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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.
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 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.
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.
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Sources: Devin Nunes Memo Is ‘100%’ Wrong About Andrew McCabe and Steele Dossier … Rep. Devin Nunes' just-released surveillance memo claims that one of its central points about surveillance abuse at the FBI was affirmed by a senior FBI official.  But two knowledgeable sources …
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.
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The Nunes memo is a dud  —  Devin Nunes's memo allegedly exposing anti-Trump bias at the FBI does nothing of the kind.  —  Rep. Devin Nunes's infamous memo — the document numerous House Republicans claimed would demonstrate fundamental anti-Trump corruption at the FBI — was released early Friday afternoon.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Axios
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 …
Joe Walsh / Washington Post:
Devin Nunes is acting like a partisan hack. That's just how I remember him.
Discussion: Raw Story
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Memo Reading for Nonpartisans
Discussion: Townhall.com
Kelly Cohen / Washington Examiner:
Jeff Sessions responds to Nunes memo release: ‘No department is perfect’
Discussion: RedState
CBS News:
GOP memo released: Live updates
Massimo Calabresi / TIME:
How Donald Trump Is Sowing Distrust in American Justice
Discussion: The Hill and RedState
Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed:
The RNC Is Looking At A Rule That Could Block A Ted Cruz-Like Strategy In 2020  —  Cruz greeting supporters at the Republican Convention in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2016.  —  Jason Connolly / AFP / Getty Images  —  Ted Cruz's micro-level attention to delegate math in 2016 kept …
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
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Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
RNC sides with Trump ban of transgender people in military
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe.My.God.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump rips into Kasich at RNC dinner
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Joe.My.God.
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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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, Hit & Run and Business Insider
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: The Week, emptywheel and IJR
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.
 
 
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Jfarrell / Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch Sues for Russia Collusion FISA Documents
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Louis Nelson / Politico:
K.T. McFarland withdraws as ambassador nominee
Discussion: Axios
Bloomberg:
Russian Spammer Claiming Kremlin Ties Arrives to Face U.S. Feds
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Trey Gowdy on the Memo: Contents Do Not Discredit Mueller's Investigation
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John Santucci / ABC News:
Legal fund in development to help Trump administration and campaign staff pay legal bills in Russia probe
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Humane Society C.E.O. Announces Resignation Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue Media:
Black unemployment rate soars days after Trump bragged about how low it was
Discussion: Vox and twitchy.com
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Congress has quietly created a new health care crisis for 26 million Americans
Discussion: Business Insider
Arizona Republic:
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Discussion: TheBlaze