all sick of it. That's why we're doing this."

Murdock goes to a Connecticut high school about 20 minutes away from where Sandy Hook Elementary School once stood. The Newtown, Connecticut, school was the site of a mass shooting in 2012 where 26 people – mostly 6- and 7-year-old children – were killed.

Here’s what you need to know about Friday’s National School Walkout.

When is the National School Walkout?

The walkout is set for Friday and starts at 10 a.m.

What is the walkout about?

Students are protesting “congressional, state, and local failures to take action to prevent gun violence,” according to the National School Walkout website. They are asking lawmakers to support:

  • Legislation to strengthen background checks.
  • Legislation to allow family members to request the issuance of a gun violence prevention warrant for those they fear may pose a danger to themselves or others. 
  • Bans on bump stocks.
  • Raising minimum age to 21 to buy an assault rifle like the AR-15.

What will happen?

Students across the country will walk out of their schools at 10 a.m. local time and pause for 13 seconds of silence – one second for everyone killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999.

After that, organizers are encouraging students not to go back to school, but to stay out the entire day. They are telling students to hold rallies and letter-writing campaigns or other activities around the day.

How do you participate?

Since organizers are suggesting that students walkout of school for the day, the event is geared more toward high school students. More than 2,500 schools in the United States have registered their intention to participate in the walkout. Not all groups registered are high schools. 

Organizers have compiled a guide with suggestions for activities and a link to resources including legal rights and safety tips.

Comey to sit down for live interview with Jake Tapper

CNN host Jake Tapper will interview former FBI Director James Comey live Thursday during his show, “The Lead.”

Comey’s appearance is one in a series of interviews surrounding the release of his book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies & Leadership,” which went on sale Tuesday. 

Comey’s first prime-time interview since being fired by President Donald Trump in May 2017 took place Sunday, when he spoke with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. Comey said, among other things, that he thought Trump was “morally unfit” to be president. Since the interview Comey has faced some backlash from critics who complained Comey seemed petty after it was revealed that he commented on Trump’s appearance in the interview and in his book.

>>Comey interview transcript: Read what wasn’t aired on Sunday

Some say Comey was also wrong to suggest in that interview that Trump could have obstructed justice by asking Comey to “let go” of an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. 

>>Trump fires back at James Comey on Twitter 

Flynn resigned from the administration about three weeks after he filled the national security adviser position. He was indicted and pleaded guilty to willfully and knowingly making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators. Mueller is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

>>Who is James Comey? Things to know about the former FBI director

Here’s how you can watch the CNN interview.

What time: The interview is set for 4 p.m. ET.

What channel: The interview will air on CNN. According to network officials, the interview can also be seen on CNNgo and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV and Android TV.

Who will be involved: It’s Tapper and Comey for the hour, and it is a live interview.



Barbara Bush in her own words: Quotes from the former first lady

Former first lady Barbara Bush will be remembered for many things, but being shy about speaking out won’t be one of them. 

Bush, who died Tuesday at her home in Houston, is being remembered as someone not afraid to speak her mind when asked and not shy about giving a blunt, straight-forward response. 

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Here are a few of Mrs. Bush’s best-remembered and refreshingly honest quotes.

  • “I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my children, they just about throw up.”
  • “Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people - your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.”

>>Barbara Bush funeral set to begin Friday in Houston

  • “And who knows? Somewhere out there in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the president's spouse. I wish him well!” – At a speech at Wellesley in 1990. Some students objected to her speaking at the college, saying she did not represent the values of the school because she left college to marry and never held a job outside of the home.
  • “One thing I can say about George... he may not be able to keep a job, but he's not boring.”
  • "Avoid this crowd like the plague. And if they quote you, make damn sure they heard you.” – Advice to Hillary Clinton on handling reporters.
  • “I don't think that's healthy for the country when anyone thinks their morals are better than anyone else's.” 
  • "I can't say it, but it rhymes with 'rich.'" – Describing Democrat Geraldine Ferraro, her husband’s opponent for vice president in 1984. She apologized for the remark and noted that the word she was referring to was “witch.”
  • “You have to love your children unselfishly. That's hard. But it's the only way.”
  • “The future of this nation does not depend on what happens at the White House, but what happens at your house.”

