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3:00 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  —  Pence informed Congress Tuesday he found documents bearing classified markings in his Indiana home on Jan. 16  —  Biden's document drama ‘only going to get worse’: Karl Rove  —  Vice President Mike Pence informed …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Mike Pence had classified documents at home, turned them over
Discussion: emptywheel and Insider
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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Wall Street Journal:
Poland Formally Requests German Permission to Send Tanks to Ukraine
Politico:
U.S. closer to approving ‘significant number’ of Abrams tanks to Ukraine
Discussion: CNN
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
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
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
San Francisco Chronicle:
Half Moon Bay mass shooting suspect once tried to suffocate coworker, court records allege  —  Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate  —  The Half Moon Bay mushroom farm worker suspected of killing seven coworkers in a fit of workplace rage had previously been accused of threatening …
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.
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
Stephen Neukam / The Hill:
Hawley introduces ‘PELOSI Act’ banning lawmakers from trading stocks  —  Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has introduced a bill that would ban members of Congress from trading and owning stocks, using the name of his legislation to take a jab at Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
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.
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
 
 
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