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3:40 PM ET, February 3, 2018


 Top Items: 
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 …
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
Trump seized on what memo could mean even before reading it  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Even before he'd read the memo, President Donald Trump seized on what it could mean.  —  The president first learned of the House Intelligence Committee document last month from some Republican allies in Congress …
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.
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 …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
This is the week that the GOP truly became the party of Trump  —  This was the week when the Republican Party finally went all in with President Trump.  What once seemed unlikely is now reality.  The Republican establishment — there are a few dissenting voices, of course …
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Officials disclosed source's political funding in FISA application: report  —  The Justice Department may have told a court of the political origins of an opposition research dossier that formed part of the application for a warrant to surveil a former Trump campaign adviser.
Discussion: RedState and Liberty Unyielding
Marcy Wheeler / HuffPost:
The Nunes-Ryan Civil Liberties Sham
Discussion: RedState and AOL
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The Memo Is Neither ‘Treasonous’ Nor ‘Worse Than Watergate’
Discussion: VICE, Washington Post, ThinkProgress and Vox
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
Discussion: Fox News and Vox
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: Vox
Washington Post:
Inside the FBI: Anger, worry, work — and fears of lasting damage
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Trump Hotel caught directly profiting off taxpayer dime  —  An investigation into the Trump hotel in Washington, D.C. uncovered the first public evidence of taxpayer dollars flowing directly into the coffers of the Trump property.  —  Ethics watchdogs have warned about Donald Trump's conflicts …
CNN:   Document shows GSA employees spending at the Trump Hotel in DC
Wayne Drash / CNN:
Cuts to CDC epidemic programs will endanger Americans, former chief says  —  Frieden: CDC essential to safety of Americans  —  (CNN)The former chief of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the decision to cut 80% of its epidemic prevention activities overseas could pose …
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
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.
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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Phil Galewitz / NPR:
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Pa. Supreme Court justice was biased in gerrymandering case, Republicans say
Discussion: ThinkProgress, HuffPost and BuzzFeed
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Bucks County Judge Clyde W. Waite was nearly arrested at his own home for being black. …
Crispian Balmer / Reuters:
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 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
'They Can't Wait to Vote': Energized Democrats Target Dominant G.O.P. in Statehouses
Discussion: Raw Story
Kelly O'Meara Morales / The Week:
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Ezra Klein / Vox:
How democracies die, explained
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’
Chris Isidore / CNNMoney:
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