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2:25 PM 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 …
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 …
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.
Noah Bookbinder / USA Today:
Nunes memo aims at Russia probe, backfires on Trump and GOP  —  The controversial Nunes memo is out.  It claims the FBI and the Justice Department abused their surveillance authority on Trump's 2016 Presidential campaign.  Democrats say the memo is misleading.
Discussion: The Guardian and NBC News
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
Asha Rangappa / New York Times:
Thank Progressives for the Nunes Memo  —  House Republicans released a secret memo on Friday that alleges that F.B.I. and Justice Department officials misused their authority in conducting surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page.  It also claims the officials abused …
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 …
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The Memo Is Neither ‘Treasonous’ Nor ‘Worse Than Watergate’  —  Republicans allege a major flaw in the system for secretly spying on Americans, but we don't know enough to evaluate that claim.  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan was correct.  Nothing in the highly anticipated memo from the Republicans …
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Officials disclosed source's political funding in FISA application: report
Wall Street Journal:
A Reckoning for the FBI  —  The House memo reveals disturbing facts …
Discussion: Breitbart
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Nunes didn't read the FISA applications mentioned in memo
Discussion: Fox News, Vox and Joe.My.God.
Chris Buskirk / American Greatness:   Worse than Watergate  —  The FISA Abuse Memo is out and now …
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.
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 …
Discussion: New York Times
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
YoMemoJokes trends nationwide, adding to Trump's humiliation over memo failure  —  As Donald Trump took to Twitter to try to convince Americans that the GOP's overhyped memo was not as much of a failure as it appeared to be, Twitter users were busy elsewhere — tweeting jokes about the memo under the hashtag #YoMemoJokes.
Discussion: CNN, NBC News, Politico and Breitbart
New York Times:
As F.B.I. Took a Year to Pursue the Nassar Case, Dozens Say They Were Molested  —  For more than a year, an F.B.I. inquiry into allegations that Lawrence G. Nassar, a respected sports doctor, had molested three elite teenage gymnasts followed a plodding pace as it moved back and forth among agents in three cities.
Discussion: Axios and thecut
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.
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 …
Ammo seller to Las Vegas killer arrested on federal charge  —  Ammo vendor: No way to see into Paddock's mind  —  (CNN)Douglas Haig, an Arizona man who says he sold tracer ammunition to the gunman in October's Las Vegas massacre, was arrested Friday on a charge of manufacturing …
CBS News:
Arizona man who sold ammo to Las Vegas shooter is charged
Discussion: Washington Post and RedState
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Los Angeles Times:
Battling treacherous office chairs and aching backs, aging cops and firefighters miss years …
Document shows GSA employees spending at the Trump Hotel in DC
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Gabriel Rossman / National Review:
Person to Person  —  The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power …
Jonathan Lai /
Pa. Supreme Court justice was biased in gerrymandering case, Republicans say
Discussion: ThinkProgress, HuffPost and BuzzFeed
Crispian Balmer / Reuters:
African migrants injured in Italian drive-by shootings: police
Discussion: NPR, CNN, The Daily Caller and The Week
New York Times:
'They Can't Wait to Vote': Energized Democrats Target Dominant G.O.P. in Statehouses
Discussion: Raw Story
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Trump's Corruption of the American Republic
 Earlier Items: 
Kelly O'Meara Morales / The Week:
The DNC is reportedly ‘dead broke.’ The RNC has nearly $40 million.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Secret Alliance: Israel Carries Out Airstrikes in Egypt, With Cairo's O.K.
Joseph A. Wulfsohn / Mediaite:
Hannity on Memo: ‘If We Care About The Constitution,’ Mueller Probe ‘Must Be Disbanded Immediately’
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:
Peter Thiel Bid For  Now He May Want To Turn It Into A Conservative Investigative News Site.
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Husband of former Trump household aide scores government job
Discussion: Raw Story