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5:00 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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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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Danielle Kurtzleben / NPR:
Recent infighting raises the question: How conservative is the GOP?  —  A few weeks ago, Americans — or, the subset who get excited about these things — were glued to C-SPAN as the House voted 15 times for a speaker.  —  It was a show of a deep but hard-to-describe division in the party.
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
House GOP grits its teeth for the ‘big lift’: A budget battle
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Ursula Perano / The Daily Beast:
Republicans Are Desperate to Cut Spending. They Can't Agree on What.
Discussion: Raw Story, The Nation and The Hill
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 Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Southern Democrats rally for Atlanta 2024 convention  —  Southern Democrats are banding together to urge President Joe Biden to select Atlanta for the 2024 Democratic National Convention, according to a letter obtained by NBC News, arguing the choice would solidify the party's gains in Georgia …
Alex Samuels / FiveThirtyEight:
If South Carolina Voted First In The Democratic Presidential Primary, Would Black Democrats Have A Stronger Voice?
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Matt and Mercedes Schlapp Off the Air at Fox News After Groping Allegation  —  American Conservative Union chief Matt Schlapp and his wife Mercedes have been off the air at Fox News since he was accused of groping a political campaign staffer.  —  The Daily Beast first reported on Jan. 6 …
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Bryan Metzger / Insider:
Republicans are mostly ignoring a $9.4 million sexual assault lawsuit against the Trump-aligned head of CPAC
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 …
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David J. Lynch / Washington Post:
House panel zeroes in on Chinese-owned app TikTok over security fear
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.
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.
Bloomberg:
Trump Sues Journalist Bob Woodward for Releasing Interview Recordings  —  Former President Donald Trump is suing journalist Bob Woodward for releasing recordings of interviews that he gave to the journalist in 2019 and 2020, claiming he never agreed to those tapes being shared with the public.
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 …
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 …
Bloomberg:
Trump Used Records Requests to Hinder IRS Release of His Tax Returns  —  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
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.
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: Vox and Grid News
Ben Wilson / Washington Free Beacon:
Lib NBA Star Stephen Curry Opposes Affordable Housing Near His $30 Million Mansion  —  NBA superstar and Biden-supporter Stephen Curry is opposing the proposed construction of a low-income multifamily unit proposed for construction next to his $30 million mansion, saying he has “major concerns” for his “privacy” and “safety.”
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
U.S. military poised to secure new access to key Philippine bases  —  The expansion is part of a broader push in the Indo-Pacific to buttress U.S. force posture, reinforce alliances and deter China  —  The U.S. military is poised to secure expanded access to key bases in the Philippines …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Raw Story:
Epidemic alert: Two more Republican members of Congress ripped off by thieves  —  Thieves recently stole thousands of dollars from the campaigns of two Republican members of Congress — the latest examples of what's fast becoming an epidemic of fraudsters plaguing federal political committees.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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 …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
$5.4 billion in covid aid may have gone to firms using suspect Social Security numbers  —  The new findings from the nation's top pandemic watchdog come as House Republicans plan to hold their first hearing this week on covid fraud.  —  The U.S. government may have awarded roughly $5.4 billion …
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.
 
 
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USTRANSCOM sends more than 60 Bradley Fighting Vehicles to Ukraine
CNN:
First on CNN: Biden administration to strengthen Obamacare contraceptive mandate in proposed rule
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
This group is sharpening the GOP attack on ‘woke’ Wall Street
The City:
Brooklyn DA Probes Election Allegations Tied to Democratic Party Leaders
Discussion: Fox News
Stephen Sorace / Fox News:
Former California Democratic mayor pleads no contest to child sex crimes: reports
Discussion: Raw Story
Ayesha Rascoe / WWNO:
The hidden environmental costs of transitioning to electric vehicles
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
Trump Courses Will Host Three Tournaments for Saudi-Backed LIV Golf
Mary Margaret Olohan / The Daily Signal:
Radical Activists Illegally Protest Outside Amy Coney Barrett's Home
Discussion: LifeNews.com
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Maggie Astor / New York Times:
Declaring Emergencies and Banning ‘Latinx’: First Acts for 9 New Governors
Discussion: Althouse
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Washington Post:
I wrote about high-priced drugs for years. Then my toddler needed one.
Carl Szabo / Fox News:
Biden is coming for your job
Mick Ryan / Futura Doctrina:
All Roads Lead to Crimea
Emily Brooks / The Hill:
What three hard-line conservatives plan to do with their seats on the Rules Committee
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
BBC:
Ukraine: Boris Johnson says Putin threatened him with missile strike
 

 
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Alexandra Canal / Yahoo Finance:
Netflix says India brought in the second-highest net subscriber additions in Q2 and was the third highest-country in revenue growth

BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

 
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