>>Condolences pouring in for Barbara Bush, ‘she had grit and grace, brains and beauty'

  • “The darn trouble with cleaning the house is it gets dirty the next day anyway, so skip a week if you have to. The children are the most important thing.”
  • “Libraries have always seemed like the richest places in the world to me, and I’ve done some of my best learning and thinking thanks to them. Libraries and librarians have definitely changed my life, and the lives of countless other Americans.”
  • “I do have the most marvelous husband, children, and grandchildren.”
  • “Raising five boys is a handful, trust me.”
  • “Why be afraid of what people will say? Those who care about you will say, ‘Good luck!’ and those who care only about themselves will never say anything worth listening to anyway.”
  • “I hate abortions, but just could not make that choice for someone else.”
  • “Nancy Reagan was a perfectionist, and I am not.”
  •  “It's been different. I started driving again. I started cooking again. My driving's better than my cooking. George has discovered Sam's Club.” – Describing to David Letterman her life after the White House.

>>What we learned about Barbara Bush from her famous granddaughters

  • "What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them." – Comments after visiting refugees from Hurricane Katrina and were being temporarily housed in the Houston Astrodome.
  • “Suddenly women's lib had made me feel my life had been wasted.”
  • “Raising George Walker was not easy.”
  • "At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent." 

Russian router hacks: Here’s how you can protect your data

The United States and Great Britain issued a joint statement Monday warning that Russian government-sponsored “cyber actors” are planting malware on internet routers and other devices.

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According to the warning, Russian-backed operatives are targeting internet service providers, “government and private-sector organizations,” and providers of “critical infrastructure.”

According to the warning, law enforcement authorities have seen such activity since 2015. The “cyber actors” authorities have received information about have been exploiting large numbers of routers – including residential routers -- around the world. Routers direct traffic across the internet.

"The activity highlighted today is part of a repeated pattern of disruptive and harmful malicious cyber action carried out by the Russian government," FBI deputy assistant director Howard Marshall said in a statement online.

The warning said the hackers identify vulnerable devices to break into and mine information and can even control traffic that goes through the router. The campaign is worldwide, the statement said.

“The current state of U.S. network devices — coupled with a Russian government campaign to exploit these devices — threatens the safety, security, and economic well-being of the United States,” the alert stated.

According to CERT, the systems affected are: Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE)-enabled devices,, Cisco Smart Install (SMI)-enabled devices and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)-enabled network devices.

So, how do you protect your data?

The warning includes a list of things individuals and businesses can do to protect data.

For individuals:

Change all default passwords.

Make sure network devices are up-to-date.

Make sure you are using firmware from a trusted source.

For internet service providers and manufacturers:

Review network device 

Do not support out-of-date, unencrypted, or unauthenticated protocols and services.

Flag as suspicious and investigate SMI traffic arriving from outside the network boundary.

Click here to read the statement from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team.

Who is Sean Hannity? Fox News host named as Cohen client

A lawyer representing President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, revealed in court Monday that one of Cohen’s clients is Fox News host Sean Hannity, according to multiple reports.

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Hannity was named in court Monday at the insistence of U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood, The Associated Press reported. An attorney for Cohen had argued against revealing Hannity’s name, saying that the conservative commentator had asked that his name not be disclosed in connection with last week’s FBI raid of Cohen’s office, hotel room and apartment.

>> Related: FBI sought records related to Trump 'Access Hollywood' tape in Cohen raid: reports

Attorneys for Cohen and Trump were in court Monday to argue that the pair should be allowed to review documents seized by federal agents to protect any information that might be privileged.

 According to The Washington Post, Hannity was “one of just three legal clients Cohen represented after leaving his post as a counsel for Trump’s private company in early 2017.”

The other two clients were previously identified as Trump and Elliott Broidy, former deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee.

>> Related: Sean Hannity named in Cohen hearing: Who are Michael Cohen's clients?

Hannity said Monday that he spoke with Cohen about legal matters but that he never retained the attorney.

“I’ve known Michael for a long, long time,” said "The Sean Hannity Show” host.

“Michael never represented me in any matter. I never retained him in the traditional sense, as retaining a lawyer. I never received an invoice from Michael.”

