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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Russia probe lawyers think Mueller could indict Trump  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation has gathered enough steam that some lawyers representing key Donald Trump associates are considering the possibility of a historic first: an indictment against a sitting president.
Joe Walsh / Washington Post:
Devin Nunes is acting like a partisan hack.  That's just how I remember him.  —  My former colleague doesn't seem to grasp what his job in Congress is.  —  I served in Congress with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).  Based on my experience working with him, nothing about the way he's behaving …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
GOP memo criticizing FBI surveillance is released … A GOP memo alleging surveillance abuses by the FBI has been released, intensifying a fight between the White House and Republican lawmakers, on one side, and the nation's top law enforcement agency over whether the origins of a probe …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Memo Reading for Nonpartisans  —  Ignore the spin.  When the document goes public, here's what to look for.  —  The White House looks set to release the House Intelligence Committee memo on 2016 government surveillance abuses, which means the attacks on the document by Democrats …
The Daily Beast:
Sean Hannity Has Been Advising Donald Trump on the Nunes Memo, Because of Course He Has … President Donald Trump is at odds with his own chief law enforcement officers over a controversial memo fueling Republican allegations of a conspiracy against the Trump presidency.
CNN:
Disputed GOP-Nunes memo released  —  (CNN)House Republicans, with the approval of President Donald Trump, on Friday released a disputed GOP intelligence memo that alleges FBI abuses of its surveillance authority.  —  The highly controversial memo from the GOP and Rep. Devin Nunes alleges …
Fox News:
House memo states disputed dossier was key to FBI's FISA warrant to surveil members of Team Trump  —  A memo that shows alleged government surveillance abuse has been released and includes testimony from a high-ranking government official who says without the infamous Trump dossier …
Massimo Calabresi / TIME:
How Donald Trump Is Sowing Distrust in American Justice  —  U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress Joshua Roberts—Reuters  —  President Trump delivered a fairly traditional mix of barbs and bromides during his 80-minute State …
Discussion: Political Wire
Cecilia Vega / ABC News:
President Trump authorizes release of controversial GOP memo with no redactions  —  President Donald Trump has declassified the GOP memo and approves of its release by the House Intelligence Committee without redactions, a White House official tells ABC News.
Axios:
White House sees price for release of Nunes memo  —  White House aides recognize there could be a high cost to President Trump's decision to allow — with no redactions — release of that classified memo about the Russian investigation.  —  Swan learned that the White House plans to dress …
Washington Post:
A process that tarnishes the House
Washington Post:
Read the GOP memo
Discussion: RedState and Joe.My.God.
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Media's longtime crusade for transparency ends with Nunes memo as ‘The Post’ remains in theaters
Ben Riley-Smith / Telegraph:
Donald Trump's FBI memo release ‘risks revealing British spying methods’
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Raw Story
Eileen Sullivan / New York Times:
House Republicans Release Secret Memo Accusing Russia Investigators of Bias
Washington Post:
‘Never any hesitation’: Trump was quickly persuaded to support memo's release
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Nunes memo centers on a 40-year-old law written to prevent surveillance abuses
Discussion: Althouse and IJR
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
PLAYBOOK SCOOP: FUNNY OR DIE spending 8 million on midterms …
Discussion: Washington Post, Daily Kos and CNN
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump rips into Kasich at RNC dinner  —  The president also described to the audience how he aced a mental acuity test.  —  President Donald Trump on Thursday evening, tore into Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a GOP rival and potential 2020 primary challenger.  —  Appearing before a Republican …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Charlie Spiering / Breitbart:
After Sending Media Away, President Donald Trump Joked with RNC About Mental Test  —  President Donald Trump spoke at an RNC meeting at the Trump International hotel, but the White House press pool was escorted out after he derided them as “haters.”  —  Breitbart News obtained an audio recording …
Desmond Butler / Associated Press:
Senator seeks documents on Russia money links to the NRA  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Democrat is seeking documents from the National Rifle Association and the Treasury Department following reports of an FBI investigation into whether a Russian central banker funneled money to the group during the 2016 presidential campaign.
