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4:50 PM ET, January 23, 2023

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Department of Justice:
Former Special Agent In Charge Of The New York FBI Counterintelligence Division Charged With Violating U.S. Sanctions On Russia  —  A Russian Court and Government Interpreter Is Also Charged with Violating U.S. Sanctions on Russia  —  Damian Williams, the United States Attorney …
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ABC News:
Former top FBI official Charles McGonigal arrested over ties to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska  —  Oleg Deripaska has been sanctioned by the U.S.  —  A former top FBI official in New York has been arrested over his ties to a Russian oligarch, law enforcement sources told ABC News Monday.
Washington Post:
Former senior FBI official accused of working for Russian he investigated  —  Charles McGonigal, a former counterintelligence chief, is charged with money laundering and other counts connected to oligarch Oleg Deripaska  —  NEW YORK — The former head of the FBI's counterintelligence division …
Discussion: emptywheel
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Former Top FBI Official in New York Charged in Money Laundering  —  Prosecutors say Charles McGonigal, who was chief of counterintelligence in the city, took payments from Oleg Deripaska to investigate a rival Russian oligarch.  —  A former high-level F.B.I. official has been indicted …
Department of Justice:
Former Special Agent in Charge of the FBI New York Counterintelligence Division Charged with Violating U.S. Sanctions on Russia
Discussion: CBS News
CNN:
Man found dead after police standoff in Torrance was the Monterey Park shooting suspect, sheriff says  —  The man found dead inside a white cargo van after a standoff with police in Torrance, California, has been confirmed as the person suspected of carrying out a mass shooting in Monterey Park Saturday night, according to police.
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CNN:
What we know about the suspect in the Monterey Park massacre
Victoria Kim / New York Times:
How the Monterey Park Gunman Was Disarmed in Alhambra
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Four Oath Keepers found guilty of Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy  —  The verdict is the the second of three seditious conspiracy cases charged in the U.S. Capitol breach  —  Four members of the far-right Oath Keepers group were convicted of seditious conspiracy Monday, joining founder Stewart Rhodes …
NBC News:
Jan. 6 rioter who put feet on desk in Pelosi's office convicted on all counts  —  An Arkansas man who was photographed during the Jan. 6 riot with his feet on a desk in then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office, was found guilty on all counts Monday after brief jury deliberations.
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Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
M&M's Ditches ‘Spokescandies’ After Tucker Carlson Complained About Their Sexiness  —  ‘SHOES CAN BE POLARIZING’  —  M&M's announced Monday that it will no longer use its famous cartoon character “spokescandies” after apparently getting sick of dealing with waves of conservative uproar about the way the animated chocolates dress.
Andrew J. Tobias / Plain Dealer:
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown hires campaign manager as he gears up for 2024 reelection contest  —  1,042  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sen. Sherrod Brown has hired a former communications aide to manage his 2024 reelection campaign, a major formal step toward preparing for what's expected …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
In blocking an AP Black studies course, DeSantis tells us who he is  —  Florida's Republican governor and presidential aspirant Ron DeSantis has made a name for himself by harassing Black voters, setting up a system to sue teachers for teaching race in ways that might offend Whites …
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Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
AP Teacher's Guide Proves DeSantis Right in African-American Studies Clash
Discussion: Washington Examiner
NBC News:
Democrats name Schiff and Swalwell to Intelligence panel, picking fight with McCarthy  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries on Monday tapped Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell to continue serving on the House Intelligence Committee, picking a long-anticipated fight …
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Jane Herz / New York Post:
Aretha Franklin song ‘Natural Woman’ blasted by transgender activists  —  They're saying a little prayer.  —  One activist group based in Norway is calling for Aretha Franklin's hit 1968 song “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” to be removed from both Apple Music and Spotify after they deemed its lyrics offensive.
CNN:
George Santos' lies are casting a harsh spotlight on a powerful Republican who endorsed and raised money for him  —  Cascading revelations about New York Rep. George Santos' pattern of lies and deception are putting increased scrutiny on powerful New York Rep. Elise Stefanik …
