News Briefs on FBI Criticism; Minn. Seat Opens; Brennan & the Dossier

“Attacking” the FBI: An Unalienable American Right. In a column, I remind both Democrats and the media that criticizing the bureau’s excesses is hardly a Trump-era development.

GOP Eyes Trump District as Minn. Democrat Retires. James Arkin has details on the ramifications of Rep. Rick Nolan’s decision to leave Congress.

Former CIA Director Brennan’s Perjury Peril. In RealClearInvestigations, Paul Sperry reports that Rep. Devin Nunes is turning his attention to the role John Brennan played in promoting the Steele dossier as a rationale for probing the Trump campaign.

Verbatim: Brennan’s House Intelligence Testimony. The transcript is here.

Why the Nuclear Posture Review Matters. In RealClearDefense, Bradley A. Thayer writes that the new NPR provides the U.S. with greater flexibility to strengthen deterrence in a changing world.

In Afghanistan, Hard Is Not Hopeless. Also in RCD, Rep. Mike Gallagher assesses the administration’s new strategy after recently visiting the war-torn nation.

Qatar Must Choose Between Russian Systems and U.S. Support. Alexandra Gutowski examines the dicey dynamics as tensions grow.

NBC Changes Its Game at the Winter Olympics. In RealClearLife, Anne Easton has the story on Mike Tirico taking over Bob Costas’ hosting duties and the network’s shift in coverage plans.

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