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11:10 PM ET, January 31, 2023

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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 …
Discussion: The Mahablog
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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.
Politico:   ‘They come to me’: Jane Roberts' legal recruiting work involved officials whose agencies had cases before the Supreme Court
Schuyler Kropf / Post and Courier:
It's official: Nikki Haley running for president.  Formal announcement Feb. 15  —  Cementing what has been in the works for months, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will formally announce she is running for president and will seek the Republican nomination for her party's 2024 ticket, The Post and Courier has learned.
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Washington Post:
Haley prepares to signal presidential run in video, as GOP race starts slowly  —  The former U.N. ambassador's move comes as other prospective candidates have slowed their planning  —  Nikki Haley, a former United Nations ambassador and governor of South Carolina, is preparing to announce …
Discussion: CNN and Vanity Fair
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.
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Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
GOP report shows plan to ramp up focus on disproven election fraud claims
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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Will Steakin / ABC News:
Promised green cards, catfishing, threats: How George Santos' ex-boyfriends say they were left feeling trapped, manipulated
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Washington Post:
Santos stepping down from committees amid fabrications about his life
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Santos tells colleagues he won't serve on 2 committees
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
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.
NBC News:
Top Jan. 6 investigator says FBI, other agencies could have stopped Capitol mob had they acted on intel already collected  —  The House Jan. 6 committee concluded that the FBI and other federal security agencies could have prevented a violent mob from overrunning the Capitol had they acted …
Discussion: Insider, Newsbusters and Roll Call
Dánica Coto / Associated Press:
4 key suspects in Haiti presidential slaying in US custody  —  Four key suspects in the killing of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse were transferred to the United States for prosecution as the case stagnates in Haiti amid death threats that have spooked local judges, U.S. officials announced Tuesday.
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Cara Tabachnick / CBS News:   Four suspects in assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse transferred to U.S., authorities say
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
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
U.S. and India launch high-level defense and tech initiative  —  Geopolitical concerns about China and Russia form backdrop of partnership  —  The United States and India on Tuesday formally established a high-level initiative on defense and emerging technologies — what national security …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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: NBC News and Raw Story
Brandon Gillespie / Fox News:
Sen. Kennedy moves to repeal Biden admin's pistol brace rule: ‘Assault on the Second Amendment’  —  'The Biden administration's assault on the Second Amendment isn't going to stop unless we defend this fundamental liberty'  —  Every time Kamala speaks, she shows how much she doesn't know: Sen. John Kennedy
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.
Matthew Cunningham-Cook / The Lever:
Mass. Prisoners Could Choose Between Freedom And Their Organs  —  A new bill would allow prisoners to get time off their sentence if they donate their organs or bone marrow.  —  Massachusetts Democrats have a bold new proposal for prisoners: donate your organs or bone marrow …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Zac Howard / The Florida Standard:
Democrat Politician Agrees with DeSantis, Calls Rejected AP Course “Trash”  —  Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor has been an outspoken critic of the governor, but the two men agree on the lack of educational value in the recently rejected AP African American Studies course.  —  January 31, 2023 .
Discussion: Fox News
 
 
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Alon Pinkas / Haaretz:
Blinken Warned Netanyahu of ‘Orban Decay’. Will He Listen?
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Amina Dunn / Pew Research Center:
As Russian invasion nears one-year mark, partisans grow further apart on U.S. support for Ukraine
Discussion: The Hill
Michael Gartland / New York Daily News:
Harlem Councilwoman facing heat for government mailer that included campaign info
Jack Stripling / Washington Post:
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Joanna Kakissis / NPR:
Ukraine's defense minister pushes for fighter jets, even as training begins on tanks
Washington Post:
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