Discussion: Raw Story and driftglass
Chris Brennan / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Former President Donald Trump posed for picture with former Philly mob boss Joey Merlino at South Florida golf club  —  They share an affinity for golf and an aversion to cooperating witnesses who “flip” to help federal investigators.But former president Donald Trump and former Philly mob boss Joseph …
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
A 23-Year-Old Mayor Tried Trump's Stolen Election Playbook.  Only It Worked.  —  “I've... seldom seen a political takeover that was this sleazy, and yet this well-orchestrated,” one local columnist wrote.  —  A small Kansas town is reeling after a baby-faced 23-year-old manipulated procedural technicalities …
Discussion: Raw Story
CBS News:
Evangelical leaders who supported Trump's presidency are waiting for other candidates in 2024  —  Rev. Franklin Graham, one of the nation's most prominent evangelical leaders and high-profile supporters of former President Donald Trump, says he won't be endorsing anyone in the 2024 Republican primary race.
More Perfect Union:
Sinema's Private Equity Donations Keep Flowing After Saving Tax Loophole  —  Sinema has received at least $526,000 from donors in the private equity, hedge fund, and venture capital industries after killing proposed taxes last year.  —  Shortly after striking a deal to kill legislation …
NBC News:
Mike Pompeo criticizes journalist Jamal Khashoggi as an ‘activist’ who received too much media sympathy  —  Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sharply criticizes murdered Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in his new book, questioning his journalism credentials and lambasting …
Discussion: Mediaite, Common Dreams and Raw Story
Jeanna Smialek / New York Times:
Inflation Is Cooling, Leaving America Asking: What Comes Next?  —  After six months of declines, inflation seems to be turning a corner.  But the road back to normal is an uncertain one.  —  Martin Bate, a 31-year-old transportation planner in Fort Worth, spent the middle of 2022 feeling that he was …
Jill Lawrence / The Bulwark:
What the ‘Weaponization’ Committee Is Really After  —  'It's a drug they're going to put out on the street for conservative media and conservative voters.'  —  The defeat of election deniers running for important statewide offices last fall suggested a nation edging away from seven years of Trumpism.
Warren Rojas / Insider:
Matt Gaetz tried playing kingmaker during the House speaker vote after spending 2 years as a political pariah.  Republicans say the grandstanding is unlikely to stop.  — Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz was a key player in the House speaker vote fight.  — Kevin McCarthy's other antagonists received …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Washington Post:
Even after New Mexico shootings, little GOP reckoning over election denialism
Discussion: Associated Press and The Intercept
ProPublica:
Promoters of Election Lies Also Hyped a Hospital for Ukraine. That Never Happened Either.
Landon Mion / Fox News:
Kamala Harris omits right to ‘life’ when quoting Declaration of Independence in abortion speech
John Hanna / Associated Press:
Kansas senator's reelection campaign scammed out of $690K
Amanda Jacobson Snyder / Morning Consult:
Nearly Half the Public Thinks the Country Is in a Recession. Another Quarter Expect One Within a Year
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Tom Porter / Insider:
George Santos' ex-roommate called him ‘the Anna Delvey of Queens’ for lying his way into Congress
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Majority in U.S. Still Say Gov't Should Ensure Healthcare
Discussion: The Hill and Common Dreams
 Earlier Items: 
Erin Cox / Washington Post:
Larry Hogan won over Democrats in Maryland. Could he do it nationwide?
Washington Post:
Early rift over immigration exposes House GOP's tough path to consensus
Discussion: E&E and Washington Examiner
Monika Scislowska / Associated Press:
Poland pushes for more tanks for Ukraine, asks for German OK
Washington Post:
Ruben Gallego announces run for Arizona Senate seat held by Kyrsten Sinema
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Fox News' defense in defamation suit invokes debunked election-fraud claims
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
Finally: A Bain Man Makes It To The White House
 

 
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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify reports Q2 revenue up 20% YoY to €3.8B, MAUs up 14% YoY to 626M, subscribers up 12% YoY to 246M, above est., and €266M operating income; SPOT jumps 12%+

Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast reports Peacock Q2 revenue up 28% YoY to $1B, and a $348M loss, down from $651M in Q2 2023; paying subs were up 38% YoY to 33M but down from 33.5M in Q1

Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Former Marvel chairman Ike Perlmutter, who backed Nelson Peltz in a failed proxy fight for two Disney board seats, sells his stake of nearly 26M Disney shares

 
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