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3:45 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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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:
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
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 …
Washington Post:
Read the GOP memo  —  The Nunes memo is a document created by the staff of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) that alleges the FBI abused its surveillance authority, particularly when it sought a secret court order to monitor a former Trump campaign adviser.
CNN:
Disputed GOP-Nunes memo released  —  (CNN)House Republicans, with the approval of President Donald Trump, on Friday released a disputed GOP intelligence memo that alleges FBI abuses of its surveillance authority.  —  The highly controversial memo from the GOP and Rep. Devin Nunes alleges …
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 …
Axios:
The Nunes memo has been released  —  President Trump has approved the release, without redactions, of the classified Nunes memo on alleged FISA abuses, a White House official told Axios.  The release was vehemently opposed by the intelligence community, with the FBI issuing a rare public statement …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit
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.
New York Times:
House Republicans Release Nunes Memo Accusing Russia Investigators of Bias
Massimo Calabresi / TIME:
How Donald Trump Is Sowing Distrust in American Justice
Discussion: The Hill, RedState and Political Wire
The Daily Beast:
Sean Hannity Has Been Advising Donald Trump on the Nunes Memo, Because of Course He Has
CBS News:
GOP memo released: Live updates
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Media's longtime crusade for transparency ends with Nunes memo as ‘The Post’ remains in theaters
Washington Post:
A process that tarnishes the House
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: Joe.My.God. and The Daily Caller
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Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed:   The RNC Is Looking At A Rule That Could Block A Ted Cruz-Like Strategy In 2020
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
RNC sides with Trump ban of transgender people in military
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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
Discussion: IJR, emptywheel and The Week
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 …
Discussion: Axios and Breitbart
Linda Stansberry / News Blog, 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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: USA Today
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:
New York Daily News:
Bronx teacher sparks outrage for using black students in cruel slavery lesson  —  Kids and parents say this Bronx teacher needs a lesson — in racism.  —  Middle School 118 teacher Patricia Cummings shocked and traumatized children in her social studies classes when she singled out black students …
Discussion: TheBlaze, WPIX 11 New York, The Root and AOL
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: TheBlaze
Brian Feldman / New York Magazine:
HQ Is Raising Some Funding ... From Peter Thiel  —  Have you heard of HQ?  If you haven't read 8 bajillion blog posts about it, know that it's a cultural-phenomenon quiz show that 1.5 million tune in to daily.  You might be heartened to know that HQ has, according to a report from Recode …
New York Times:
Humane Society Board Members Resign as C.E.O. Faces Harassment Complaints  —  The board of the Humane Society of the United States decided Thursday to retain its longtime chief executive despite an investigation that has uncovered multiple harassment complaints against him, according to one of the board members and news media reports.
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Judge denies CNN request for Comey memos of Trump conversations  —  Washington (CNN)The Justice Department will not have to release memos written by former FBI Director James Comey about conversations he had with President Donald Trump, a federal judge ruled Friday.
 
 
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