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1:30 PM ET, January 27, 2023

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Rolling Stone:
Trump's Killing Spree: The Inside Story of His Race to Execute Every Prisoner He Could  —  Before 2020, there had been three federal executions in 60 years.  Then Trump put 13 people to death in six months … N THE FINAL moments of Brandon Bernard's life, before he was executed …
Discussion: Vox and Raw Story
The White House:
Statement from President Joe Biden on Personnel Announcement  —  I've known Ron Klain since he was a third-year law student.  He came to work for me on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and I knew the moment he started that he was a once-in-a-generation talent with a fierce and brilliant intellect.
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Max Moran / American Prospect:
The Myth of Jeffrey Zients  —  There is no reason to trust a longtime corporate stooge to serve as President Biden's chief of staff.  —  Jeff Zients, then COVID-19 response coordinator, prepares to speak at a press briefing at the White House, April 13, 2021, in Washington.
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Jeff Zients Is Named White House Chief of Staff  —  The White House formally announced that Mr. Zients, 56, would be taking over for Ron Klain, who has held the role since President Biden took office two years ago.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden said on Friday that Jeffrey D. Zients …
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
‘I have no enemies, at least’: Where Santos really stands in the House GOP  —  Everyone in the Capitol seems to be talking about George Santos.  Almost no fellow Republican, however, appears to be forging real bonds with him.  —  The New York Republican became a migraine for his party …
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Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:   There's another mystery in Santos' campaign expenditures
Washington Post:
Santos campaign briefly reported $254,000 in payments to ‘anonymous’
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Albany Times Union:
Stefanik's silence  —  After endorsing and funding George Santos, the House's GOP conference leader …
Discussion: HuffPost
Joan Biskupic / CNN:
Exclusive: Supreme Court did not disclose financial relationship with expert brought in to review leak probe  —  The Supreme Court did not disclose its longstanding financial ties with former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff even as it touted him as an expert who independently validated …
Tierney Sneed / CNN:
Peter Navarro contempt of Congress trial will be delayed for months, judge says  —  A federal judge on Friday delayed the contempt of Congress trial for former Donald Trump adviser Peter Navarro, likely for months, to allow for additional pre-trial debate over the role executive privilege could play when the case goes to a jury.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Sabrina Willmer / Bloomberg:
Trump Bid to Help Ex-Aide Navarro Spurned by Judge in Contempt Case
Discussion: Washington Examiner, Raw Story and CNN
Washington Post:
RNC chair seeks to quell revolt, divisions ahead of tense Friday election  —  GOP leaders are voting on whether to reelect Ronna McDaniel amid demands for accountability for the party's string of electoral failures  —  DANA POINT, Calif. — A contentious battle over the future of the GOP …
US Food and Drug Administration:
FDA Proposes Individual Risk Assessment for Blood Donations, While Continuing to Safeguard U.S. Blood Supply  —  For Immediate Release:  —  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced it is proposing a change from time-based deferrals to assessing blood donor eligibility using gender-inclusive …
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Christopher Rugaber / Associated Press:
US inflation and consumer spending cooled in December  —  The Federal Reserve's preferred inflation gauge eased further in December, and consumer spending fell — the latest evidence that the Fed's series of interest rate hikes are slowing the economy.  Friday's report from the Commerce Department showed …
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Punchbowl News:
THE TOP … The Republican chair of the House Budget Committee is adamant that the U.S. government won't default on its debt - even in the event of a debt-limit breach. … “We won't default now,” he added. … But, hypothetically, what if we do run out the fiscal clock and breach the debt limit?
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Federal prosecutors discussed charging Trump in Stormy Daniels case when he left office, book says  —  Days before then-President Donald Trump left the White House, federal prosecutors in New York discussed whether to potentially charge Trump with campaign finance crimes once he was out of office …
Jack Forrest / CNN:
Court releases video of attack on Paul Pelosi  —  San Francisco Superior Court on Friday released video and audio recorded during last year's attack on Paul Pelosi after a California court ruled the district attorney's office must make the materials public.  —  CNN has obtained the CD containing …
Jonathan Franklin / NPR:
5 Memphis ex-police are charged with murder and jailed over the death of Tyre Nichols  —  Five former Memphis police officers have been indicted and jailed in the beating death of Tyre Nichols, who died days after a traffic stop on Jan. 7.  —  Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III …
Justice News:
U.S. Attorney Announces Charges And New Arrest In Connection With Assassination Plot Directed From Iran  —  Members of Eastern European Organized Crime Group Allegedly Plotted to Murder a U.S. Citizen of Iranian Origin in New York City Who Has Publicly Opposed the Iranian Government
Discussion: NBC News and New York Daily News
Mattathias Schwartz / Insider:
Exclusive: Inside the extramarital affair and cash-fueled double life of Charles McGonigal, the FBI spy hunter charged with taking Russian money  —  2023-01-27T11:00:00Z … One morning in October 2017, Allison Guerriero noticed something unusual on the floor of her boyfriend's Park Slope, Brooklyn, apartment: a bag full of cash.
University of New Hampshire Scholars' Repository:
DeSantis Opens Lead Over Trump in New Hampshire in Race for 2024 GOP Nomination 1/26/2023  —  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has opened a lead over former President Donald Trump among likely voters in the New Hampshire 2024 Republican presidential primary.  Less than half of likely GOP primary voters think Trump should be running.
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Pro-DeSantis group to launch ‘opening salvo’ in New Hampshire at GOP meeting
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
California Senate race sets up clash of titans  —  A Senate race pitting the man who spearheaded former President Donald Trump's first impeachment, Adam Schiff, against fundraising powerhouse and wonk superstar Katie Porter would guarantee fireworks and a price tag in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Stuart A. Thompson / New York Times:
On Trump's Social Network: Ads for Miracle Cures, Scams and Fake Merchandise  —  Truth Social, the social network started by former President Donald J. Trump, has struggled to attract large brands.  —  Between posts about conspiracy theories and right-wing grievances was an unusual advertisement …
Gabriel Schoenfeld / The Bulwark:
What Mike Pompeo Leaves Out  —  In a memoir clearly intended to prepare for a presidential run, the former secretary of state toots his own horn—but his silences are louder.  —  Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love  —  “My Mike” was the nickname that President Trump bestowed …
Peter Schorsch / Florida Politics:
Florida House ‘dress code’ asks women to cover their shoulders … Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises Media and is the publisher of FloridaPolitics.com, INFLUENCE Magazine, and Sunburn, the morning read of what's hot in Florida politics.
Discussion: RedState
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
How Donald Trump's 2024 Campaign Bounced Back … Donald Trump spent the final months of 2022 reeling from electoral setbacks and media disasters.  Many of his high-profile endorsements in the midterm elections flopped.  His attacks on popular GOP governors in Florida, Virginia, Ohio …
Department of Justice:
United States Obtains Temporary Restraining Order Against Firearm Companies Illegally Selling Machine Guns  —  Civil Action is Part of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York's Civil Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence  —  On January 19, 2023, the United States filed …
Discussion: The Hill and UPI
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Releases New Data Showing 26 Million People in All 50 States Applied or Were Automatically Eligible for One-Time Student Debt Relief  —  New data comes as elected officials and special interests actively block many of their own constituents from getting relief
Discussion: The Hill, Insider, UPI, Plain Dealer and WFLA-TV
 
