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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.
Axios:
Exclusive: Facebook to reinstate Trump … - “We've always believed that Americans should be able to hear from the people who want to lead the country,” Clegg told Axios. … - Trump relied heavily on Facebook ads in previous election cycles for fundraising and list-building.
Charlie Warzel / The Atlantic:
Trump and Facebook's Mutual Decay  —  At least the platform finally added a user.  —  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 …
Ramesh Ponnuru / Washington Post:
The scariest part of the debt ceiling impasse: Washington isn't scared  —  In the past week, I have been told by a prominent economist, the CEO of a major bank and two Democratic members of Congress not to worry about breaching the debt limit.  Congress always ends up raising the debt limit …
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Matthew Choi / The Texas Tribune:
U.S. Rep. Chip Roy says he'll use debt ceiling threat to push through his border security plan
Discussion: Political Wire
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Democrats have a two-part plan to use the debt ceiling against Republicans
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Kevin McCarthy's math problem
Virginia Aabram / Washington Examiner:
Swalwell says McCarthy will ‘regret’ booting him off Intel: 'I'm not going to be quiet'  —  Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) said Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) will “regret” keeping him off the Intelligence Committee, promising to use his free time to be a thorn in the House speaker's side.
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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.
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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Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
National Archives silent as disparity between its handling of Biden, Trump documents fuels questions
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
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.
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
The M1 Abrams, headed to Ukraine, is the main U.S. battle tank.
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 …
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
The private angst over Donald Trump's racist attacks on Elaine Chao goes public  —  Over the past several months, the leading Republican presidential candidate has launched a series of racist attacks on the wife of the Republican Party's Senate leader, a woman who once served in his Cabinet.
New York Times:
Newport News School Was Warned 3 Times That 6-Year-Old Had a Gun, Lawyer Says  —  Another child saw the weapon at recess, and a teacher warned that the boy might have a gun in his pocket.  Yet an administrator dismissed the threat, according to the lawyer for a teacher who was shot.
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: Raw Story
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
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 …
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: CBS News
Jules Darmanin / Politico:
Clergyman killed in Spain church attack, terrorist link suspected  —  Spanish authorities are investigating a potential “terrorist” incident after a man stabbed multiple people in two different churches in Algeciras, killing at least one person on Wednesday evening.
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Woman pleads guilty to mailing ricin to President Trump in 2020  —  French Canadian woman also mailed threatening letters with homemade toxin to eight Texas law enforcement officials  —  A French Canadian woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to sending ricin-laced letters with threats …
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
'Our Family's Sick': Why Hunter Biden Lied About Paying $50k Monthly Rent  —  Amid the brouhaha over President Joe Biden's improper retention of classified documents and concerns that his son, Hunter Biden, had access to them, a 2018 form on which Hunter Biden claims to have spent nearly $50,000 …
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.
Split Ticket:
Our 2022 Senate Wins Above Replacement Model  —  During the course of our 2022 postmortems, we at Split Ticket have already quantified the importance of candidate quality in the House of Representatives elections.  Today, we extend our model to the 2022 US Senate elections …
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
Alison Sider / Wall Street Journal:
DOT Probes Southwest Airlines Scheduling After Holiday-Travel Meltdown  —  Southwest says it will cooperate with requests from government officials  —  The U.S. Transportation Department is probing Southwest Airlines Co.'s LUV .52%increase; green up pointing triangle scheduling in the wake …
Discussion: Associated Press and Just The News
Charlie Warzel / The Atlantic:
Will the 2016 Election Ever End?  —  New research about the Kremlin's election interference raises more questions than it answers.  —  The 2016 presidential election will never die—or, at the very least, we appear doomed to discuss it forever.  Earlier this month, NYU's Center for Social Media …
Jordan Pearson / VICE:
‘Free Speech Absolutist’ Elon Musk Censors BBC Doc Critical of India's PM on Twitter  —  Twitter is censoring links to a BBC documentary that examined Prime Minister Modi's role in violent 2002 riots that saw over 1,000 deaths.  —  Jordan Pearson  —  Twitter has censored links …
New York Times:
N.I.H. Did Not Properly Track a Group Studying Coronaviruses, Report Finds  —  An internal federal watchdog said that the health agency had not given adequate oversight to EcoHealth Alliance, which had been awarded $8 million in grants.  —  The National Institutes of Health made significant errors …
Kate Briquelet / The Daily Beast:
Roger Ailes Accuser Sues Fox News and Trump's Ex-Comms Director Bill Shine  —  Ailes allegedly told Laura Luhn “that she was his ‘sex slave,’ and that she was forbidden from telling anyone about the abuse or he would make her pay dearly,” the lawsuit states.
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.
Brady Knox / Washington Examiner:
Paul Pelosi attack body camera footage to be released following court order  —  The police body camera footage of the attack on Paul Pelosi will be released to the public, per an order from a San Francisco judge.  —  The order came after a sustained effort from a press coalition, according to Politico.
 
 
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Antony J. Blinken / United States Department of State:
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Discussion: Al Jazeera and Raw Story
David Wasserman / Cook Political Report:
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The White House:
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NBC News:
Trump hosts conservative influencers behind ‘Libs of Tik Tok’ and Babylon Bee for dinner
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Biden's devious plan to break the MAGA fever just might work
Discussion: Althouse