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12:25 PM ET, January 24, 2023

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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
House GOP eyes Social Security, Medicare amid spending battle  —  Republicans have pledged to cut spending and balance the budget, triggering a delicate conversation on the future of Americans' benefits  —  House Republicans have started to weigh a series of legislative proposals targeting Social Security …
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KGO / ABC7:
7 dead, 1 critically injured after shootings at 2 farms in Half Moon Bay; suspect in custody  —  A source tells ABC7 there are seven dead and one critically injured at Mountain Mushroom Farm and Concord Farms in HMB.  —  HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (KGO) — Seven people are dead …
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San Francisco Chronicle:
Half Moon Bay mass shooting: 7 dead and one injured  —  Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate  —  A man opened fire on people at two separate locations in Half Moon Bay on Monday afternoon, killing seven and injuring one, as children witnessed the tragedy unfold, according to law enforcement.
Associated Press:
7 dead as California mourns 3rd mass killing in 8 days  —  Seven people were killed in two related shootings Monday at agricultural facilities in a California coastal community south of San Francisco, marking the state's third mass killing in eight days, including Saturday's attack at a dance hall …
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Initial Senate Ratings: Democrats Have a Lot of Defending to Do  —  Dear Readers: Please join us this week for a pair of special Center for Politics forums, both of which are free and open to the public and will also be livestreamed.  —  Today (Tuesday, Jan. 24) at 4 p.m. …
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Jessica Taylor / Cook Political Report:
Democrats on Defense: 2024 Senate Race Ratings  —  Staring down what should have been a historically bad midterm and aided by a weak economy and an unpopular president, Senate Democrats defied the odds and actually added a seat to their roster in the 2022 midterm cycle.
Steve Clemons / Semafor:
Principals  —  with Steve Clemons  —  I was recounting at a reception last night how Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska's lavish Davos parties, now suspended, seemed like a great opportunity to gather kompromat.  Walls of Dom Perignon magnums, buckets of caviar, Enrique Iglesias singing for a hundred people …
Bloomberg:
US Confronts China Over Companies' Ties to Russian War Effort  —  The Biden administration has confronted China's government with evidence that suggests some Chinese state-owned companies may be providing assistance for Russia's war effort in Ukraine, as it tries to ascertain if Beijing …
Discussion: CNN, Fox News and Just The News
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Fox News:
Germany would not stop Poland from delivering Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, relenting to US pressure
Wall Street Journal:
Poland Formally Requests German Permission to Send Tanks to Ukraine
Politico:
Interpol Is Doing Russia's Dirty Work
Discussion: Cyprus Mail
Walter Russell Mead / Wall Street Journal:   The Frailty Behind Europe's Triumphalism Over the Ukraine War
CNN:
First on CNN: Classified documents found at Pence's Indiana home  —  A lawyer for former Vice President Mike Pence discovered about a dozen documents marked as classified at Pence's Indiana home last week, and he has turned those classified records over to the FBI, multiple sources familiar with the matter told CNN.
Discussion: Fox News
Rich Lowry / National Review:
DeSantis Is Right on African-American Studies  —  With the state of American historical and civic knowledge in near collapse, who thinks high-school students need to be brushing up on ‘Black Queer Studies’?  —  Florida governor Ron DeSantis stands accused of a long parade of horribles …
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Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Ron DeSantis Likes His Culture Wars for a Reason
Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:
Ron DeSantis Believes in Free Speech as Long as You Only Speak About the Awesomeness of Straight White People
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Tim Weiner / Washington Post:
Political books are often bland.  Mike Pompeo's is savage.  —  ‘Never Give an Inch’ recounts his hard-nosed tactics in the Trump administration, his love for the former president and his disdain for his enemies  —  “Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love” …
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Camille Mumford / Emerson Polling:
National Poll: Biden's Approval Recovers Two Years into Term, Trump Maintains Lead over DeSantis in GOP Primary  —  Home Polls National Poll: Biden's Approval Recovers Two Years into Term, Trump Maintains Lead over DeSantis in GOP Primary  —  Majority of Democratic Voters Think Biden Should be the Nominee in 2024
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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The South Carolina Policy Council:
Poll: South Carolina no longer sold on Trump; Biden lukewarm with Democrats
Discussion: The Hill and Florida Politics
Hannah Schoenbaum / Associated Press:
‘Diamond’ of pro-Trump commentary duo dies of heart disease  —  Lynette Hardaway, a zealous supporter of former President Donald Trump whose death had prompted widespread speculation over its cause, died earlier this month of a heart condition, according to a death certificate obtained Monday by The Associated Press.
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight Are on ABC's Chopping Block … This reporting is one of several scoops featured in this week's edition of Confider, the newsletter pulling back the curtain on the media.  Subscribe here and send your questions, tips, and complaints here.
The Daily Beast:
Remember OAN?  Newsmax Could Be the Next Channel in Danger  —  GOP lawmakers are now pressuring the satellite TV provider to pay Newsmax “fair and equitable” fees to broadcast the right-wing channel to its millions of subscribers.  —  According to a letter sent by House Republicans last week …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Politico:
Rebranding rift guts Blue Dog Dem ranks  —  Congress' influential Blue Dog Coalition is getting chopped nearly in half after an internal blow-up over whether to rebrand the centrist Democratic group.  —  Seven of the 15 members expected to join the Blue Dogs this year, including Reps. Abigail Spanberger …
NBC News:
Judge to consider release of grand jury report on Trump Georgia election probe  —  A judge is set to hold a hearing Tuesday to consider whether to release a report by a Georgia special grand jury that conducted a criminal investigation into whether then-President Donald Trump …
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Fox News:
Biden's incoming chief of staff met with Hunter Biden at least three times in 2016
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Elizabeth Weise / USA Today:
Doomsday Clock 2023 time says the world is closer than ever to global catastrophe
Dominic Pino / National Review:
Survey: 0 Percent of Black Georgia Voters Had a Poor Voting Experience
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Trans Kids Deserve Private Lives Too
Discussion: New York Post
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Paper Pushers from the MoD “Syphon Off Money” on Food for the Armed Forces More Than During Peaceful Life
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NBC News:
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
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Deborah Acosta / Wall Street Journal:
Months After Hurricane Ian Hit Florida, Many in Fort Myers Are Living in Tents
 Earlier Items: 
Politico:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Allan Smith / NBC News:
George Santos promised to explain himself within a week. It's been a month.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Accuser's Wife: Matt Schlapp Destroyed Our Marriage
Discussion: Raw Story
Charlie McCann / The Economist:
The Russian draft-dodgers who fled to Alaska in a dinghy
Lee Harris / American Prospect:
Wall Street's Big Bet on Rewiring America
New York Times:
China's Mad Dash Into a Strategic Island Nation Breeds Resentment
Discussion: CNN and HotAir
Washington Post:
Former senior FBI official accused of working for Russian he investigated