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1:35 AM ET, January 31, 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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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 …
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 four  —  Chapter 4: Helsinki and the $3,000 Russian disinformation campaign  —  Trump, in July 2018, finally had a summit meeting with Vladimir Putin, the man he mistakenly claimed in 2015 to have met years earlier and his supposed puppet master, according to Steele's dossier.
Discussion: New York Times and Breitbart
Jeff Gerth / Columbia Journalism Review:
The press versus the president, part two
Discussion: Just The News
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.
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 …
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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.
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.
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New York Times:
U.S. Plans to End Public Health Emergency for Covid in May  —  The end of the emergency will bring about a complex set of policy changes, and it signals a new chapter in the government's pandemic response.  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden administration plans to let the coronavirus public health emergency expire …
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Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Biden to end Covid health emergency declarations in May
Discussion: RedState and Fox News
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
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: CNN, Raw Story and Political Wire
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
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
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 …
George Wright / BBC:
Namibia reports record level of rhino poaching  —  The number of endangered rhinos poached in Namibia last year was the highest on record and almost twice as many as the year before, officials say.  —  A total of 87 rhinos were killed compared with 45 in 2021, official government data show.
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, New York Post and 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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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
Sam Brasch / Colorado Public Radio:
It looks like the Suncor shutdown is driving up gas prices … After Suncor Energy temporarily shut down Colorado's only oil and gas refinery last month, many industry experts told drivers to expect a rise in prices at the pump.  —  Despite some signs that prices weren't affected, those predictions now appear to be coming true.
Discussion: Denver 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and CNN
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 …
 
 
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Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Trump says he's proud to have trusted Putin over ‘slime’ US intelligence agencies
Discussion: HuffPost
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
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
Biden Team Weighs Fully Cutting Off Huawei From US Suppliers
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
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
Trump Courses Will Host Three Tournaments for Saudi-Backed LIV Golf