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1:40 PM ET, February 1, 2023

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New York Times:
The College Board Strips Down Its A.P. Curriculum for African American Studies  —  After criticism from Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, the official course looks different: No more critical race theory, and the study of contemporary topics — like Black Lives Matter — is optional.
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Jack Stripling / Washington Post:
DeSantis aims to cut college diversity efforts; New College ousts president
New York Times:
DeSantis Takes On the Education Establishment, and Builds His Brand
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP senators rally to defend DeSantis from Trump attacks  —  Republican senators are rallying to defend Ron DeSantis from former President Trump's attempt to keep the popular Florida governor out of the 2024 presidential race.  —  At the same time, Trump is picking up more formal endorsements within …
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David Frum / The Atlantic:
The GOP Is Just Obnoxious  —  This article was featured in One Story to Read Today, a newsletter in which our editors recommend a single must-read from The Atlantic, Monday through Friday.  Sign up for it here.  —  Let's say you're a politician in a close race and your opponent suffers a stroke.
Discussion: The Boston Globe
Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:
Michigan Republicans are in turmoil as their leaders navigate tricky Trump terrain  —  After a shellacking that wiped them out of power in every branch of state government for the first time in 40 years, Michigan Republicans are discordantly wrestling with an uncertain future.
Discussion: Slate
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Election officials ready themselves for the next wave of Trump followers
Discussion: Raw Story
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
GOP report shows plan to ramp up focus on disproven election fraud claims
Discussion: Raw Story
Mother Jones:
George Santos Relative Says They Never Gave $5,800 Reported by the Campaign: “I'm Dumbfounded”  —  Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.  —  Last week, Mother Jones reported that more than a dozen top donors to Rep. George Santos …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Politico:
‘They come to me’: Jane Roberts' legal recruiting work involved officials whose agencies had cases before the Supreme Court  —  Jane Roberts, the wife of Chief Justice John Roberts, acknowledges having represented a wide variety of public officials — including senior Justice Department officials …
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Ryan Cooper / American Prospect:
Joe Manchin's Dumb Budget Idea Already Failed Before  —  In 2011, Congress created a ‘super committee’ to come to a bipartisan compromise on austerity.  It didn't work.  —  The congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, aka the “super committee,” meets on Capitol Hill …
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:   House Dems eye discharge petition as escape hatch on debt ceiling
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Trump Is Losing the Grifter Class to DeSantis  —  And they matter more than you might think.  —  1. Hungry Dogs Have To Eat  —  There was bad news for the Trump 2024 campaign yesterday and it wasn't Nikki Haley's pre-announcement of her campaign to challenge the former president.1
Max Tani / Semafor:
Justice Department arrests former ABC News journalist on child pornography charges  —  The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced the arrest of an award-winning investigative reporter on charges related to child pornography.  —  In a statement, the DOJ said that it was charging James Gordon Meek …
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Voter fraud at a GOP stronghold leads to another light sentence  —  Quite a few Republican voters were caught casting illegal ballots in the 2020 elections.  In each case, judges didn't exactly throw the book at them.  —  To the extent that the United States has a retirement community known …
New York Times:
Bias and Human Error Played Parts in F.B.I.'s Jan. 6 Failure, Documents Suggest  —  The F.B.I. appeared to be blinded by a lack of imagination, a narrow focus on “lone wolf” offenders and a misguided belief that the threat from the far left was as great as that from the far right, new congressional documents show.
Discussion: Washington Post
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NBC News:
FBI searches Biden's beach house amid classified documents investigation  —  The FBI searched President Joe Biden's beach house outside Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on Wednesday morning, two sources familiar with the situation told NBC News.  —  A third source familiar with the matter …
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CNN:
FBI finds no classified documents at Biden's Delaware vacation home
CNN:
‘Go on offense’: Inside Democrats' strategy to try to undercut GOP investigations and protect Biden  —  Congressional Democrats are betting that a coordinated offense is their best defense against the coming Republican investigative onslaught.  —  Democrats on Capitol Hill, at the White House …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The House GOP's sham hearings are fizzling before they even begin
Discussion: The Triad, Page Array and New Republic
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.
Joann Muller / Axios:
Scoop: Biden's EV surprise  —  The Biden administration's plan to jump-start a domestic supply chain for electric vehicles (EVs) is on track to shatter expectations. … - Some experts say the value of those tax credits may be four times higher than Congress' budget experts anticipated.
Jenny Strasburg / Wall Street Journal:
BP's CEO Plays Down Renewables Push as Returns Lag  —  Bernard Looney seeks to sharpen strategic focus, with less emphasis on environmental goals  —  How Much Would It Cost to Reduce Global Warming?  $131 Trillion Is One Answer  —  YOU MAY ALSO LIKE  —  Created with sketchtool.
Discussion: The Daily Caller, IJR and CNBC
Victoria Prodeline / Monmouth University …:
Partisanship Drives Concern Over Classified Documents  —  McCarthy starts speakership with mixed grades  —  West Long Branch, NJ - More Americans believe former President Donald Trump knew about the classified documents in his possession than those who say the same about either President Joe Biden or former Vice President Mike Pence.
Andrew Solender / Axios:
McCarthy finds escape hatch on Omar vote  —  The House is preparing to vote on a resolution to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from the Foreign Affairs Committee as soon as Wednesday after Republicans found a way to bring a key GOP holdout on board. … - Republicans had been dragging …
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Treasury Targets Global Sanctions Evasion Network Supporting Russia's Military-Industrial Complex  —  WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed full blocking sanctions against 22 individuals and entities across multiple countries related …
Politico:
Musk blows off Dems in first Capitol tour as Twitter CEO  —  Elon Musk's unannounced, whirlwind tour of Capitol Hill last week had a number of high-profile stops: A happy birthday visit to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and a sit-down with GOP firebrand Rep. Jim Jordan, among others.
Mini Racker / TIME:
Exclusive: John Fetterman Is Using This Assistive Technology in the Senate to Help With His Stroke Recovery  —  The 164-year-old Senate chamber was not designed for wires and screens.  Senators aren't even allowed to use their phones when they're inside.  But to help with freshman Senator …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 
 
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David Dayen / American Prospect:
Mortgage Bankers Scrambling Over Conservative Court Ruling
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CFPB Proposes Rule to Rein in Excessive Credit Card Late Fees
Lee Zeldin / Newsweek:
Let's Bring Greater Transparency to Foreign Influence on Policy Making
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
How Much Longer Can ‘Vote Blue No Matter Who!’ Last?
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Chris Panella / Insider:
An Arkansas GOP bill targeting drag performances is so confusing it may not even apply to drag, a law expert said
Discussion: Raw Story
Daniel Greenfield / Frontpage Mag:
How the IRS Enables a Pro-Pedophile Organization
Jason L. Riley / Wall Street Journal:
Memphis's Problems Are Only Going to Get Worse
Steve Inskeep / NPR:
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Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Trump pleaded the fifth more than 400 times in fraud deposition, video shows
 

 
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