News Roundup

Memo

  • GOP says memo shows FBI exceeded its authority and was corrupt
  • Pelosi said Republicans were trying to “cover-up” the Russian probe “that they don’t want the American people to see come to fruition”, and called for Nunes to resign from the House Intelligence Committee
  • On Twitter Trump blasted the FBI and the DOJ, saying that their top leadership and investigators “have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans – something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people!”
  • After House Democrats complained about “material changes” to the letter which would require another vote on its release, Republicans countered by saying Schiff was “complaining about minor edits,” to which a senior Democratic official said the Democrats had found five material differences including one described as an apparent effort to water down the Republican findings
  • According to Fox News, the memo is said to contain four “shocking” new revelations which have not yet been leaked

President Trump will visit Cincinnati on Monday

  • He will visit an industrial cylinder manufacturing company after the company gave all its employees $1,000 bonuses as a result of the tax law
  • The White House said this trip is aimed at highlighting the impact of the GOP’s tax plan

Oregon’s top federal prosecutor convening meeting to discuss massive overproduction of marijuana

  • U.S. Attorney Billy Williams is calling it a “massive marijuana overproduction problem” because it attracts cartels and criminal networks, sparks money laundering, violence, and environmental woes, and winds up on the black market in other states
  • In his column, Williams said law enforcement in 16 other states have reported seizing pot from Oregon, postal agents have intercepted more than 2,600 pounds of it in outbound packages and over $1.2 million in associated cash
  • “In sum, I have significant concerns about the state’s current regulatory framework and the resources allocated to policing marijuana in Oregon,” Williams wrote a local paper, and that he plans to “inform our federal enforcement strategy”

Arizona’s House of Representatives forced out a lawmaker under charges of a ‘hostile work environment’ and sexual harassment

  • Republican Don Shooter was expelled after investigators found “credible evidence” that he’d created a hostile work environment while serving in the state legislature
  • In a brief statement on the House floor, he said he’d said and done some “stupid things” but had faithfully served
  • He left the floor after voting “No” on the expulsion resolution
  • His removal followed an investigation into claims of sexual harassment made by several women in November 2017

Report on nuclear arsenal coming out today

  • The Nuclear Posture Review due to come out of the White House today requires an “investment in a credible nuclear deterrent with diverse capabilities,” according to chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White
  • A purported early draft of the document was leaked to Huffington Post in early January, which called for the development of new low-yield nuclear weapons

12 year-old-girl is in custody in Los Angeles after two classmates shot, three others injured

  • She has been booked on negligent discharge of a firearm
  • A 15-year-old boy who was shot in the temple is in stable condition, a 15-year-old girl who was shot in the wrist is in fair condition, and three others suffered minor injuries
  • The information currently available indicates that this was an accident, with a witness saying “someone decided to bring a gun, I guess someone was accidentally playing around with it” and that the group “thought it was a fake gun”

Authorities are calling actress Natalie Woods’ death “suspicious” and have named husband and actor Robert Wagner a person of interest

  • The death of 43-year-old actress Natalie Woods in 1981 by drowning is now classified as a “suspicious death” after having initially been ruled an accident
  • Her widower husband Robert Woods is now classified as a person of interest in the case after reports from the captain of the yacht that the couple were arguing on the night of her death
  • Investigators said Wagner hasn’t been interviewed, although in 2013 they reported they had tried to interview him at least ten times and had been denied

Jobs numbers for January came out this morning

  • The U.S. created 200,000 new jobs in the first month of 2018 – with construction companies adding 36,000 jobs, restaurants taking on 31,000 new workers, health-care firms taking on 21,000, and manufacturers increasing 15,000 despite shortages of skilled labor
  • Worker pay also rose at the fastest yearly pace since 2009, jumping 9 cents, or .3%, to $26.74, pushing the yearly increase to 2.9% from 2.6%
  • Unemployment remained at a 17-year low of 4.1%

Apple has posted the biggest quarterly profit of any company ever

  • They made $20.1 billion in the last three months of the year
  • This came after the release of the iPhone X in November
  • The company’s revenues grew 13 percent to $88.3 billion, also a record

Top Stories

New York Times: Trump Will Not Block Release of House G.O.P. Memo on F.B.I.
Washington Post : ‘Never any hesitation’: Trump was quickly persuaded to support memo’s release
Drudge Report : Tech Roars: Apple Best Qtr In History Of Biz | Bezos Makes Billions In Day!
The Daily Caller : ‘My Life Changed’ | EXCLUSIVE: What Shocked This North Korean Defector Most About Life In South Korea Will Break Your Heart
Breitbart News : GOP Rep. Gaetz Hits Back at Comey Tweet: ‘I Don’t Know That Too Many Schools or Streets Are Going to Be Named After Him’ After Memo Release
Slate : How the GOP Went Crazy
HuffPost : GOP’s Genius Theory: ‘Deep State’ All Republicans!
BuzzFeed : “The Movement Is Getting Younger”