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5:10 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: Vanity Fair, Vox and Raw Story
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 …
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Washington Post:
Judge releases evidence, video footage in attack on Paul Pelosi  —  Police body-camera video showing the October attack on the husband of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), along with audio of Paul Pelosi's 911 call, were made public Friday, revealing footage of the moment he was bludgeoned by a hammer-wielding intruder looking for his wife.
Houston Keene / Fox News:
David DePape breaking into Pelosi home captured on US Capitol Police surveillance footage
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 …
Natalie Allison / Politico:
Ronna McDaniel wins RNC chair race that grew very messy by the end  —  DANA POINT, Calif. — Ronna McDaniel will serve a rare fourth term as chair of the Republican National Committee, emerging victorious in a contentious bid for reelection.  —  McDaniel on Friday defeated her main challenger …
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Washington Post:
Ronna McDaniel quells revolt to win reelection as chair of fractured RNC  —  The RNC voted to stick with McDaniel amid demands for accountability for the party's string of electoral failures  —  DANA POINT, Calif. — The Republican National Committee on Friday voted to reelect Ronna McDaniel …
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
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Jeff Zients Is Named White House Chief of Staff
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Jonathan Franklin / NPR:
5 Memphis ex-police are charged with murder and jailed over the death of Tyre Nichols
Trent Abrego / Argus Leader:
Former Jones County GOP chairman charged with 3 counts of child pornography  —  Update: This story has been changed to include a comment from the South Dakota GOP.  —  A Lincoln County man has been charged with three counts of possession of child pornography.
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Announces More Arrests in Plot to Kill Iranian Writer  —  Three men were enlisted to assassinate Masih Alinejad, a human-rights activist in Brooklyn who has criticized Iran's repression of women, the indictment said.  —  The Justice Department has charged three men in a murder …
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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.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Talking Points Memo
Tierney Sneed / CNN:
Peter Navarro contempt of Congress trial delayed for months over executive privilege issues  —  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 …
Discussion: Roll Call, Raw Story and Political Wire
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Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Washington Post:
Election losses only deepen Arizona Republicans' insistence on fraud  —  Some lawmakers refuse to acknowledge legitimacy of democratic governor, resist attempts to lessen division  —  PHOENIX — As Republicans in Arizona's largest county gathered earlier this month, the routine task of choosing …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Associated Press:
Arizona GOP lawmakers OK rules to erase emails past 90 days
Discussion: Arizona Republic and Raw Story
Lane Brown / Curbed:
New Yorkers Never Came ‘Flooding Back.’ Why Did Rents Go Up So Much?  —  Getting to the bottom of a COVID-era real estate mystery.  —  For a minute there, things looked grim for New York City landlords.  The pandemic caused an exodus of such proportions that building owners were forced …
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?
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Attorney who helped firebomb NYPD car during BLM protests sentenced to prison … President of the United States since 2021  —  BROOKLYN — In a dramatic hearing on Thursday, a federal judge sentenced a corporate attorney who firebombed a police car during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests …
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 …
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US Food and Drug Administration:
FDA Proposes Individual Risk Assessment for Blood Donations, While Continuing to Safeguard U.S. Blood Supply
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 …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
House Oversight Chair Promises Newsmax He'll Investigate DirecTV  —  Comer's vow to hold hearings into DirecTV's cancellation of Newsmax comes after the network begged the GOP-led House to intervene on its behalf.  —  After relentlessly crying for Congress to intervene because DirecTV dumped it …
Discussion: Page Array, Fox News and Mediaite
Daily Mail:
Woman fired for following conservative Twitter accounts accuses her firm of caving to woke mob: ‘I follow accounts of every political affiliation!’  — Kara Lynne spoke out after being fired by Limited Run Games last week  — She was the target of an online campaign led by trans activist ‘Purple Tinker’
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Not an anomaly: 2020's red states have higher murder rates  —  The murder rates in Trump-voting states from 2020 have exceeded those in Biden-voting states every year since 2000, according to a new analysis by ThirdWay, a center-left think tank. … - Four reliably-red states consistently …
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
A Federal Court Blocks California's New Medical Misinformation Law  —  California's law sought to punish doctors who give patients false information about Covid-19.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge in California has temporarily blocked enforcement of a new state law allowing regulators …
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
New fears about Ron DeSantis's book crackdowns show his odious game  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis's crusade against “wokeness” thrives not just on zealotry, but also on deliberate vagueness.  His laws restricting classroom discussion of race and sex are fuzzily drafted …
Discussion: KPLC-TV and The Root
Douglas London / Just Security:
Rep. Jordan's Dangerous New Panel is Nothing Like the Church Committee  —  Washington is bracing for the impact of the new House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government which is to be led by Rep. Jim Jordan, the incoming chairman of the Judiciary Committee …
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
The Classified Document Scandal Is Even Dumber Than You Think  —  “It's a ridiculous system that's not fit for purpose anymore,” one State Department official told VICE News.  —  Cameron Joseph  —  WASHINGTON, US  —  It's hard to imagine a dumber way to protect our national intelligence.
 
 
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Steve Inskeep / NPR:
Hakeem Jeffries says Democrats won't pay a ‘ransom note’ to GOP over debt ceiling
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John Sailer / The James G. Martin Center …:
When Discipline-Specific Accreditors Go Woke
Emanuel Fabian / The Times of Israel:
7 killed, several hurt in shooting attack at Jerusalem synagogue; terrorist shot
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Department of Justice:
United States Obtains Temporary Restraining Order Against Firearm Companies Illegally Selling Machine Guns
Discussion: UPI and The Hill
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California Senate race sets up clash of titans
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Florida House ‘dress code’ asks women to cover their shoulders
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Ambassador Olexandr Scherba's Undiplomatic Thoughts on Russia and Europe's Shocking Wake-Up Call
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