WASHINGTON — The last time an FBI director penned a memoir, the American public anxiously awaited a personal account of a director’s fraught relationship with a U.S. president.
In that book, Louis Freeh devoted a chapter to his icy association with Bill Clinton, aptly titled, Bill and Me.
That was 2005, when Freeh and Clinton were long-gone from their respective offices.
Thirteen years later, Jim Comey is set to drop a tome of perhaps unprecedented anticipation about his own extraordinary tenure — cut dramatically short by the commander in chief.
Unlike Freeh’s work, Comey’s book arrives less than a year after his abrupt dismissal by President Trump and as the former FBI director stands as a potential witness to Trump’s possible efforts to obstruct the ongoing inquiry into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Trump has said he fired Comey for his handling of the Russia inquiry.
The book’s roll-out also comes as the Justice Department’s inspector general is poised to release what promises to be a deeply critical assessment of how the FBI — under Comey’s leadership — handled the politically charged investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of State.
The timing is at once proving to be a marketing bonanza for booksellers, while Comey’s supporters and detractors — especially those hunkered down inside an already chaotic White House — are bracing for a likely firestorm to follow.
Question: I have some high-interest credit card debt and was considering a loan from my retirement account to pay it off and save money on interest. How much can I borrow, and is it a good idea?
Answer: If your plan administrator allows it, you can borrow from your 401(k). The maximum you're allowed to borrow is $50,000, or half of your account's value, whichever is less, but if your account is worth less than $10,000, you may be allowed to borrow the entire amount.
It's pretty much impossible to not find something to watch at the movies this summer, with a season boasting A-list superheroes, intergalactic smugglers, unleashed dinosaurs, catchy ABBA songs and Tom Cruise's superspy shenanigans.
Here are the 10 films, from action flicks to fright fests, that you're absolutely going to want to see between now and Labor Day:
'Avengers: Infinity War' (April 27)
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chadwick Boseman
Directors: Anthony and Joe Russo
The skinny: Another Avengers movie means another world-shattering conflict and another appearance by everyone's favorite playboy genius, Tony Stark. There's some big moving and shaking going on and I'm basically at this point just happily suiting up and showing up and trusting the process, says Downey, playing Stark and his alter ego Iron Man for the ninth time. But the coming of the cosmic supervillain Thanos (Josh Brolin) gives the Avengers their toughest test yet. The only thing we haven't tried is someone who is unbeatable, Downey says. For me, it's really basic in my own midlife existential crisis as usual. I just go, 'There it is, no one here gets out alive.' It's like a Jim Morrison lyric.
After U.S. corporations got a big tax cut in December, a flurry of announcements touting bonuses and pay raises for hourly employees raised hopes that the cash windfall would keep flowing down to American workers.
But the sharing of wealth hasn’t been as generous as hoped.
The early payouts, such as one-time awards of $1,000 given to certain workers at AT&T, Comcast and Walmart, and $2,500 in stock awards for Apple employees, were praised by the Trump administration and Republican members of Congress. They trumpeted the awards as examples of how the $1.5 trillion tax cut would result in bigger paychecks for middle-class employees.
But the number of companies letting workers know they are getting a bonus, raise or other form of financial compensation has slowed to a trickle. Most of the extra cash from tax savings is going into the pockets of stock shareholders through dividend increases and companies buying back their own stock in hopes of boosting its price.
A Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysis found that fewer than 45 of the 500 big companies that make up the broad Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index have paid out cash bonuses to their workers in the four months since the new tax law took effect. By the bank's count, about 150 — or roughly a third — of S&P 500 companies have publicly announced their tax-cut spending plans, citing data through March 27.
As one of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. military, Tammie Jo Shults, is no stranger to displaying 'nerves of steel.
Cool, calm and deliberate, Shults brought her twin-engine Boeing 737 in for an emergency landing after the Southwest jet apparently blew an engine on a flight Tuesday from New York's LaGuardia airport to Dallas.
