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Axios reported that Rep. Devin Nunes and the House Intelligence Committee may be preparing to release more memos outlining politically motivated "wrongdoing" across various federal agencies. Unnamed Republican sources claim there are up to 5 more memos that could be made publicly available. Speaking with Fox News anchor Bret Baier on Friday, Nunes said that the first memo completes the "FISA abuse portion" of the investigation, but hinted at more revelations to come - particularly concerning the State Department - in "phase two." Nunes told the Weekly Standard that, though more memos could be on the way, there were no further plans to declassify information. Democrats are expected to call for the release of their own memo, designed to counter the Nunes memo allegations, on Monday afternoon. Trump responded to these plans on Twitter, calling California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of the House Intelligence Committee "one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington" and arguing that he "must be stopped." Schiff responded by asking Trump to "[turn] off the TV" and get to work on fixing the "funding crisis" and protecting the Dreamers. – AXIOS

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18 Democratic senators sent a letter to President Trump on Monday warning him against a preemptive strike on North Korea, and arguing that he lacks the legal and constitutional authority to carry out such an action. Drafting of the letter was organized by Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Congressional aides told the Washington Post that the decision to send the letter was prompted by the Trump administration's failure to appoint an ambassador to South Korea. Trump had appeared ready to nominate Victor Cha to the position, and had even formally secured Cha's approval by the South Korean government, but declined to make the appointment. The letter asks the President to provide "clear reasoning and justification" for the failure to nominate Cha. (Administration officials cited a "red flag" in a background check of Cha, but declined to give further details.) The letter was signed by Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, California Sen. Kamala Harris and others. White House officials have denied that they are considering a preemptive strike on North Korea. – WAPO

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In a tweet on Monday morning, President Trump seemed to dismiss a bipartisan immigration proposal before it could be formally presented. Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware plan to introduce legislation that would allow the Dreamers to remain in the US while beefing up border security by 2020. The compromise does not include funding for President Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico. On Monday, Trump posted a tweet that called any deal that does not include "STRONG border security" and funding for the wall a "total waste of time." Trump did not mention the McCain-Coons proposal specifically. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, that has allowed undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children to remain in the country, will begin to expire on March 5. – CNBC

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Trump administration efforts to rein in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) are ongoing, despite setbacks. The DC Court of Appeals ruled against the Trump administration last week, and found the CFPB's structure - operating under a single, independent director who cannot be fired without cause - constitutional. The Trump administration could theoretically appeal the case to the Supreme Court. Many Republicans and industry groups have long argued that the CFPB lacks accountability, and thus is prone to over-reaching. Acting director Mick Mulvaney - who also serves as the Trump administration's budget director - announced that the agency's formal process for evaluating reports of corporate wrongdoing will be re-evaluated. Reuters reported over the weekend that Mulvaney has stalled an investigation into the Equifax data breach that was started by his predecessor, Richard Cordray. – CNBC

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Several players for the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles have announced they will skip the traditional White House visit due to opposition to President Trump. Safety Malcolm Jenkins told CNN on Monday that he would skip the White House trip. Defensive end Chris Long has also stated that he will not visit the White House; he also skipped last year's trip, when he played for the New England Patriots. Running back LeGarrette Blount, another former Patriot, also avoided the White House visit last year, saying "I just don't feel welcome into that house" at the time. Last week, wide receiver Torrey Smith criticized the President's comments about NFL players who took a knee in protest during the National Anthem, and said he'd skip the visit if the Eagles won. – CNN

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35-year-old Rachel Crooks, one of the women who have accused President Trump of sexual harassment, announced that she will run for Ohio's House District 88 as a Democrat. In October of 2016, Crooks publicly accused Trump of kissing her without consent in 2005, when she was working as a receptionist in Manhattan's Trump Tower. Trump has denied Crooks' allegations. The district, a rural area outside of Toledo, is currently represented by Republican Bill Reineke, and went for Trump in 2016. – POLITICO

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