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Daily News Digest – February 5, 2018

Good morning! The Philadelphia Eagles have won the Super Bowl and their fans are celebrating by laying waste to their city and hurting themselves. Here’s to the City of Brotherly Love! This is your Alabama Daily News digest for Monday, February 5, 2018.

1. About that memo

  • The dog finally caught the car Friday when a previously-classified memo from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence became public.
  • Have you seen it? If not, you can read it here.
  • Some of the information was expected, including the chilling fact that the FBI at least partly based its secret surveillance activities of Trump adviser Carter Page on a Democrat-funded anti-Trump dossier.
  • Some information was not expected, like confirmation that the FBI’s Russia investigation began with George Papadopoulos – who has since pleaded guilty to making false statements to federal authorities – months before the dossier was used for the warrants.
  • The Washington Post has a thorough story to help you wrap your head around the drama.

What’s Next

  • The big question is will President Trump now move to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstien, who authorized and oversees Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election.
  • The president was asked that question by a reporter in the Oval Office Friday, to which he responded, “You figure that one out.”
  • Many believe the whole #ReleaseTheMemo frenzy was a pretext to make the case for his firing – even though the FISA warrants and Mueller’s probe have nothing to do with each other.
  • Some – including many conservatives – are warning that removing Rosenstein would make the situation worse for the president.
  • For his part, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a point to praise Rosenstein at a recent human trafficking event.
  • Rosenstien and Justice Dept. No. 3 Rachel Brand  “represent the kind of quality and leadership that we want in the department,” Sessions said.
  • You figure that one out.  

2. Montgomery on the brink

3. Get caught up 

Photo credit: Hal Yeager

Here’s what happened last week so you are caught up going into this one…

4. One fun thing: Go Big Bass or go home

  • Seeking to end once and for all the debate over which city holds sway as the “Big Bass Capital of the World,” Eufaula has erected a giant bass statue downtown.
  • The fish’s name is Manny.
  • Mayor Jack Tibbs unveiled the statue on Friday amid fanfare that included the grandfather of bass fishing and native Alabamian Ray Scott.  The Eufaula Tribune has the full story here.
  • It turns out the idea came from Alabama Director of Tourism Lee Sentell, who was helping local officials think about ways to promote the area as a tourist destination. That doesn’t surprise me. Lee Sentell has been finding imaginative ways to set Alabama apart for more than a decade.
  • Fun stuff.


MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – New film: Rosa Parks was ‘sick and tired’.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Contributor Perry Hooper:  The Trump Agenda is America’s agenda.

AL.COM – See how Alabama education officials reacted to school grades.

AL.COM – Columnist Cameron Smith:  House Intel memo points to FISA oversight but smells of rank politics.

AL.COM – Columnist Dana Hall McCain:  Labels fail me: Am I a feminist?

AL.COM – Roy Moore wants accuser’s lawsuit moved to new venue.

AL.COM – With Republicans in charge, state legislatures see flood of activity on abortion bills.

AL.COM – Alabama Gov. Ivey aims for reading proficiency in all third-graders by 2022.

TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Alabama offering facial recognition ID for tax refunds.

DECATUR DAILY – The Decatur Daily:  Safety should be foremost with daycare centers.

DECATUR DAILY – Alabama labor official expects Toyota-Mazda, other jobs to recruit well.

DECATUR DAILY – Decatur elementary school winning battle with poverty.

DECATUR DAILY – Toyota’s agreement with Huntsville requires no jobs, only 10 years operation.

CULLMAN TIMES – Alex Chaney enters Alabama House race.

SELMA TIMES JOURNAL – License to wed no longer needed?

TROY MESSENGER – LEWIS DAY: City, state leaders honor John Lewis.

TROY MESSENGER – ‘STAND UP’: Lewis urges students to speak out against injustice.

TROY MESSENGER – Contributor Dan Sutter:  Taxes are better than civil asset forfeiture.

ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Required class shifts divorcing parents’ focus to kids.
FLORENCE TIMES DAILY – The Times Daily:  Church daycare inspection bill is needed.

FLORENCE TIMES DAILY – Hollie’s Law heading to Alabama Senate.

ANNISTON STAR – Democrats see momentum, but may have few candidates to ride it.

OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Auburn given highest free speech ranking from nonprofit group.

OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – 2 Alabama newspapers cutting back on print editions.

LAGNIAPPE – Legislators to seek compromise on new online tax bill.

LAGNIAPPE – Columnist Rob Holbert:  Big decisions ahead for BP money.

WASHINGTON POST – Inside the FBI: Anger, worry, work — and fears of lasting damage.

WASHINGTON POST – Once the party of law and order, Republicans are now challenging it.

WASHINGTON POST – Columnist Jennifer Rubin:  When will the GOP muzzle Nunes?

WASHINGTON POST – The U.S. government is set to borrow nearly $1 trillion this year, an 84 percent jump from last year.

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