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2:45 PM ET, January 24, 2023

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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.
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Classified Documents Found at Pence's Home in Indiana  —  The documents were “inadvertently boxed and transported” to the former vice president's home at the end of the Trump administration, Mr. Pence's representative wrote in a letter to the National Archives.
Kelly Laco / Fox News:
Vice President Mike Pence discovered classified documents in Indiana home
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Mike Pence had classified documents at home, turned them over
Discussion: emptywheel
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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Billy House / Bloomberg:   McHenry Warns Fellow GOP Leaders to Be Reasonable in Debt-Ceiling Talks
Associated Press:
In reversal, US poised to approve Abrams tanks for Ukraine  —  In what would be a reversal, the Biden administration is poised to approve sending M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, U.S. officials said Tuesday, as international reluctance to send tanks to the battlefront against the Russians begins to erode.
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Politico:
U.S. closer to approving ‘significant number’ of Abrams tanks to Ukraine
Discussion: CNN
Wall Street Journal:
Poland Formally Requests German Permission to Send Tanks to Ukraine
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
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.
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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. …
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: CBS News, 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
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: Breitbart and Washington Examiner
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Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Georgia DA investigating Trump for 2020 election interference says charging ‘decisions are imminent’ after grand jury report  — The Georgia prosecutor investigating former President Donald Trump and his allies for possible criminal interference in that state's 2020 presidential election told …
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NBC News:
Judge to consider release of grand jury report on Trump Georgia election probe
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 …
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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Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:
Ron DeSantis Believes in Free Speech as Long as You Only Speak About the Awesomeness of Straight White People  —  The Florida governor's decision to block an AP African studies course is just the latest example of his war on the expression of beliefs—and the teaching of facts!—that he doesn't agree with.
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Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Ron DeSantis Likes His Culture Wars for a Reason
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.
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Accuser's Wife: Matt Schlapp Destroyed Our Marriage  —  The accuser's wife is speaking out about how the alleged sexual assault Matt Schlapp committed against her husband ruined her marriage. … Just hours after CNN confirmed The Daily Beast's report that a former Herschel Walker campaign staffer …
Discussion: Raw Story
Mithil Aggarwal / NBC News:
The U.S. has had at least 39 mass shootings in just 24 days so far this year, data shows  —  As California grappled with a mass shooting in Monterey Park over the weekend that left 11 people dead, within 48 hours, another gunman went on a shooting spree in Half Moon Bay, just under 400 miles away, killing at least seven people.
Discussion: CBS News and New York Times
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.
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 …
Discussion: Common Dreams
New York Times:
U.S. Accuses Google of Abusing Monopoly in Ad Technology  —  The Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit, which a group of states joined, was the fifth against the company since 2020.  —  The Justice Department and a group of states sued Google on Tuesday, accusing it of illegally abusing …
Ashley Gold / Axios:
Scoop: Google seeks end to RNC email drama  —  Google is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit from the Republican National Committee accusing the tech giant of bias in its handling of email, as it ends a pilot program that allowed senders of campaign emails to bypass users' spam folders, per a filing seen by Axios.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
 
 
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Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Why is the Right Losing the Young?
Discussion: Raw Story
Joseph Menn / Washington Post:
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Washington Post:
Germany charges suspects in plot to kidnap minister and trigger civil war
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
Police Injured by ‘Friendly Fire’ on January 6
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Allan Smith / NBC News:
George Santos promised to explain himself within a week. It's been a month.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
Charlie McCann / The Economist:
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