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11:15 AM ET, February 2, 2018


 Top Items: 
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
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
A process that tarnishes the House  —  “WHAT THIS is not is an indictment of our institutions, of our justice system,” House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday about the now infamous “Nunes memo.”  “It does not impugn the Mueller investigation or the deputy attorney general,” the speaker insisted.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Rising White House fear: Nunes memo is a dud  —  Inside the Trump administration, sources who've been briefed on the Nunes memo expect it will be underwhelming and not the “slam dunk” document it's been hyped up to be.  —  What we're hearing: There is much more skepticism inside the administration …
New York Times:
The Republican Plot Against the F.B.I.  —  So this is what a partisan witch hunt really looks like.  —  In a demonstration of unbridled self-interest and bottomless bad faith, the Trump White House and its Republican minions in Congress are on the cusp of releasing a “memo” …
Washington Post:
‘Never any hesitation’: Trump was quickly persuaded to support memo's release
Ben Riley-Smith / Telegraph:
Donald Trump's FBI memo release ‘risks revealing British spying methods’
Discussion: Raw Story
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Nunes memo centers on a 40-year-old law written to prevent surveillance abuses
Discussion: Althouse, IJR and CNBC
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
PLAYBOOK SCOOP: FUNNY OR DIE spending 8 million on midterms …
Discussion: New York Daily News, CNN and Daily Kos
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Roll Call
Lee Yeon Cheol / Voice of America:
North Korean Defector: Trump Sent Warning to Kim in State of Union Address
Discussion: Business Insider
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Trump to meet with North Korean defectors in Oval Office in bid to raise pressure on Kim Jong Un
Discussion: The Stream and Daily Kos
Lesley Wroughton / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. to impose arms embargo on South Sudan to end conflict - sources  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is set to announce an arms embargo against South Sudan on Friday, three sources familiar with the decision told Reuters, stepping up pressure against President Salva Kiir …
Discussion: Axios
Associated Press:
US slaps arms embargo on South Sudan, urges UN to do same
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.
Steve Bousquet / Tampa Bay Times:
Judge strikes down Florida's system for restoring felons' voting rights  —  U.S. District Mark Walker said Florida's voter restoration process unfairly relies on the personal support of Gov. Rick Scott.  —  TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge ruled Thursday that Florida's lifetime ban on restoring …
Los Angeles Times:
Trump's approval will ensure controversial memo will see the light of day despite warnings from intelligence officials … President Trump is prepared to approve the release of a controversial Republican-drafted memo about secret government surveillance as soon as Friday …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Manya Brachear Pashman / Chicago Tribune:
Green card veteran facing deportation starts hunger strike  —  A U.S. Army veteran and green card holder with a felony drug conviction began a hunger strike Wednesday to protest his likely deportation, after a federal court denied his appeal to remain in the U.S., where he has lived since age 8.
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 …
Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
CDC to cut by 80 percent efforts to prevent global disease outbreak … Four years after the United States pledged to help the world fight infectious-disease epidemics such as Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dramatically downsizing its epidemic prevention activities …
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Alec Baldwin Skewers Trump.  And Supports Allen and Toback.  —  Every couple of weeks Alec Baldwin takes the stage of NBC's Studio 8H, the longtime home of “Saturday Night Live,” to impersonate President Trump.  Mr. Baldwin portrays the chief executive as a blustering bully …
Aida Alami / New York Times:
Haunted by Memories of Syrian Torture, Saved by Art  —  FONTENAY-LE-COMTE, France — Najah al-Bukai cannot forget.  —  As an accomplished artist in Syria before the war, Mr. Bukai had long thought his photographic memory was his greatest asset, allowing him to recreate scenes on his sketch pads …
Jay Root / The Texas Tribune:
After land office inks Harvey contract, Land Commissioner George P. Bush gets donations from contractor  —  The Texas General Land Office, led by Republican Land Commissioner George P. Bush, signed a contract with Horne LLP for Harvey disaster recovery services on Oct. 30, 2017.
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.
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Geraldo Rivera to Hannity: If you were around then Nixon 'wouldn't have been forced to resign'  —  Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera told network host Sean Hannity on Thursday that President Nixon “wouldn't have been forced to resign” if Hannity were around in his day.  —  Hannity, a vocal defender of President Trump
Wesley Morgan / Politico:
Mattis warns Syria not to use chemical weapons again  —  The Syrian regime should think carefully before using chemical weapons again, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned Friday, in an apparent reference to last year's U.S. military strike on a regime airfield in retaliation for a previous chemical attack.
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Max Fisher / New York Times:
In Afghanistan's Unwinnable War, What's the Best Loss to Hope For?
Wall Street Journal:
Ahead of Super Bowl, Poll Shows NFL Is Losing Its Core Audience
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
Sho Chandra / Bloomberg:
U.S. Adds 200,000 Jobs; Wages Rise by Most Since Recession
Discussion: CNBC, Breitbart and Scared Monkeys
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Ryan renews welfare reform push
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
How Immigration Became So Controversial
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Trump SOTU address earned high marks
Discussion: National Review, Breitbart and The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Haley slams Russia at GOP retreat
David D. Haynes / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
We must stand up to the small-minded, anti-Semitic bigotry of Paul Nehlen
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Back to the Future Democrats
Discussion: New York Times and Breitbart
CIA chief met with sanctioned Russian spies, officials confirm
Discussion: Business Insider
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Comey Blasts ‘Weasels’ in Tweet Apparently Aimed at GOP Memo
Tim Weiner / New York Times:
In Trump vs. the F.B.I., Trump Will Lose
Blake Montgomery / BuzzFeed:
White Supremacists Are Targeting Colleges “Like Never Before,” Researchers Say
Discussion: The Week
Washington Post:
McConnell urges Mississippi governor to consider Cochran Senate seat