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Facebook Exec: Our Actions Worth It, Even If People Die

He defends 'questionable' tactics in 2016 memo

(Newser) - Questionable business tactics—and even deaths—are justified if it helps Facebook achieve its mission of connecting people, a top exec argues in a memo titled "The Ugly" that has resurfaced at a very inconvenient time for the company. In the 2016 memo obtained by BuzzFeed , Andrew "Boz"... More »

Dem Rebuttal Memo to GOP Memo Released

'...failed to uncover any evidence of illegal, unethical, or unprofessional behavior'

(Newser) - The classified Democratic memo written in response to the classified Republican memo released three weeks ago has itself now been released after getting the go-ahead from President Trump on Saturday, CNN reports. The GOP memo prepared by Rep. Devin Nunes claimed the FBI abused its powers when it secured surveillance... More »

Dems React as Trump Blocks Memo: 'Hypocrisy at Its Worst'

President has sent Dems' memo back to HIC for revisions due to 'classified' and 'sensitive' passages

(Newser) - Earlier Friday, President Trump spoke to reporters about the 10-page Democratic rebuttal memo to the GOP memo alleging wrongdoing in the FBI and DOJ, noting that the Dem memo is "going to be released soon." "Soon" may be relative, however, as Trump, via a letter sent Friday... More »

Nunes Admits Fine Print Shows DOJ Didn't Conceal Info

But panel chair says 'footnote' wasn't enough when it came to surveillance of Carter Page

(Newser) - There was a lot going on in the House Intelligence Committee memo declassified Friday by President Trump, but a key allegation was that the FBI didn't divulge the partisan leanings of dossier author Christopher Steele during the application process for surveillance on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The... More »

Trump Attacks 'Little' Schiff After Brutal Op-Ed

Schiff said Trump would use FBI against political opponents

(Newser) - The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee has fallen into President Trump's crosshairs after attacking the president over the weekend. "Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington," Trump tweeted Monday, adding Schiff... More »

Democrats Want Vote on Releasing Their Own Memo

GOP expected to release more reports on 'wrongdoing'

(Newser) - Amid the fallout from the release of the GOP-produced memo on alleged FBI surveillance overreach, House Democrats are pushing for the release of their own memo. Democrats, who are expected to call for a vote in a Monday afternoon meeting of the House Intelligence Committee, say their document will serve... More »

Gowdy on Memo: Russia Probe Valid With or Without It

Sen. Dick Durbin, meanwhile, says memo could 'precipitate a constitutional crisis'

(Newser) - The memo released Friday by the House Intelligence Committee that alleges FBI and DOJ overreach has dominated the news cycle this week, and Sunday morning's news shows kept it top of mind, per the Hill . Some takes from both sides of the aisle:
  • GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, who
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Reax to the 'Memo': 'Headed Down a Dangerous Path'

Trump declassifies Nunes memorandum, frenetic spin on both sides ensues

(Newser) - Citing "extraordinary" circumstances, the much-anticipated GOP memo on alleged FBI surveillance abuse was given the all-clear Friday by the White House, which declassified the memo without redactions "in light of the significant public interest" in it, per a letter to House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes. At the... More »

All Eyes on FBI Chief Wray in Wake of Memo's Release

White House aides were nervous he would quit, though his allies doubt he will

(Newser) - The controversial memo released Friday has put one key player "in a bind," as Politico puts it. That would be FBI Director Christopher Wray, who will have 35,000 FBI employees watching his reaction after the memo on alleged surveillance abuses was revealed to the public despite his... More »

Reports: Trump Has Read Memo, Ready to Release

White House reportedly agrees to 'technical edits'

(Newser) - The saga over whether the White House will or won't release "the memo" may be over on Friday. Multiple reports—including at Fox News , ABC News , and the Washington Post —say President Trump has read the document and is set to release it. The White House, however,... More »

Trump's Thoughts on GOP Memo Caught on Camera

President overheard supporting release of Devin Nunes-led memo on FBI after State of the Union

(Newser) - President Trump was overheard Tuesday night telling a GOP lawmaker he's totally in favor of releasing a classified memo on the Russia investigation. "Oh yeah, don't worry," the president told South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan on the House floor after his first State of the Union... More »

Florida Pizza Hut Under Fire for Pre-Irma Memo to Workers

Manager issued note with lots of restrictions on evacuating, missing work

(Newser) - "Pizza Hut is willing to kill people FOR PIZZA!!!!!" That was one of the big takeaways on Twitter over the weekend after an alleged in-store memo made the social media rounds. Consumerist reports that, in advance of Hurricane Irma barreling down on Florida, the memo was distributed to... More »

Tim Cook Memo: 'I Disagree With the President'

Apple CEO denounces 'hate and bigotry' in response to Charlottesville

(Newser) - The backlash against President Trump's inflammatory remarks on Charlottesville continues, including two White House business councils being shuttered after members started defecting. The latest voice to enter the mix: Apple CEO Tim Cook, who Wednesday sent a memo to employees decrying "hate and bigotry" in general, and Trump'... More »

Steve Harvey Defends 'Do Not Approach' Order

He says dressing room became a 'prison'

(Newser) - Steve Harvey has confirmed ordering his talk show staff not to approach him —and he says it was necessary. The Steve Harvey Show host told Entertainment Tonight Thursday that he had always tried to be an approachable boss, but some people were "taking advantage" of the policy. "... More »

1K State Department Officials Sign Dissent Memo

Spicer says they should 'get with the program' or go

(Newser) - President Trump's refugee and visa ban "runs counter to American values" and "will hurt America economically," according to a dissent memo signed by an unprecedented number of State Department officials. More than 1,000 officials, including American diplomats all over the world, had signed the cable... More »

White House Memo Argues Right to Kill Americans

Memo cites fight against al-Qaeda and laws of war

(Newser) - The Obama administration justified using drones to kill Americans suspected of terrorism overseas by citing the war against al-Qaeda and by saying a surprise attack against an American in a foreign land would not violate the laws of war, according to a previously secret government memorandum released today. The memo... More »

Census Memo: Please Stop Napping at Work

Another government memo warns of exploding toilets

(Newser) - The Federal Eye blog at the Washington Post picks up on two memos to government employees not of the usual variety (we hope):
  • Nap time: Census Bureau officials fielding increased complaints about workers "sleeping in public areas" of its Maryland headquarters cracked down: “Sleeping on the premises is
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Found: Missing Mental Health Records of Va. Tech Shooter

Files had been removed from university clinic illegally

(Newser) - The mental health records of the gunman behind the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre have been found in the home of a former director of the university’s clinic, reports the AP. Seung-Hui Cho’s records were illegally taken from the clinic more than a year before the attack, says a... More »

Yoo: Wiretaps Were Legal and Necessary

President had right to violate 'obsolete' FISA, Bush lawyer writes

(Newser) - Last week the inspectors general of the Justice Department, CIA, and other agencies suggested the Bush administration violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, singling out lawyer John Yoo for memos justifying warrantless wiretapping. Yoo defends himself today in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, writing that FISA was "an obsolete... More »

Fate of Dozens of CIA Detainees Still Unknown

(Newser) - The Bush-era CIA memos made public last week revealed that an al-Qaeda suspect, Hassan Ghul, had been held in one of the agency’s secret jails. But the inadvertent disclosure of one name merely highlights how much the public still doesn’t know about the network of secret detention facilities,... More »

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