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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 …
Discussion: NPR, Althouse and Business Insider
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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 …
Discussion: Senator Susan Collins
Chris Buskirk / American Greatness:
Worse than Watergate  —  The FISA Abuse Memo is out and now we know why the Democrats were desperate to keep its contents hidden from the public: it confirms the worst fears not just of President Trump's supporters but of everyone concerned about the abuse of police power, government corruption, and the sanctity of our elections.
David French / National Review:
The Big Flaw in the Memo  —  It may have just confirmed a key New York Times scoop.  —  From the moment that the so-called Steele dossier burst onto the public scene, thoughtful observers have wondered what role its “salacious and unverified” accusations played in the opening …
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 …
Paul Rosenzweig / Politico:
Even If You Take the Nunes Memo Seriously, It Makes No Sense  —  Let's leave aside for now the obvious partisan nature of the Nunes memorandum—the four-page document released Friday by the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, California Rep. Devin Nunes.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Breitbart
Jenna Lifhits / Weekly Standard:
Nunes: More Memos Are Coming  —  Nunes explains next steps to The Weekly Standard.  —  Update: Devin Nunes clarifies his comments as reported below.  He tells TWS that his investigation will produce more reports, but he will release the information in a traditional manner.  —  “This was phase one.
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Nunes didn't read the FISA applications mentioned in memo
Discussion: Fox News and Joe.My.God.
Bryan Logan / Business Insider:
Devin Nunes admits he didn't view the underlying intelligence his memo was based on
Discussion: twitchy.com
John Harwood / CNBC:   Trump and the House GOP face an uphill battle against the FBI and the Justice Department
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Sentence buried in GOP memo may undercut Trump efforts to discredit Russia probe
U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Selection …:
House Intelligence Committee Minority Response to Release of Chairman Nunes' Misleading Memo
Andrew Kirell / The Daily Beast:
Snowden Bashes Nunes: I Was More Careful With Gov't Secrets Than You Are
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding and Raw Story
Matt Ford / New Republic:
Trump Just Shot Himself in the Foot
acast:
Skullduggery, Episode 4: The spy, the reporter and the memo — the inside story
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Justice Department official overseeing Mueller and Russia probe under increasing pressure
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
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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
Axios:
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 of America's main federal law enforcement agency …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:
Peter Thiel Bid For Gawker.com.  Now He May Want To Turn It Into A Conservative Investigative News Site.  —  Peter Thiel, the billionaire venture capitalist and Facebook board member who secretly bankrolled lawsuits to undermine Gawker Media, said he might turn the now-defunct news …
English Edition:
[Editorial] Trump's “bloody nose” strategy must be completely off the table  —  The so-called “bloody nose” strategy, referring to a limited preventive strike against North Korea, has gone public following the withdrawal of Victor Cha's nomination as US Ambassador to South Korea...
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
National Security Council official behind 5G memo leaves White House … The author of a memo arguing for a government takeover of development of the nation's 5G mobile network has been removed from the National Security Council staff.  The memo's unauthorized release this week caused uproar …
Discussion: Axios
Salt Lake Tribune:
A risk-taker  —  A gambler at heart, Huntsman moved his family to Utah and started borrowing millions of dollars to buy polystyrene plants in the 1980s, when prices were rock bottom because of a glut in the market.  He was betting the polystyrene surplus eventually would turn into a shortage …
 
 
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George J. Borjas / New York Times:
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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Alberto Gonzales: ‘I have no confidence whatsoever’ in Nunes memo
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Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
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Ayanna Alexander / Politico:
Trudeau will ‘walk away’ if there is a bad NAFTA deal
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Husband of former Trump household aide scores government job
Discussion: Political Wire
Paul Sonne / Washington Post:
Pentagon unveils new nuclear weapons strategy, ending Obama-era push to reduce U.S. arsenal
Louis Nelson / Politico:
K.T. McFarland withdraws as ambassador nominee
Discussion: Breitbart and Axios
Linda Stansberry / News, North Coast Journal:
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mccain.senate.gov:
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