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8:25 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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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 …
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.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Biden's Handling of Secret Documents Complicates the Case Against Trump
Discussion: MSNBC, The Daily Caller and The Hill
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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Hans Nichols / Axios:
Biden's new tax hammer  —  President Biden will deliver a major economic speech this week spotlighting fringe economic proposals championed by House Republicans — including a controversial bill to abolish the IRS and replace it with a 30% national sales tax.
Billy House / Bloomberg:   McHenry Warns Fellow GOP Leaders to Be Reasonable in Debt-Ceiling Talks
Hans von der Burchard / Politico:
Germany moves to send battle tanks to Ukraine  —  BERLIN — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is set to announce the delivery of German Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine on Wednesday, two officials with knowledge of the matter told POLITICO.  —  That decision is a significant U-turn and potentially …
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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.
Wall Street Journal:
Poland Formally Requests German Permission to Send Tanks to Ukraine
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
George Santos Admits 500K Personal Loan to Campaign Wasn't ‘Personal’  —  It's been one of the biggest mysteries surrounding George Santos: Where did he get his money?  In an amended filing, Santos admits a big chunk wasn't his. … George Santos promised reporters a surprise on Tuesday.
NBC News:
Adult Swim cuts ties with Justin Roiland following domestic abuse allegations  —  Adult Swim announced Tuesday that it has cut ties with Justin Roiland, the star and co-creator of the animated comedy series “Rick and Morty,” as he faces felony domestic violence charges.
The Intercept:
Elon Musk Caves to Pressure From India to Remove BBC Doc Critical of Modi … Twitter and YouTube censored a report critical of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in coordination with the government of India.  Officials called for the Big Tech companies to take action against a BBC documentary …
Discussion: Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera and CNN
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Why is the Right Losing the Young?  —  What Andrew Sullivan gets right...and absurdly wrong.  —  If you're just catching up:  — “Four Oath Keepers convicted of seditious conspiracy in Jan. 6 attack.”  — “Central Question as Georgia Inquiry Wraps: Will Trump Face Criminal Charges?”
Discussion: Raw Story
Molly Fischer / New Yorker:
The Rules According to Pamela Paul  —  At the Times, Paul often writes on the hazards of shifting norms.  But she's also revealed the fraught position of the opinion columnist.  —  Pamela Paul and I met twice, in the same Times conference room, and on both occasions she wore a black biker jacket.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump tries to intervene as Navarro faces trial for defying Jan. 6 committee  —  Donald Trump is once again making a last-ditch bid to help a former aide avoid prosecution for defying the Jan. 6 select committee.  —  A lawyer for Trump issued a letter this week endorsing the decision …
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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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.
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Biden's human rights pick withdraws  —  President Joe Biden's nominee for a top human rights position is withdrawing from contention in the face of unrelenting opposition from a Senate Republican who questions her support for Israel.  —  The loss of Sarah Margon, whose nomination to serve …
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 …
Joseph Spector / Politico:
Lawmakers codify abortion rights in state constitution, sending it to voters  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — The next decision will be with voters on whether New York will enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution.  —  The state Assembly and state Senate voted Tuesday afternoon on the second passage …
Sara Nathan / New York Post:
Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Giuffre signs memoir deal worth ‘millions’: sources  —  Virginia Giuffre is publishing her memoir — a year after agreeing to a multimillion-dollar settlement with Prince Andrew in her sex-abuse lawsuit against the royal, The Post can reveal.
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
Victor S. Navasky, a Leading Liberal Voice in Journalism, Dies at 90  —  Witty and contrarian, he was the longtime editor and later publisher of The Nation and wrote an acclaimed book about the Hollywood blacklisting era.  —  Victor S. Navasky, a witty and contrarian journalist who for 27 years …
Discussion: CBS News and NPR, more at Mediagazer »
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: New York Times and CBS News
Lindsay Whitehurst / Associated Press:
Proud Boys expecting ‘civil war’ before Jan. 6, witness says  —  The month before the riot at the U.S. Capitol, members of the Proud Boys were growing increasingly angry about the outcome of the 2020 election and were expecting a “civil war,” a former member told jurors on Tuesday as he took …
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 …
Discussion: New York Post, ABC7, Mercury News and KRON4
Miles Johnson / Financial Times:
Wagner Inc: a Russian warlord and his lawyers  —  In April 2020 a cargo flight took off from Zhukovsky airport outside Moscow heading towards Khartoum.  According to the documentation, the aircraft was carrying 28,000 kilos of Russian gingerbread cookies being flown to the Sudanese capital …
Discussion: The Guardian, TASS and Breitbart
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
CNBC:
Former Trump UN ambassador Nikki Haley gears up for likely 2024 run for president  — Nikki Haley is putting together a national finance committee and communications team to explore a potential campaign, people briefed on her plans said.  — She's also directed some of the new hires …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Richard Haass / PenguinRandomhouse.com:
The Bill of Obligations  —  Buy the Audiobook Download:  — Apple- Audible- downpour- eMusic- audiobooks.com  —  ABOUT THE BILL OF OBLIGATIONS  —  A provocative guide to how we must reenvision citizenship if American democracy is to survive  —  The United States faces dangerous threats …
New York Times:
Pentagon Will Increase Artillery Production Sixfold for Ukraine  —  The Army's top acquisition official says production of the 155-millimeter shells badly needed by Kyiv will rise to 90,000 a month in two years.  —  WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is racing to boost its production of artillery shells …
Steve Reilly / Grid News:
Rep. George Santos' earliest political backers faced financial misconduct investigations  —  His first election kickoff in 2020 was co-hosted by a repeat fraudster.  —  Some of Rep. George Santos' earliest financial backers have faced legal scrutiny for fraud and financial misconduct, a Grid review has found.
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
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Bob Good, emboldened after speaker fight, gears up for debt limit battle  —  ZION CROSSROADS, Va. — Fresh off the standoff over House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.), climbed atop a chair at a town hall in rural Louisa County to tell his constituents all about it — and to prepare them for what's next.
 
 
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Dem Lawmaker Whose Child Assaulted Cop Deletes ‘Defund the Police’ Post
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Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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