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11:50 AM ET, January 12, 2023


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New York Times:
The Mysterious, Unregistered Fund That Raised Big Money for Santos  —  A review of records and newly uncovered documents reveals that efforts to elect George Santos may have run afoul of campaign finance rules.  —  A month before George Santos was elected to Congress, one of his large donors received …
Washington Post:
George Santos was paid for work at company accused of Ponzi scheme later than previously known  —  The New York congressman is said to have received payments from Florida-based Harbor City Capital as recently as April 2021, income he did not disclose as a candidate
Discussion: MSNBC, Morning Shots, Insider and Mediaite
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Second Set of Classified Documents Were Found at Biden's Wilmington Home, White House Says  —  A statement by the president's special counsel confirmed reports that more documents had been uncovered after a previous batch was found at a think tank.  —  WASHINGTON — The White House …
NBC News:
Biden aides find second batch of classified documents at new location
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
Garland Considering Special Counsel Appointment in Biden Documents Probe
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
Exclusive: Alex Jones Phone Dump Reveals Text Convos With Tucker Carlson  —  “Everyone who thought it was fine that they deplatformed Alex Jones will look like a f**king moron,” Tucker Carlson told the Infowars boss in a text.  —  In early March 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic began …
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Right's new fight: Gas stoves  —  Despite official insistence that fears of a ban are unfounded, conservatives are suddenly championing gas stoves in a new culture war. … - State and local governments have battled over proposals to ban gas appliances in new construction because of their health and climate impacts.
New York Times:
No, Biden Is Not Trying to Ban Gas Stoves
Washington Post:
GOP thrusts gas stoves, Biden's green agenda into the culture wars
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Party Preferences Evenly Split in 2022 After Shift to GOP  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' party preferences were evenly divided in 2022, with 45% of U.S. adults identifying as Republican or saying they were Republican-leaning independents, and 44% identifying as Democrats or saying they were Democratic-leaning independents.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Democrats' Identification as Liberal Now 54%, a New High
Discussion: The Hill and HotAir
Rosalind Early / News, Riverfront Times:
Missouri Republicans Have Found Their Post-Roe Enemy: Cardigans  —  Missouri Republicans aren't done telling women what to do with their bodies … Missouri has a lot of problems, but if you were in the statehouse today, you would have thought the biggest one was what female legislators wear.
Omaha World-Herald:
Pillen appoints former Gov. Pete Ricketts to U.S. Senate  —  LINCOLN — Gov. Jim Pillen confirmed widespread expectations Thursday when he announced former Gov. Pete Ricketts is his pick to fill Nebraska's vacancy in the U.S. Senate.  —  Ricketts will replace U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse …
Washington Post:
Survey finds ‘classical fascist’ antisemitic views widespread in U.S.  —  At points in the past half-century, many U.S. antisemitism experts thought this country could be aging out of it, that hostility and prejudice against Jews were fading in part because younger Americans held more accepting views than did older ones.
Discussion: The Times of Israel, ADL and Fortune
Amrith Ramkumar / Wall Street Journal:
Climate Startup Removes Carbon From Open Air in Industry First  —  Climeworks cashes in on new technology by selling carbon credits to Microsoft and others  —  One of the most important technologies to address climate change got a boost Thursday when a startup said it pulled carbon dioxide from the open air and stored it underground.
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Trump discussed using a nuclear weapon on North Korea in 2017 and blaming it on someone else, book says  —  WASHINGTON — Behind closed doors in 2017, President Donald Trump discussed the idea of using a nuclear weapon against North Korea and suggested he could blame a U.S. strike …
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and New York Times
Joy Pullmann / The Federalist:
Minnesota Poised To Ban Christians, Muslims, And Jews From Teaching In Public Schools  —  New licensing rules in Minnesota that require teachers to ‘affirm’ students' transgender identities will meet immediate court challenges from civil liberties advocates.
Discussion: American Experiment and Fox News
Sam Levine / The Guardian:
Man arrested at gunpoint in DeSantis voter fraud crackdown, video shows  —  In August, armed officers descended on homes of two men accused of illegally voting  —  The fight for democracy is supported by  —  Heavily armed Florida police officers descended on the homes of two men accused …
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Shortlist of VP Picks All Have One Thing in Common  —  Donald Trump's campaign has pretty much been asleep since he announced.  But that isn't stopping him or his confidants from gaming out a vice-presidential pick. … Donald Trump's third bid for the presidency has thus far …
Discussion: Raw Story
Gwynn Guilford / Wall Street Journal:
December Inflation Report to Show Whether Price Increases Continued to Moderate  —  The annual inflation rate hit a four-decade high last June but has declined in recent months  —  The Labor Department's inflation report for December will show whether price increases continued to slow …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump prepares to open next phase of 2024 campaign in South Carolina  —  Former President Donald Trump is planning to hold his first public campaign event of the year in South Carolina, in what aides are portraying as a first step into a more public phase of his 2024 White House run.
