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11:30 PM ET, January 26, 2023

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Jacqueline Sweet / Glen Cove, NY Patch:
George Santos Posted ‘Deeply Offensive’ Comment About Hitler, Jews  —  QUEENS, NY — Years ago, embattled Long Island Rep. George Santos commented on a Facebook post with what appear to be intended-jokes about Hitler, a phrase that appears to salute Hitler and observations about “the Jews and black …
The State Bar of California:
Attorney John Eastman Charged with Multiple Disciplinary Counts by the State Bar of California  —  The State Bar of California's Chief Trial Counsel George Cardona announced today the filing of a Notice of Disciplinary Charges (NDC) against attorney John Charles Eastman (State Bar No. 193726).
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Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
California seeks disbarment of Eastman following Trump memo  —  The California State Bar is seeking disbarment of attorney John Eastman, who crafted memos for the Trump campaign encouraging Vice President Mike Pence to buck his ceremonial duty to certify the 2020 election results.
Alliance Defending Freedom:
Scardina v. Masterpiece Cakeshop  —  Description: The same attorney who filed an unsuccessful complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission in 2017 commenced a lawsuit in state court over the same custom cake request the attorney made at that time.  The request was for a custom-designed cake …
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Kaelan Deese / Washington Examiner:   Colorado baker Jack Phillips loses appeal in transgender case as Supreme Court ruling looms
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Donald Trump's 2024 Campaign Faces Trouble in Crucial Iowa  —  Donald Trump doesn't always get his calls to Iowa returned these days.  —  The former president, itching to seal up support early in what remains a key state in the Republican presidential contest, has checked in with Iowa influencers who have stood by him in the past.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA, The Hill and CBS News
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New York Times:
Trump Support Is Eroding in an Republican National Committee He Remade
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
DeSantis gets into RNC race, backing Dhillon
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CNN:
First on CNN: National Archives asks former presidents and vice presidents to check for classified and presidential documents  —  The National Archives is formally asking former presidents and vice presidents to re-check their personal records for any classified documents or other presidential records …
CNN:
Elon Musk meets with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Hakeem Jeffries  —  Twitter and Tesla CEO Elon Musk met with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries at the US Capitol in Washington on Thursday evening.  —  McCarthy, leaving the meeting with Musk in his office …
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Bloomberg:
Elon Musk Meets With Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Capitol Hill  —  Elon Musk made a surprise visit to Capitol Hill on Thursday and met with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.  —  “He came to wish me a happy birthday,” said McCarthy, who turned 58 on Thursday.  “We've been friends for years.”
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
More than 100 Harvard students walk out of class of professor accused of sexual abuse  —  More than 100 Harvard students walked out of professor John L. Comaroff's class Tuesday afternoon to protest his teaching again after he was placed on leave last year for violating the school's sexual harassment and professional conduct policies.
Discussion: The Harvard Crimson
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Tatiana Siegel / Variety:
'I'm Not a Victim': Pamela Anderson Opens Up About Money, Abuse and the ‘Assholes’ Behind ‘Pam & Tommy’  —  On the first day of shooting “Home Improvement” in April 1991, Pamela Anderson emerged from her dressing room on the Walt Disney Studios lot and found series star Tim Allen loitering in the hallway in a bathrobe.
Lori Rozsa / Washington Post:
Backlash grows against DeSantis decision to block AP African American studies class  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is facing mounting backlash regarding his administration's decision to prohibit an Advanced Placement high school course on African American studies, with Black leaders rallying in the capital …
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Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Pritzker Demands Black Queer History in AP African-American Studies
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 …
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Abha Bhattarai / Washington Post:
U.S. economy grew 2.1 percent in 2022, but recession fears linger
Rick Rojas / New York Times:
All five officers face the same set of charges.  Here is what they mean.  —  The officers, who were fired last week and accused of excessive force in a traffic stop, have been charged with second-degree murder.  Officials are calling for calm as they prepare to release body camera video on Friday showing the fatal encounter.
Graham Piro / FIRE:
Report: Stanford student may need to ‘take accountability,’ ‘acknowledge harm’ for reading Hitler's ‘Mein Kampf’ … Reading a book on a college campus should not prompt formal administrative intervention.  But that's what's reportedly happening at Stanford University this week …
Discussion: New York Post and Mediaite
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump unveils new education policy loaded with culture war proposals  —  Former President Donald Trump is unveiling a 2024 education policy plan, one focusing heavily on the culture war components that have animated conservatives.  —  The plan, shared in advance with POLITICO …
Discussion: Political Wire
Rolling Stone:
New MAGA Push: Defund the Government, It's Too Woke  —  Republicans are embracing a Trumpist policy wonk's strategy to make the debt-ceiling fight all about social justice, not Social Security. … It's way too “woke.”  —  That's the message from Russell Vought — a hard-right policy wonk …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jared Szuba / Al-Monitor:
Senior Islamic State leader killed in US raid in Somalia  —  Bilal al-Sudani, “a key operator and global facilitator for IS' global network,” died along with 10 companions in a firefight with US forces in a cave complex last night, Biden administration officials said.
Joe Perticone / Press Pass:
Matt Schlapp allegedly groped a young man—hurting his already dwindling influence  —  Schlapp's lobbying business has cratered.  Now his Republican support is on thin ice.  —  Good afternoon, Press Pass readers!  Today's edition is all about Matt Schlapp, the Republican influence peddler …
Rolling Stone:
‘American Taliban’ Was Ordered Not to Meet With Extremists.  He Did Anyway  —  John Walker Lindh was supposed to steer clear of extremists while out on supervised release but the FBI spotted him hanging out with a convicted ISIS supporter … Lindh, who reportedly maintained his support …
Discussion: CNN, Associated Press and Fox News
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Kavanaugh touts ‘great relations’ among justices on divided Supreme Court  —  WASHINGTON — Conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh said the Supreme Court is not as divided as members of the public might think, praising his liberal colleagues and highlighting rulings in which the justices …
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
BuzzFeed to Use ChatGPT Creator OpenAI to Help Create Some of Its Content  —  CEO Jonah Peretti said publisher would use the technology to make more comprehensive quizzes, interactive content  —  Cheating With ChatGPT: Can an AI Chatbot Pass AP Lit?  —  YOU MAY ALSO LIKE  —  Created with sketchtool.
Matt Dixon / Politico:
DeSantis rolls out sweeping criminal justice package  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday outlined a sweeping criminal justice proposal that came packed with changes that have long been politically popular with conservatives, setting up a fight with outmatched Democrats during the 2023 legislative session.
CNN:
Former Trump DHS official Ken Cuccinelli testifying in grand jury investigation around 2020 election interference  —  Former Trump-era Department of Homeland Security official Ken Cuccinelli is testifying before a federal grand jury in Washington, DC, on Thursday.
Abigail Shrier / Public:
Why Street Prostitution Is Skyrocketing in California  —  “Nine to 21 times a day with different guys?  The body is not made for that.”  —  Writes The Truth Fairy  · Subscribe  —  The following is excerpted from “Predator's Paradise” at City Journal.
NBC News:
AI wrote a bill to regulate AI.  Now Rep. Ted Lieu wants Congress to pass it.  —  WASHINGTON — One way to get Congress to support regulating artificial intelligence is by using it to write a resolution calling for just that.  —  At least, that's what Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., hopes.
Discussion: Semafor and The Western Journal
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.
 
