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Morning Briefing: Fox News Mastermind Roger Ailes Dead, Trump Plans To Sideline Spicer, Comey Tries To Sabotage POTUS

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10 things you need to know this morning – May 19th 2017

1. Roger Ailes, Who Built Fox News Into an Empire, Dies at 77

Roger Ailes, founder and former chief of Fox News, has passed away at the age of 77.

2. Sean Spicer no longer expected to give daily briefings

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer will no longer be regularly attending the daily press briefing, according to a Thursday report.

3. Comey Is Trying To Take Down Trump, Former DOJ Spokesman Says

Former FBI Director James Comey may have been building a legal case against President Donald Trump well before the president fired him on May 9, according to a former Department of Justice (DOJ) spokesperson.

4. Trump Is ‘Very Close’ To Naming A New FBI Director

President Trump told reporters Thursday that he is “very close” to naming a new FBI director.

5. It’s Official: Jason Chaffetz Announces He’s Resigning In June

Republican Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz officially announced Thursday that he will resign his congressional seat on June 30.

6. Gowdy Reportedly Considering Running For Oversight Chair

Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina is reportedly considering a bid for chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

7. Flynn Won’t Honor Senate Intel Subpoena In Trump-Russia Probe

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn will not honor a Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena requesting any documents detailing his interactions with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign, the Associated Press reports.

8. This Is The Man Now Running Point On The Russia Investigation

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Wednesday that former FBI Director Robert Mueller would oversee the ongoing investigation into possible collusion between Trump associates and Russian officials during last year’s general election.

9. Judicial Watch Sues Obama Administration To Get The Dirt On Internet Takeover

Judicial Watch sued the Obama administration Thursday over a Freedom of Information Act request regarding what influence the administration had in the government takeover of a portion of the internet.

10. Wealthy Socialist Bernie Sanders AGAIN Fails To File Senate Ethics Financial Disclosures On Time

Socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has demonstrated — once again — that he is incapable of submitting basic, required documents describing his personal finances in anything approaching a timely manner.

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