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9:25 AM ET, January 26, 2023

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Nick Clegg / Meta:
Ending Suspension of Trump's Accounts With New Guardrails to Deter Repeat Offenses  —  Takeaways  — We will be ending the suspension of Mr. Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks.  — We've put new guardrails in place to deter repeat offenses.
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NBC News:
Facebook and Instagram end Trump's suspension from platforms  —  Former President Donald Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts are being reinstated, the social media giant Meta announced Wednesday — a little more than two years after he was suspended from the platforms over incendiary posts on the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.
Charlie Warzel / The Atlantic:
Trump and Facebook's Mutual Decay  —  This afternoon, Meta announced that it will soon reinstate Donald Trump's account after a two-year suspension from Facebook and Instagram.  The former president was deplatformed after his posts were deemed to have incited, or at the very least encouraged, the January 6 insurrection.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Why this debt ceiling showdown is different  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  WHAT THEY'RE READING AT THE DNC — JMart's latest: “No Democratic Bench?  Josh Shapiro and Wes Moore Are Ready To Step Up”
Axios:
Exclusive: Facebook to reinstate Trump
Bryan Metzger / Insider:
George Santos says he's undecided on whether he'll vote to kick Ilhan Omar off of the Foreign Affairs Committee  — The GOP wants to remove Ilhan Omar from a committee over years-old comments seen as anti-Semitic.  — Two Republicans have said they won't vote for the resolution, which is expected in the coming weeks.
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Virginia Aabram / Washington Examiner:
Swalwell says McCarthy will ‘regret’ booting him off Intel: 'I'm not going to be quiet'
Marc Thiessen / Washington Post:
McCarthy may regret kicking Schiff off House Intelligence Committee
Discussion: Mother Jones, HuffPost and Vanity Fair
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Republicans demand spending cuts to lift the debt limit.  They won't say what to cut.  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans, newly empowered with a House majority, are demanding spending cuts as a price for lifting the debt ceiling and averting a catastrophic default on U.S. debt.
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Politico:
Veterans of the Obama-era debt ceiling standoff on the current one: We may be doomed
Discussion: Semafor
Ben Casselman / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Records Solid Growth … The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 2.9 percent in the fourth quarter.  —  Economic growth remained solid at the end of last year as the strong job market and cooling inflation allowed Americans to keep spending despite fears of a recession.
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Jeff Cox / CNBC:
U.S. GDP rose 2.9% in the fourth quarter, more than expected even as recession fears loom  —  The U.S. economy finished 2022 in solid shape even as questions persist over whether growth will turn negative in the year ahead.  —  Fourth-quarter gross domestic product, the sum of all goods …
Politico:
Biden's next 2 years: A brutal war and a rough campaign  —  President Joe Biden's decision to send tanks to Ukraine marked a new chapter in the United States' commitment to Kyiv, one reflecting a growing belief that the war could stretch years and require extraordinary measures to hold an alliance together to repel Russia.
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Politico:
Inside Washington's about-face on sending tanks to Ukraine  —  In the weeks after Volodymyr Zelenskyy's Christmastime visit to Washington, U.S., German and other European leaders became locked in an increasingly ugly tit-for-tat over whether to send tanks to Ukraine.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
The M1 Abrams, headed to Ukraine, is the main U.S. battle tank.
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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New York Times:
Biden Faces Blowback From Democrats on Classified Documents
Washington Post:
Opinion section at The Washington Post expands its roster with seven new contributors  —  The Washington Post's opinion section continues to grow under Editorial Page Editor David Shipley's direction adding seven new contributors today.  These additions highlight The Post's commitment …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
FairTax, the GOP plan for a 30 percent national sales tax, explained  —  Why Kevin McCarthy agreed to put a radical plan to remake the tax code up for a vote.  —  Kevin McCarthy had a hell of a time getting elected as House speaker, and a list of all the concessions he made to the most conservative members …
Discussion: Tax Foundation
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Matt Laslo / Raw Story:
Exclusive: Sen. Dianne Feinstein won't announce her plans for 2024 — until 2024  —  WASHINGTON— Countless Democrats just hit a California-sized snag: Sen. Dianne Feinstein may not retire after all.  —  In an exclusive interview with Raw Story, California's senior senator announced she's not not running.
Discussion: The Bulwark
Marc Caputo / NBC News:
Sen. Rick Scott is running for re-election pushing his controversial tax plan  —  Sen. Rick Scott of Florida is running for re-election, he said in an announcement first shared with NBC News.  —  Scott released his campaign staff hires and made it clear he's not planning to run for president, as some have speculated.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and WFLA-TV
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
G.O.P. State Lawmakers Push a Growing Wave of Anti-Transgender Bills  —  Four states could ban transition care into young adulthood.  Lawmakers in several others want to restrict drag shows in ways that could affect transgender performers broadly.  It's part of a long-term plan.
Discussion: Erin In The Morning
Soo Rin Kim / ABC News:
Santos lists new treasurer — who says he doesn't work for the congressman  —  Embattled Rep. George Santos' campaign appears to be left without a treasurer.  —  With a disclosure filing deadline approaching as questions swirl around his  —  use of campaign funds
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Trump Has Completely Lost His Grip on Reality  —  The former president's deterioration is on full display in the Truth Social asylum he built for himself.  —  Let's check in on the shadow primary for the 2024 Republican nomination.  Nikki Haley is putting together a finance committee …
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
Andrew Solender / Axios:
Top Dems push to deny Santos access to classified info  —  Two top New York House Democrats on Wednesday pressed House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to deny Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) access to classified information. … - They wrote that Santos' “myriad deceptive actions …
Livia Albeck-Ripka / New York Times:
Suspect in Arson at Planned Parenthood Clinic Cited Ex-Girlfriend's Abortion, U.S. Says  —  The man, Tyler W. Massengill, 32, told investigators that he hoped the fire on Jan. 15 would delay others in having an abortion, according to federal authorities.  —  A man accused of firebombing …
Discussion: UPI and CBS News
Axios:
D.C.'s top two leaders disagree on how to save downtown  —  D.C.'s top two leaders aren't seeing eye-to-eye about how to revive downtown, with Council chair Phil Mendelson opposing Mayor Muriel Bowser's proposals to raise building height limits and increase development.
Punchbowl News:
1/26/23 ☀️ Punchbowl News AM  —  Something unusual is happening in the Capitol: Speaker Kevin McCarthy and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries are getting along. … And these two will be at each other's throats for the foreseeable future over politics, policy, personnel and morals.
Department of Justice:
Chinese National Sentenced to Eight Years for Acting within the United States as an Unregistered Agent of the People's Republic of China  —  A Chinese national was sentenced today to eight years in prison for acting illegally within the United States as an agent of the People's Republic of China.
Kevin Mcgill / Associated Press:
Report: Louisiana often holds inmates beyond release dates  —  Louisiana's prison system routinely holds people beyond their release dates, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday in a report concluding that the state has failed for years to develop solutions to “systemic overdetentions” …
Discussion: The Hill, UPI, CNN and New York Times
 
 
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