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10:35 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 …
Discussion: NPR, Althouse and Business Insider
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: Senator Susan Collins
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Nunes didn't read the FISA applications mentioned in memo  —  Rep. Devin Nunes, who led the release of the memo, admitted to Fox News' Bret Baier that he hadn't read the FISA documents that made up the basis of the memo.  —  Why it matters: The memo is largely based on the argument …
Discussion: Fox News and Joe.My.God.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Paul Rosenzweig / Politico:
Even If You Take the Nunes Memo Seriously, It Makes No Sense
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Breitbart
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
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Trump's Saturday Night Massacre Is Already Happening
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
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
Skullduggery, Episode 4: The spy, the reporter and the memo — the inside story
Matt Ford / New Republic:
Trump Just Shot Himself in the Foot
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Backwards Logic of the Nunes Memo
U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Selection …:
House Intelligence Committee Minority Response to Release of Chairman Nunes' Misleading Memo
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:
Peter Thiel Bid For  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 …
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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
Aaron Elstein / Crain's New York Business:
Blackstone's Schwarzman appears to be the first $1 billion CEO
Discussion: Dealbreaker
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 …
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Husband of former Trump household aide scores government job
Discussion: Political Wire
Louis Nelson / Politico:
K.T. McFarland withdraws as ambassador nominee
Discussion: Breitbart and Axios
Linda Stansberry / News, North Coast Journal:
The Humboldt 35  —  Why does Humboldt County have the highest rate …