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12:55 PM 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.
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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  —  Senate Republicans are pouring cold water on the idea that President Biden's classified documents controversy rises to the level of an impeachable offense, heading off House conservatives looking for revenge after former President Trump's two trials.
Associated Press:
Classified records pose conundrum stretching back to Carter
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.
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:
Dems mobilize to defend Omar in face of GOP defections
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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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Washington Post:
Germany approves Leopards for Ukraine, as U.S. promises M1 tanks
Wall Street Journal:
Germany to Send Tanks to Ukraine, With U.S. Set to Follow
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
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.
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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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: Bloomberg
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
David Mack / BuzzFeed News:
“If Abortions Aren't Safe Then Neither Are You”: Two People Were Charged For Vandalizing Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Centers  —  The pair allegedly targeted three so-called pregnancy help centers that offer abortion alternatives that include counseling, pregnancy testing, and ultrasounds.
Discussion: National Review
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press
Ali Breland / Mother Jones:
It Came From the Basement  —  Eight months before the white nationalist figure Nicholas J. Fuentes ignited a political firestorm by dining with Kanye West and Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago, he strode out onstage to a crowd of what he claimed were 1,000 followers, chanting “America First.”
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
Watch live: Biden delivers remarks on Ukraine  —  Video  —  Santos in newly resurfaced podcast mulled possibility Epstein was still alive  —  Alligator abandoned in New Jersey finds new home in Florida  —  Student survivor group rolls out new national tool to track campus assaults, hold schools accountable
 
 
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Washington Post:
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Aris Folley / The Hill:
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Discussion: HotAir
David Dayen / American Prospect:
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