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2:55 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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CNN:
George Santos tells House Republicans he wants off of his committees until issues are resolved
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why DeSantis Is on Track to Beat Trump
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley Need to Find the Strength to Attack Trump
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 …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
CNN:
First on CNN: 2 people who searched Trump properties for classified documents testified before federal grand jury in Mar-a-Lago probe
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.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The House GOP's growing pains
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and NBC News
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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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 …
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 …
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 and Jacobin
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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
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.
Larry Elliott / The Guardian:
Britain the only G7 economy forecast to shrink in 2023  —  IMF says UK economy is likely to contract 0.6% as rising interest rates and higher taxes take toll  —  Britain is expected to be the only major industrialised country to see its economy shrink this year after the impact …
Discussion: New Statesman
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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 …
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.
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
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Black Americans Are Much More Likely to Face Tax Audits, Study Finds  —  A new report documents systemic discrimination in how the I.R.S. selects taxpayers to be audited, with implications for a debate on the agency's funding.  —  WASHINGTON — Black taxpayers are at least three times …
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Biden administration mulls public health emergency declaration on abortion  —  The Biden administration is weighing a plan to declare a public health emergency that would free up resources to help people access abortions. … - The lawmakers argued that such a move would allow the administration …
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. …
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.
 
 
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Bloomberg:
Trump-Backed Dream of a Venezuela Coup Dies With Maduro Gaining Power
Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
James Dolan enlists former Trump aide Hope Hicks for PR help
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans' Dissatisfaction With Nation Eases, but Still High
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
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Judge revokes bond for Navy reservist who praised Hitler
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?
Ramon Antonio Vargas / The Guardian:
Yale honors Black girl, 9, wrongly reported to police over insect project
Discussion: Raw Story
Colin P. Clarke / New York Times:
Russian Mercenaries Are Destabilizing Africa
 

 
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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

BBC:
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