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10:30 AM ET, January 25, 2023

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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Marjorie Taylor Greene aims to be Trump's VP pick in 2024  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., is angling to be Donald Trump's running mate in 2024, according to two people who have spoken to the firebrand second-term congresswoman about her ambitions.
Discussion: The Hill
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Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
Is Donald Trump the luckiest man alive?  —  Contrary to his absurd assertions, Donald Trump is certainly not the best president in our nation's history, but he might be the luckiest man alive.  Not only has President Joe Biden conceded that he, like his Republican predecessor …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate GOP pours cold water on idea of impeaching Biden
emptywheel:
“Why Did Mike Pence Wait So Long to Reveal His Stash of Classified Documents?”
BBC:
US and Germany ready to send tanks to Ukraine - reports  —  After months of reluctance, the US and Germany reportedly plan to send tanks to Ukraine, in what Kyiv hopes will be a game-changer on the battlefield.  —  US President Joe Biden's administration is expected to announce plans to send at least 30 M1 Abrams tanks.
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Wall Street Journal:
Germany to Send Tanks to Ukraine, With U.S. Set to Follow
New York Times:
Pentagon Will Increase Artillery Production Sixfold for Ukraine
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Sameer Yasir / New York Times:
As India Tries to Block a Modi Documentary, Students Fight to See It  —  Officials at a public university cut the electricity before a planned screening, and the government has prevented clips from appearing online.  —  Reporting from New Delhi  —  Students at Jawaharlal Nehru University …
Jessica Piper / Politico:
The improbability of George Santos' $199 expenses  —  Rep. George Santos' congressional campaign reported dozens of transactions just cents below the threshold that would have triggered a requirement to preserve spending records — an unusual spending pattern that is now part of broader complaints about alleged financial improprieties.
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New York Times:
Mystery Deepens Around George Santos's $700,000 in Campaign Loans  —  In amended campaign finance reports, Mr. Santos seemed to suggest that the loans did not come from his personal funds, as he had originally stated.  —  An updated campaign finance report filed on Tuesday raised new questions …
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
George Santos Admits 500K Personal Loan to Campaign Wasn't ‘Personal’
Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
The AP Interview: Pope Francis: Homosexuality not a crime  —  Pope Francis criticized laws that criminalize homosexuality as “unjust,” saying God loves all his children just as they are and called on Catholic bishops who support the laws to welcome LGBTQ people into the church.
New York Times:
McCarthy Ejects Schiff and Swalwell From Intelligence Committee  —  In an act of official retribution for how Democrats treated Republicans when they were in the majority, the speaker barred the Californians from the panel, arguing that they were not fit to serve.
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Politico:
Frozen: Trump's primary challengers balk at jumping into the unknown  —  By this time four years ago, the Democratic presidential campaign was in full swing, with Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and Kirsten Gillibrand all having opened exploratory committees or announced runs.
Washington Post:
‘I felt like we were in “Goodfellas”’: How George Santos wooed investors for alleged Ponzi scheme  —  Accounts gathered by The Post detail how Santos used lavish dinner, inflated credentials to pitch Harbor City securities  —  George Santos graciously welcomed his three guests to Il Bacco Ristorante in Queens.
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
One-quarter of mass attackers driven by conspiracy theories or hateful ideologies, Secret Service report says  —  Following the latest string of mass shootings in the U.S., the Secret Service published a 60-page report Wednesday detailing trends in mass attacks in public spaces to share patterns …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Luke Lukert / WTOP News:
Marylanders could get a shorter workweek under new bill … “Thank god it's Friday,” may be a phrase that many Marylanders will soon forget.  A new bill in the General Assembly proposes a pilot program that would encourage and study a shift to a four-day workweek for both private and public workers.
Haley Byrd Wilt / The Dispatch:
Rule-Making Rebels … Republican Rep. Thomas Massie has more experience butting heads with his party's leaders than just about anyone in the House.  Now he'll serve on the powerful Rules Committee—a job typically reserved for staunch leadership allies—because of a deal Speaker Kevin McCarthy …
Tom D'Angelo / Palm Beach Post:
