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12:30 PM ET, January 27, 2023

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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  —  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.
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
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
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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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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Tangle and BuzzFeed News
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Sabrina Willmer / Bloomberg:
Trump Bid to Help Ex-Aide Navarro Spurned by Judge in Contempt Case  —  A letter from former President Donald Trump's lawyer failed to persuade a judge to reconsider his refusal to dismiss a criminal contempt case against one-time White House trade adviser Peter Navarro.
Discussion: CNN, Washington Examiner and Raw Story
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: 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  —  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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Melania Hidalgo / CBS News:
U.K. jails right-wing extremist who helped “inspire” U.S. mass shootings  —  London — A 19-year-old British man whose extreme right-wing videos helped “inspire” two recent U.S. shootings, according to police, was sentenced Friday to 11 years in prison by a U.K. court.  Daniel Harris was convicted of encouraging terrorism.
Discussion: BBC, The Guardian, Semafor and Raw Story
 
 
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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
Brady Leonard / Washington Examiner:
Where will Democrats turn in 2024?  —  At least five stashes of classified materials …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Can Anything Be Done to Assuage Rural Rage?
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Biden > Obama  —  Sorry not sorry.  —  Two things: First, come hang out with me tonight …
Discussion: The Atlantic
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