Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Trump told Russians that firing ‘nut job’ Comey eased pressure from investigation
“President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved ‘great pressure’ on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting.
“‘I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,’ Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. ‘I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.'”
+1: Russia probe reaches current White House official, people familiar with the case say – Washington Post
2. Kathleen Wynne announces $21b high-speed rail line from Toronto to Windsor
“After years of talk, the provincial government on Friday committed $15 million for a ‘comprehensive environmental assessment’ for a rail line on new and existing track to handle 250 km/h trains running between Toronto and Windsor.
“The estimated $21-billion project would slash the travel time from four hours to two.”
3. Sweden drops Julian Assange rape investigation
“Assange, who has always denied wrongdoing, has been holed up at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012, in an effort to avoid a Swedish arrest warrant.
4. “Rona Ambrose was the best leader the Conservatives never had”
“The most attractive characteristic about Rona Ambrose — especially the Rona Ambrose we’ve seen over the last 18 months as interim leader of the Conservative Party of Canada — is her ability to come off as a normal person.”
– CBC News
5. Theresa May to create new interview that would be controlled by UK government
“Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet,” the Tories’ new manifesto states. “We disagree.”