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4:15 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
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.
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 …
Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
FEC wants answers on Rep. Santos' chaotic treasurer switch  —  Rep. George Santos' campaign committee is facing new questions from federal regulators after submitting paperwork listing a new treasurer who says he never took the job.  The Federal Election Commission sent a letter Thursday …
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Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:
There's another mystery in Santos' campaign expenditures
Discussion: Politico and HuffPost
Natalie Allison / Politico:
Ronna McDaniel wins a race for RNC chair 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
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.
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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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 …
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
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 …
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
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?
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Fox News and Mediaite
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
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.
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 …
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.
 
 
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University of New Hampshire Scholars' Repository:
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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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Tom Cotton / Fox News:
Biden's Ukraine incompetence made war far bloodier. It's time to deliver what's needed to defeat Russia
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
California Senate race sets up clash of titans
Peter Schorsch / Florida Politics:
Florida House ‘dress code’ asks women to cover their shoulders
Discussion: RedState
Jason Jay Smart / Kyiv Post:
Ambassador Olexandr Scherba's Undiplomatic Thoughts on Russia and Europe's Shocking Wake-Up Call
Discussion: The Atlantic
Michael Schaffer / Politico:
Biden Appointees Are Looking for New Jobs — And the Market Is Hot