As some Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee seem to be backing away from the Nunes Memo — you know, the three-and-a-half page memo that Donald Trump insists “totally vindicates” him — Democrats are now pushing to get their 10-page rebuttal released. There could be a vote as early as Monday. Via The New York Times.
One of the big questions, raised in The New Yorker, about the Nunes Memo is why the Democrats and the FBI so strongly objected to it being released in the first place. We may know more soon. Whether or not Dems get their rebuttal released, Nunes says he has a few more memos on the front burner. Not surprisingly, The National Review is all in.
Historians, take note. Dan Balz explains that this was the week Republicans in Congress became Trump Republicans. You can start with the rapturous applause at Trump’s State of the Union speech to the embrace of the Trump-endorsed, smash-the-FBI Nunes Memo. And if Republicans are now all in on the Trump bandwagon, it’s hard to see how they’ll ever get off. Via The Washington Post.
There are those quick to say that if the Russia-probe scandal were really the new Watergate, then the Nunes Memo would have led to a Nixon-like Saturday Night Massacre. What they may have missed, writes David Graham in The Atlantic, is that a slow-motion version of a Saturday Night Massacre is well underway.
In the years beginning with the New Deal, there have been very few governmental institutions that Republicans haven’t been happy to attack. Except for the FBI. Until now. Via Politico.
A 7-year-old girl who saw her best friend shot and killed at her school in a small town in South Carolina wrote a letter to the president, asking him to “Please, keep kids safe from guns.” Trump wrote back saying that all children should be able to go to school without fear. He never mentioned guns. Via The Washington Post.
For years, many Savannah residents have tried and failed to rename the iconic bridge that carries Route 17 into their city. As of now, it is named for the rabidly segregationist governor, Eugene Talmadge, who died in 1946. And then the Girl Scouts — who else? — entered the picture. They want to name the bridge for Savannah’s own Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts 105 years ago. Via The New York Times.
Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles upset Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in what will surely go down as one of the greatest Super Bowls. But to find the essential truth of the Super Bowl, you didn’t need to watch a minute of the game. All you had to do was tune in to the Super Bowl commercial in which Dodge used segments from Martin Luther King Jr. anti-capitalist sermon to sell pickup trucks. Via Vox.
In his review of Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl halftime show, Mikael Wood writes in The Los Angeles Times that Timberlake had nothing to say and he just kept saying it. If only he had invited Janet Jackson back.