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Trey Gowdy: Memo Has No Impact On Russia Probe

The Hill reports: Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said during an interview airing Sunday that the previously classified memo alleging abuse of government surveillance powers by the Justice Department has no impact on the ongoing Russia probe. During an interview on CBS “Face The Nation,” Gowdy — the chairman of the House Oversight Committee — was asked about the recent comments ...

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Romney Being Pitched For A GOP Leadership Slot

The Atlantic reports: Mitt Romney hasn’t even officially announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate, yet Republican leadership is already seeing stars. According to a Republican donor with direct knowledge, Senate GOP leaders have expressed an early interest in having Romney succeed Colorado Senator Cory Gardner as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. The role involves leading the Senate GOP’s ...

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CNN Legal Analyst Scoffs At GOP’s Nunes Memo: It’s An Absolute Disgrace, Doesn’t Pass Laugh Test [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin slammed the release of a previously classified GOP memo alleging abuse of government surveillance powers by the Justice Department, calling it “an embarrassment” after its publication on Friday. “It is an absolute disgrace. It is an embarrassment to the United States Congress,” Toobin said on CNN’s “The Situation Room.” “It is part ...

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Stock Market Plummets 666 Points On Memo Day

CNN Money reports: Wall Street just suffered the worst day of the Trump presidency. The Dow closed down 666 points, or 2.5%, its biggest percentage decline since the Brexit turmoil in June 2016 and steepest point decline since the 2008 financial crisis. A strong jobs report showed wage growth is finally starting to pick up. That’s great news for workers, ...

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James Comey Mocks Nunes Memo: That’s It?

The Associated Press reports: Former FBI Director James Comey scorned the memo that was released by House Republicans after being declassified Friday by President Donald Trump, saying it doesn’t add up to much. “That’s it?” Comey said on Twitter. “Dishonest and misleading memo wrecked the House intel committee, destroyed trust with Intelligence Community, damaged relationship with FISA court, and inexcusably ...

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Rep. Trey Gowdy: Memo Does Not Discredit Mueller

Mediaite reports: Trey Gowdy seemed particularly eager to inform the country about the allegations that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe sought a FISA warrant to investigate Trump in connection with Fusion GPS’ controversial dossier. Now that the memo is out, Gowdy has taken to Twitter to say that even though the memo raises certain questions, the bulk of the ...

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Right Wing Outlets Were Given Nunes Memo First

The Hill reports: NBC’s Chuck Todd said Friday that Fox News obtaining advance excerpts of a controversial memo written by House Intelligence Committee Republicans “smacks of a partisan exercise. “The House Republican Intelligence folks are actually making their partisan case look even worse right now, because they are releasing excerpts of the memo already to friendly media outlets, almost trying ...

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Read The Full Stupid Devin Nunes Memo

The Washington Post reports: The Nunes memo is a document created by the staff of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) that alleges the FBI abused its surveillance authority, particularly when it sought a secret court order to monitor a former Trump campaign adviser. The FBI and the Justice Department had lobbied strenuously against its release. On Wednesday, the ...

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ALABAMA: Televangelist Qualifies In Gubernatorial Race

AL.com reports: Evangelical preacher Scott Dawson sent in his qualification papers to run for governor as a Republican during an appearance Thursday on the “Rick and Bubba Show.” Dawson, who announced in the summer that he would seek the state’s highest office, has been a friend of the show, and co-host Rick Burgess vouched for the Birmingham-based preacher’s integrity on ...

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FLORIDA: Court Strikes Down System For Restoring Voting Rights To Felons, Says Gov Has Unfair Influence

The Tampa Bay Times reports: The state of Florida routinely violates the constitutional rights of its citizens by permanently revoking the right to vote for anyone convicted of a felony, a federal judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said Florida’s system unfairly relies on the personal support of the governor for citizens to regain “this fundamental right.” In ...

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Joe Arpaio Defends Interviews With Anti-Semitic Site

The Arizona Republic reports: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Arpaio has given several interviews to a publication that traffics in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and on Wednesday declined an opportunity to distance himself from the extremist material. Arpaio, the controversial former Maricopa County sheriff, said he was unfamiliar with other stories on the “American Free Press” website, such as an interview ...

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Arizona House Votes To Expel GOP Rep For Sexual Harassment, First Expulsion In Nation Since #MeToo

Phoenix’s Fox affiliate reports: The Arizona House of Representatives has voted to expel Rep. Don Shooter of Yuma, after a report ordered by legislative leaders of his own party showed he engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment toward women. Shooter is believed to be the first state lawmaker in the U.S. to be voted out of his seat since ...

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UTAH: Mitt Romney Teases US Senate Announcement

Mass Live reports: Former Massachusetts Gov. W. Mitt Romney will reveal whether he will run for the U.S. Senate seat in two weeks. Romney tweeted on Thursday afternoon that he was “Looking forward to making an announcement on February 15th about the Utah Senate race.” Those close to the 70-year-old former presidential candidate have said he is interested in running ...

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Nancy Pelosi Calls On Speaker Paul Ryan To Remove Devin Nunes As Chair Of House Intelligence Committee

Talking Points Memo reports: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday called on House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to remove Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) as chair of the House Intelligence Committee over his decision to edit the committee’s controversial memo before sending it to the White House for review. “The decision of Chairman Nunes and House Republicans to release ...

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CANADA: National Anthem To Go Gender-Neutral

The BBC reports: The Canadian Senate has passed a bill that changes the text of the English-language version of the national anthem to make it gender-neutral. It now awaits royal assent by the governor general to become law. The move is set to change the words “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command” in the anthem, ...

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Warning Signals Eyed In Fatal GOP Train Crash

The Associated Press reports: Benny Layne, on whose property the truck landed, said the crossing arms had been known to malfunction, sometimes coming down even though no train was approaching. Sometimes, he said, they stayed down for hours. He said motorists would get out of their cars to help guide other motorists around the malfunctioning arms so they could cross ...

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Trump And RNC Spent $5.5M On 2017 Legal Fees

Politico reports: President Donald Trump’s campaign spent more than $1 million on legal fees during the final three months of 2017, according to a new filing late Wednesday with the FEC. Combined with the Republican National Committee, Trump’s campaign paid a total of $5.5 million in legal bills during 2017 amid probes into Russia’s role in the 2016 election. The ...

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Adam Schiff: Nunes “Secretly Changed” Anti-FBI Memo

Newsweek reports: The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee made “material changes” to a controversial memo before providing it to the White House to be considered for public release, according to the top Democrat on the committee. In a letter Wednesday night, Representative Adam Schiff, the Democratic ranking member of the committee, accused Representative Devin Nunes, its Republican chairman, of ...

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Trump 2020 Finished Year With $22M Warchest

The Hill reports: President Trump’s reelection campaign announced that it ended 2017 with $22.1 million in the bank, touting the “grassroots support” that boosted fundraising in his first year in office. Trump’s campaign said it raised $6.9 million in the fourth fundraising quarter of 2017, which includes fundraising from October to the end of December. Of that total, about $2.1 ...

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SECRET SOCIETY: Emails Show “Anti-Trump” FBI Agent Wrote Draft Of Comey Letter Reopening Hillary Probe

CNN reports: Emails obtained by CNN show the FBI agent at the center of a Capitol Hill storm played a key role in a controversial FBI decision that upended Hillary Clinton’s campaign just days before the 2016 election: the letter to Congress by then-FBI Director James Comey announcing the bureau was investigating newly discovered Clinton emails. The new revelation about ...

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