Then she walked the aisles to check on each passenger personally, according to WPVI-TV.
“The pilot Tammy Jo was so amazing! She landed us safely in Philly,” said Amanda Bourman, a passenger, on Instagram.
Another passenger, Diana McBride Self, writing on Facebook, called Shults a true American Hero.
BELLEVUE, Wash. – Amazon has built its brand as a digital marketplace, but it’s increasingly clear that it also needs a big physical presence to sell the devices that will further knit customers into the Amazon ecosystem.
A deal announced Wednesday that Best Buy will exclusively sell Amazon Fire-edition smart televisions suggests that it can no longer achieve the scale it wants without access to more brick and mortar.
In a rare sit-down meeting with a small group of reporters on Tuesday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made the announcement together with Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly.
This summer, Best Buy will begin selling more than ten 4K and HD Fire TV Edition televisions models from Insignia, Best Buy’s in-house brand, and Toshiba. The TVs will have Amazon Fire TV built in, allowing users to search for and watch broadcast TV, or choose from a catalog of streaming TV episodes and movies from Netflix, Prime Video, HBO, PlayStation Vue, Hulu, and other streaming sites.
Barbara Bush was known for her bluntness and candor, albeit more often in private than in public. Here are some of her most memorable quotes, including some controversial ones:
• Describing Geraldine Ferraro, her husband's opponent for vice president in 1984: I can't say it, but it rhymes with 'rich.' (Oct. 15, 1984) She later apologized, and said she had the word witch in mind.
• To the Wellesley College graduating class: 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 children, or a parent. (June 1,1990)
• Her advice to Hillary Rodham Clinton about handling reporters as first lady: Avoid this crowd like the plague. And if they quote you, make damn sure they heard you. (Aug. 24, 1992)
When Draymond Green was asked about his flagrant foul on San Antonio’s Davis Bertans after Monday’s Game 2 at Oracle Arena, the Golden State forward made it clear he wasn’t yet worried about the possible ripple effect of it all.
“Nah, I don’t care,” Green said when asked about the possible one-game suspension that would come if he piles up three more flagrant foul points by the end of the playoffs. “It is what it is. Life goes on. More important things in life than worrying about a flagrant point.
“Maybe it’ll get rescinded. I got put in a chokehold like I was in WWE or something. So it may get rescinded. Who knows?”
First things first, that’s not happening – despite Green’s frustrations and protestations. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the flagrant foul will stand and Green is now three points away from said suspension. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the decision was not announced by the league.
A beachfront hotel in Barbados for $150 a night? Your own Jamaican oasis with white sand and aqua waters for $100? Believe it or not, it’s not too good to be true; prime beachfront real estate in the Caribbean need not equal prohibitively high hotel rates. It’s time to move that Caribbean beach vacation from daydream territory to reality with a stay at one of these eight affordable beach resorts. Rates for all properties are around $200 or less per night, based on June 2018 dates.
Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel & Spa, Dominican Republic
Unlike the thumping pool scenes and crowded nightclubs found in many mega-resorts throughout the Dominican Republic, Natura Cabana is a small sanctuary of calm (picture a lush, serene setting, with sounds of chirping birds and the surf just yards away). The hotel has its own tranquil beach, where guests — a mix of expats and tourists — can be found swimming or seeking shade under a tree. In addition to whiling away the hours on the sand, guests can take yoga classes, stroll in the garden (which grows its own ingredients used in the property’s restaurants), unwind at the spa, or catch up on reading by the small pool. Those looking for more action can go on excursions to nearby waterfalls or horseback riding (both can be arranged by the hotel). Keep in mind there’s no AC or TV in the eco-friendly bungalows here, but that’s precisely the point.
Best beaches in the Caribbean, 2018 edition
Most of Puerto Rico’s beaches are open, including all of the sandy slivers in San Juan and Condado, the stylishtree-lined suburb just over the bridge from Old San Juan. Puerto Rico Tourism Company