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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
emptywheel:
“Why Did Mike Pence Wait So Long to Reveal His Stash of Classified Documents?”
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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 …
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
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.
Discussion: The Handbasket
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New York Times:   Mystery Deepens Around George Santos's $700,000 in Campaign Loans
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
George Santos Admits 500K Personal Loan to Campaign Wasn't ‘Personal’
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 …
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.
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:
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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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.
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.
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.
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 …
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Senators eye Social Security reforms as some in House GOP consider cuts  —  Some senators are eyeing a divided Congress as an opportunity to tackle reforms to Social Security, as the program faces significant solvency issues in little more than a decade.  —  Changes to Social Security …
Discussion: HotAir
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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Hill and USA Today
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
Ali Breland / Mother Jones:
It Came From the Basement  —  Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.  —  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 …
 
 
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West grapples with dilemma over Iran nuclear talks
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Gayle Spinazze / Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists:
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Department of Justice:
Two Defendants Indicted for Civil Rights Conspiracy and FACE Act Offenses Targeting Pregnancy Resource Centers
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S.B.F. Mama Drama
Yonat Shimron / Religion News Service:
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