>> Related: Judge rejects restraining order on evidence seized from Trump’s personal lawyer

Here are some things to know about Hannity:

  • Hannity was born Dec. 30, 1961, in New York City.
  • Hannity hosts the nationally syndicated radio talk show “The Sean Hannity Show” and Fox News’s “Hannity.”
  • He got his start in radio with a show in Santa Barbara, California, in the 1980s, but he told CBS News in 2004 that he was fired after just a few weeks. The dismissal fueled Hannity’s pursuit of a career in media."That was the moment where I said, 'This is what I've got to do,' when they took away that microphone … I wasn't good at it. I was terrible,” Hannity told CBS News. “But the fact that they took that opinion away from me, I said, 'I want to do this, I want to pursue this.'"
  • He has hosted radio shows in Atlanta, New York City and Huntsville, Alabama.
  • Hannity joined the Fox News Channel in 1996. He co-hosted “Hannity & Colmes” opposite liberal commentator Alan Colmes until 2009.
  • He has hosted "Hannity" on Fox News since 2009.

Sean Hannity named in Cohen hearing: Who are Michael Cohen's clients?

Fox News host Sean Hannity was named as a client of Michael Cohen’s Monday after a federal judge ordered Cohen’s attorneys to reveal the name of the three clients Cohen did business with last year.

Hannity was not named in court documents that had been requested by Judge Kimber Wood. Instead, he was referred to as someone who requested his name not be released in court filings.

Hannity has denied he was a client of Cohen in the traditional sense.

>> Read more trending news

>> Related: Judge rejects restraining order on evidence seized from Trump’s personal lawyer

Cohen was in court Monday asking Wood to hear arguments over whether he and President Donald Trump should be allowed to review the documents federal agents seized last week before federal prosecutors are able to do so.

Cohen filed a temporary restraining order last week to stop investigators from reviewing the material.

>> Related: Trump allies fear investigators seized Cohen recordings in raid: reports

The court asked Cohen to reveal whom he did legal work for in the past year, and who would have been a party to the documents that were seized in a raid on April 9. 

Cohen responded that he had worked for three people: Trump, Republican National Committee fundraiser Elliott Broidy, and the unnamed person.

Cohen’s lawyers tried not to publicly name Hannity Monday, saying they would write his name on a piece of paper and hand it to the judge, but Wood told them to say the name out loud in open court.

>> Related: Stormy Daniels to attend Michael Cohen's hearing Monday, attorney says

According to Cohen's attorney, investigators in the federal prosecutor's office for the Southern District of New York City were informed by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller that Cohen arranged for a payment of $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels in exchange for Daniels’ silence about a 2006 affair with Trump. 

>> More on Robert Mueller's investigation 

Daniels has been talking about the affair, claiming the deal for the $130,000 is void because Trump never signed the contract.

Daniels was in the courtroom on Monday. 

Michael Cohen hearing: What is it about and why is Stormy Daniels going to be there?

Update 3:09 p.m. ET -- Michael Cohen’s lawyer said in court that Cohen’s third client is FOX News commentator Sean Hannity. Judge Kimba Wood ordered the client’s name revealed during the hearing. 

Previous Post: A judge will hear arguments Monday over whether President Donald Trump and his attorney, Michael Cohen, should be allowed to review documents federal agents seized from Cohen last week before federal prosecutors are able to do so.

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The documents, taken from Cohen’s office, apartment and a hotel room, were part of an FBI raid conducted to gather information as part of a criminal investigation into Cohen’s business dealings, according to the Justice Department.  

One of the president’s attorneys has asked the judge to give the president copies of all of Cohen's seized materials so that the attorney could identify any materials that involved Trump. Once they established that the material involved dealings for Trump, the attorney argued, they could then determine what material would be deemed “privileged.” 

Cohen filed a temporary restraining order last week to stop investigators from reviewing the material.

The hearing is set for 2 p.m. Monday in Manhattan. Federal Judge Kimba Wood is presiding.

>> Related: Judge rejects restraining order on evidence seized from Trump's personal lawyer

What is privileged material and why are the president’s attorneys in court Monday? Here’s a look at what led to the hearing.

