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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's approval last year of an application to an intelligence court to extend surveillance of former Trump associate Carter Page is a key component of the Republican memo on alleged FISA abuses, per The New York Times. The classified document at the heart of the #ReleaseTheMemo controversy claims that the Justice Department failed to inform a FISA court that the unverified Steele dossier formed at least part of the basis of the application.

Why it matters: The news could set up a showdown between the White House and DOJ over the next week as the House Intelligence Committee moves to declassify the memo for a public release — a move branded "extraordinarily reckless" by a top DOJ official.

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Kendall Baker, author of Sports
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Less travel is causing the NBA to see better basketball

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In addition to keeping out the coronavirus, the NBA bubble has also delivered a stellar on-court product, with crisp, entertaining play night in and night out.

Why it matters: General managers, athletic trainers and league officials believe the lack of travel is a driving force behind the high quality of play — an observation that could lead to scheduling changes for next season and beyond.

Senate Republicans release report on Biden-Ukraine investigation with rehashed information

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Senate Republicans, led by Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), on Wednesday released an interim report on their probe into Joe Biden and his son's dealings in Ukraine.

Why it matters: The report's rushed release ahead of the presidential election is certainly timed to damage Biden, amplifying bipartisan concern that the investigation was meant to target the former vice president's electoral chances.

Erica Pandey, author of @Work
52 mins ago - Economy & Business

The high-wage jobs aren't coming back

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The pandemic has caught up with high-wage jobs.

The big picture: Early on, the pandemic walloped hiring across the wage spectrum and in every sector. Now, states have opened up, and the lower-wage retail and restaurant jobs have slowly come back — but higher-paying jobs are lagging behind.

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