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12:00 AM ET, February 25, 2018


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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Democratic memo: FBI was investigating Trump campaign associates weeks before receiving dossier  —  The FBI team investigating the 2016 Trump campaign's contacts with Russians had already opened inquiries into multiple people connected to the campaign when it received a controversial dossier …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
2 Weeks After Trump Blocked It, Democrats' Rebuttal of G.O.P. Memo Is Released  —  WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee released a redacted Democratic memorandum on Saturday that counters Republican claims that top F.B.I. and Justice Department officials had abused their powers in spying on a former Trump campaign aide.
Takeaways From the House Intelligence Democrats' Memo  —  President Trump lost no time dismissing the memo released Saturday by the House intelligence committee Democrats in response to the earlier memo prepared by Rep. Devin Nunes on the origins of the Carter Page surveillance:
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Dems' rebuttal to GOP FISA memo is released; Trump deems it a ‘bust’  —  President Trump on Saturday dismissed a Democratic rebuttal to the GOP memo outlining government surveillance abuses in the 2016 campaign as a “total political and legal bust,” claiming that it only confirms the …
U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Selection …:
Intel Committee Ranking Member Schiff Releases Democratic Response Memo  —  f t # e  —  Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement:  —  “After reviewing the memorandum drafted …
Brent D. Griffiths / Politico:
Trump urges national unity, investigation of ‘the other side’ amid Russia probe  —  Saying there were “no phone calls, no meetings, no collusion,” President Donald Trump on Saturday pushed for an investigation of “the other side” amid the FBI probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election …
Discussion: Political Wire and Axios
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The Democratic rebuttal to the Nunes memo tears it apart  —  Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff brought receipts.  —  Late on Saturday afternoon, House Democrats surprised the country by releasing their rebuttal to the so-called Nunes memo — the document, prepared by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   The Nunes Memo Is Fake and the Russia Scandal Is Very Real
Washington Post:
House panel releases Democrats' memo defending FBI surveillance of ex-Trump campaign aide
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Democratic rebuttal to GOP House Intelligence memo released
Discussion: RedState and TheBlaze
CBS News:   Democratic intelligence memo released — live updates
Washington Post:
After testy call with Trump over border wall, Mexico's president shelves plan to visit White House … Tentative plans for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to make his first visit to the White House to meet with President Trump were scuttled this week after a testy call between …
Gabby Morrongiello / Washington Examiner:
CPAC speaker Mona Charen stuns with fiery rebuke of Trump, Le Pen  —  A conservative columnist was escorted out of the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday after slamming President Trump and conservatives for behaving like “hypocrites” when it comes to women's issues.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and RedState
Alice B. Lloyd / Weekly Standard:
Mona Charen Slams Sexist Hypocrisy, Racism at CPAC: ‘You cannot claim that you stand for women’
Davis Richardson / The New York Observer:
Michael Steele Responds to Racial Insult Hurled by CPAC Communications Director  —  Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) communication director Ian Walters sparked controversy with a racially charged insult hurled at former RNC chair Michael Steele on Friday night.
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Watch ex-RNC head Michael Steele unleash holy hell on CPAC exec over ‘black guy’ slur
Discussion: CBS News
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Michael Steele Confronts Matt Schlapp Over CPAC Official's Racial Insult: ‘What the Hell?!’
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Corey Lewandowski returns to the Oval Office  —  Two days before President Trump gave his unchained, campaign-style speech at CPAC, he had a secret visitor in the Oval Office.  —  You didn't see it on the president's schedule, and the news hasn't leaked out until now …
Chris York / HuffPost UK:
Michael Wolff Says Donald Trump And Jared Kushner ‘Will Throw Each Other Under The Bus’
Discussion: Raw Story
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Mueller Is Gaining Steam.  Should Trump Worry?  —  WASHINGTON — In a fiery speech to supporters on Friday, President Trump went after his vanquished opponent from 2016.  “We had a crooked candidate,” he declared.  The crowd responded with a signature chant from the campaign trail: “Lock her up!”
David Brody / New York Times:
In Donald Trump, Evangelicals Have Found Their President  —  Last August, President Trump sat behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office and looked me straight in the eyes.  With a look of reflection and purposefulness, he discussed his upbringing and fondly recalled a vivid childhood memory from the 1950s …
Brett T. /
Law professor says NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch ‘loves watching Americans die’  —  How much do you want to bet that even if CNN held its town hall on guns this Saturday night, well after information emerged about how the Broward County Sheriff's Office took up positions outside the school and waited …
Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Maxine Waters: Time ‘to get ready for impeachment’  —  (D-Calif.), who has been a leading opponent of President Trump  —  on Capitol Hill, told thousands of Democratic activists and officials “to get ready for impeachment.”  —  Speaking at the California Democratic Party's annual convention in San Diego …
Discussion: Political Wire
Andrew Husband / UPROXX:
Many Are Calling For NRAtv To Be Removed From Amazon Prime, Apple TV, And Google Chromecast  —  #GUN CONTROL #POLITICS #AMAZON #GOOGLE #APPLE  —  There is a growing list of companies who have decided to end their respective partnerships with the National Rifle Association following …
Discussion: USA Today, AOL and The Daily Caller
Dana Schuster / Page Six:
Inside the toxic atmosphere at ‘Megyn Kelly Today’  —  Megyn Kelly has fashioned herself as a champion of the #MeToo movement, filling her NBC talk show, “Megyn Kelly Today,” with brave women fighting injustice.  —  But a former colleague says it's all an act.
Discussion: Mediaite
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump would like to see a military parade on Veterans Day with ‘a lot of plane flyovers’ … President Trump on Saturday night said he is hopeful that a military parade “with a lot of plane flyovers” can be staged in Washington on Veterans Day but acknowledged that the expense could be a concern.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Ana Cerrud / Washington Post:
Police, yelling, power turned off: Confrontation over Trump's Panama hotel escalates
Kathianne Boniello / New York Post:
Disgraced deputy in Florida shooting once named ‘officer of the year’
New York Times:
Left to Louisiana's Tides, a Village Fights for Time
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
After a Massacre, a Question of One More Death: The Gunman's
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway made $29 billion off the Republican tax cuts
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Judge dismisses coal mogul's defamation lawsuit against John Oliver
 Earlier Items: 
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Bernie Sanders promoted false story on reporting Russian trolls
NRA slams gun-background system flaws it helped create
Washington Post:
United and Delta cut ties to NRA as boycott movement spreads to global corporations
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Teen survivor's ultimatum to NRA attack dogs: “We will outlive you”
Sonam Sheth / Business Insider:
Susan Rice documented a January 2017 meeting with Obama, Comey, and Yates after being directed …
Discussion: The Right Scoop