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12:45 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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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.
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:
GOP memo criticizing FBI surveillance is released … A GOP memo alleging surveillance abuses by the FBI has been released, intensifying a fight between the White House and Republican lawmakers, on one side, and the nation's top law enforcement agency over whether the origins of a probe …
Massimo Calabresi / TIME:
How Donald Trump Is Sowing Distrust in American Justice  —  U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress Joshua Roberts—Reuters  —  President Trump delivered a fairly traditional mix of barbs and bromides during his 80-minute State …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Media's longtime crusade for transparency ends with Nunes memo as ‘The Post’ remains in theaters
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
Cecilia Vega / ABC News:
President Trump authorizes release of controversial GOP memo with no redactions
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Rising White House fear: Nunes memo is a dud
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
PLAYBOOK SCOOP: FUNNY OR DIE spending 8 million on midterms …
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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 …
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  —  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 …
Discussion: emptywheel and The Week
Jamie McIntyre / Washington Examiner:
Jim Mattis hints at military action if US confirms sarin use in Syria  —  The U.S. strongly suspects the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad continues to use sarin nerve gas against his own people based on various reports from inside Syria, despite its promise to give up its stockpiles of deadly chemical weapons.
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
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Wesley Morgan / Politico:
Mattis warns Syria not to use chemical weapons again
Missy Ryan / Washington Post:   Trump administration: Syria probably continuing to make, use chemical weapons
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue Media:
Black unemployment rate soars days after Trump bragged about how low it was  —  The White House spent the entire month of January bragging about delivering jobs for black Americans.  But that whole storyline just blew up.  —  Donald Trump and his White House team can stop bragging …
Discussion: Vox and twitchy.com
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The black unemployment rate spiked in January, muddling Trump's message
Mary Ann Georgantopoulos / BuzzFeed:
A Father Of Three Girls Abused By Larry Nassar Attacked The Ex-Gymnastics Doctor In Court  —  Randall Margraves charged at Nassar after two of his daughters delivered victim impact statements.  —  A father of three girls who were sexually abused by Larry Nassar tried to attack …
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Ari Fleischer / The Hill:
My experience with Andy McCabe: No criticizing James Comey allowed  —  BY ARI FLEISCHER, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 02/02/18 07:00 AM EST THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL  —  I don't know former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.  I've never met him.
Discussion: RedState
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Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Comey Blasts ‘Weasels’ in Tweet Apparently Aimed at GOP 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.
CNN:
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.
Tim Weiner / New York Times:
In Trump vs. the F.B.I., Trump Will Lose  —  President Trump entered office last year as a singular figure.  But he has come to resemble two of his predecessors in one crucial respect.  Though he's more paranoid than Richard Nixon and more mendacious than Bill Clinton …
Discussion: the way of improvement … and Vox
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Josh Delk / The Hill:
Geraldo Rivera to Hannity: If you were around then Nixon 'wouldn't have been forced to resign'
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 …
Discussion: Business Insider
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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Greg B. Smith / New York Daily News:
Former Rep. Michael Grimm gets sweet deal to pay off enormous debt owed to major lobbying firm
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U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Treasury Targets Hizballah Financial Network in Africa and the Middle East
Discussion: Axios
Caity Coyne / Charleston Gazette-Mail:
Teachers in southern WV counties plan walkouts, rally
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Associated Press
Bloomberg:
At Tillerson's State Department, Seven of Nine Top Jobs Are Empty
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Gary Cohn announces promotions after tax cuts
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Jay Root / The Texas Tribune:
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 Earlier Items: 
Los Angeles Times:
Trump's approval will ensure controversial memo will see the light of day despite warnings from intelligence officials
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Alec Baldwin Skewers Trump. And Supports Allen and Toback.
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Back to the Future Democrats
Discussion: New York Times
Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
The Final Hagiography of the Obama Team
Manya Brachear Pashman / Chicago Tribune:
Green card veteran facing deportation starts hunger strike
Discussion: twitchy.com
Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
CDC to cut by 80 percent efforts to prevent global disease outbreak