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11:55 PM ET, February 2, 2018

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QJurecic / Lawfare:
Thoughts on the Nunes Memo: We Need to Talk About Devin  —  After more than two weeks of mounting anticipation and hype, the memo on alleged surveillance abuses prepared by Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, has finally been #released.
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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:
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:
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:
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Memo Escalates Clash Over Russia Probe  —  Release comes after the FBI expressed ‘grave concerns’ over the accuracy of the document  —  WASHINGTON—A Republican memo released Friday by the House of Representatives alleges abuses in how top law-enforcement officials sought the surveillance …
Discussion: Senator Susan Collins
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.
Jenna Lifhits / Weekly Standard:
Nunes: More Memos Are Coming  —  Nunes explains next steps to The Weekly Standard.  —  Update: Devin Nunes clarifies his comments as reported below.  He tells TWS that his investigation will produce more reports, but he will release the information in a traditional manner.  —  “This was phase one.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Backwards Logic of the Nunes Memo  —  Amid all the lies Donald Trump has told about the Russia scandal, there is one underlying truth: The intelligence community truly fears him and considers him unfit for the presidency.  This is not because the intelligence community is traitorous …
David French / National Review:
The Big Flaw in the Memo  —  It may have just confirmed a key New York Times scoop.  —  From the moment that the so-called Steele dossier burst onto the public scene, thoughtful observers have wondered what role its “salacious and unverified” accusations played in the opening …
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.
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 …
Bryan Logan / Business Insider:
Devin Nunes admits he didn't view the underlying intelligence his memo was based on
Discussion: twitchy.com and The Atlantic
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
How Trump's Allies Fanned an Ember of Controversy Into Flames of Outrage
Discussion: The Guardian
John Harwood / CNBC:   Trump and the House GOP face an uphill battle against the FBI and the Justice Department
Associated Press:
What the GOP memo says (and doesn't say)
Discussion: Breitbart and ABC News
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Adam Schiff: White House will be forced to release Democrats' memo
Discussion: ABC News and IJR
acast:
Skullduggery, Episode 4: The spy, the reporter and the memo — the inside story
Discussion: The Daily Caller
CNN:
Disputed GOP-Nunes memo released
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Justice Department official overseeing Mueller and Russia probe under increasing pressure
Discussion: Politico
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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YouTube:
Tea Party Patriots Action Rosenstein Ad  —  Rod Rosenstein's actions are tarnishing the reputation of DOJ.  —  • Rosenstein has stonewalled Congress's legitimate oversight responsibilities.  —  • Rosenstein even attempted to enlist Speaker Ryan to obstruct congressional oversight.
Discussion: Vox
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Josh Campbell / New York Times:
Why I Am Leaving the F.B.I.  —  One of the greatest honors of my life was walking across the stage at the F.B.I. Academy and receiving my special agent badge from the director at the time, Robert Mueller.  After 21 weeks of intensive training, my class swore an oath and became federal agents entrusted …
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 …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
National Security Council official behind 5G memo leaves White House … The author of a memo arguing for a government takeover of development of the nation's 5G mobile network has been removed from the National Security Council staff.  The memo's unauthorized release this week caused uproar …
Discussion: Axios and USA Today
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:
Peter Thiel Bid For Gawker.com.  Now He May Want To Turn It Into A Conservative Investigative News Site.  —  Peter Thiel, the billionaire venture capitalist and Facebook board member who secretly bankrolled lawsuits to undermine Gawker Media, said he might turn the now-defunct news …
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Romney Is Already Being Considered for Republican Leadership Position  —  Mitt Romney hasn't even officially announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate, yet Republican leadership is already seeing stars.  —  According to a Republican donor with direct knowledge, Senate GOP leaders have expressed …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Karin Brulliard / Washington Post:
Nigel, the world's loneliest bird, dies next to the concrete decoy he loved … Nigel, a handsome gannet bird who lived on a desolate island off the coast of New Zealand, died suddenly this week.  Wherever his soul has landed, the singles scene surely cannot be worse.
English Edition:
[Editorial] Trump's “bloody nose” strategy must be completely off the table  —  The so-called “bloody nose” strategy, referring to a limited preventive strike against North Korea, has gone public following the withdrawal of Victor Cha's nomination as US Ambassador to South Korea...
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 
 
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