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Bloomberg:
Treasury Warns of Wide Impact If U.S. Sanctions Russian Debt  —  Would slow Russian growth and provoke retaliation,report finds  —  Report is one of three ordered by Congress on Russia sanctions  —  The U.S. Treasury Department warned that expanding sanctions to new Russian sovereign debt …
Discussion: emptywheel and The Week
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue Media:
Black unemployment rate soars days after Trump bragged about how low it was  —  Donald Trump and his White House team can stop bragging about how they've showered black Americans with record economic prosperity.  —  The claim was never really true to begin with.
Discussion: Vox and twitchy.com
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The black unemployment rate spiked in January, muddling Trump's message
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Times
William D. Cohan / Vanity Fair:
“F—ing Sith Lord,” “Horrific Leakers," and “Berserkazoid Craziness”: The Mooch Recalls His Brief Shining Fortnight at the Center of American Politics  —  Steve Bannon is the ultimate swamp creature, Reince Priebus acts like Richie Cunningham, Donald Trump is like Michael Jordan, and other observations of Anthony Scaramucci.
CNN:
Emails show Carson family fingerprints at HUD despite warnings  —  Washington (CNN)Newly obtained documents show the extensive involvement that family members of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, especially his son, Benjamin Jr., play in official business, despite strong warnings from agency lawyers.
Wall Street Journal:
Ahead of Super Bowl, Poll Shows NFL Is Losing Its Core Audience  —  Adults who report following the NFL closely have dropped 9% since 2014, the poll finds.  Just 51% of men aged 18 to 49 say they follow the NFL closely, down from 75% four years ago.  —  Ahead of a Super Bowl that caps …
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Congress has quietly created a new health care crisis for 26 million Americans  —  They let funding for community health centers lapse 124 days ago.  —  Last fall, Kim Wagenaar started to plan how she would close the health clinic she runs in rural North Carolina — when Congress let funding lapse …
Discussion: Business Insider
Brian Feldman / New York Magazine:
HQ Is Raising Some Funding ... From Peter Thiel  —  Have you heard of HQ?  If you haven't read 8 bajillion blog posts about it, know that it's a cultural-phenomenon quiz show that 1.5 million tune in to daily.  You might be heartened to know that HQ has, according to a report from Recode …
Linda Stansberry / News Blog, North Coast Journal:
Not Missing in Humboldt: Bachelor Contestant Bekah Martinez  —  It turns out Rebekah Martinez is not missing at all.  Quite the contrary, actually, she's on a popular nationally televised show: The Bachelor, which you might have heard of.  —  When posting this week's cover story to Facebook …
Arizona Republic:
Next Slide  —  Even before the vote, tensions escalated inside the House building.  —  Mesnard said Shooter alarmed some colleagues as he walked the halls, popping into offices and saying, “It's a great day for a hanging.”  —  That led Mesnard, accompanied by law enforcement …
John Santucci / ABC News:
Legal fund in development to help Trump administration and campaign staff pay legal bills in Russia probe  —  Lawyers are laying the groundwork for a new legal defense fund to aid those who have at one point served candidate and now President Donald Trump and who have been pulled into the ongoing Russia probe.
Discussion: Politico
Ari Fleischer / The Hill:
My experience with Andy McCabe: No criticizing James Comey allowed  —  BY ARI FLEISCHER, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 02/02/18 07:00 AM EST THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL  —  I don't know former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.  I've never met him.
Discussion: RedState
Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
The Final Hagiography of the Obama Team  —  The new documentary The Final Year records the ups, the downs, the smiles, the frowns of President Obama's foreign policy advisers during their last months in office.  It was made for HBO but it won't hit the small screen until later this year.
 
 
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Bloomberg:
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
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Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Alec Baldwin Skewers Trump. And Supports Allen and Toback.
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Back to the Future Democrats
Discussion: New York Times
Tim Weiner / New York Times:
In Trump vs. the F.B.I., Trump Will Lose
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Manya Brachear Pashman / Chicago Tribune:
Green card veteran facing deportation starts hunger strike
Discussion: twitchy.com
Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
CDC to cut by 80 percent efforts to prevent global disease outbreak