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10:15 AM ET, January 25, 2023

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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.
Discussion: Political Wire and The Hill
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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?”
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  —  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.
New York Times:
Pentagon Will Increase Artillery Production Sixfold for Ukraine
Associated Press:
In reversal, US poised to approve Abrams tanks for Ukraine
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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New York Times:
Mystery Deepens Around George Santos's $700,000 in Campaign Loans  —  In amended campaign finance reports, Mr. Santos seemed to suggest that the loans did not come from his personal funds, as he had originally stated.  —  An updated campaign finance report filed on Tuesday raised new questions …
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
George Santos Admits 500K Personal Loan to Campaign Wasn't ‘Personal’  —  It's been one of the biggest mysteries surrounding George Santos: Where did he get his money?  In an amended filing, Santos admits a big chunk wasn't his. … George Santos promised reporters a surprise on Tuesday.
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.
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:
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.
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CNBC:   Former Trump UN ambassador Nikki Haley gears up for likely 2024 run for president
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 …
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.
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
One-quarter of mass attackers driven by conspiracy theories or hateful ideologies, Secret Service report says  —  Following the latest string of mass shootings in the U.S., the Secret Service published a 60-page report Wednesday detailing trends in mass attacks in public spaces to share patterns …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Theodore Schleifer / Puck:
S.B.F. Mama Drama  —  Barbara Fried was a beloved law professor whose midlife political awakening inspired Mind the Gap, a powerful network of 2,500 donors that helped the Democrats dominate the '18 midterms.  Now, she's the latest victim of her son, Sam Bankman-Fried.
Washington Post:
A leader in gun control efforts, California confronts its limits  —  A nation awash in guns — and a patchwork of state laws — has infused the push for restrictions with a sense of futility  —  MONTEREY PARK, Calif. — California's efforts to reduce gun violence have long been a point of pride among the state's liberal lawmakers.
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.
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
New York Times:
DOJ Sues Google Over Ad Technology  —  The Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit, which a group of states joined, was the fifth by U.S. officials against the company since 2020.  —  David McCabe reports on tech policy from Washington, and Nico Grant reports on Google from San Francisco.
Gayle Spinazze / Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists:
Doomsday Clock set at 90 seconds to midnight  —  • РУССКИЙ  • УКРАЇНСЬКА … The Doomsday Clock was set at 90 seconds to midnight, due largely but not exclusively …
David Dayen / American Prospect:
A Pitched Battle on Corporate Power  —  Biden's expansive executive order seeks to restore competition in the economy.  It's been a long, slow road to get the whole government on board—but there are some formidable gains. … On July 9, 2021, President Joe Biden signed one of the most sweeping changes to domestic policy since FDR.
Financial Times:
West grapples with dilemma over Iran nuclear talks  —  Even as relations touch new lows, US and European officials are keeping the door open to diplomacy  —  For months, the west has been hardening its rhetoric against Iran as the Islamic republic has cracked down on protesters and sold drones …
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Washington Post:
Mike Pompeo's revolting embrace of MBS after the Khashoggi murder  —  Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and Post contributing columnist since 2017, was killed in Istanbul at the consulate of Saudi Arabia in 2018.  According to a U.S. intelligence assessment, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved …
 
 
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Aris Folley / The Hill:
Senators eye Social Security reforms as some in House GOP consider cuts
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Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
Beto O'Rourke Is Holding On to $100K In Tainted Crypto Cash
Washington Post:
White House zeroes in on its next top economist
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg
Marissa Hermanson / Washington Post:
Want to break up with your gas fireplace? Here's how to convert it.
Discussion: Althouse
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Reuben Jones / Spectrum News NY1:
‘It was a wild week’: Rep. McHenry recounts tumultuous speaker vote
Discussion: The Hill
Yonat Shimron / Religion News Service:
How Southern California helped birth white Christian nationalism
Discussion: Raw Story and ABC7
New York Times:
Ticketmaster Cast as a Powerful ‘Monopoly’ at Senate Hearing
Des Moines Register:
Jubilant Kim Reynolds signs Iowa's seismic ‘school choice’ bill into law. What it means:
NBC News:
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Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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