Friday's Morning Email: Trump: 'I Thought It Would Be Easier'

“I loved my previous life. I had so many things going.”


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DONALD TRUMP IN INTERVIEW WITH REUTERS: ‘I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE EASIER’ “I loved my previous life. I had so many things going.”

GOP DOESN’T HAVE THE HEALTHCARE VOTES To take a vote on the health law repeal. And take a look at the HuffPost whip count of where members stand. [NYT]

TRUMP: ‘MAJOR, MAJOR’ CONFLICT WITH NORTH KOREA POSSIBLE But the president said in an interview with Reuters that hehoped there was a diplomatic answer. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that the administration would negotiate directly with North Korea over ending its nuclear program.

SEAN SPICER: THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RENEWED MICHAEL FLYNN’S CLEARANCE Yes, forget the part about making him head of the National Security Council. The Pentagon has opened an investigation into Flynn’s failure to disclose payments from foreign governments

ARKANSAS EXECUTED FOURTH INMATE IN A WEEK The other four inmates who were set for lethal injection have received stays of execution.

‘THE ART OF THE RETREAT’ “Trump went from accusing the Chinese of manipulating their currency to agreeing that they didn’t. He has not made any visible progress in forcing Mexico to pay for a border wall. He was talked out of abandoning the North American Free Trade Agreement by the leaders of Mexico and Canada. And he was unable to bully Democrats into working with him to repeal the Affordable Care Act.”

JESSE WATTERS TAKES VACATION AFTER IVANKA TRUMP COMMENT A week into being promoted to head host of “The Five,” Watters made what appeared to be a lewd joke about Ivanka Trump. Hetook a vacation following the firestorm, in the latest wave of bad press for Fox News.

UNITED SETTLES WITH PASSENGER DRAGGED OFF PLANE For an undisclosed amount. And here’s why airlines will still keep overbooking despite the infamous incident.


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MICHELLE OBAMA ON WHETHER SHE’D EVER RUN FOR OFFICE “I wouldn’t ask my children to do this again.”

‘THE WOMAN WHO TOOK BILL O’REILLY DOWN’ “He was the most popular figure on the country’s highest-rated television network. But he was no match for New York Times reporter Emily Steel.” [Marie Claire]

START BUILDING YOUR RAFTS NOW California sea levels could rise 10 feet by the end of this century.

‘ELISABETH MOSS IS THE QUEEN OF PEAK TV’ “How ‘The Handmaid’s Tale star built the most enviable résumé in television and discovered her personal feminism along the way.” [Vulture]