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6:50 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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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.
Discussion: ABC News, Mediaite, Raw Story and Twitchy
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.
Jeff Gerth / Columbia Journalism Review:   The press versus the president, part two
Jeff Gerth / Columbia Journalism Review:
The press versus the president, part four
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'  —  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 …
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
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
House GOP grits its teeth for the ‘big lift’: A budget battle
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  —  A federal judge on Monday blocked more of New Jersey's gun carry law from being enforced, less than a month after she blocked other sections of the newly-enacted law.  —  The order issued by U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb …
Discussion: 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: RedState, National Review and 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 …
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.
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
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: National Review and USA Today
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
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 …
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: Twitchy and The Daily Caller
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The political targeting of Ilhan Omar is inextricable from her religion  —  Over the past three Congresses, the ones that began in 2019, 2021 and earlier this month, a number of members of the House have faced ouster from committees on which they served.  —  In 2019, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) …
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.
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.
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 …
 
 
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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
Javier Manjarres / The Floridian:
Florida Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against DeSantis Administration over Illegal Immigrant Flights
Discussion: RedState
Jonathan Stefanko / DVIDS:
USTRANSCOM sends more than 60 Bradley Fighting Vehicles to Ukraine
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
$5.4 billion in covid aid may have gone to firms using suspect Social Security numbers
Discussion: Washington Times
Raw Story:
Epidemic alert: Two more Republican members of Congress ripped off by thieves
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Stephen Neukam / The Hill:
Graham floats potential compromise on qualified immunity
Discussion: Vox and Grid News
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Stephen Sorace / Fox News:
Former California Democratic mayor pleads no contest to child sex crimes: reports
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
Ayesha Rascoe / WWNO:
The hidden environmental costs of transitioning to electric vehicles
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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John Otis / Washington Post:
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