What's happened to get to the hearing on Monday

  • The Washington Post has reported that Cohen is being investigated for bank and wire fraud.
  • Last week, FBI agents raided Cohen's home, office and safe deposit box. They seized papers and electronic material. 
  • According to Cohen's attorney, investigators in the federal prosecutors office for the Southern District of New York City were informed by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller that Cohen arranged for a payment of $130,000 to Daniels in exchange for Daniels’ silence about an affair with Trump.
  • Daniels has filed suit to get out of the agreement, claiming it was voided because Trump did not sign the agreement document.
  • Trump says he knew nothing about the agreement, that it was something Cohen did on his own. 

Who are the players

  • Cohen – Trump’s long-time attorney was ordered by the judge to appear at the hearing to answer questions about who his clients are. 
  • Trump – It’s communications with Cohen that Trump is looking to protect.
  • Joana Hendon – Trump’s attorney.
  • Stormy Daniels – Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is an adult movie star who claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006, and that Cohen paid her $130,000 in “hush money” prior to the 2016 presidential election.
  • Michael Avenatti – Daniels’ attorney. Avenatti told The Washington Post he would be there because, “We want to maintain or ensure that the integrity of the documents, whatever was seized, is maintained.” 
  • Todd Harrison – One of Cohen’s attorneys.
  • Attorneys from the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York – They are prosecuting the case.

>> More on Robert Mueller's investigation 

What is this hearing for?

In short Trump wants to review material seized from his personal lawyer before federal investigators review the material.  

The president and Cohen are arguing that they want to be allowed to review documents that in relate to the president in any way. They want to review the documents to protect attorney-client privilege, according to a letter filed with the court on Sunday night.

The Justice Department is arguing that there is no need for Cohen and Trump to see the material because they have created a “clean team,” separate from anything to do with the case, to review the material. 

The job of the “clean team” is to review and separate if necessary material that could compromise attorney-client privilege. 

>> Related: Trump allies fear investigators seized Cohen recordings in raid: reports

What does attorney-client privilege mean and how does it apply here?

Attorney-client privilege means a person has a right not to disclose, and prevent others from disclosing, communications between himself and his attorney.

The privilege is asserted when a person is served with a legal demand for the material.

In this case, material has been collected from Cohen’s home and office, and Cohen and the president (his client), are saying they need to see the material to determine if it falls under the attorney-client privilege.

According to USA Today, Joanna Hendon, one of Trump’s lawyers, filed papers late Sunday asking that prosecutors be blocked from reviewing material seized in the raid until Cohen and Trump can review the material.

"Fairness and justice — as well as the appearance of fairness and justice — require that, before they are turned over to the Investigative team, the seized materials relating to the President must be reviewed by the only person who is truly motivated to ensure that the privilege is properly invoked and applied: the privilege-holder himself, the president," Hendon wrote.  

Attorney-client privilege is different from executive privilege. Executive privilege applies to the president of the United States and is rooted in the Article II, section 2 of the Constitution. Executive privilege means that some conversations with the president are protected from discovery by others. 

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in United States v Richard Nixon, that the executive privilege is not absolute. 

Who are his clients?

The judge has asked that Cohen provide a list of his clients, something Cohen’s lawyers say they shouldn’t have to turn over.

According to a court filing, Cohen worked for three clients providing legal advice during 2017 and 2018 – GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy, Trump, and a third party who asked not to be named. Cohen represented Broidy when he had an extramarital affair.

>> Related: Stormy Daniels to attend Michael Cohen's hearing Monday, attorney says

What about the Stormy factor?

Daniels and her lawyer, Avenatti, will be in court Monday, Avenatti sad over the weekend. Avenatti told The Washington Post why he thought it was important for him to be there last week.

“We want to maintain or ensure that the integrity of the documents, whatever was seized, is maintained,” he said. 

Tax day freebies and deals: When is tax day 2018, and what can I get for free?

Of all the days of the year, Tax Day is probably the one in which you could most use a break. And while taxes generally are not that fun, there is some good news amid the tax return blues. 

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Some nationwide chains are offering Tax Day “freebies,” deals and discounts to take the sting out of preparing those returns.

Below is an explanation of why tax day is April 17 this year, and a list of freebies and deals for the day and beyond.

When is tax day 2018?

April 15 is Tax Day most years, but since April 15 was on Sunday and Monday is Emancipation Day in Washington D.C. so federal employees are off, Tax Day falls on Tuesday.

Emancipation Day marks the day the Compensated Emancipation Act was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. The act signaled the end of slavery in the city of Washington.

Tax Day means it’s the last day to file your 2017 taxes unless you file for an extension. 

