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Annotation: House Democrats' Memo On FBI Surveillance

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Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have released their rebuttal to Republicans' memo about the Russia investigation and Justice Department surveillance practices. President Trump agreed to declassify and release the Republican document, which raises concerns about partisan influence in the FBI’s probe of Russian contacts with the 2016 Trump campaign. Democrats requested the release of their longer counter-memo and President Trump initially denied that request, sending it back for redactions. Now it has been released with those redactions and NPR journalists have annotated it for context and analysis.

GOP Memo on FBI Surveillance Abuses, Annotated by NPR

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A memo alleging that the FBI abused its surveillance authority became public on Friday after a push by House Republicans. President Trump authorized the memo's release, even after the FBI expressed "grave concerns" about its "accuracy." NPR journalists who cover the Justice Department, the White House and national security have annotated the White House's authorization letter and the memo itself, which was authored by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

Live Video Stream of Trump-Norwegian Prime Minister Presser

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President Trump is holding a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the White House. The two leaders are taking reporters' questions. Their meeting touches on the topics of NATO defense, global security and trade. The meeting is taking place as President Trump is trying to work with Congress on issues of immigration and border security. The Western European relationship with Russia is also important to Norway, and new developments in the investigation of the Trump campaign’s Russia connections may also figure in the conversation. Watch the press conference live.

Live Video: FBI Director Wray Testimony

FBI Director Christopher Wray is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee for an oversight hearing. He is likely to face questions about the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Last week, former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador. The hearing also comes days after President Trump attacked the FBI on Twitter, saying "its reputation is in Tatters," citing the investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server under former Director James Comey. 

Live Video: Senate Debates Tax Bill

The Senate is debating its tax overhaul bill. To pass it, the Republicans need strong party unity and leaders have been working on changes to firm up support among uncommitted lawmakers, as the GOP can only afford two no votes from its party and still pass the legislation. But even if the Senate does pass the bill by the end of the week, it will have to reconcile its version with the House's. Watch the debate unfold.

Live: Senate & House Intelligence Committee Hearings on Russia's Social Media Influence Efforts

Representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google are meeting with the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on Wednesday to discuss Russia's use of their platforms to spread disinformation. The panels are investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.  

Watch Live: Senate Social Media Hearing on Russian Interference

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Tech giants are testifying before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday about Russian efforts to spread disinformation in the U.S. Representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google, along with two national security analysts, will speak with lawmakers about ways that Russia has used the social media platforms

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