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Memos, Russians and State of the Union, Oh My!

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The House Intelligence Committee voted late Monday to publicly release a Republican-written memo alleging the FBI has abused its surveillance privileges, a move that could undermine Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

In a separate move, the Treasury Dept. released a list of Russian government officials and billionaires, but stopped short of sanctioning anyone over their involvement in the 2016 election. Russian President Vladimir Putin called it a "hostile step."

All this came in the buildup to President Trump's first State of the Union speech tonight, which observers think will focus on the economic gains the country has made in the past year.

Trump administration officials were a little red faced before a single word of the speech was spoken, as they were forced to reprint tickets for the event, which mistakenly read "State of the Uniom." We're sure that had a few staffers shouting "covfefe!"
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California Public Universities May Soon be Required to Offer Abortion Services

The California Senate approved legislation yesterday that, if signed into law, would require all public universities to offer medication abortion services to students. That would make California the first state to have such a law for colleges.

Students at the University of California and California State University campuses would be granted access to medication inducing abortion services at their campus health care centers by 2022.

"I firmly believe that all students should be able to decide what to do with their own bodies and when to factor a family into their life," said Sen. Connie Leyva, the bill's author. "After all, women do not lose the constitutional right to end a pregnancy simply because they are a college student."

Read more in CMN's report.

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All This Cool Moon Stuff is Happening Tonight

Early tomorrow morning, us Earthlings will be given a rare treat: a supermoon, a blue moon and a full moon, all on the same night of a total lunar eclipse.

Each of these phenomena are not rare in and of themselves, but together they promise an extraordinarily unusual and beautiful night sky. CMN's Natalie Riopelle has all the info you need for a watch party right here.

ICYMI: 'Kangaroo' is Tough to Watch, but Fascinating

Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story made its theatrical debut in Los Angeles last week and the movie, produced by married duo Kate McIntyre Clere and Mick McIntyre, presents a critical view of how kangaroos are treated in Australia.

While kangaroos are upheld as a national symbol for the country, many Australians view them as everyday, disposable pests, leading to mass-killing of the marsupials.

CMN's Julia Schemmer did a full review of the film here.
Today's Morning Scoop was compiled by Natalia Kolenko, Julia Schemmer, Natalie Riopelle, and Anjalie Tandon. How excited are you for the State of the Union speech tonight? (We're going to be watching, but we really just wanted to use the monocle emoji because it's pretty awesome.)
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