What kind of freebies and deals are available for Tax Day?

Here’s a list of freebies and deals available Tuesday. 

Note: Some of the deals below will not be offered at every location, not every franchise honors the deals. Call ahead to your local restaurant to make sure they are honoring the offer.

Applebee's: It’s “Dollarita” time at Applebee’s. Get $1 margaritas through April 30. 

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: You can celebrate making it through Tax Day by getting a free Pizookie with a minimum purchase of $9.95 on Wednesday.

Babbo Italian Eatery: Get an 8-inch pizza for $4.17 on Tuesday when you purchase a drink. Mention the Tax Day special.

Boston Market: Get a half chicken individual meal with two sides, cornbread and drink for $10.40 Tax Day Tuesday.

Bruegger’s Bagels: Get the Big Bagel Bundle for $10.40 when you sign up for a coupon here

California Tortilla: Get a free order of small chips and queso with any purchase Tuesday. You have to say “chipping in.”

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop: Get a free “upgrade” on small or medium sandwiches on Tuesday. Mention the Tax Day deal. 

Captain D's: Get the $10.40 deal on Monday and Tuesday. The deal includes six pieces of its signature batter-dipped fish, one family side and six pups.

Chili’s: Get a $5 Cuervo Blue Margarita at participating locations on Tuesday.

Chuck E. Cheese’s: Buy a large cheese pizza Tuesday through Thursday, get one large cheese pizza free.

CicisWith a coupon get an adult buffet for $4.17 Tuesday.

Corner Bakery Café: Tuesday through Thursday you can mix and match two breakfast, lunch or dinner items for $10.40 at participating locations.

Great American Cookies: Get a free Cookies & Cream Cookie Tuesday at participating locations. No purchase is necessary. 

Farmer Boys: On Tuesday, you can get two Breakfast Burritos or two “Bell Ringer Double Cheeseburgers” for $10.40 at participating locations

Fired Pie: Get any one-topping pizza for $4.17 with the purchase of a beverage or take $2 off any custom pizza or salad with a beverage purchase Tuesday. These deals are only valid in restaurants.

Firehouse SubsUse this coupon for a free medium sub with purchase of a full-price medium or large sub, chips and a drink Tuesday through Thursday.

Firenza Pizza: Get any one-topping pizza for $4.17 with the purchase of a drink Tuesday. 

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria: Get a 16-inch cheese pizza for $10.40 Tuesday.

Hardee’s: Get a free sausage biscuits from 7 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at participating locations. Say “made from scratch,” when ordering.

Hot Dog on a Stick: Get a free Original Turkey Dog or Veggie Dog on Tuesday. No purchase is necessary.

Hooters: Through Tuesday, kids 12 and younger get a free kids meal with an adult purchase of $10 or more.

Hungry Howie’s: Get a medium one-topping pizza for 15 cents with the purchase of a large one-topping pizza at regular price on Tuesday. Use promo code 18TAXDAY. This deal is for online carryout orders at participating locations. The offer is not valid in Florida.

Kings Dining & Entertainment: Kids 18 and younger will get a free bowl from 3-9 p.m. Tuesday.

Kona Ice: It’s Kona Ice’s “Chill Out” Day. Look for the Kona truck during certain hours on Tuesday to get a free cup of tropical shaved ice. Click here to find participating locations and hours. 

Office Depot: Get up to five pounds of documents shredded free through April 28 at Office Max and Office Depot. Use this coupon.

P.F. Chang's: Get 15 percent off takeout orders Monday and Tuesday. Use the promo code TAXDAY for online orders and phone orders.

Piada Italian Street Food: Piada is offering free blackberry lemonades at all locations Tuesday.

Pollo Tropical: Get 17 percent off regular menu platters Tuesday at participating locations.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop: The first 75,000 people to sign up for the Potbelly Perks loyalty program will get a free sandwich. If you are already a member, you can get a buy-one-get-one-free sandwich offer loaded to your account Tuesday. 

Quiznos: New and existing Toasty Points loyalty members get 10.40 percent off any purchase Tuesday. 

RA Sushi: Buy one regular-price drink and get a second one for $1 Tuesday.

Schlotzsky’s: Tuesday get a free small original sandwich with the purchase of chips and a medium drink.

