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Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:
There's another mystery in Santos' campaign expenditures  —  The Republican firm WinRed says it has asked Rep. George Santos' campaign to “ensure” it has reported fees accurately.  —  A Republican technology firm says it is asking Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., to correct yet another apparent error on his campaign spending records.
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Politico:
As Santos digs in, both parties ramp up campaign plans for his demise
Discussion: abc7NY
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
‘I have no enemies, at least’: Where Santos really stands in the House GOP
Discussion: Fox News and Insider
Albany Times Union:
Stefanik's silence  —  After endorsing and funding George Santos, the House's GOP conference leader …
Discussion: HuffPost
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 …
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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.
Max Moran / American Prospect:   The Myth of Jeffrey Zients
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 …
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Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
DeSantis wades into RNC race: ‘I like what Harmeet Dhillon has said’
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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Abigail Adcox / Washington Examiner:
FDA to relax blood donation rules for gay and bisexual men in monogamous relationships  —  Gay and bisexual men in monogamous relationships will soon be able to donate blood without abstaining from sex under new federal guidelines, parting from a long-standing policy that barred men …
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 …
Tom Cotton / Fox News:
Biden's Ukraine incompetence made war far bloodier.  It's time to deliver what's needed to defeat Russia  —  Sending just 31 Abrams tanks to help Ukraine battle Russia is too little, too late  —  Sen. Tom Cotton: Ukraine Abrams tanks decision is ‘long overdue’
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
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Pro-DeSantis group to launch ‘opening salvo’ in New Hampshire at GOP meeting  —  A super PAC backing Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) for president in 2024 will have a presence at this weekend's New Hampshire GOP meeting, planting its flag in the state for the Florida governor and potentially setting …
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.
Ron Dicker / HuffPost:
Tucker Carlson Talks Nonsense About U.S. Invading Canada To Remove Trudeau  —  “Why should we let it become Cuba?” the Fox News host said after suggesting America launch an attack to “liberate” Canada.  —  Tucker Carlson on Thursday called for the U.S. to invade Canada and remove Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Jack Forrest / CNN:
Paul Pelosi attack video and audio being released Friday  —  Video and audio recorded last year during the attack on Paul Pelosi will be released Friday, after a California court ruled the district attorney's office must make the materials public.  —  Audio from police interviews …
Brady Leonard / Washington Examiner:
Where will Democrats turn in 2024?  —  At least five stashes of classified materials have been found in President Joe Biden's possession, both at his Wilmington, Delaware, home and his China-aligned Washington think tank.  Legacy media can no longer ignore the story, and even Democratic politicians …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Can Anything Be Done to Assuage Rural Rage?  —  Rural resentment has become a central fact of American politics — in particular, a pillar of support for the rise of right-wing extremism.  As the Republican Party has moved ever further into MAGAland, it has lost votes among educated suburban voters …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jason Jay Smart / Kyiv Post:
Ambassador Olexandr Scherba's Undiplomatic Thoughts on Russia and Europe's Shocking Wake-Up Call  —  How Ukraine's desire for freedom disrupted the EU's vision for the future - until Europe had no choice but to act. … Olexander Scherba is a Ukrainian diplomat and author who served as Ambassador to Austria from 2014 to 2021.
Discussion: The Atlantic
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 …
USA Today:
Michigan Senate OKs earlier presidential primary, to dismay of GOP  —  The Democratic majority in the Michigan Senate approved a measure Thursday that would move the state's presidential primary earlier in the year.  —  The 20-18 party-line vote to shift the primary from mid-March …
The Guardian:
Revealed: Trump secretly donated $1m to discredited Arizona election ‘audit’  —  Funding for controversial review of state's vote count in 2020 election can be traced to former president's Pac  —  One of the enduring mysteries surrounding the chaotic attempts to overturn Donald Trump's defeat …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
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.
Michael Schaffer / Politico:
Biden Appointees Are Looking for New Jobs — And the Market Is Hot  —  There's good news for Biden appointees eyeing the exits: Unlike your predecessors from Donald Trump's chaotic administration, you're in demand in the private sector.  —  While the 46th president has presided …
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: GOP considers copying powerful Dem donor tactic  —  Republican candidates might have to beef up grassroots fundraising operations to qualify for the first 2024 presidential primary debate, Axios has learned. … - Discussions are ongoing about the precise number of donors to require …
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Biden > Obama  —  Sorry not sorry.  —  Two things: First, come hang out with me tonight …
Discussion: The Atlantic
Timothy Puko / Washington Post:
Biden protects vast wilderness area in Minnesota from mining
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Jonathan Franklin / NPR:
5 Memphis ex-police are charged with murder and jailed over the death of Tyre Nichols
Mariana Alfaro / Washington Post:
Calif. seeks to disbar Trump adviser John Eastman over Jan. 6 charges
Rolling Stone:
New MAGA Push: Defund the Government, It's Too Woke
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Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
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Colleen Slevin / Associated Press:
Colorado baker loses appeal over transgender birthday cake
Graham Piro / FIRE:
Report: Stanford student may need to ‘take accountability,’ ‘acknowledge harm’ for reading Hitler's ‘Mein Kampf’
Discussion: New York Post and Mediaite
 

 
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Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
How the Internet Archive plans to defend its digital lending practices as it appeals a US court's 2023 ruling; IA says it was forced to remove over 500K books

Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Court filings show how Zuckerberg and other Meta execs played down risks to young users, while rejecting staff pleas to bolster guardrails and hire more staff

Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
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