 
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Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Manchin takes aim at Treasury delay for EV tax credit restrictions
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DirecTV Adds Another Right-Wing Network After Dumping Newsmax
Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
Ex-U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan announces his next career move
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Quinn / Inside Higher Ed:
Firing Tenured Faculty, With No Appeal Right
Discussion: Reason
Chris Pandolfo / Fox News:
Sen. Kennedy stumps Biden nominee with basic questions about the Constitution
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Potential Biden challenger Marianne Williamson heads to New Hampshire
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
Asteroid 2023 BU: Space rock to pass closer than some satellites
Associated Press:
Slotkin preps Senate run after winning tough reelection bid
Discussion: Roll Call
Bloomberg:
Giving Four Months' Notice or Paying to Quit Has These Workers Feeling Trapped
Melanie Mason / Los Angeles Times:
California Rep. Adam Schiff enters marquee Senate race
 

 
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Reed Albergotti / Semafor:
AI search engine Perplexity says it was working on revenue-sharing deals with publishers when Forbes criticized it for misusing content from Forbes and others

Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
CNN signs a deal to use AP stories on its website, the first time it has done so since cutting ties 14 years ago to focus more on original reporting

Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
Sony Pictures Entertainment buys Alamo Drafthouse Cinema; 35 cinemas will keep operating under the Alamo brand, and Alamo's Michael Kustermann will remain CEO

 
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