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4:05 PM ET, January 25, 2023

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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?
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.
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Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
Is Donald Trump the luckiest man alive?
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.
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
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
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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The Guardian:
US joins Germany in sending tanks to Ukraine as Biden hails ‘united’ effort
BBC:
US and Germany ready to send tanks to Ukraine - reports
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
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.
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 …
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Jared Gans / The Hill:
Woman pleads guilty to mailing ricin to Trump
Discussion: Just The News
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Mitch Daniels on Senate bid: 'I'm worried about winning it and regretting it'  —  Mitch Daniels is on a Goldilocks mission: Finding out whether the Senate is just right for the storied Republican's deal-cutting style.  —  The former Indiana governor and Purdue University president embarked …
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 …
The Guardian:
Guardian US announces Margaret Sullivan as new weekly columnist  —  GNM press office  —  Beginning this week, Margaret Sullivan, one of America's leading journalists and media commentators, will join the Guardian US to write a weekly column on media, politics, culture and the urgent moral and political debates of the moment.
Stephanie Armour / Wall Street Journal:
Affordable Care Act Enrollments Reach Record High  —  Rise in ACA enrollments attributed to generous subsidies, aggressive outreach  —  Enrollments under the Affordable Care Act have reached an all-time high on the federal and state exchanges, helping drive the nation's uninsured rate …
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.
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Democrats urge House Speaker McCarthy to deny GOP Rep. George Santos access to classified info  — Two congressional Democrats asked House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to restrict Republican Rep. George Santos' access to classified information.  — Santos “cannot be trusted” with confidential materials …
Discussion: The Hill, NBC News and Fox News
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
DirecTV Officially Dumps Pro-Trump Channel Newsmax  —  The conservative cable outlet was cut loose after the two sides failed to agree on terms, taking away a chunk of Newsmax's cable footprint.  —  Negotiations hit a standstill on Tuesday between DirecTV and conservative cable channel Newsmax …
Josh Siegel / Politico:
Republicans launch newest fight against Biden's oil drawdowns  —  Republicans are aiming to neutralize one of the main tools that President Joe Biden used to lower gasoline prices before last year's elections — his prolific releases of oil from the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
 
 
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Kevin R. Kosar / Public Discourse:
The Congressional Fight over the House Speakership Was a Good Thing
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Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
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Liz Goodwin / Washington Post:
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Luke Lukert / WTOP News:
Marylanders could get a shorter workweek under new bill
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Victoria Guida / Politico:
Biden finally gets a win against inflation
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
AJC poll: As Kemp readies State of the State address, he's never been stronger
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Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
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