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1:55 PM ET, January 30, 2023

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New York Times:
Manhattan Prosecutors Will Begin Presenting Trump Case to Grand Jury  —  The Manhattan district attorney's decision represents a dramatic escalation of the inquiry, and sets the case on a path toward criminal charges against the former president.  —  The Manhattan district attorney's office …
Discussion: HuffPost, The Guardian and Insider
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Associated Press:
Trump investigations: Georgia prosecutor ups anticipation  —  Former President Donald Trump and his allies have been put on notice by a prosecutor, but the warning didn't come from anyone at the Justice Department.  It was from a Georgia prosecutor who indicated she was likely …
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Republicans' 2024 Magical Thinking
Politico:
Schumer plots debt ceiling course against McCarthy: 'We'll win'  —  Chuck Schumer, as he's known to do, is talking a lot these days.  And it's all aimed at Kevin McCarthy.  —  The Senate majority leader is directing heat at the new House GOP majority on the daily, casting McCarthy's conference …
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Caitlin Emma / Politico:
House GOP grits its teeth for the ‘big lift’: A budget battle  —  Debt ceiling negotiations are struck in limbo, as House Republicans demand severe spending cuts without saying where they'd start.  Pretty soon, though, their hands will be forced.  —  GOP lawmakers say they're committed …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Washington confronts the Tyre Nichols tragedy
The Daily Beast:
How the Trump Document Scandal Became a Congressional Pissing Match  —  Lawmakers wanted a briefing assessing the damage of former President Donald Trump mishandling classified documents.  Then politics happened. … When classified documents were found at former President Donald Trump's mansion …
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Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
Some Democrats are worried about Harris's political prospects  —  At a pivotal point in Biden's term, many party activists are not sure the vice president has shown she is up to winning the top job  —  As a longtime leader of the Cobb County Democrats, Jacquelyn Bettapadur has become highly attuned …
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Alex Samuels / FiveThirtyEight:   If South Carolina Voted First In The Democratic Presidential Primary, Would Black Democrats Have A Stronger Voice?
Washington Post:
Black Memphis police spark dialogue on systemic racism in the U.S.  —  MEMPHIS — For the mother of Tyre Nichols, the fact that five Memphis police officers charged with beating her son are also Black has compounded her sorrow as she tries to cope with his violent death at age 29.
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Radley Balko / New York Times:
Tyre Nichols's Death Proves Yet Again That ‘Elite’ Police Units Are a Disaster
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
More Cite Gov't as Top U.S. Problem; Inflation Ranks Second  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — More Americans name the government as the nation's top problem in Gallup's latest poll, which encompassed the rocky start of the 118th Congress' term.  With high prices persisting, inflation remains the second …
Joshua Chaffin / Financial Times:
Jair Bolsonaro seeks six-month US tourist visa to extend Florida stay  —  Former Brazilian president is facing multiple investigations at home  —  Jair Bolsonaro, the former president of Brazil, has applied for a six-month visitor visa to remain in the US as his legal standing in his home country grows perilous.
David Firestone / New York Times:
Bill Barr's Image Rehab Is Kaput  —  Former Attorney General William Barr has spent the last year in a desperate salvage operation for what's left of his legal and ethical reputation.  During his 22 months in office, he allowed his Justice Department to become a personal protection racket for his boss …
Politico:
Meadows ally set to plead guilty for illegal campaign finance contribution  —  A family friend of Mark Meadows has agreed to plead guillty to accepting an illegal campaign contribution during an ill-fated 2020 run to succeed the former Trump White House chief of staff in Congress, according to newly-released court papers.
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and Law & Crime
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
CNN boss Chris Licht on restoring trust and why he deleted his Twitter account  —  Slumping ratings, cost-cutting, show cancellations and — comedy?  —  The path of CNN has been a bit rocky since it became part of Warner Bros. Discovery last year and the parent company's chief executive …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Inside the audacious new scheme to erase LGBTQ people from Michigan schools  —  A newly-formed conservative group is launching a brazen plan to remake Michigan public schools — using aggressive legal action to effectively mandate the erasure of LGBTQ people.
Discussion: Raw Story
James Sasso / New York Times:
Donald Trump Isn't the Only One to Blame for the Capitol Riot.  I'd Know.  —  I spent 12 months holed up in a windowless cubical den or locked in my home office investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol and working on a report that my fellow investigators and I thought would blow open the story.
Discussion: Can We Still Govern? and Raw Story
Junaid Kathju / NBC News:
U.S. arms left in Afghanistan are turning up in a different conflict  —  SRINAGAR, India — Weapons left behind by U.S. forces during the withdrawal from Afghanistan are surfacing in another conflict, further arming militants in the disputed South Asian region of Kashmir in what experts …
Stephen Sorace / Fox News:
Former California Democratic mayor pleads no contest to child sex crimes: reports  —  Robert Jacob, the 45-year-old former mayor of Sebastopol, California, will be sentenced in March
Discussion: Raw Story
Kory Grow / Rolling Stone:
Marilyn Manson Sued for Sexual Assault of a Minor  —  Musician's former labels Interscope and Nothing Records also named as defendants in first suit to focus on alleged sex crimes from early in singer's career  —  MARILYN MANSON ALLEGEDLY groomed and sexually assaulted an underage girl multiple times …
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
Trump Courses Will Host Three Tournaments for Saudi-Backed LIV Golf  —  As the league announced more details of a 14-stop second season, former President Donald J. Trump's courses remained central to the schedule, deepening his ties to Riyadh.  —  Former President Donald J. Trump's golf courses …
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Examiner
Emily Brooks / The Hill:
What three hard-line conservatives plan to do with their seats on the Rules Committee  —  The addition of Republican Reps. Chip Roy (Texas), Ralph Norman (S.C.), and Thomas Massie (Ky.) to the House Rules Committee — one of the concessions from Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
TikTok's Chief to Testify Before Congress in March  —  Republicans are expected to use hearing to highlight security and privacy concerns over video app  —  How TikTok Could Become a U.S. Company  —  Created with sketchtool. … 1x  —  TikTok's chief executive has agreed to appear …
BBC:
Ukraine: Boris Johnson says Putin threatened him with missile strike  —  Boris Johnson has said Vladimir Putin threatened him with a missile strike in an “extraordinary” phone call in the run-up to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.  —  The then-prime minister said Mr Putin told him it “would only take a minute”.
 
 
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The US says it is deeply concerned over reports that Zhang Zhan, imprisoned after covering COVID-19 in China, has disappeared after her expected prison release

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Seven Black and female Chicago Tribune journalists file a federal suit against Alden, claiming it has knowingly paid them less than White and male counterparts

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