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9:05 PM ET, January 27, 2023

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Washington Post:
Justice Department asks FEC to stand down as prosecutors probe Santos  —  The request is the clearest sign to date of an active criminal investigation examining the congressman's campaign finances  —  The Justice Department has asked the Federal Election Commission to hold off …
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Noah Lanard / Mother Jones:
We Tried to Call the Top Donors To George Santos' 2020 Campaign.  Many Don't Seem To Exist.  —  In September 2020, George Santos' congressional campaign reported that Victoria and Jonathan Regor had each contributed $2,800—the maximum amount—to his first bid for a House seat.
Discussion: WCAX-TV and OpenSecrets.org
New York Times:
Tyre Nichols Live Updates: Memphis to Release ‘Appalling’ Police Video  —  People who have seen the footage say it shows five police officers, who have been fired and charged with murder, beating Mr. Nichols, who died three days later.  His family and officials have called for peaceful protest.
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NBC News:
Video shows Memphis officers kick, punch and tase Tyre Nichols during fatal encounter  —  Video released by authorities in Memphis Friday shows police officers beating Tyre Nichols after a traffic stop that ended with his hospitalization and death.  —  The four videos released …
NBC News:
Tyre Nichols video live updates: Memphis police release bodycam video  —  Coming up: Live coverage as Memphis police release video of Tyre Nichols' arrest … 1m ago / 12:07 AM UTC  —  Biden said he told Tyre Nichols' mother he'll push for bill to prevent police abuse  —  Dennis Romero
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, Vanity Fair 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
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.
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Rachel Olding / The Daily Beast:
Enraged Ex-Lover Tipped Off FBI to Top Official Accused of Helping Russia  —  HELL HATH NO FURY  —  The angry ex-lover of the FBI's former New York counterintelligence chief claims she tipped the feds off to some of his misdeeds before his arrest last week.
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 …
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NBC News:
Biden's notebooks among items seized by FBI in Delaware home search  —  Notebooks that President Joe Biden wrote in during his time as vice president are among the items the FBI took from one of his Delaware homes during a search there last week, according to a person familiar with the investigation.
Discussion: Sputnik News
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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
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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Gadi Zaig / Jerusalem Post:
Jerusalem synagogue killing spree leaves seven dead, three injured  —  Netanyahu: ‘I call on citizens not to take the law into their own hands, for that we have an army and police’  —  At least seven people were killed and another three injured in a terror attack at a synagogue …
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Emanuel Fabian / The Times of Israel:
Palestinian terrorist shoots 7 dead in ‘murderous rampage’ at Jerusalem synagogue
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 …
Rich Donnelly / WJXX-TV:
Yes, Florida teachers could face third-degree felony for using books, literature in classroom not approved by state  —  Many Duval County teachers are concerned about possibly committing a third-degree felony by simply having books in their classroom.  What does the new state law say?  —  THE QUESTION
Discussion: KPLC-TV
Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
Downtown D.C.'s struggles mount as many workers remain remote  —  As his only tenant was moving out the other day, Anthony Lanier walked through his glass office tower in downtown Washington, all too aware of the looming financial danger he faces.  —  Mortgage payments of about $1 million a month.
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 …
Jennifer Cohn / Bucks County Beacon:
Roger Stone Deserves More Scrutiny for His Role in the Events Leading to January 6  —  Political fixer Roger Stone deserves more in depth scrutiny than the bipartisan January 6th Committee could or did provide in its recent 814-page report, which focused primarily on former President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
NBC News:
Air Force general predicts war with China in 2025, tells officers to prep by firing ‘a clip’ at a target, and ‘aim for the head’  —  “I hope I am wrong.  My gut tells me will fight in 2025,” said Gen. Mike Minihan in a memo sent to the officers he commands and obtained by NBC News.
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: Raw Story and Political Wire
Associated Press:
Man who claimed he had bomb near Capitol pleads guilty  —  WASHINGTON — A man who caused evacuations and an hourslong standoff with police on Capitol Hill when he claimed he had a bomb in his pickup truck outside the Library of Congress pleaded guilty on Friday to a charge of threatening to use an explosive.
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
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?
 
 
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NBC News:
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Steve Inskeep / NPR:
Hakeem Jeffries says Democrats won't pay a ‘ransom note’ to GOP over debt ceiling
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Bloomberg
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
New fears about Ron DeSantis's book crackdowns show his odious game
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United States Obtains Temporary Restraining Order Against Firearm Companies Illegally Selling Machine Guns
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