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2:35 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
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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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 …
Max Moran / American Prospect:   The Myth of Jeffrey Zients
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
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 …
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.
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: 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
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 …
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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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 …
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?
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
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.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Emanuel Fabian / The Times of Israel:
5 killed, at least 3 hurt in shooting attack at Jerusalem synagogue; terrorist shot  —  Police say officers locate and shoot gunman in Neve Yaakov neighborhood; three victims listed in critical-to-serious conditions  —  Five people were shot and killed and at least another three wounded …
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 …
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.
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
We can't do this without you!  —  Join the board.  —  The Editorial Board tries to understand what the hell is going on in Washington, and relay that understanding back to normal people who have better things to do than pay attention to politics.  —  That effort takes time and resources.
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’
 
 
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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
Melania Hidalgo / CBS News:
U.K. jails right-wing extremist who helped “inspire” U.S. mass shootings
Discussion: BBC, The Guardian, Semafor and Raw Story
Department of Justice:
United States Obtains Temporary Restraining Order Against Firearm Companies Illegally Selling Machine Guns
Discussion: The Hill and UPI
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Cotton / Fox News:
Biden's Ukraine incompetence made war far bloodier. It's time to deliver what's needed to defeat Russia
Peter Schorsch / Florida Politics:
Florida House ‘dress code’ asks women to cover their shoulders
Discussion: RedState
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
How Donald Trump's 2024 Campaign Bounced Back
Jason Jay Smart / Kyiv Post:
Ambassador Olexandr Scherba's Undiplomatic Thoughts on Russia and Europe's Shocking Wake-Up Call
Discussion: The Atlantic
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: GOP considers copying powerful Dem donor tactic
Michael Schaffer / Politico:
Biden Appointees Are Looking for New Jobs — And the Market Is Hot
 

 
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