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11:25 AM ET, February 3, 2018


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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. told court of source's political influence in request to wiretap ex-Trump campaign aide, officials say … The court that approved surveillance of a former campaign adviser to President Trump was aware that some of the information underpinning the warrant request was paid …
QJurecic / Lawfare:
Thoughts on the Nunes Memo: We Need to Talk About Devin  —  After more than two weeks of mounting anticipation and hype, the memo on alleged surveillance abuses prepared by Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, has finally been #released.
Phillip Carter / Slate:
Survival at All Costs  —  On its face, the so-called Nunes memo regarding government surveillance of Trump campaign aide Carter Page in 2016 does little to undermine the case against President Trump and his confederates.  It does not contradict the indictments against Paul Manafort …
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Memo Escalates Clash Over Russia Probe  —  Release comes after the FBI expressed ‘grave concerns’ over the accuracy of the document  —  WASHINGTON—A Republican memo released Friday by the House of Representatives alleges abuses in how top law-enforcement officials sought the surveillance …
Discussion: Lawfare and Senator Susan Collins
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Washington Is Abuzz Over the Nunes Memo.  His California District, Not So Much.  —  VISALIA, Calif. — As Washington was abuzz Friday over the release of a classified memo, Democrats and Republicans were up in arms over its allegations.  And right in the middle was Devin Nunes …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
How Trump's Allies Fanned an Ember of Controversy Into Flames of Outrage  —  WASHINGTON — The release of the memo mattered less than #releasethememo.  —  After weeks of buildup, the three-and-a-half-page document about alleged F.B.I. abuses during the 2016 presidential campaign made public …
Discussion: The Guardian and ThinkProgress
Wall Street Journal:
A Reckoning for the FBI  —  The House memo reveals disturbing facts …
Discussion: Breitbart
Chris Buskirk / American Greatness:   Worse than Watergate  —  The FISA Abuse Memo is out and now …
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Nunes didn't read the FISA applications mentioned in memo
Jenna Lifhits / Weekly Standard:   Nunes: More Memos Are Coming
Bryan Logan / Business Insider:
Devin Nunes admits he didn't view the underlying intelligence his memo was based on
John Harwood / CNBC:   Trump and the House GOP face an uphill battle against the FBI and the Justice Department
Skullduggery, Episode 4: The spy, the reporter and the memo — the inside story
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Sentence buried in GOP memo may undercut Trump efforts to discredit Russia probe
Josh Campbell / New York Times:
Why I Am Leaving the F.B.I.  —  One of the greatest honors of my life was walking across the stage at the F.B.I. Academy and receiving my special agent badge from the director at the time, Robert Mueller.  After 21 weeks of intensive training, my class swore an oath and became federal agents entrusted …
Joseph A. Wulfsohn / Mediaite:
Hannity on Memo: ‘If We Care About The Constitution,’ Mueller Probe ‘Must Be Disbanded Immediately’  —  On Friday night, Sean Hannity sounded the alarms after the controversial GOP memo was made public.  —  The Fox News host began by touting his own coverage of the scandal for being “ahead of the curve” for months.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
This Is Why Uma Thurman Is Angry  —  The actress is finally ready to talk about Harvey Weinstein.  —  Yes, Uma Thurman is mad.  —  She has been raped.  She has been sexually assaulted.  She has been mangled in hot steel.  She has been betrayed and gaslighted by those she trusted.
Discussion: Deadline, Mediaite, thecut and The Blast
Exclusive poll: GOP turns on FBI  —  President Trump's hammering on the FBI — and green-lighting yesterday of the Russia memo's release over Bureau objections — is having a profound effect:  —  A SurveyMonkey poll for Axios finds that not even 40% of Republicans approve …
Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
He helped Halle Berry and Taraji Henson to stardom.  Now 9 minority women are accusing him of sexual harassment. … LOS ANGELES — Tamika Lamison was a 27-year-old stage actress living in New York City in June 1996 when she stepped into Hollywood manager Vincent Cirrincione's hotel suite …
Discussion: IndieWire, Deadline and AOL
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Secret Alliance: Israel Carries Out Airstrikes in Egypt, With Cairo's O.K.  —  The jihadists in Egypt's Northern Sinai had killed hundreds of soldiers and police officers, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, briefly seized a major town and begun setting up armed checkpoints to claim territory.
Karin Brulliard / Washington Post:
Nigel, the world's loneliest bird, dies next to the concrete decoy he loved … Nigel, a handsome gannet bird who lived on a desolate island off the coast of New Zealand, died suddenly this week.  Wherever his soul has landed, the singles scene surely cannot be worse.
Crispian Balmer / Reuters:
African migrants injured in Italian drive-by shootings: police  —  ROME (Reuters) - An Italian man opened fire on African migrants in the central city of Macerata on Saturday, injuring several people, police said, in an attack that appeared to be racially motivated.
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller and The Week
Maria Panaritis /
Bucks County Judge Clyde W. Waite was nearly arrested at his own home for being black.  That's not OK.  |  Maria Panaritis  —  Judge Clyde W. Waite won't do it.  Won't get angry.  The low-key jurist decided long ago that even simmering rage is often counterproductive.
New York Times:
Long Dominant in Statehouses, Republicans Brace for Energized Democrats  —  NEWTOWN, Pa. — For Republicans in the states, the political warning signs keep mounting: In Virginia, it was an electoral shellacking that nearly snapped their 20-year grip on the State House.
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Husband of former Trump household aide scores government job  —  A home improvement contractor married to one of Donald and Melania Trump's former household staffers is now working as an official at the Environmental Protection Agency, the latest example of someone with a personal connection …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Trump's Corruption of the American Republic
Kelly O'Meara Morales / The Week:
The DNC is reportedly ‘dead broke.’ The RNC has nearly $40 million.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
How democracies die, explained
George J. Borjas / New York Times:
Trump Sets Up a Grand Bargain on Immigration
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Alberto Gonzales: ‘I have no confidence whatsoever’ in Nunes memo
Discussion: Raw Story, RedState and TIME
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:
Peter Thiel Bid For  Now He May Want To Turn It Into A Conservative Investigative News Site.
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
National Security Council official behind 5G memo leaves White House
Discussion: Axios
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Discussion: Vox and Axios
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Romney Is Already Being Considered for a Republican Leadership Position
Discussion: Politico and Outside the Beltway
Salt Lake Tribune:
A risk-taker  —  A gambler at heart, Huntsman moved his family …
Linda Stansberry / News, North Coast Journal:
The Humboldt 35  —  Why does Humboldt County have the highest rate …