President Expected To Give Approval for 'Nunes Memo' Release

President Trump is likely to signal to Congress he has no issues with the public release of a secret, Republican-written memo about the F.B.I.’s Russia inquiry. High-ranking law enforcement officials have urged the president to block the memo's release. The final decision will rest with the House Intelligence Committee.

Representative Devin Nunes of California is behind the memo, which was apparently written by Republican aides. It is thought to accuse the Justice Department and F.B.I. of overstepping their bounds and seeks to undermine the credibility of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

It's not clear if the memo will be redacted in any way.

Police Issue Public Apology to Nassar Victim: 'We Were Duped'

Michigan police yesterday took the extraordinary step of issuing a public apology to a woman who went to them in 2004 with accusations against convicted serial sex abuser Larry Nassar, which they failed to fully investigate.

"We wish we that we had this one back," Meridian Township Police Chief Dave Hall said yesterday at a news conference, explaining that Nassar "duped" investigating officers.

Brianne Randall-Gay was 17 at the time she filed a complaint against Nassar, but the case was closed after Nassar showed officers a PowerPoint presentation explaining what he had done was a medical technique. More details are in CMN's report.

Today in a Tweet

UK's Sky TV knows what day it is. Oh, and the groundhog saw his shadow this morning. Six more weeks of winter, according to a cute fuzzy guy who spends a lot of time in a hole.
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UPenn Revokes Degrees for Wynn, Cosby

The University of Pennsylvania yesterday revoked honorary degrees given to billionaire Steve Wynn — who resigned his position as finance chairman for the Republican National Committee amid multiple accusations of sexual assault — and comedian Bill Cosby, who is expected to stand trial on sexual assault charges this spring.

The move marks the first time in 100 years that the school has taken back an honorary degree. CMN has a detailed report right here.

Let's Hope This Super Bowl Halftime Show Goes Better for JT Than the Last One Did

Justin Timberlake will take center stage at Sunday's Super Bowl with the hope that everything runs smoothly and the only buzz after his set is about how awesome it was (and that 'N Sync didn't reunite... or did they?).

His 2004 performance with Janet Jackson is most remembered for Jackson's wardrobe malfunction. JT's face says it all in this picture from that night:
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Umm, that wasn't good. (Image: Sporting News video)

There are also going to be plenty of new commercials during the Sunday broadcast, which will air on NBC. And apparently a football game with some guy named Tom Brady.

Last But Not Least: Canada's Anthem Goes Gender-Neutral

The Canadian Senate voted earlier this week to amend the language in "O Canada," the country’s national anthem, to reflect gender-neutral lyrics.

The law will change the language of the anthem from “in thy all sons command” to “in all of us command.” CMN's Julia Schemmer has more details here.
Today's Morning Scoop was compiled by the CMN Staff. We know the Super Bowl is on Sunday, but it's really the Puppy Bowl you're most excited for this weekend.