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2:25 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.
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 …
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 …
Department of Justice:
Former Special Agent in Charge of the FBI New York Counterintelligence Division Charged with Violating U.S. Sanctions on Russia  —  A Russian Court and Government Interpreter Also Charged with Violating U.S. Sanctions on Russia  —  A former Special Agent in Charge of the FBI …
Discussion: CBS News and emptywheel
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  —  The 72-year-old man suspected of killing 10 people and wounding 10 others in a shooting at a dance studio in Monterey Park, California, Saturday had previously frequented the establishment, sources told CNN.
Los Angeles Times:
Lunar New Year shooting: A grim moment in Monterey Park, America's first suburban Chinatown
Discussion: New Yorker and New York Times
Victoria Kim / New York Times:
How the Monterey Park Gunman Was Disarmed in Alhambra
New York Times:
How Kevin McCarthy Forged an Ironclad Bond With Marjorie Taylor Greene  —  The close alliance that has developed between the speaker and the hard-right Georgia Republican explains his rise, how he might govern and the heavy influence of the extremes on the new House G.O.P. majority.
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.
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
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
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
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Florida teachers told to remove books from classroom libraries or risk felony prosecution  —  Teachers in Manatee County, Florida, are being told to make their classroom libraries — and any other “unvetted” book — inaccessible to students, or risk felony prosecution.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Biden Lawyers Initially Thought Official Files Went to Think Tank Only  —  The mistaken premise helps explain why nearly two months elapsed before Mr. Biden's lawyers searched the garage of his Delaware home for classified records.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden's lawyers told …
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Bloomberg:
Even Democrats Are Now Critical of Biden Over Documents Fiasco
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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg and RedState
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
Finally: A Bain Man Makes It To The White House … Zients will take over for Ron Klain in February.  The former head of the White House's COVID response, Zients amassed a vast fortune working for Bain & Company and other management consulting firms.  But at Bain, according to the Wall Street Journal …
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.
Discussion: BizPac Review
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Fox News' defense in defamation suit invokes debunked election-fraud claims  —  Fox News' attorneys have set out the starkest defense yet against the accusation the network defamed an election-technology company when it broadcast false claims that the company had cheated then-President Donald Trump of victory in the 2020 election.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Early rift over immigration exposes House GOP's tough path to consensus  —  Republicans won't bring an immigration bill to the floor this week after members raised concerns about its scope and the process  —  House Republicans' attempt to bring a border security bill to the floor as early …
Ursula Perano / The Daily Beast:
Pennsylvania Republicans Quietly Plot Their Revenge After 2022 Wipeout  —  Bad candidates cost Pennsylvania Republicans big in 2022.  They're already working to lock down better ones for 2024.  —  The last election couldn't have gone any worse for Pennsylvania Republicans: the top of their ticket …
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org and Raw Story
Politico:
Borrow the opposition playbook?  House GOP weighs the ultimate ‘tit for tat’  —  Republicans are confronting a strategic dilemma as they prepare to unleash their new investigative powers on the Biden White House: Should they take a page from the Democrat-run Jan. 6 select committee?
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and Political Wire
Punchbowl News:
1/23/23 ☀️ Punchbowl News AM  —  Punchbowl News AM Pentagon prepares for McCarthy to go to Taiwan January 23, 2023 BY PUNCHBOWL NEWS STAFF THE TOP Happy Monday morning.  News: The Pentagon is in the early stages of planning for Speaker Kevin McCarthy to travel abroad …
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 …
 
 
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Nearly Half the Public Thinks the Country Is in a Recession. Another Quarter Expect One Within a Year
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George Santos' ex-roommate called him ‘the Anna Delvey of Queens’ for lying his way into Congress
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