Sonic Drive-In: Get up to five half-price cheeseburgers Tuesday at participating locations. 

Sonny’s BBQ: Sonny’s has an IRS — Irresistible Ribs Special — deal Tuesday with half-price Sweet & Smokey or House Dry-Rubbed Rib dinners. The deal is good for dine-in and takeout. No coupon is needed.

Staples: Get a pound of documents shredded for free at Staples through April 21. Use this coupon

White Castle: Through Tuesday, get 15 percent off any in-restaurant White Castle purchase.

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7 tips for procrastinating taxpayers before the deadline

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The ultimate beginner’s guide for filing your taxes 

11 ways to reduce next year’s tax bill 

Comey interview transcript: Read what wasn’t aired on Sunday

ABC News has released part of the transcript of the interview with former FBI Director James Comey.

Most of the exchanges in the provided transcript between Comey and ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos were not aired Sunday. To see live updates of what was aired, click here.

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Comey talked about his reasoning in dealing with Hillary Clinton, about the investigation into White House attorney Vince Foster’s death during Bill Clinton’s first administration and his views on former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. 

Below is one of the exchanges, and here is a link to the entire transcript

George Stephanopoulos: “Doesn't that cast a cloud over the attorney general, an unjustified cloud over the attorney general?”

James Comey: “In a way, yeah. I mean, I like Loretta. As I said, I respect her even today. And so in a way, it's unfair to her. But when you're in the business of running a Justice Department institution, what people think matters. Public faith and confidence is everything to the Justice Department.

“And so whether or not it was true, the fact that it would be out there and allow people to argue that something terrible was going on in this investigation cut in favor of more transparency. I'm not saying it's true. But because it will undermine confidence in our work, the way to react to that is show people your work. And again, Justice Department policy allows for this. What made it different was the separation between the FBI and the Justice Department. Now, that-- of course, that material -- I'm talking about it carefully because it's still classified, that was just one brick in the load. The major brick in the load happened just before.”


Live updates: James Comey says Trump is ‘unfit’ to be president

Former FBI Director James Comey spoke to ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an that aired on "20/20" Sunday night. 

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Comey discussed interactions he had with President Donald Trump, particularly one in which the president asked Comey to investigate details of a dossier from Christopher Steele that alleges he spent time with prostitutes in a hotel in Moscow.

Comey said that Trump asked him to discredit the report from Steele.

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Comey spoke about the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, and whether he has any information that could be hurtful to Trump in the future.

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Syrian attack: What is the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft system?

The United States, France and the United Kingdom joined together Friday to launch missile strikes against Syria following a chemical attack believed to have been ordered by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad last week.

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Air strikes were carried out and missiles were launched from ships, according to the Pentagon.

Syrian television is reporting that air defenses have responded to the attack, The Associated Press is reporting.

In the runup to Friday’s attack, the Kremlin said should the United States launch an attack, Russian-made anti-aircraft would be used to defend the Syrian government.

The anti-aircraft system Syria uses is the Russian-made S-400 Triumf – known as an accurate and lethal system.

Here’s what the s-400 can do:

  • Track multiple targets simultaneously.
  • Shoot down cruise missiles (such as a Tomahawk missile).
  • Shoot down ballistic missiles, jets and drones.
  • Be used against ground targets.
  • Launch rockets that travel at 10,000 mph.
  • Is also called the SA-21 Growler. It is a fourth-generation defense system.
  • Carry a mix of four missiles.
  • Launch a short-range, medium-range, long-range and extremely long-range missile.
  • Shoot down targets up to 19 miles high and 250 miles away.
  • Is a mobile system, mounted on vehicles.
  • Shoot down 80 targets at once.
  • Network  with radars to track targets.

(Sources: BBCCenter for Strategic and International StudiesNational Interest

What is a Tomahawk cruise missile and what does it do?

Tomahawk missiles are highly accurate weapons. The modern version was first used by the United States in the 1991 Gulf War.

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Here’s what you need to know about Tomahawk missiles:

What are they?

Tomahawk missiles are subsonic, jet engine-powered missiles. They fly low, about 100 feet off the ground.

Where are they launched from?

Tomahawks can be launched from many surfaces, but the U.S. generally uses ships or submarines to launch the missiles. 

How much do they cost?

Each missile cost $1.41 million.