Jim Farber / New York Times:
Jeff Beck, Guitarist With a Chapter in Rock History, Dies at 78  —  His playing with the Yardbirds and as leader of his own bands brought a sense of adventure to their groundbreaking recordings.  —  Jeff Beck, one of the most skilled, admired and influential guitarists in rock history …
House GOP obsesses over mirage of a backroom-deal doc  —  It's the three-page document everyone in Washington is talking about — except it may not even exist.  —  Speaker Kevin McCarthy and his GOP allies insist that no back-room promises were made to land his gavel after 15 frenetic ballots …
Discussion: Raw Story
Natasha Bertrand / CNN:
First on CNN: US Navy veteran released from Russian custody  —  An American Navy veteran who has been detained in Russia for nearly a year was released from Russian custody on Thursday, his family's spokesperson told CNN, after months of negotiations spearheaded by former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.
Heather Cherone / WTTW News:
Lightfoot Campaign Asks CPS Teachers to Encourage Students to Help Her Win Reelection in Return for Credit  —  Video: The WTTW News Spotlight Politics team breaks down the biggest headlines of the day.  (Produced by Alexandra Silets)  —  Mayor Lori Lightfoot's reelection campaign sent …
Historic transportation crises haunt Buttigieg  —  A historic string of air, rail and supply-chain meltdowns has plagued Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg's first two years in office, placing him — for better or worse — at the center of crises affecting millions of people.
The Bulwark:
Jim Jordan, Church Committee Pretender  —  His new panel on the “weaponization of the federal government” bears no resemblance to the storied 1970s committee whose work led to intelligence reform.  —  Members of the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives are trying to stick …
Gabby Deutch / Jewish Insider:
Josh Shapiro to use Tree of Life Bible at Pa. governor inauguration  —  The Bible, which was on the bima at the Pittsburgh synagogue during the 2018 shooting, is one of three Shapiro will use at Tuesday's inauguration  —  When Josh Shapiro is sworn in as Pennsylvania's governor next week …
Jake Sherman / Punchbowl News:
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Virginia bill would count a fetus as a car passenger in HOV lanes  —  A Virginia bill would deem a pregnant person's fetus a passenger in a car, thereby allowing the vehicle to use the car pool lane on highways.  —  Reproductive rights activists say the legislation amounts to a thinly veiled attempt …
Seniors shrug off White House urgent pleas to get vaccinated as new variant spreads  —  State and federal health officials are frustrated that thousands of seniors have landed in the hospital with Covid-19 since the holidays — despite the widespread availability of a vaccine designed to prevent exactly that.
Ali Vitali / NBC News:
Warren backs Porter in California Senate primary  —  Warren said Porter “has a backbone of steel,” in an endorsement first reported by NBC News.  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Thursday endorsed fellow progressive Rep. Katie Porter in her newly-announced bid for Senate in California.
The Princetonian:
Gen. Mark Milley '80 discusses hockey, service, Capitol riots  —  Gen. Mark Milley '80 visited the University on Saturday, Jan. 7 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Hobey Baker Rink.  A hockey player, ROTC cadet, and politics student while he was at Princeton, Milley is now a four-star general …
New York Times:
Hunter Biden's Tangled Tale Comes Front and Center  —  Federal prosecutors could decide soon whether to indict the president's son on tax and gun charges, and he faces a fresh round of hostile congressional hearings.  But a close look at his story shows that it differs in important ways from the narrative promoted by Republicans.
Dems to Tester and Manchin: Run in 2024, save our majority  —  Securing the red-state duo's reelections is job No. 1 for Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chair Gary Peters as he embarks on his second tour of duty.  —  Democrats are already waging what might be the most consequential fight …
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
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Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Mississippi ‘Purged Any Taint’ From Jim Crow Law By 1968, AG Fitch Tells Supreme Court
Laina G. Stebbins / Michigan Advance:
New Democratic majority kicks off session with bills axing Right to Work, 1931 abortion ban
The Economist:
The West should supply tanks to Ukraine
NBC News:
Democratic win in Virginia special election stymies Gov. Youngkin's push for 15-week abortion ban
 Earlier Items: 
Karol Markowicz / RealClearBooks:
The New Jew  —  The Beginning of a Jewish Political Realignment  —  It was early December …
Jeremiah Poff / Washington Examiner:
Michigan and California institutions ban the word ‘field’ as racist
Andrew Solender / Axios:
Scoop: Third NY House Republican calls for Santos to resign