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6:30 PM ET, January 30, 2018


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The Guardian:
Second Trump-Russia dossier being assessed by FBI  —  Exclusive: memo written by former journalist Cody Shearer independently sets out some of the allegations made by ex-spy Christopher Steele … The FBI inquiry into alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 US presidential election has been given …
Mike Emanuel / Fox News:
Paul Ryan calls to ‘cleanse’ the FBI, backs surveillance memo release  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan called Tuesday to “cleanse” the FBI as he openly backed the release of a controversial memo that purportedly details alleged surveillance abuses by the U.S. government.  —  “Let it all out, get it all out there.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The Nunes Conspiracy  —  First, a few words on the State of the Union address.  There will be a lot of meaningless commentary about President Trump's speech tonight.  His critics will criticize him, his supporters will praise him and pundits will throw around the word “reset.”
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Ryan urges Republicans to take caution with FBI memo
Discussion: CNBC, Breitbart and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Internal Justice Department probe eyes McCabe's role in final weeks of 2016 election … The Justice Department's inspector general has been focused for months on why Andrew McCabe, as the No. 2 official at the FBI, appeared not to act for about three weeks on a request to examine a batch …
John Hudson / BuzzFeed:
Trump Administration Admits It Cribbed Forbes Magazine To Create “Oligarch List”  —  The revelation is likely to invite criticism that a congressionally-mandated list designed to punish Russia for interfering in the US election is not being aggressively implemented.  —  Reporting From Washington, DC
Anders Åslund / Atlantic Council:
Payback: President Trump Gets Revenge for Russian Sanctions
Discussion: The Guardian
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Trump's steep challenge in his first State of the Union address: Uniting a fractured country  —  President Trump will give his first State of the Union address at 9 p.m. Eastern time, in which he is expected to talk up the U.S. economy and call for bipartisanship — after a year in office during …
Trump wants Nunes memo released as quickly as possible, but not before State of the Union  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has told aides he wants a memo alleging the FBI abused its surveillance tools released as quickly as possible, two people familiar with the matter says …
ABC News:
President Trump delivers his first State of the Union address
Discussion: Axios and Politico
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
Trump on how governing is different from being a businessman
Discussion: Axios
Howard Fineman / NBC News:
The ‘state’ of Donald Trump?  He thinks it couldn't be better.  —  WASHINGTON — Donald Trump is telling friends and aides in private that things are going great — for him.  —  Some reasons: He's decided that a key witness in the Russia probe, Paul Manafort, isn't going to “flip” and sell him out, friends and aides say.
The Daily Beast:
Russia's Sanctioned Spy Chief Reportedly Met CIA Director in the U.S. … Russia's sanctioned spy chief recently visited the United States and reportedly met with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Russian state media reported Tuesday.  —  Sergey Naryshkin, director of Russia's foreign intelligence service …
Discussion: Raw Story and IJR
Gordon Corera / BBC:
Russia ‘will target US mid-term elections’ says CIA chief
Washington Post:
Disagreement on North Korea policy derails White House choice for ambassador to South Korea … The White House's original choice for U.S. ambassador to South Korea is no longer expected to be nominated after he privately expressed disagreement in late December with the Trump administration's …
‘Glee’ Star Mark Salling Dead of Apparent Suicide  —  Mark Salling is dead of an apparent suicide, according to law enforcement ... TMZ has learned.  —  We're told his body was found near a riverbed in Sunland ... the area where he lived.  We do not yet know the manner of death.
Washington Post:
Scott Pruitt once said Trump 'would be more abusive to the Constitution than Barack Obama — and that's saying a lot' … Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a 2016 interview that “Donald Trump in the White House would be more abusive to the Constitution than Barack Obama …
Nick Surgey / Documented:
Krystie Lee Yandoli / BuzzFeed:
Andrea Tantaros Says Roger Ailes Had Secret Surveillance Of Fox News Women Changing  —  The former Fox News star is suing her former employer, alleging they harassed and surveilled her.  —  Former Fox News star Andrea Tantaros is alleging that the network's former chair and CEO, Roger Ailes …
Discussion: RedState, Mashable and Mediaite
Haley Britzky / Axios:
Former Fox host says Ailes spied on women while they changed
Discussion: Raw Story
Joanna Walters / The Guardian:
Greg Gianforte, politician who assaulted Guardian reporter, to lead GOP workshop  —  Gianforte to give communications workshop for the NRCC, group that strives to get Republicans elected to Congress … The National Republican Congressional Committee has picked as the speaker …
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Document shows police ID'd 2nd ‘person of interest’ in days after Las Vegas shooting  —  Scene's from day after the Route 91 Harvest shooting in Las Vegas October 2, 2017.  Richard Brian Las Vegas Review-Journal  —  A judge on Tuesday unsealed nearly 300 pages of search warrant records …
Discussion: Raw Story and AOL
Senior adviser who worked for disgraced Trump appointee at federal volunteer agency was banned by Uber over allegations of racial comments  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)A senior adviser who worked for disgraced Trump appointee Carl Higbie was banned from using Uber after an incident early …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Here's what went wrong with that Hawaii missile alert, the FCC says … The emergency worker who sent a false public safety alert on Jan. 13 warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack against Hawaii believed that a ballistic missile was truly bound for the state after mishearing …
Eric Eyre / Charleston Gazette-Mail:
Drug firms shipped 20.8M pain pills to WV town with 2,900 people  —  Over the past decade, out-of-state drug companies shipped 20.8 million prescription painkillers to two pharmacies four blocks apart in a Southern West Virginia town with 2,900 people, according to a congressional committee investigating the opioid crisis.
Janine Puhak / Fox News:
Woman denied emotional support peacock on United flight  —  Birds of a feather may flock together, but United Airlines recently shot down one traveler's request to bring her emotional support peacock on a flight departing Newark Liberty International Airport.
Discussion: Mashable
Brianna Ehley / Politico:
Trump's top health official traded tobacco stock while leading anti-smoking efforts  —  CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald bought shares in a global tobacco giant even as her previous holdings were under review.  —  The Trump administration's top public health official bought shares …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Trump's Approval Highest in West Virginia, Lowest in Vermont  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump's job approval rating averaged 38% throughout the U.S. in 2017, but at the state level it ranged from a high of 61% in West Virginia to a low of 26% in Vermont.
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Stephen Piggott / Southern Poverty Law Center:
White nationalist Richard Spencer praises his “mentee,” Stephen Miller, for taking hardline anti-immigrant positions
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Elizabeth Castillo / Politico:
Senate passes bill in response to gymnastics sex-abuse case
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump to call for bipartisanship — but can he deliver?
Ernest Luning / Colorado Politics:
Citing insufficient resources, Republican Tom Tancredo drops out of Colorado governor's race
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Republicans balk at Trump's cuts to legal immigration
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
How the Swamp Drained Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The East Germans of the 21st Century
Discussion: Breitbart
Asha Rangappa / Just Security:
Five Questions the Nunes Memo Better Answer