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6:40 PM ET, January 31, 2023

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Washington Post:
Santos stepping down from committees amid fabrications about his life  —  Embattled Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) is stepping down temporarily from his committee assignments amid multiple investigations into his campaign finances after he lied about key aspects of his biography.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The historic support for George Santos's resignation  —  In resisting calls to push out embattled Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has insisted that it's up to the voters.  —  Well, the voters have spoken, and they clearly want him out.
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Santos tells colleagues he won't serve on 2 committees
CNN:
George Santos tells House Republicans he wants off of his committees until issues are resolved
David Badash / Raw Story:
Another SCOTUS scandal: Chief justice's spouse makes millions placing attorneys at top law firms that argue before the court  —  The highly controversial and highly unpopular U.S. Supreme Court isn't just facing a historic loss of confidence, it's now facing yet another ethics scandal …
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Steve Eder / New York Times:
At the Supreme Court, Ethics Questions Over a Spouse's Business Ties  —  The chief justice's wife, Jane Sullivan Roberts, has made millions in her career recruiting lawyers to prominent law firms, some of which have business before the court.  Now, a letter sent to Congress claims that may present a conflict of interest.
Graham Kates / CBS News:
Video of Trump deposition in New York fraud probe shows former president taking the Fifth, repeating “same answer”  —  Newly released video obtained by CBS News provides the first look at former President Donald Trump's deposition last summer in the New York attorney general's civil fraud investigation.
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
In Debt Limit Fight, Republicans Won't Say What Spending Cuts They Want  —  A renewed focus on fiscal restraint in the debt limit standoff with Democrats poses its own political risks.  —  WASHINGTON — At a news conference this month to showcase how Republicans will handle …
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Kevin Roberts / The American Conservative:
Getting Serious About Responsible Defense Spending
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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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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 …
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.
Joseph Zeballos-Roig / Semafor:
Republicans have a plan B if the U.S. breaches the debt ceiling.  It'd still be a disaster.  —  Republicans have been talking up an old idea to prevent a catastrophic default should Washington breach the debt ceiling later this year.  —  If the government suddenly can't cover all of its bills …
Discussion: New York Times and Politico
Julia Rock / The Lever:
Fear And Loathing Among The Union Busters  —  “Comrades,” said Chappell Phillips, as he grabbed the microphone, “please do not leave the conference.  It's all better from here.”  —  Phillips, an executive at the buffet restaurant chain Golden Corral, stood at a podium in the front …
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Michael Sainato / The Guardian:
‘It can be scary’: how corporate America is hitting back against unions
Discussion: Deadline, Jacobin and American Prospect
Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
James Dolan enlists former Trump aide Hope Hicks for PR help  —  James Dolan, who recently re-emerged in the media to fight a PR battle over his use of Facial Recognition Technology, has been consulting Donald Trump's former communications director Hope Hicks, the Daily News has learned.
Teri Christoph / RedState:
It'll Cost You $95 to Hear Bernie Sanders Tell You Why Capitalism is Bad  —  As we've discussed here before, potential presidential candidates often signal an upcoming run by releasing a “leadership” book before officially announcing their candidacy.  Republicans like Mike Pence …
Josh Boswell / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Set phone up so I can spy on you showering.’ Hunter Biden threatened to withhold cash-strapped assistant's pay if she didn't FaceTime him naked, texts show - as it's revealed she's the FOURTH employee with whom he had a sexual relationship  — Texts obtained by DailyMail.com show First Son asked assistant for video sex
Reid Wilson / Pluribus News:
Minn. governor signs abortion protections  —  The new law adds access to contraception, maternity care, family planning and abortion to state law.  —  Minnesota became the first state since the midterm elections to add substantial legal protections guaranteeing the right to an abortion when Gov. Tim Walz …
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Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Biden administration mulls public health emergency declaration on abortion
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump's Well-Worn Legal Playbook Starts to Look Frayed  —  The former president's familiar tactics of defiance, counterattacks and delays appear less successful than ever as investigations and court proceedings against him grind on.  —  The expanding legal threats facing former President Donald J. Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
Bill Gates: 'I shouldn't have had dinners with' Jeffrey Epstein  —  Billionaire Bill Gates said that he regretted having dinners with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in a new interview with Australia's ABC 7.30.  —  “I will say for the over a hundredth time, I shouldn't have had dinners with him,” Gates said in the interview.
Mike Stone / Reuters:
U.S. readies $2 bln-plus Ukraine aid package with longer-range weapons -sources  —  The United States is readying more than $2 billion worth of military aid for Ukraine that is expected to include longer-range rockets for the first time as well as other munitions and weapons …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Company Offers Advanced Drones to Ukraine for One Dollar, With Some Costs  —  Sale of long-range, high-speed Reaper unmanned aircraft would require Biden administration approval  —  A U.S. weapons maker is offering to sell the Ukraine government two Reaper MQ-9 drones for a dollar …
Discussion: CBS News and Fox News
J.D. Vance / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Best Foreign Policy?  Not Starting Any Wars  —  He has my support in 2024 because I know he won't recklessly send Americans to fight overseas.  —  A few days before America's 2022 midterm elections, Ukraine's President Volodomyr Zelensky accused Russia of firing a rocket into Poland.
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 …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump big money machine prepares for battle with DeSantis, other rivals  —  The operatives running former President Donald Trump's cash-flush super PAC met quietly in December to sketch out their lines of attack against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and other potential GOP rivals …
Natalie Allison / Politico:
Matt Schlapp accuser files a second suit against top conservative operative  —  The Republican staffer who accused conservative stalwartMatt Schlapp of sexual assault and filed a lawsuit against him for nearly $10 million has filed a separate suit against another top GOP operative alleging defamation.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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 …
Kaylee McGhee White / Washington Examiner:
With Mark Houck, as with Jack Phillips, the persecution is the whole point  —  On Monday, a jury acquitted a Catholic father and pro-life activist after the federal government had brought trumped-up charges against him for violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances or FACE Act.
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 …
Brittany Bernstein / National Review:
$5 Million Reparations Payment for Black Residents Not Enough, San Francisco Official Says  —  A San Francisco advisory committee's recommendation that the city pay out hefty reparations to the city's longtime black residents does not go far enough toward making things right …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Fox News
Jesús A. Rodríguez / Politico:
16 Hours With George Santos: Dunkin' Donuts, 27,000 Steps and a Scolding  —  It's 11:05 a.m. on a Tuesday, and none of the 20 or so reporters huddling outside George Santos' congressional office wants to grab the last of twelve donuts he brought to the Longworth House building.
 
 
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NBC News:
Top Jan. 6 investigator says FBI, other agencies could have stopped Capitol mob had they acted on intel already collected
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Politico:
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
U.S. and India launch high-level defense and tech initiative
Discussion: Bloomberg
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Meet The Man Behind George Santos
Discussion: Semafor
Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Says Russia Has Violated Nuclear-Arms Treaty by Blocking Inspections
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Bloomberg:
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Larry Elliott / The Guardian:
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Tara Palmeri / Puck:
Kellyanne's Future & the G.O.P.'s First '24 Strike
Max Burns / The Third Degree:
As Twitter's Legal Woes Mount, It's Elon vs. Everyone
Discussion: The Forward
USA Today:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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