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7:55 AM ET, February 2, 2018


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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.
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 …
White House worried FBI director could quit over Nunes memo release  —  White House and FBI clash over GOP memo  —  Washington (CNN)Top White House aides are worried FBI Director Christopher Wray could quit if the highly controversial Republican memo alleging the FBI abused its surveillance tools …
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.
Ben Riley-Smith / Telegraph:
Donald Trump's FBI memo release ‘risks revealing British spying methods’  —  Britain's spy agencies risk having their intelligence methods revealed if Donald Trump releases a controversial memo about the FBI, congressional figures have warned.  —  The UK will be less likely …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 … President Trump was only vaguely aware of a controversial, classified memo about the FBI's Russia investigation when two House conservatives brought it to his attention in a Jan. 18 phone call.
New York Times:
With Memo, Devin Nunes, Once a Scourge of the Hard Right, Becomes Its Hero  —  WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Representative Devin Nunes once called fellow Republicans “lemmings in suicide vests.”  —  Now it is Mr. Nunes, Republican of California and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee …
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Comey Blasts ‘Weasels’ in Tweet Apparently Aimed at GOP Memo
Discussion: Fox News, The Daily Caller and IJR
Gregory Krieg / CNN:   Devin Nunes is acting like he's in a spy thriller
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:   Memo Reading for Nonpartisans
Mhayden / Lawfare:   Radio Silence From the Intelligence Community: Where Does It Stand on the Memo?
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.
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Russia probe lawyers think Mueller could indict Trump
Discussion: Raw Story and Just Security
Tim Weiner / New York Times:   In Trump vs. the F.B.I., Trump Will Lose
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Office to Make Legal Aid More Accessible Is Quietly Closed
Discussion: IJR and Splinter
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Rick Gates attorneys seek to withdraw from the case
Discussion: The Root and Talking Points Memo
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.
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
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 …
Washington Post:
McConnell urges Mississippi governor to consider Cochran Senate seat … Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has asked the governor of Mississippi to consider appointing himself to the Senate if ailing Republican Sen. Thad Cochran resigns from office, according to two people familiar with the conversations.
The Clarion Ledger:
Bryant not interested in Cochran seat despite urging from Trump, McConnell
Discussion: New York Magazine
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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Republicans give up on Obamacare repeal  —  WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Republicans are giving up on their years-long dream of repealing Obamacare.  —  Though the GOP still controls both chambers of Congress and maintains the ability to jam through a repeal-and-replace bill via a simple majority …
Rachael Bade / Politico:   Trump's talk of GOP ‘unity’ a myth
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.
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 …
Blake Montgomery / BuzzFeed:
White Supremacists Are Targeting Colleges “Like Never Before,” Researchers Say  —  A new report by the Anti-Defamation League says the amount of white supremacist messaging on college campuses increased 258% between fall 2016 and fall 2017.  —  White supremacists are targeting colleges …
Discussion: The Week
Hayley Peterson / Business Insider:
‘Seeing someone cry at work is becoming normal’: Employees say Whole Foods is using ‘scorecards’ to punish them  — Whole Foods uses checklists called “scorecards” and tests called “walks” to ensure stores comply with a new inventory-management system.  — “The stress has created …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Raw Story
Financial Times:
BuzzFeed News in talks with Powell Jobs group  —  The editor of BuzzFeed has had discussions with the company started by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of the late Steve Jobs, about investing in the digital media company's news division, according to two people with knowledge of the talks.
4 students hit by gunfire at Los Angeles school; 12-year-old girl in custody  —  (CNN)Police arrested a 12-year-old girl Thursday after a morning shooting at a Los Angeles middle school left five people injured, including two with significant gunshot wounds, officials said.
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Nicholas von Hoffman, Provocative Journalist and Author, Dies at 88  —  Nicholas von Hoffman, a provocative author, broadcast commentator and syndicated columnist who examined American politics and culture for five decades from a left-wing perspective, died on Thursday in Rockport, Me.  He was 88.
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Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
The Final Hagiography of the Obama Team
Charlie Spiering / Breitbart:
After Sending Media Away, President Donald Trump Joked with RNC About Mental Test
Discussion: Political Wire
Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Instapundit
Erica L. Green / New York Times:
With DACA in Limbo, Teachers Protected by the Program Gird for the Worst
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
Rick Saccone, Critic of Government Spending, Spends Freely From His Expense Account, Records Show
Lindy West / New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
Danielle Paquette / Washington Post:
Humane Society keeps CEO after sexual harassment complaints, prompting seven board members to resign
Discussion: New York Times
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Democrats' behavior at the State of the Union was embarrassing
Jonathan Kauffman / New Yorker:
How Carob Traumatized a Generation
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CBS News:
Investigator calls Robert Wagner a “person of interest” in Natalie Wood drowning death