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3:50 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 …
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.
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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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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 …
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: RedState and BizPac Review
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
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
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
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 …
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
First on Fox: Trump stopping in New Hampshire ahead of South Carolina on Saturday  —  Trump to keynote New Hampshire GOP annual meeting as he stops in the first presidential primary state  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for January 23  —  EXCLUSIVE - Former President Donald Trump …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Majority in U.S. Still Say Gov't Should Ensure Healthcare  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — A 57% majority of U.S. adults believe that the federal government should ensure all Americans have healthcare coverage.  Yet nearly as many, 53%, prefer that the U.S. healthcare system be based on private insurance rather than run by the government.
Discussion: The Hill and Common Dreams
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
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 …
 
 
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Washington Post:
Even after New Mexico shootings, little GOP reckoning over election denialism
Discussion: Associated Press
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
M&M's Ditches ‘Spokescandies’ After Tucker Carlson Complained About Their Sexiness
Benjamin Guggenheim / Politico:
Dems ask watchdog to investigate IRS's tardy audit of Trump
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and New York Post
Rachel Schilke / Washington Examiner:
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont seeks to ban open carry as he cracks down on gun violence
Discussion: CT.gov and Associated Press
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
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Porter / Insider:
George Santos' ex-roommate called him ‘the Anna Delvey of Queens’ for lying his way into Congress
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
Ursula Perano / The Daily Beast:
Pennsylvania Republicans Quietly Plot Their Revenge After 2022 Wipeout
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org and Raw Story
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Fox News' defense in defamation suit invokes debunked election-fraud claims
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
 

 
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