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10:05 AM ET, February 2, 2018


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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 …
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 …
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.
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” …
White House worried FBI director could quit over Nunes memo release
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, CNBC and IJR
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Comey Blasts ‘Weasels’ in Tweet Apparently Aimed at GOP Memo
Gregory Krieg / CNN:   Devin Nunes is acting like he's in a spy thriller
Mhayden / Lawfare:   Radio Silence From the Intelligence Community: Where Does It Stand on the Memo?
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.
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Lawyers for Rick Gates withdraw from Russia case  —  Three attorneys representing Rick Gates told a federal court Thursday they are immediately withdrawing as counsel for the former Donald Trump campaign aide, who is fighting special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of him on money laundering and other charges.
Tim Weiner / New York Times:   In Trump vs. the F.B.I., Trump Will Lose
New York Times:
White House Wants Pentagon to Offer More Options on North Korea  —  WASHINGTON — The White House has grown frustrated in recent weeks by what it considers the Pentagon's reluctance to provide President Trump with options for a military strike against North Korea, according to officials …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and RedState
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:   Geraldo to Hannity: Nixon Wouldn't ‘Have Been Forced to Resign’ If You Were In Media Then
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 …
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 …
CIA chief met with sanctioned Russian spies, officials confirm  —  Washington (CNN)CIA Director Mike Pompeo did meet with the head of Russia's foreign intelligence agency, an official barred from entering the US under 2014 sanctions, as well as the head of Russia's internal security agency …
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.
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.
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 …
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Back to the Future Democrats  —  The Democrats are like characters in a Bill Murray movie.  They keep reliving the same day, trapped in the rhythms and routines of campaign 2016.  They persist in the rhetoric, tropes, gestures, figures, and policies that delivered the presidency …
Discussion: New York Times and Breitbart
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Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Trump SOTU address earned high marks
Discussion: Breitbart and The Week
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
Martin Bentham / London Evening Standard:
Don't refer to ‘Islamist terrorism’, says watchdog
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Makes Quick Work of Re-Election Fundraising
Discussion: Instapundit
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Office to Make Legal Aid More Accessible Is Quietly Closed
Discussion: IJR and Splinter
Financial Times:
BuzzFeed News in talks with Powell Jobs group
 Earlier Items: 
Hayley Peterson / Business Insider:
‘Seeing someone cry at work is becoming normal’: Employees say Whole Foods is using ‘scorecards’ to punish them
Discussion: Gizmodo and Raw Story
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
Lindy West / New York Times:
I Quit Twitter and It Feels Great
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Nicholas von Hoffman, Provocative Journalist and Author, Dies at 88
Discussion: Hit & Run
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Democrats' behavior at the State of the Union was embarrassing