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3:15 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 …
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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 …
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
Danielle Kurtzleben / NPR:
Recent infighting raises the question: How conservative is the GOP?
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
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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 …
Discussion: IJR
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Alex Samuels / FiveThirtyEight:   If South Carolina Voted First In The Democratic Presidential Primary, Would Black Democrats Have A Stronger Voice?
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.
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Stephen Neukam / The Hill:
Graham floats potential compromise on qualified immunity  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is floating a possible compromise on what was one of the key holdups in the negotiations surrounding policing reform legislation after the death of George Floyd in 2020.
Discussion: Grid News
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Washington confronts the Tyre Nichols tragedy
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.
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 …
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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New York Times:
71 Commands in 13 Minutes: Officers Gave Tyre Nichols Impossible Orders
Orlando Sentinel:
Florida leaders push to allow concealed guns without permits, training  —  TALLAHASSEE — Calling the right to bear arms “central to our freedom,” House Speaker Paul Renner on Monday unveiled a bill removing Florida requirements for a permit and training to carry concealed guns, an idea endorsed by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Peter Stone / The Guardian:
Far-right project that pushed election lies expands mission as Trump ramps up 2024 campaign  —  ReAwaken America faces criticism from religious leaders as it pushes disinformation using Christian nationalist messages  —  A far-right project that has helped spread Donald Trump's false claims …
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.
Bloomberg:
Trump Used Records Requests to Get Look Behind Scenes of Talks Over His Taxes  —  Donald Trump demanded reams of information from the Internal Revenue Service as it was preparing to turn over his personal tax returns to a congressional committee, papering the agency with a deluge of Freedom …
Discussion: KARK-TV
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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
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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