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8:05 PM ET, February 2, 2018

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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
House Intelligence memo released: What it says  —  The House Intelligence Committee has released its controversial memo outlining alleged abuses of secret surveillance by the FBI and Justice Department in the Trump-Russia investigation.  Here are some key points:
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U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Selection …:
House Intelligence Committee Minority Response to Release of Chairman Nunes' Misleading Memo  —  f t # e  —  Washington, DC - Today, the Minority of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence responded to the release of HPSCI Chairman Nunes' memo:
mccain.senate.gov:
STATEMENT BY SASC CHAIRMAN JOHN McCAIN ON PARTISAN ATTACKS ON THE FBI & DOJ  —  Washington, D.C. ­- U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on partisan attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice:
Patterico / RedState:
A Significant Inaccuracy in #TheMemo Calls Its Credibility Into Question  —  Amid all the excitement over the Devin Nunes #TheMemo, it is important to remember that it is a partisan summary of FISA warrant applications that we the People have not been allowed to see.
New York Times:
House Republicans Release Secret Memo Accusing Russia Investigators of Bias  —  WASHINGTON — House Republicans released a disputed memo on Friday compiled by congressional aides that accused the F.B.I. and Justice Department of abusing their surveillance powers to spy on a former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page.
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Sources: Devin Nunes Memo Is ‘100%’ Wrong About Andrew McCabe and Steele Dossier … Rep. Devin Nunes' just-released surveillance memo claims that one of its central points about surveillance abuse at the FBI was affirmed by a senior FBI official.  But two knowledgeable sources …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Sentence buried in GOP memo may undercut Trump efforts to discredit Russia probe … Though President Trump and his allies hope that the controversial release of a GOP-written memo alleging surveillance abuses by the FBI will tarnish the legitimacy of the entire Russia probe …
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The Nunes memo is a dud  —  Devin Nunes's memo allegedly exposing anti-Trump bias at the FBI does nothing of the kind.  —  Rep. Devin Nunes's infamous memo — the document numerous House Republicans claimed would demonstrate fundamental anti-Trump corruption at the FBI — was released early Friday afternoon.
Washington Post:
Read the GOP memo  —  The Nunes memo is a document created by the staff of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) that alleges the FBI abused its surveillance authority, particularly when it sought a secret court order to monitor a former Trump campaign adviser.
Matt Ford / New Republic:
Trump Just Shot Himself in the Foot  —  It would be easy to compare Congressman Devin Nunes's release of a declassified memo on purported surveillance abuses to Geraldo Rivera opening Al Capone's vault.  But this would be extremely unfair to Geraldo, who didn't know ahead of time that it would be empty.
Joe Walsh / Washington Post:
Devin Nunes is acting like a partisan hack. That's just how I remember him.
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Disputed GOP-Nunes memo released
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Conservative media receives key points from Nunes memo before other news outlets
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Adam Schiff: White House will be forced to release Democrats' memo
Discussion: IJR
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Memo Reading for Nonpartisans
Discussion: Townhall.com
Kelly Cohen / Washington Examiner:
Jeff Sessions responds to Nunes memo release: ‘No department is perfect’
Discussion: RedState
John Harwood / CNBC:   Trump and the House GOP face an uphill battle against the FBI and the Justice Department
Del Quentin Wilber / Wall Street Journal:
Inside the FBI Life of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, as Told in Their Text Messages  —  Exchanges between agent and lawyer show dedication to bureau—but no hesitation to criticize colleagues and Trump  —  WASHINGTON—In the summer of 2016, FBI Agent Peter Strzok had just wrapped up the investigation …
Linda Stansberry / 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 …
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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.
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Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch Sues for Russia Collusion FISA Documents
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed:
The RNC Is Looking At A Rule That Could Block A Ted Cruz-Like Strategy In 2020  —  Cruz greeting supporters at the Republican Convention in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2016.  —  Jason Connolly / AFP / Getty Images  —  Ted Cruz's micro-level attention to delegate math in 2016 kept …
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
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CNNMoney:
Dow plunges 666 points — worst day since Brexit  —  Wall Street just suffered the worst day of the Trump presidency.  —  The Dow closed down 666 points, or 2.5%, its biggest percentage decline since the Brexit turmoil in June 2016 and steepest point decline since the 2008 financial crisis.
Discussion: IJR, WBBH-TV and Q13 FOX News
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Ben Popken / NBC News:
Dow drops more than 650 points, logs worst week in two years
Discussion: NBC News
Salt Lake Tribune:
A risk-taker  —  A gambler at heart, Huntsman moved his family to Utah and started borrowing millions of dollars to buy polystyrene plants in the 1980s, when prices were rock bottom because of a glut in the market.  He was betting the polystyrene surplus eventually would turn into a shortage …
CNBC:
Dow falls 400 points as interest rates shoot higher, stocks head for worst week in 2 years  — The U.S. economy added 200,000 jobs in January.  Economists polled by Reuters expected growth of 180,000.
Ayanna Alexander / Politico:
Trudeau will ‘walk away’ if there is a bad NAFTA deal  —  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that he would do what was best for his country when it comes to NAFTA renegotiation, even if it means walking away from it.  —  Trudeau's comments come a few days …
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Greg Quinn / Bloomberg:   Trudeau Threatens to Leave Nafta Rather Than ‘Take Any Old Deal’
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 …
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Husband of former Trump household aide scores government job  —  A home improvement contractor married to one of Donald and Melania Trump's former household staffers is now working as an official at the Environmental Protection Agency, the latest example of someone with a personal connection …
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
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