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Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee.
Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)

The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously Monday night to release a Democratic rebuttal to the GOP's memo on the Russia investigation that President Trump declassified last week.

The document now goes to Trump, who has five days to decide whether to declassify it.

The Democratic document aims to counter the Republican memo, which accuses the FBI and Justice Department of abusing their authority in monitoring a onetime Trump campaign associate.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (Getty Images)

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday left open the possibility of face-to-face talks between U.S. officials traveling with Vice President Mike Pence and North Korean officials on the sidelines of the Olympic Games that start Friday in South Korea.

 "With respect to the vice president's trip to the Olympics and whether or not there would be an opportunity for any kind of a meeting with North Korea, I think we'll just see,” Tillerson said. 

“We'll have to see what happens," he added. When a reporter suggested that meant “No,” he replied, “We'll see, we'll see what happens."

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President Trump, unlike his predecessors, bragged repeatedly about stocks as the market rose. Monday, he avoided the topic as they plunged.

During the bull market of the last year, Trump complained that the media weren’t giving him credit for record highs in securities values.

“I mean, it’s something that’s pretty amazing,” he said to a group of mayors last month, in characteristic remarks, citing an estimate of $8 trillion in added wealth.

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President Trump called Democrats who failed to clap for his State of the Union address last week “un-American.”

Then, somewhat flippantly, he threw out another loaded charge: “Someone said 'treasonous.' I guess, why not? Can we call that treason? Why not?”

Trump’s remarks came during a free-wheeling, highly partisan speech he gave at a factory in Cincinnati on Monday. The speech was billed as official government business, meaning taxpayers footed Trump’s expenses rather than the Republican Party, which is supposed to cover costs when the president is on political business.

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President Trump accused Rep. Adam Schiff without evidence of illegally leaking “confidential information.”

President Trump flashed anger at one of his leading antagonists in the Russia probe, mocking Rep. Adam Schiff’s personal appearance and accusing him without evidence of illegally leaking “confidential information.”

The attack comes as Schiff (D-Burbank), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, continues his efforts to rebut Republican criticism of the investigation into Trump’s associates and their possible ties to Russian meddling in the 2016 election. On Monday, Schiff plans to try to win public release of a Democratic answer to a Republican memo released Friday that attempted to undermine one aspect of the investigation.

In a morning tweet, Trump labeled Schiff “little,” an insult he has used on others, and called him “one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan and Clapper!” 

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Jerome H. Powell was formally sworn in Monday as chairman of the Federal Reserve and vowed to remain vigilant about risks to the financial system.

The parents of Otto Warmbier, the U.S. student who died days after being freed from imprisonment in North Korea, react to a standing ovation at the State of the Union on Jan. 30.
The parents of Otto Warmbier, the U.S. student who died days after being freed from imprisonment in North Korea, react to a standing ovation at the State of the Union on Jan. 30. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)

The father of the U.S. college student who died after being jailed in North Korea will visit South Korea this week to attend the opening ceremonies of the Olympics as a guest of Vice President Mike Pence.

The Washington Post reports that Fred Warmbier's trip coincides with Pence's visit to fight North Korea's propaganda efforts and keep up pressure to halt its nuclear ambitions.

Warmbier's son, Otto, a University of Virginia student from Ohio, was held in North Korean custody for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster. Officials said Otto Warmbier mysteriously suffered brain damage before he was returned to the U.S. last year and died days later.

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President Trump directed faint praise at Rep. Devin Nunes, the Tulare Republican who has been one of Trump’s biggest defenders in Congress, suggesting that Nunes’ “may someday” get acclaim for his efforts.

In a tweet, Trump described Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, as “a man of tremendous courage and grit, who may someday be recognized as a Great American Hero for what he has exposed and what he has had to endure!”

Nunes directed the effort to craft and release a memo last week that attempted to undermine aspects of the investigation into Trump’s associates and their possible ties to Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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Colin Kaepernick (7) is joined by teammates during a protest during the national anthem on Oct. 2, 2016.
Colin Kaepernick (7) is joined by teammates during a protest during the national anthem on Oct. 2, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer / Associated Press)

Two hours before the Super Bowl kickoff on Sunday, President Trump issued an official statement of good wishes that was heavy on implied criticism -- directed at his frequent foils among the players who’ve knelt during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality.

The White House statement, issued prior to the championship face-off of the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots, focused on greetings to U.S. service members “unable to be at home with family and friends to enjoy” the televised game. 

 “We hold them in our hearts and thank them for our freedom as we proudly stand for the National Anthem,” the statement said.

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The cameras were in place. The horses were saddled up.

But two minutes before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived at the Wesley ranch in the breathtaking Argentine Patagonia, reporters and photographers were abruptly hustled away and told they would not be allowed to document the diplomat on horseback.

Tillerson’s horse ride into the Nahuel Huapi national park had been seen as the highlight of his visit to this gorgeous piece of Argentina during a seven-day, five-nation diplomatic tour of Latin America. But you won’t see pictures of it.