Who makes them?

Raytheon Systems Company makes the Tomahawk Block IV.

How fast can they fly?

The missiles travel at 550 miles per hour.

How big are they?

The Tomahawk is a 20-foot-long missile, and weighs 2,900 pounds. It has a wingspan of eight feet,  nine inches. It carries a 1,000-pound-class warhead.

How accurate are they?

According to the Navy, they hit their target about 85 percent of the time. How do they find their target?

The missile uses a system called "Terrain Contour Matching." An altimeter along with an inertia detector direct the Tomahawk along a flight path against a pre-loaded map of the terrain. They are unlike drones as they are not guided by pilots on the ground. According to Raytheon, “The latest variant (Tomahawk Block IV) includes a two-way satellite data-link that enables the missile to be retargeted in flight to preprogrammed, alternate targets. The Block IV design was initiated as both a cost savings and a capability improvement effort.”

Is the United States the only country with cruise missiles?

No. More than 70 nations have cruise missiles.

Sources: The U.S. Navy; Popular Science; Raytheon

James Comey interview: What time, what channel is the interview

President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to investigate details of a dossier that alleges he spent time with prostitutes in  a hotel in Moscow according to a book due out Tuesday.

Comey tells ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview set to air on "20/20" Sunday night that Trump wanted him to discredit a report from Christopher Steele that alleges he had a sexual encounter on a 2013 trip to Moscow.

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During the interview, Comey talks about how surreal the incident felt to him when Trump brought it up during a Jan. 27, 2017, dinner. He recounts that incident and others in the book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.”

“I'm about to meet with a person who doesn't know me, who's just been elected president of the United States, [and] by all accounts, and from my watching him during the campaign, could be volatile,” Comey said. “And I'm about to talk to him about allegations that he was involved with prostitutes in Moscow and that the Russians taped it and have leverage over him.”

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Comey goes on saying, “I was floating above myself, looking down, saying, ‘You're sitting here, briefing the incoming president of the United States about prostitutes in Moscow,’” Comey said.

Trump fired Comey in May 2017, 10 months into the investigation of possible collusion with Russia by the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

According to a trailer advertising the interview, Comey is also asked about the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, and whether he has information that would be hurtful to the president.

Comey will kick off a publicity tour for the book Sunday, coinciding with the Stephanopoulos interview, which will be the first of several scheduled over the next few weeks.

Sunday’s interview will be the first of several scheduled for the next few weeks following the release of the book.

Here’s what to know about the interview:

Who is interviewing Comey: George Stephanopoulos is conducting the interview.

What time: The interview is set for 10 p.m. ET

What channel: ABC is airing the interview. It is a special “20/20” episode.

What you may not know: According to ABC, the interview lasted five hours and Comey answered every question Stephanopoulos posed.  


'A Higher Loyalty:' Here’s some of what James Comey says about Trump in his new book

According to a book set for release on Tuesday, President Donald Trump wanted former FBI director James Comey to discredit a report that he had been in a Russian hotel room with prostitutes, saying in one meeting that something like that could not have happened because he is a “germaphobe.”

The story appears in Comey’s book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.” Comey will kick off a publicity tour for the book on Sunday with an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC at 10 p.m. ET

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In addition to stories about Trump asking for Comey’s personal loyalty, according to media reports, the more than 300-page tome includes passages where Comey says Trump is “unethical and untethered to truth,” he created a "cocoon of alternative reality” and that meetings in person with Trump led him to concluded that his ties were too long and his hands a bit small.

Here are some excerpts from Comey’s book:

