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9:55 PM ET, January 30, 2023

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New York Times:
Manhattan Prosecutors Begin Presenting Trump Case to Grand Jury  —  The Manhattan district attorney's decision represents a dramatic escalation of the inquiry, and potentially sets the case on a path toward criminal charges against the former president.  —  The Manhattan district attorney's office …
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Kara Scannell / CNN:
Ex-publisher of National Enquirer set to meet with prosecutors investigating Trump  —  David Pecker, the former head of the company that publishes the National Enquirer, is expected to meet with Manhattan prosecutors investigating former President Donald Trump, people familiar with the matter said, indicating the probe is escalating.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Awful new details about the Durham probe demand a serious response  —  Senate Democrats, prepare to investigate the investigations of the investigators.  —  If this sounds likely to be mind-numbingly complicated, well, yes, it is.  But there's only one way to tackle this difficulty: head-on.
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Jeff Gerth / Columbia Journalism Review:
The press versus the president, part one  —  INTRODUCTION: ‘I realized early on I had two jobs’  —  The end of the long inquiry into whether Donald Trump was colluding with Russia came in July 2019, when Robert Mueller III, the special counsel, took seven, sometimes painful, hours to essentially say no.
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Jeff Gerth / Columbia Journalism Review:   The press versus the president, part two
Jeff Gerth / Columbia Journalism Review:
The press versus the president, part four
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.
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Daniel Han / Politico:
Federal judge blocks more of New Jersey's new gun carry law
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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.
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Politico:
Schumer plots debt ceiling course against McCarthy: 'We'll win'
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.
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Madeline Halpert / BBC:
Former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has applied for US visa  —  Brazil's former president Jair Bolsonaro has applied for a six-month US tourist visa, his lawyer has told the BBC.  —  Mr Bolsonaro has been staying in Florida since 30 December.  —  The former president plans to stay …
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 Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Southern Democrats rally for Atlanta 2024 convention
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Biden to end Covid health emergency declarations in May  —  The Biden administration will end the Covid-19 national and public health emergencies on May 11, the White House said Monday in a major step meant to signal that the crisis era of the pandemic is over.
Discussion: Fox News and RedState
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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 …
Discussion: Insider
Politico:
Secret hold restricts DOJ's bid to access phone of Trump ally Rep. Scott Perry  —  A federal appeals court panel has put a secret hold on the Justice Department's effort to access the phone of Rep. Scott Perry as part of a broader probe of efforts by Donald Trump and his allies to subvert the 2020 election.
Discussion: Political Wire
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: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Leonard Downie Jr / Washington Post:
Newsrooms that move beyond ‘objectivity’ can build trust  —  Leonard Downie Jr., a former executive editor of The Washington Post, is a professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.  —  Amid all the profound challenges and changes roiling …
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Retired Air Force Intel Boss Caught With Hundreds of Top Secret Docs at Home  —  Retired Lt. Col. Robert Birchum had materials that could potentially cause “exceptionally grave damage” to national security, federal investigators allege. … Amid seemingly endless revelations …
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and New York Post
Javier Manjarres / The Floridian:
Florida Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against DeSantis Administration over Illegal Immigrant Flights  —  TALLAHASSEE — A Leon County circuit judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that the Florida Department of Transportation and a contractor did not fully comply with public-records requests …
AJ McDougall / The Daily Beast:
Utah Lawmaker Allegedly Tried to ‘Intimidate’ Cop After Son's Arrest  —  ‘MOTHERF*CKING WARRANT’  —  An official in southeastern Utah has apologized after he was filmed raging at a sheriff's deputy who'd arrested his son on an outstanding warrant last November.
Discussion: Raw Story, Fox News and New York Post
Michael McFaul / Foreign Affairs:
How to Get a Breakthrough in Ukraine … Nearly a year after he invaded Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has failed to achieve any of his major objectives.  He has not unified the alleged single Slavic nation, he has not “denazified” or “demilitarized” Ukraine, and he has not stopped NATO expansion.
The Intercept:
New FTX Filing Pulls Back the Curtain on Sam Bankman-Fried's Massive Influence Peddling Operation … A filing in FTX's bankruptcy proceedings is shedding light on the true extent of the crypto-trading powerhouse's influence peddling operation.  Last week, FTX filed its creditor matrix …
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Drops Investigation of Retired U.S. General  —  John R. Allen, a retired four-star Marine general who was the president of the Brookings Institution, had been accused of secretly lobbying for the government of Qatar.  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has informed John R. Allen …
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.”
Financial Times:
Global fixer of corrupt energy deals sentenced to year in US prison  —  Unaoil's Saman Ahsani helped build an empire of bribery involving 27 companies  —  A British-Iranian consultant whose company fixed billions of dollars of corrupt energy deals was sentenced to just over a year in US prison on Monday …
Katie Lobosco / CNN:
Century-old train tunnels in Baltimore and New York to get funding from Biden's infrastructure law  —  Long-needed improvements are coming to train travel along the nation's busy Northeast Corridor, thanks in part to the federal infrastructure funding package that President Joe Biden signed into law in the fall of 2021.
Jacob Magid / The Times of Israel:
Abbas assures US security ties with Israel only partially cut, can be restored  —  PA president tells CIA chief announced freeze aimed at pushing Netanyahu to moderate settlement expansion, said to fear condemning Jerusalem attack would be ‘political suicide’
Discussion: Jerusalem Post
Bloomberg:
West Virginia's Republican Governor Is ‘Leaning’ Toward a Senate Run  —  West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, a Republican, expressed a keen interest in running for the state's Senate seat now held by moderate Democrat Joe Manchin.  —  Justice, 71, a former Democrat who announced …
 
 
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Megan Garber / The Atlantic:
We've Lost the Plot  —  Our constant need for entertainment has blurred the line between fiction …
New York Times:
Israel Launched Drone Attack on Iranian Facility, Officials Say
Bloomberg:
Biden Team Weighs Fully Cutting Off Huawei From US Suppliers
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Stefanko / DVIDS:
USTRANSCOM sends more than 60 Bradley Fighting Vehicles to Ukraine
Raw Story:
Epidemic alert: Two more Republican members of Congress ripped off by thieves
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

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David Shepardson / Reuters:
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