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7:25 AM ET, January 27, 2023

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Mariana Alfaro / Washington Post:
Calif. seeks to disbar Trump adviser John Eastman over Jan. 6 charges  —  The State Bar of California intends to seek the disbarment of former president Donald Trump's election attorney John Eastman for his role in trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
New York Times:
Senior ISIS Leader in Somalia Killed in U.S. Special Operations Raid  —  No civilians or Americans were killed or injured in the operation, officials said.  —  WASHINGTON — Special Operations troops killed a senior Islamic State leader in a helicopter raid in a remote area of Somalia on Thursday, a U.S. official said.
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Jared Szuba / Al-Monitor:
Senior Islamic State leader killed in US raid in Somalia
Politico:
As Santos digs in, both parties ramp up campaign plans for his demise  —  The freshman fabricator is showing no signs of a departure that would trigger a special election.  But his GOP and Democrats are preparing anyway.  —  A determined band of New Yorkers is already working to make George Santos …
Discussion: abc7NY and Puck
Matt Dixon / Politico:
DeSantis rolls out sweeping criminal justice package  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday outlined a sweeping criminal justice proposal that came packed with changes that have long been politically popular with conservatives, setting up a fight with outmatched Democrats during the 2023 legislative session.
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Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
DeSantis wades into RNC race: ‘I like what Harmeet Dhillon has said’
Michael Schaffer / Politico:
Unlike Trump Appointees, Biden Officials Are In Big Demand In the Private Sector  —  Ron Klain's departure signals the start of a period when insiders typically look for new jobs.  It turns out the market for them is doing just fine.  —  There's good news for Biden appointees eyeing the exits …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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 …
Rolling Stone:
New MAGA Push: Defund the Government, It's Too Woke  —  Republicans are embracing a Trumpist policy wonk's strategy to make the debt-ceiling fight all about social justice, not Social Security. … It's way too “woke.”  —  That's the message from Russell Vought — a hard-right policy wonk …
Discussion: Raw Story
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump unveils new education policy loaded with culture war proposals  —  Former President Donald Trump is unveiling a 2024 education policy plan, one focusing heavily on the culture war components that have animated conservatives.  —  The plan, shared in advance with POLITICO …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Rolling Stone:
‘American Taliban’ Was Ordered Not to Meet With Extremists.  He Did Anyway  —  John Walker Lindh was supposed to steer clear of extremists while out on supervised release but the FBI spotted him hanging out with a convicted ISIS supporter … Lindh, who reportedly maintained his support …
Discussion: CNN, Associated Press and Fox News
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Pritzker Demands Black Queer History in AP African-American Studies  —  In an unprecedented development filled with implications for American education, Illinois governor J. B. Pritzker is now demanding that “the role played by Black queer Americans” be included in the College Board's soon …
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Lori Rozsa / Washington Post:
Backlash grows against DeSantis decision to block AP African American studies class
CNN:
Elon Musk meets with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Hakeem Jeffries  —  Twitter and Tesla CEO Elon Musk met with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries at the US Capitol in Washington on Thursday evening.  —  McCarthy, leaving the meeting with Musk in his office …
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 …
Timothy Puko / Washington Post:
Biden protects vast wilderness area in Minnesota from mining  —  The move comes as the administration faces a string of tough decisions on federal conservation for spots in Alaska and Nevada  —  An earlier version of this article incorrectly suggested that mining was proposed inside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Discussion: HuffPost
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Donald Trump's 2024 Campaign Faces Trouble in Crucial Iowa  —  Donald Trump doesn't always get his calls to Iowa returned these days.  —  The former president, itching to seal up support early in what remains a key state in the Republican presidential contest, has checked in with Iowa influencers who have stood by him in the past.
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 …
Discussion: New York Post and Mediaite
CNN:
Former Trump DHS official Ken Cuccinelli testifying in grand jury investigation around 2020 election interference  —  Former Trump-era Department of Homeland Security official Ken Cuccinelli is testifying before a federal grand jury in Washington, DC, on Thursday.
NBC News:
AI wrote a bill to regulate AI.  Now Rep. Ted Lieu wants Congress to pass it.  —  WASHINGTON — One way to get Congress to support regulating artificial intelligence is by using it to write a resolution calling for just that.  —  At least, that's what Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., hopes.
Discussion: Semafor and The Western Journal
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 …
Riley Griffin / Bloomberg:
House Republicans to Question Biden Health Officials on Covid Response  —  Republicans in Congress have called top U.S. health officials to Capitol Hill to testify about the Biden administration's response to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Philip Lenczycki / The Daily Caller:
Dem Rep Who Opposed New China Committee Serves On Non-Profit That Shares Staff With Alleged Chinese Intel Front Groups
Discussion: Breitbart
Tatiana Siegel / Variety:
'I'm Not a Victim': Pamela Anderson Opens Up About Money, Abuse and the ‘Assholes’ Behind ‘Pam & Tommy’
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
House lawmakers launch ‘Congressional Dads Caucus’
Discussion: NBC News, ABC News and WFLA-TV
Wall Street Journal:
Bed Bath & Beyond Says Banks Have Cut Off Its Credit Lines
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Manchin takes aim at Treasury delay for EV tax credit restrictions
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
White House Under Pressure to Develop a ‘Plan B’ on Student Debt
Discussion: Political Wire
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
DirecTV Adds Another Right-Wing Network After Dumping Newsmax
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
Abigail Shrier / Public:
Why Street Prostitution Is Skyrocketing in California
Politico:
Gallego's early Sinema challenge squeezes Senate progressives
Discussion: The Hill
Chris Pandolfo / Fox News:
Sen. Kennedy stumps Biden nominee with basic questions about the Constitution
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Potential Biden challenger Marianne Williamson heads to New Hampshire
 

 
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