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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
emptywheel:
“Why Did Mike Pence Wait So Long to Reveal His Stash of Classified Documents?”
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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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.
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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 …
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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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.
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
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, USA Today and The Hill
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.
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 …
Josh Siegel / Politico:
Republicans launch newest fight against Biden's oil drawdowns  —  A bill to limit releases from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve seeks to blunt the political gains that Democrats have gained from lower gasoline prices.  —  Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm went to the White House on Monday …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
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.”
 
 
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Liz Goodwin / Washington Post:
Possible retirements before 2024 have Senate Democrats on edge
Discussion: New Republic, Bloomberg and USA Today
Associated Press:
Russian court shuts down country's oldest rights group
Discussion: Bloomberg
Washington Post:
Mike Pompeo's revolting embrace of MBS after the Khashoggi murder
David Dayen / American Prospect:
A Pitched Battle on Corporate Power
Michael J. Coren / Washington Post:
We still use appliances like it's 1970. There's a better way.
Discussion: Fox News and Althouse
Washington Post:
A leader in gun control efforts, California confronts its limits
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Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
Beto O'Rourke Is Holding On to $100K In Tainted Crypto Cash
Marissa Hermanson / Washington Post:
Want to break up with your gas fireplace? Here's how to convert it.
Discussion: Althouse
Gayle Spinazze / Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists:
Doomsday Clock set at 90 seconds to midnight
Theodore Schleifer / Puck:
S.B.F. Mama Drama
Yonat Shimron / Religion News Service:
How Southern California helped birth white Christian nationalism
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