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2:00 AM ET, February 1, 2023

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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 plans to announce presidential run, 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 planning to announce that she will run …
J.D. Vance / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Best Foreign Policy? Not Starting Any Wars
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
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Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
GOP report shows plan to ramp up focus on disproven election fraud claims  —  The report prepared by the Republican National Committee proposes expanding ‘election integrity’ activities in response to perceptions of a rigged process  —  A new internal report prepared by the Republican …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Trump pleaded the fifth more than 400 times in fraud deposition, video shows  —  Former president repeatedly invoked constitutional right against self-incrimination in New York footage from late last summer  —  Video released on Tuesday showed Donald Trump answering questions …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump's Well-Worn Legal Playbook Starts to Look Frayed
Discussion: Raw Story
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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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
Kevin Roberts / The American Conservative:
Getting Serious About Responsible Defense Spending
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Will Steakin / ABC News:
Promised green cards, catfishing, threats: How George Santos' ex-boyfriends say they were left feeling trapped, manipulated  —  The new congressman is facing scrutiny for fabricating swaths of his biography.  —  Rep. George Santos leaves the Capitol Hill Club as members of the press follow him on Jan. 31, 2023 in Washington, DC.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The historic support for George Santos's resignation
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
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, Roll Call and Newsbusters
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
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Jack Stripling / Washington Post:
DeSantis aims to cut college diversity efforts; New College ousts president
Priscilla Alvarez / CNN:
Nine Republican-led states ask judge to block DACA program  —  Nine Republican-led states asked a federal judge in Texas on Tuesday to block a rule providing protections to nearly 600,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, a group often described as “Dreamers.”
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Camilo Montoya-Galvez / CBS News:   Republican-led states ask judge to shut down DACA program for immigrant “Dreamers”
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 …
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.
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
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.
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: Al Jazeera and The Gateway Pundit
Michael Gartland / New York Daily News:
Harlem Councilwoman facing heat for government mailer that included campaign info  —  Harlem Councilwoman Kristin Richardson Jordan could be in hot water for using government resources to send out a mailer that included an address for her campaign website.  —  The mailer, which includes …
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 .
 
 
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Alon Pinkas / Haaretz:
Blinken Warned Netanyahu of ‘Orban Decay’. Will He Listen?
Discussion: Washington Examiner and UPI
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
Joanna Kakissis / NPR:
Ukraine's defense minister pushes for fighter jets, even as training begins on tanks
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Natalie Allison / Politico:
Matt Schlapp accuser files a second suit against top conservative operative
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Meet The Man Behind George Santos
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
Bill Gates: 'I shouldn't have had dinners with' Jeffrey Epstein
Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
James Dolan enlists former Trump aide Hope Hicks for PR help
 

 
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David Shepardson / Reuters:
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