Trump declares himself the winner of his own club championship - in the Trumpiest way ever  —  The former president said he played a strong round two days before the tournament, and decided that would count as his first-round score. … Donald Trump has declared himself a winner ... again.
Michael J. Coren / Washington Post:
We still use appliances like it's 1970.  There's a better way.  —  When I was a kid, my dad followed behind me, shutting off the incandescent lights I left burning around the house.  “You're wasting energy,” he'd scold as I tried to slip out of the room.  He was right, of course.
Discussion: Althouse
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
A Warning to the Media about the Next Presidential Race  —  If you set out on a road trip, would you trust your GPS to guide you to your destination if you had wound up on dead ends the last half-dozen times you used it?  Would you follow the investment advice of an expert who had cost …
Marisa Sarnoff / Law & Crime:
Pizzeria Owner Who Said Nancy Pelosi Needed to ‘Hang’ Convicted of Jan. 6 Charges  —  The Pennsylvania pizzeria owner who demanded that police at the U.S. Capitol “bring Nancy Pelosi out” to the mob of Donald Trump supporters on Jan. 6 has been convicted of all five charges against her.
Victoria Guida / Politico:
Biden finally gets a win against inflation  —  The war on inflation may be far from over, but the economy has reached a key, little-noticed milestone: Workers' wage gains are finally outpacing the rise in consumer prices.  —  Americans' average income has beaten inflation for the past six months …
Discussion: Twitchy and The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
House Republicans Press for Details of Hunter Biden's Art Sales  —  Oversight panel wants testimony from art dealer of president's son next month  —  WASHINGTON—House Republicans on Wednesday pushed for details about sales of Hunter Biden's artwork, an early step as they step up an investigation …
Discussion: Political Wire and The Daily
Theodore Schleifer / Puck:
S.B.F. Mama Drama  —  Barbara Fried was a beloved law professor whose midlife political awakening inspired Mind the Gap, a powerful network of 2,500 donors that helped the Democrats dominate the '18 midterms.  Now, she's the latest victim of her son, Sam Bankman-Fried.
New York Times:
Amid a Plague of Shootings, Bystanders Become Heroes  —  Civilians, armed or not, have put their bodies on the line to end mass shootings.  But in a nation trained to “Run, Hide, Fight,” many say it should never have come to that.  —  Jason Seaman, a seventh-grade science teacher in Noblesville …
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
David Dayen / American Prospect:
A Pitched Battle on Corporate Power  —  Biden's expansive executive order seeks to restore competition in the economy.  It's been a long, slow road to get the whole government on board—but there are some formidable gains. … On July 9, 2021, President Joe Biden signed one of the most sweeping changes to domestic policy since FDR.
Washington Post:
A leader in gun control efforts, California confronts its limits  —  A nation awash in guns — and a patchwork of state laws — has infused the push for restrictions with a sense of futility  —  MONTEREY PARK, Calif. — California's efforts to reduce gun violence have long been a point of pride among the state's liberal lawmakers.
New York Times:
DOJ Sues Google Over Ad Technology  —  The Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit, which a group of states joined, was the fifth by U.S. officials against the company since 2020.  —  David McCabe reports on tech policy from Washington, and Nico Grant reports on Google from San Francisco.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
AJC poll: As Kemp readies State of the State address, he's never been stronger  —  Gov. Brian Kemp is opening his second term in an unusual position for a much-targeted incumbent in one of the nation's premier political battlegrounds: His approval rating now sits at a record high …
 
 
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Mike Pompeo's revolting embrace of MBS after the Khashoggi murder
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Senators eye Social Security reforms as some in House GOP consider cuts
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Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
Beto O'Rourke Is Holding On to $100K In Tainted Crypto Cash
Washington Post:
White House zeroes in on its next top economist
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg
Marissa Hermanson / Washington Post:
Want to break up with your gas fireplace? Here's how to convert it.
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Financial Times:
West grapples with dilemma over Iran nuclear talks
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Department of Justice:
Two Defendants Indicted for Civil Rights Conspiracy and FACE Act Offenses Targeting Pregnancy Resource Centers
Yonat Shimron / Religion News Service:
How Southern California helped birth white Christian nationalism
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
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Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
OpenAI pauses the use of the Sky voice in ChatGPT after users said it sounded too much like Scarlett Johansson, says voice was not chosen to be an “imitation”

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