  • "Somebody probably had told him, or maybe it just occurred to him at random, that he’d 'given' me the job for 'free' and that he needed to get something in return." – On the “loyalty” dinner.
  • “I was determined not to give the president any hint of assent to this demand, so I gave silence instead,” Comey writes about being asked for his personal loyalty to Trump. “I stared at the soft white pouches under his expressionless blue eyes. I remember thinking in that moment that the president doesn’t understand the FBI’s role in American life.”
  • In another meeting, Comey says Trump asked him to prove the allegations in the Christopher Steele dossier were untrue. "He then began discussing cases where women had accused him of sexual assault, a subject I had not raised. He mentioned a number of women, and seemed to have memorized their allegations." 
  • "I'm a germaphobe" … "There's no way I would let people pee on each other around me. No way." – A follow-up conversation Trump had with Comey where he again mentions the allegations in the dossier.
  • “He was sick about my firing and … he intended to quit in protest." – On then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly after Comey was fired. "He [Kelly] said he didn't want to work for dishonorable people who would treat someone like me in such a manner. I urged Kelly not to do that, arguing that the country needed principled people around this president. Especially this president."
  • “The silent circle of assent. The boss in complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. The lying about all things, large and small, in service to some code of loyalty that put the organization above morality and above the truth.” – On the “mob boss” mentality of Trump’s White House.
  • “Sessions just cast his eyes down at the table, and they darted quickly back and forth, side to side. He said nothing. I read in his posture and face a message that he would not be able to help me.” – On Attorney General Sessions leaving Comey to talk to Trump alone in the Oval Office.
  • “I have read she has felt anger toward me personally, and I’m sorry for that. I’m sorry that I couldn’t do a better job explaining to her and her supporters why I made the decisions I made.” – About reopening an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server 11 days before the 2016 election.

His impressions on meeting Trump in person:

  • “His face appeared slightly orange with bright white half-moons under his eyes where I assumed he placed small tanning goggles, and impressively coifed, bright blond hair, which upon close inspection looked to be all his.”
  • “As he extended his hand. I made a mental note to check its size. It was smaller than mine, but did not seem unusually so.” 

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>>Who is James Comey? Things to know about the former FBI director


Who is James Comey? Things to know about the former FBI director

Former FBI Director James Comey sat this week for what will be his first televised interview since his abrupt dismissal last year.

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Comey's interview with George Stephanopoulos is scheduled to air Sunday on ABC. Comey has interviews scheduled with CNN and MSNBC on April 19, with Fox News on April 26 and with PBS on April 30. His new book, "A Higher Loyalty," is set for release Tuesday.

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Comey’s firing sparked suspicion among Trump’s critics and lawmakers worried that the president might use his power to influence the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to Trump or his campaign advisers. Less than two weeks after Comey’s dismissal, deputy U.S. attorney general Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the investigation.

Here are some things to know about Comey:

  • Comey earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and religion at the College of William and Mary, where he currently works as an executive professor in education. He earned his law degree in 1985 at the University of Chicago Law School.
  • Comey is 6 feet 8 inches tall.
  • Comey previously served as a U.S. attorney in New York and Virginia.
  • President George W. Bush nominated Comey in 2003 to serve as deputy attorney general. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate later that year. He held that position until 2005, when he left to serve as general counsel and senior vice president for defense contractor Lockheed Martin.
  • President Barack Obama in 2013 appointed Comey as director of the FBI. Among other investigations, he oversaw the probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while in office.
  • He faced criticism during and after the 2016 presidential election for his handling of the Clinton investigation. His decision to release a letter to Congress informing lawmakers of newly uncovered Clinton emails just weeks before the election had a strong impact on the vote, according to analysts. Comey said two days before the election that nothing new or incriminating was found in the emails.
  • Trump fired Comey in May 2017, 10 months into the investigation into Russian meddling and its possible ties to Trump. The White House denied that the dismissal was related to the Russia investigation, although Trump later told NBC News that he had “this Russia thing” on his mind when making the decision.
  • Comey said in congressional testimony last year that he felt Trump tried to get him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign less than a month into his tenure after it was revealed that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his contact with Russian officials. Trump has denied the allegation.

James Comey compares Trump to a ‘mob boss’ in upcoming interview

James Comey characterized President Donald Trump as a “mob boss” in an interview set to air Sunday on ABC.

In his first televised interview in advance of the upcoming release of his book, “A Higher Loyalty,” the former FBI director talked with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos about his firing by Trump last year and his relationship with the president.

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Trump fired Comey in May 2017, 10 months into the investigation of possible collusion with Russia by the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

According to a trailer advertising the interview, Comey is also asked about the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, and whether he has information that would be hurtful to the president.

According to a story from Axios, a source who was present at the taping said Comey reveals things during the interview that are “going to shock the president and his team.”

Comey has interviews scheduled with CNN and MSNBC on April 19, with Fox News on April 26 and with PBS on April 30. Comey’s book is set for release on April 17.

The interview, taped at Comey’s Washington D.C.-area home, airs at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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