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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.
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: Raw Story
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?
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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.
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  —  Former President Donald Trump hosted the conservative influencers behind “Libs of Tik Tok” and Babylon Bee at his Florida estate Mar-a-Lago as part of a new charm offensive by the Republican presidential candidate …
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.
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:
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
Jared Gans / The Hill:
Woman pleads guilty to mailing ricin to Trump  —  A woman pleaded guilty on Wednesday to mailing ricin to then-President Trump and eight Texas state law enforcement officials in September 2020.  —  A release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia states 55-year-old …
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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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Fox News
The Intercept:
Elon Musk Caves to Pressure From India to Remove BBC Doc Critical of Modi … Twitter and YouTube censored a report critical of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in coordination with the government of India.  Officials called for the Big Tech companies to take action against a BBC documentary …
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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.
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 …
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 …
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Kevin R. Kosar / Public Discourse:   The Congressional Fight over the House Speakership Was a Good Thing
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.
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 …
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.
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.”
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 …
 
 
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Karen Attiah / Washington Post:
Florida is offering an advanced lesson in anti-Blackness
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Anders Hagstrom / Fox News:
Dozens of freshman Republicans ignore invite to party with Biden at the White House
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Bloomberg
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
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Liz Goodwin / Washington Post:
Possible retirements before 2024 have Senate Democrats on edge
Aris Folley / The Hill:
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Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
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Luke Lukert / WTOP News:
Marylanders could get a shorter workweek under new bill
Discussion: Washingtonian
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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