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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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CNN:
First on CNN: 2 people who searched Trump properties for classified documents testified before federal grand jury in Mar-a-Lago probe  —  Two people who found two classified documents in a Florida storage facility for Donald Trump have testified before a federal grand jury in Washington that's looking …
NBC News:
Trump revamps his fundraising operation after struggling to raise money for 2024  —  Former President Donald Trump is strapped for campaign cash following the mid-November launch of his 2024 presidential campaign, according to end-of-year figures obtained exclusively by NBC News.
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Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
In Iowa, potential 2024 GOP Trump challengers quiet for now  —  By this time four years ago, at least a dozen Democratic presidential hopefuls eager to make their case against Donald Trump had either visited Iowa or announced plans to soon visit the leadoff voting state ahead of the 2020 election.
Politico:
Trump's slow-rolling 2024 bid cobbles together new Senate support  —  Donald Trump's endorsement helped push J.D. Vance and Eric Schmitt into the Senate.  Now they're nearly ready to return the favor.  —  Vance has told allies over the last few months that he anticipates endorsing Trump …
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
I.M.F. Upgrades Global Outlook as Inflation Eases  —  The International Monetary Fund said the world economy was poised for a rebound as inflation eases.  —  WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund said on Monday that the global economy was expected to slow this year as central banks continued …
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David J. Lynch / Washington Post:
Prospects for the global economy are improving, as worst fears fade
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The House GOP's growing pains  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  FIRST LOOK: OMAR'S NEXT ACT — As House Republicans try to boot Rep. ILHAN OMAR off the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Minnesota Democrat is laying …
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
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Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Southern Democrats rally for Atlanta 2024 convention
Margaret Sullivan / The Guardian:
The media is blowing Biden's documents ‘scandal’ out of proportion  —  The news media has greeted the supposed scandal of Biden's mishandling of classified documents with breathless glee  —  n Sunday morning, NBC's Chuck Todd hosted Ohio Republican congressman Jim Jordan on Meet the Press …
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Punchbowl News:
1/31/23 ☀️ Punchbowl News AM  —  The Biden Justice Department has its hands full with a slew of House GOP investigations.  —  What they probably didn't expect was the onslaught coming from Senate Democrats, too. … Warner also reiterated that he's not seeking any information …
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
A conservative judge helped stop Trump on Jan. 6.  He wants to finish the job.  —  Michael Luttig, one of the most celebrated legal minds of his generation, never ascended to the Supreme Court.  But many think the retired jurist played a far more consequential role for the nation.
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.
Louis Menand / New Yorker:
When Americans Lost Faith in the News  —  Half a century ago, most of the public said they trusted the news media.  Today, most say they don't.  What happened to the power of the press?  —  When the Washington Post unveiled the slogan “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” on February 17, 2017, people in the news business made fun of it.
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Leonard Downie Jr / Washington Post:
Newsrooms that move beyond ‘objectivity’ can build trust
Adam Wren / Politico:
Mitch Daniels opts against a run for the Senate  —  Mitch Daniels is passing on a potential bid for an open Indiana Senate seat, forgoing what would have been one of the most hotly contested primaries in the 2024 cycle.  —  In an exclusive statement to POLITICO, the former Indiana governor …
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Associated Press:
President Biden to end COVID-19 emergencies on May 11  —  President Joe Biden informed Congress on Monday that he will end the twin national emergencies for addressing COVID-19 on May 11, as most of the world has returned closer to normalcy nearly three years after they were first declared.
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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.
Josh Boak / Associated Press:
Biden to highlight grant for NYC rail tunnel under Hudson  —  New day, new tunnel.  President Joe Biden is ready to showcase a $292 million mega grant that will be used to help build a new rail tunnel beneath the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey, part of a broader effort to draw …
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Katie Lobosco / CNN:
Century-old train tunnels in Baltimore and New York to get funding from Biden's infrastructure law
Peter Beinart / New York Times:
When Ilhan Omar Asks Questions, Her Colleagues Should Listen  —  House Republicans are poised make a grave mistake by removing from the Committee on Foreign Affairs the only person who consistently describes American foreign policy as it is experienced by much of the rest of the world.
Discussion: Semafor, Fox News and BizPac Review
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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
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.
Washington Post:
Why Florida Republicans don't want drilling off their own coast  —  Good morning and welcome to The Climate 202, where we apparently cover “climate psoriasis,” according to Autocorrect.  —  In today's edition: The Environmental Protection Agency moves to block a controversial controversial gold …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: New York Times
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.
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley Need to Find the Strength to Attack Trump  —  To defeat the reigning champion, someone has to attack Trump, keep attacking Trump, bloody his nose, and then survive the counterpunch. … Media reports suggest that Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley are laying the groundwork …
New York Times:
Wall St. Is Counting on a Debt Limit Trick That Could Entail Trouble  —  If the debt limit is breached, investors expect Treasury to put bond payments first.  It'd be politically and practically fraught.  —  Washington's debt limit drama has Wall Street betting that the United States …
 
 
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George Wright / BBC:
Namibia reports record level of rhino poaching
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Sam Brasch / Colorado Public Radio:
It looks like the Suncor shutdown is driving up gas prices
Discussion: Denver Post
Ryan King / Washington Examiner:
Ten wounded in ‘targeted’ drive-by mass shooting in Lakeland, Florida: Police
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Trump says he's proud to have trusted Putin over ‘slime’ US intelligence agencies
Discussion: MSNBC and HuffPost
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Drops Investigation of Retired U.S. General
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and CNN
Jacob Magid / The Times of Israel:
Abbas assures US security ties with Israel only partially cut, can be restored
Discussion: CNN and New York Times
Financial Times:
Global fixer of corrupt energy deals sentenced to year in US prison
Bloomberg:
Trump Used Records Requests to Hinder IRS Release of His Tax Returns
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
Orlando Sentinel:
Florida leaders push to allow concealed guns without permits, training
Joshua Chaffin / Financial Times:
Jair Bolsonaro seeks six-month US tourist visa to extend Florida stay
 

 
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Matilda Battersby / The Bookseller:
Academics say publisher Taylor & Francis hadn't told them about selling access to authors' research as part of a $10M+ Microsoft AI deal, nor let them opt out

Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple's Eddy Cue has pushed TV+ studio chiefs to exert more control over budgets, hoping to change Apple's reputation as the biggest spender in town

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”

 
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