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4:55 PM ET, January 26, 2023

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New York Times:
Barr Pressed Durham to Find Flaws in the Russia Investigation.  It Didn't Go Well.  —  The review by John Durham at one point veered into a criminal investigation related to Donald Trump himself, even as it failed to find wrongdoing in the origins of the Russia inquiry.
Discussion: Insider, PoliticusUSA and Raw Story
New York Times:
Trump Support Is Eroding in an Republican National Committee He Remade  —  Interviews with more than a third of the Republican National Committee's members point to a desire for an alternative presidential nominee to emerge from a competitive primary.  —  As Donald J. Trump prepares …
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Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
DeSantis gets into RNC race, backing Dhillon
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Donald Trump's 2024 Campaign Faces Trouble in Crucial Iowa
Discussion: The Hill and CBS News
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
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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Melanie Mason / Los Angeles Times:
California Rep. Adam Schiff enters marquee Senate race  —  Rep. Adam B. Schiff, a decades-long fixture in San Fernando Valley politics who rose to national prominence as a top Democratic foe to then-President Trump, is joining a contest for U.S. Senate that is quickly shaping up to be highly competitive, he announced Thursday.
Bloomberg:
Adam Schiff Took On Donald Trump. Now He's Stepping Into California's Senate Race
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 …
Discussion: Insider and New York Post
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 …
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.
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 …
Marc Thiessen / Washington Post:
McCarthy may regret kicking Schiff off House Intelligence Committee  —  It tells you much about the priorities of Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) that he has seated serial fabulist George Santos (R-N.Y.) on multiple House committees while removing Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) from the Intelligence panel he led the past four years.
Discussion: Newsbusters, Mother Jones and HuffPost
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The Hill:
McCarthy might have a math problem in blocking Omar from panel
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 …
Alanna Vagianos / HuffPost:
Virginia Democrats Defeat 15-Week Abortion Ban And Glenn Youngkin's Anti-Choice Agenda  —  The Virginia governor introduced the idea of a 15-week ban last year, likely to bolster his anti-abortion record before a 2024 presidential run.  —  Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin's (R) …
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Charlotte Rene Woods / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Bills limiting abortion access defeated in Virginia Senate committee
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 …
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Potential Biden challenger Marianne Williamson heads to New Hampshire  —  The visit comes as state Democrats warn the ongoing showdown over primary dates “will create an opening for an insurgent candidate” that could embarrass the president  —  Author and activist Marianne Williamson …
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.
Bloomberg:
Giving Four Months' Notice or Paying to Quit Has These Workers Feeling Trapped  —  Last spring, a doctor for Concentra Inc., the leading US occupational health-care company, told his boss he wanted to quit.  The workload of as many as 40 patients a day was too great, and the breaks were too short, he says.
Ariel Edwards-Levy / CNN:
CNN Poll: Nearly three-quarters of Americans think House GOP leaders haven't paid enough attention to most important problems  —  Fewer than one-third of Americans believe that House GOP leaders are prioritizing the country's most important issues, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS.
Colleen Slevin / Associated Press:
Colorado baker loses appeal over transgender birthday cake  —  The Colorado baker who won a partial U.S. Supreme Court victory after refusing to make a gay couple's wedding cake because of his Christian faith lost an appeal Thursday in his latest legal fight, involving his rejection of a request …
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.
Chris Pandolfo / Fox News:
Sen. Kennedy stumps Biden nominee with basic questions about the Constitution  —  Judge Charnelle Bjelkengren could not recall what certain parts of US Constitution do  —  Sen. John Kennedy grills Biden judicial nominees on the Constitution, originalism  —  A Biden judicial nominee …
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
Asteroid 2023 BU: Space rock to pass closer than some satellites  —  You definitely shouldn't panic but there is a biggish asteroid about to pass by Earth in the coming hours.  —  About the size of a minibus, the space rock, known as 2023 BU, will whip over the southern tip of South America just after midnight GMT.
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).
White Mountain Independent:
Legislature votes to exempt self from state records laws  —  PHOENIX — The Arizona Legislature will exempt itself from state public records law and destroy all email correspondence sent or received by lawmakers or staff after 90 days under new rules adopted by majority Republicans over vigorous opposition from minority Democrats.
Discussion: Politico and Ohio Capital Journal
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
DirecTV Signs Another Right-Wing Channel After Dumping Newsmax  —  The TV provider added a network starring firebrands like Dana Loesch and Bill O'Reilly, flying in the face of right-wing claims that DirecTV “silences” conservatives.  —  Amid cries from Republicans that DirecTV …
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Manchin takes aim at Treasury delay for EV tax credit restrictions  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Wednesday is introducing legislation to eliminate a delay in adding new restrictions to the consumer tax credit for electric vehicles.  —  The legislation takes aim at a Treasury Department move …
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
GOP Rep. Cory Mills hands out dummy grenades to House members  —  Newly elected Rep. Cory Mills (R-Fla.) passed out grenades Thursday to other members of Congress, along with a note on his office letterhead emphasizing that the ordnance was made in Florida.  —  “I am honored to be a part …
Wall Street Journal:
Bed Bath & Beyond Says Banks Have Cut Off Its Credit Lines  —  Retailer says it doesn't have funds to repay credit lines as it prepares for potential bankruptcy filing
 
 
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Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
House lawmakers launch ‘Congressional Dads Caucus’
Discussion: ABC News and WFLA-TV
Bloomberg:
White House Under Pressure to Develop a ‘Plan B’ on Student Debt
Discussion: Political Wire
Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
Ex-U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan announces his next career move
Ryan Quinn / Inside Higher Ed:
Firing Tenured Faculty, With No Appeal Right
Discussion: Reason
Associated Press:
Slotkin preps Senate run after winning tough reelection bid
Discussion: Roll Call
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