 
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New York Times:
For 2024 Democratic Convention, Finalist Cities Include Atlanta, Chicago and New York
Discussion: NBC News and Da Techguy's …
Susan Rinkunas / Jezebel:
Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Is Trying to Open a Gun Range That Serves Alcohol
Discussion: Raw Story and Chicago Tribune
John Katsilometes / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Jay Leno breaks bones in 2nd accident after announcing Vegas return
Melania Hidalgo / CBS News:
U.K. jails right-wing extremist who helped “inspire” U.S. mass shootings
Discussion: BBC, The Guardian, Semafor and Raw Story
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Can Anything Be Done to Assuage Rural Rage?
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Cotton / Fox News:
Biden's Ukraine incompetence made war far bloodier. It's time to deliver what's needed to defeat Russia
The Guardian:
Revealed: Trump secretly donated $1m to discredited Arizona election ‘audit’
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Jason Jay Smart / Kyiv Post:
Ambassador Olexandr Scherba's Undiplomatic Thoughts on Russia and Europe's Shocking Wake-Up Call
Discussion: The Atlantic
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: GOP considers copying powerful Dem donor tactic
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Biden > Obama  —  Sorry not sorry.  —  Two things: First, come hang out with me tonight …
Discussion: The Atlantic
Michael Schaffer / Politico:
Biden Appointees Are Looking for New Jobs — And the Market Is Hot
Mariana Alfaro / Washington Post:
Calif. seeks to disbar Trump adviser John Eastman over Jan. 6 charges
 

 
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David Shepardson / Reuters:
The US FTC says it has referred a complaint to the DOJ against TikTok and ByteDance over potential violations of the Children's Online Privacy Act

Brian Stelter / @brianstelter:
Email to staff: Jeff Bezos names and copies Will Lewis and says WaPo “needs to evolve” and has his “commitment on maintaining quality, ethics, and standards”

Marek Miller / The Keyword:
Google launches News Showcase in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania; several publishers added a feature where Google pays for reader access to paywalled content

 
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