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5:55 PM ET, January 25, 2023

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Nick Clegg / Meta:
Ending Suspension of Trump's Accounts With New Guardrails to Deter Repeat Offenses  —  Takeaways  — We will be ending the suspension of Mr. Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks.  — We've put new guardrails in place to deter repeat offenses.
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Axios:
Exclusive: Facebook to reinstate Trump … - “We've always believed that Americans should be able to hear from the people who want to lead the country,” Clegg told Axios. … - Trump relied heavily on Facebook ads in previous election cycles for fundraising and list-building.
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Archives weighs asking past presidents, VPs to look for classified items  —  The National Archives is weighing whether to ask living former presidents and vice presidents to review their personal records to verify that no classified materials are inadvertently outstanding …
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Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
National Archives silent as disparity between its handling of Biden, Trump documents fuels questions  —  A House Oversight Committee spox tells Fox News Digital NARA missed its deadline to hand over requested documents  —  How does Biden's classified docs scandal impact 2024 decision?
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
Is Donald Trump the luckiest man alive?
New York Times:
OMG.  Trump Has Started Texting.  —  The former president, averse to leaving records of his communications, had long avoided text and email.  —  One of former President Donald J. Trump's most consistent personal traits — one that his advisers say has helped keep him out of even worse legal jeopardy …
Discussion: So What? and Raw Story
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.
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
The private angst over Donald Trump's racist attacks on Elaine Chao goes public  —  Over the past several months, the leading Republican presidential candidate has launched a series of racist attacks on the wife of the Republican Party's Senate leader, a woman who once served in his Cabinet.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
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.
Jake Lahut / The Daily Beast:
Ron DeSantis' Secret Twitter Army of Far-Right Influencers  —  Ron DeSantis' political operation has been recruiting conservative influencers.  But the personalities DeSantis is attracting have plenty of problems. … As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis soaked up the crowd's adulation during …
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NBC News:
Trump hosts conservative influencers behind ‘Libs of Tik Tok’ and Babylon Bee for dinner
New York Times:
Newport News School Was Warned 3 Times That 6-Year-Old Had a Gun, Lawyer Says  —  Another child saw the weapon at recess, and a teacher warned that the boy might have a gun in his pocket.  Yet an administrator dismissed the threat, according to the lawyer for a teacher who was shot.
Washington Post:
Germany approves Leopards for Ukraine, as U.S. promises M1 tanks  —  BERLIN — The German government announced Wednesday plans to deliver 14 of the country's Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine and allow other countries to send theirs, ending months of debate among Western allies and potentially helping to shift the balance on the battlefield.
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Chris Pandolfo / Fox News:
McCarthy gets heated with reporter: 'You don't get to determine whether I answer a question'  —  House Speaker Kevin McCarthy scolds reporter who accused him of dodging her question  —  Kevin McCarthy fires back at reporter question on House committees  —  House Speaker Kevin McCarthy got heated …
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New York Times:
McCarthy Ejects Schiff and Swalwell From Intelligence Committee
Politico:
Dems mobilize to defend Omar in face of GOP defections
Washington Post:
Opinion section at The Washington Post expands its roster with seven new contributors  —  The Washington Post's opinion section continues to grow under Editorial Page Editor David Shipley's direction adding seven new contributors today.  These additions highlight The Post's commitment …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
USDA:
Biden-Harris Administration Finalizes Protections for Tongass National Forest  —  USDA takes next step in forest stewardship agenda to protect the “lungs” of North America  —  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today finalized protections for the Tongass National Forest in Alaska …
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Becky Bohrer / Associated Press:
US reinstates road, logging restrictions on Alaska forest
Discussion: Common Dreams
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Biden's devious plan to break the MAGA fever just might work  —  It seems almost like a vast controlled experiment.  Can enormous amounts of federal spending launched under President Biden, much of it destined for MAGA country, dampen the right-wing populist fervor unleashed by his predecessor Donald Trump?
Discussion: Brookings
Andrew Solender / Axios:
Top Dems push to deny Santos access to classified info  —  Two top New York House Democrats on Wednesday pressed House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to deny Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) access to classified information. … - They wrote that Santos' “myriad deceptive actions …
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Cameron Joseph / VICE:
The MyPillow Guy's Fake Campaign For RNC Chair Is a Real Disaster  —  Mike Lindell told VICE News he'll admit defeat if he loses on Friday, making it the first time in a while he's accepted an election result.  —  Cameron Joseph  —  WASHINGTON, US  —  Mike Lindell is running …
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Department of Justice:
Foreign National Pleads Guilty to Mailing Ricin to President of the United States in 2020  —  Defendant Also Mailed Threatening Ricin Letters to Texas Law Enforcement Officials  —  WASHINGTON - Pascale Cecile Veronique Ferrier, 55, a dual citizen of Canada and France, pleaded guilty today …
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
G.O.P. State Lawmakers Push a Growing Wave of Anti-Transgender Bills  —  Four states could ban transition care into young adulthood.  Lawmakers in several others want to restrict drag shows in ways that could affect transgender performers broadly.  It's part of a long-term plan.
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Democrats hammer GOP plan to impose national sales tax, abolish IRS  —  Democrats are seizing on a Republican proposal to impose a national sales tax and abolish the Internal Revenue Service as a cudgel against the GOP, even though the bill has few fans even among Republican lawmakers.
Discussion: Washington Examiner, Axios and The Hill
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Democrats have a two-part plan to use the debt ceiling against Republicans  —  Sensing Republicans are on the verge of a blunder in their schemes to use the debt ceiling to hold the economy hostage and try to extract draconian spending cuts, the White House has developed a two-part response strategy.
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: U.S. asked Israel for its Hawk missiles to send to Ukraine  —  The Biden administration asked Israel for the old Hawk anti-aircraft missiles it has in storage in order to transfer them to Ukraine, three Israeli and U.S. officials told Axios. … - Ukraine has repeatedly asked Western countries …
Discussion: The Times of Israel and Fox News
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces New Actions to Protect Renters and Promote Rental Affordability  —  Administration also launches Resident-Centered Housing Challenge, a call-to-action to improve the quality of life for renters  —  Today, the Biden-Harris Administration …
David Wasserman / Cook Political Report:
NY-03: Santos's Reckoning Likely to Be Delayed Until 2024  —  Never has a House freshman become so instantly ignominious.  At this point, walking SNL punchline and GOP Rep. George Santos (NY-03) might be just as big a household name as Hakeem Jeffries or Kevin McCarthy …
 
 
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Soutik Biswas / BBC:
India and Pakistan came close to nuclear war: Pompeo
Discussion: Al Jazeera and Raw Story
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Trump Has Completely Lost His Grip on Reality
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Justice Department was prepared to seek warrant had Biden not consented to home search, sources say
Natasha Korecki / NBC News:
Chicago flexes its labor muscle in the fight for the 2024 Democratic convention
Politico:
Senate Republicans get front seat to brewing Indiana Senate clash
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The Guardian:
Guardian US announces Margaret Sullivan as new weekly columnist
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
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