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Rep. Devin Nunes, the author of the memo.

President Trump's Chief of Staff, Gen. John Kelly, said Wednesday that the White House plans to authorize the release of a controversial House Intelligence Committee memo "pretty quick." But the FBI shared a public statement expressing "grave concerns" about the memo's accuracy, and its impending release.

Why it matters: Republicans are anxious for the memo to become public, and have hinted that its release could be explosive. But Democrats and the FBI claim it's a highly flawed document that will just fuel the polarization surrounding the Russia probe.

What is it?

It's a four-page document written by GOP Rep. Devin Nunes — chairman of the House Intelligence Committee — containing classified information and alleging abuses by the FBI and the Justice Department. Democrats on the committee wrote their own memo countering some of the claims in the Nunes document, but that memo is not being released.

What's in it?

The memo includes the allegation that the FBI used the Trump-Russia dossier to obtain FISA wiretaps against American citizens — and claims that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is based entirely on the dossier. In a statement, the FBI said, "We have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy." And committee ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat, said, "This is not about the facts. This is about a misleading narrative that the chairman wants to put out to undermine the FBI and Robert Mueller" at an Axios event Wednesday.

Where things stand
  • Associate Attorney General Stephen Boyd sent a letter to the committee last Thursday, saying it would be "extraordinarily reckless" to release the memo — a move that drew Trump's ire.
  • Republicans on the intelligence committee voted along party lines to release the memo on Monday. They also voted not to release the Democrats' memo.
  • The FBI expressed concerns over the memo's release in a rare public statement.
  • Trump makes the call on declassifying on the memo, and he intends to do so. A senior administration official told reporters he "doubts" there will be any redactions. "It’s in Congress’ hands after that,” he said.

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Gonzaga University revokes NBA great John Stockton's tickets over mask stance

Former Utah Jazz player John Stockton during a 2017 press conference in Salt Lake City. Photo: Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images

Gonzaga University suspended the season tickets of notable alumni John Stockton after the NBA Hall of Famer failed to comply with the school's basketball games mask mandate, the Spokesman-Review first reported.

Driving the news: "Basically, it came down to, they were asking me to wear a mask to the games and being a public figure, someone a little bit more visible, I stuck out in the crowd a little bit," the former Utah Jazz point guard told the outlet in an interview Saturday.

Updated 3 hours ago - World

State Department orders evacuation of U.S. diplomats' families from Ukraine

From left, undersecretary for political affairs Victoria Nuland, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. chargés d'affaires in Ukraine Kristina Kvien during a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in Kyiv. Photo: Yevhen Liubimov/ Ukrinform/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

The State Department will begin evacuating families and nonessential staff from the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv this week, according to a travel advisory published Sunday evening.

Why it matters: The move underscores U.S. fears that a Russian invasion could destabilize Ukraine and threaten the embassy's ability to assist Americans.

Perfect storm brewing for extreme politicians

Data: Axios research; Table: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Redistricting and a flood of departing incumbents are paving the way for more extreme candidates in this year's midterm elections.

Driving the news: At least 19 House districts in 12 states are primed to attract such candidates — hard partisans running in strongly partisan districts — according to an Axios analysis of districts as measured by the Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index (PVI).