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February 2, 2018

State of the Memo: Our Visual Roundup of the Week

Photo: Mark Peterson via Instagram Caption: Politics in Black and White.... House Intelligence Committee chairmen Devin Nunes and Rep Adam Schiff during a hearing last year.... The House Intelligence Committee voted along party lines Monday to publicly release a classified memo written by Republicans alleging FBI abuses in the agency's surveillance, an aggressive move that could feed a GOP push to undercut special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and ratchets up a battle with the Justice Department, January 30, 2018.

This was a big week for propaganda. White House lackey Devon Nunes and the House intel committee engineered the release of a sham memo to try and discredit the Mueller Russia-gate probe. And Trump delivered his first official State of the Union. Far from the usual bumbling, however, Trump and the White House actually managed the optics well. (Here’s our post of the SOTU in screen shots.) Talking past the media and the political establishment, Trump melded his hard edged agenda into the stories of numerous special guests, and found every which way to tag the Dems with obstruction. The polls suggested it worked.

The week was also dominated by the Larry Nassar trial, and the unique opportunity afforded the survivors of his sexual abuse to confront the former Olympic team doctor. Marta Zarzycka did a post for us on their faces. Rounding out the week, the First Couple were “on the outs” as the result of Donald’s past sexploits. And, at the one year mark of his administration, the government, not to mention Don Jr., and the rest of the Trump family, were looking desultory. We had issues with a strange campaign for Egyptian tourism overlapping with an anniversary of the Arab Spring. And finally, we wish you a happy Black History Month.

Photo: Mark Peterson via Instagram Caption: Politics in Black and White…. House Intelligence Committee chairmen Devin Nunes and Rep Adam Schiff during a hearing last year…. The House Intelligence Committee voted along party lines Monday to publicly release a classified memo written by Republicans alleging FBI abuses in the agency’s surveillance, an aggressive move that could feed a GOP push to undercut special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and ratchets up a battle with the Justice Department, January 30, 2018.

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