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1:55 PM ET, January 31, 2023

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Washington Post:
Rep. George Santos is stepping down from committees amid fabrications about his biography  —  Embattled Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) told House Republicans on Tuesday that he will step down from his committee assignments, according to a person familiar with the discussion.
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CBS News:
FBI searched the Penn Biden Center in mid-November  —  Washington — The FBI searched the Penn Biden Center offices in mid-November, according to two sources familiar with the investigation, after lawyers for President Biden had found about 10 documents marked classified there on Nov. 2.
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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 …
Wall Street Journal:   FBI Searched Joe Biden's Former Think-Tank Office in November
CNN:
First on CNN: 2 people who searched Trump properties for classified documents testified before federal grand jury in Mar-a-Lago probe
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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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 …
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley Need to Find the Strength to Attack Trump
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why DeSantis Is on Track to Beat Trump
Discussion: HotAir and Washington Post
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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, Raw Story and NBC News
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 …
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
Hide your books to avoid felony charges, Fla. schools tell teachers  —  Unsure what titles violate new state rules, two school districts tell educators to conceal every book for now  —  Students arrived in some Florida public school classrooms this month to find their teachers' bookshelves wrapped …
Julia Rock / The Lever:
Fear And Loathing Among The Union Busters  —  At a gathering of the National Restaurant Association's legal arm, lawyers and executives grappled with a worker uprising.  —  “Comrades,” said Chappell Phillips, as he grabbed the microphone, “please do not leave the conference.  It's all better from here.”
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Michael Sainato / The Guardian:
‘It can be scary’: how corporate America is hitting back against unions
Discussion: American Prospect and Jacobin
Janai Nelson / New York Times:
Ron DeSantis Wants to Erase Black History.  Why?  —  An unrelenting assault on truth and freedom of expression in the form of laws that censor and suppress the viewpoints, histories and experiences of historically marginalized groups, especially Black and L.G.B.T.Q. communities …
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Max Burns / The Third Degree:
As Twitter's Legal Woes Mount, It's Elon vs. Everyone  —  Twitter's terminally-online CEO has kicked up legal trouble from California to Germany.  Those lawsuits will be devastating for a company still struggling to survive.  —  Last month, I warned that Twitter CEO and Russian election …
Discussion: The Forward
Tara Palmeri / Puck:
Kellyanne's Future & the G.O.P.'s First '24 Strike  —  News and notes from the nascent presidential trail, on Conway's green room game theory and the House Republican plan to bork the Democratic bench. … I wrote extensively last summer about the campaign's org chart and management philosophy …
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.
Ramon Antonio Vargas / The Guardian:
Yale honors Black girl, 9, wrongly reported to police over insect project  —  Bobbi Wilson's efforts to rid her town of the spotted lanternfly unwittingly touched off a national discussion about racial profiling  —  A nine-year-old girl who had a neighbor call the police on her as she worked …
Discussion: Raw Story
United States Capitol Police:
USCP, USSS Capture Suspected Police Impersonator with Stash of Knives  —  The United States Capitol Police (USCP) caught a suspected police impersonator with a stash of knives on Monday after receiving a tip from the United States Secret Service (USSS).  —  At approximately 6:20 p.m. …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Jordan Fischer / wusa9.com:
Judge revokes bond for Navy reservist who praised Hitler  —  A federal judge ordered Hatchet Speed held in pretrial detention following his conviction on firearms charges in Virginia.  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge revoked the pretrial release for a Navy reservist awaiting trial …
 
 
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Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
James Dolan enlists former Trump aide Hope Hicks for PR help
Stephen Groves / Associated Press:
Durenberger, former US senator from Minnesota, dies at 88
Discussion: New York Times
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans' Dissatisfaction With Nation Eases, but Still High
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
Patti Smith / New Yorker:
He Was Tom Verlaine  —  Patti Smith remembers her friend, who possessed the child's gift …
Discussion: Althouse
USA Today:
Exclusive: Extremists raised $6.2 million on crowdfunding websites in ‘heyday’ of financing
Discussion: Raw Story
Peter Cordi / Washington Examiner:
Why does the Left want everything to be about white supremacy?
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Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
New Pa. Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro is on a GOP charm offensive
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Putin has paved the way for Ukrainian membership in NATO
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