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11:05 AM 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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New York Times:
DeSantis Takes On the Education Establishment, and Builds His Brand  —  A proposal by Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida to overhaul higher education would mandate courses in Western civilization, eliminate diversity programs and reduce the protections of tenure.  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida …
Jack Stripling / Washington Post:
DeSantis aims to cut college diversity efforts; New College ousts president  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Tuesday called for diversity programs to be dismantled at the state's colleges and universities, escalating efforts by the governor and many conservatives to root out what they see as liberalism …
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
Discussion: Wide World of News
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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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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The Hill:
DeSantis bets on Trump being his own worst enemy  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is keeping quiet on Donald Trump, betting that the controversial former president may just be his own worst enemy when it comes to his 2024 prospects.  —  The longtime alliance between Trump and DeSantis …
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 searching another Biden home in Delaware  —  The FBI is conducting a search of President Joe Biden's home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on Wednesday as a special counsel investigation into his handling of classified material begins in earnest.  —  “Today, with the President's full support …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House Dems eye discharge petition as escape hatch on debt ceiling  —  As the debt ceiling fight heats up on Capitol Hill, House Democrats are eyeing an end-around strategy to bypass Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) — and the conservative hawks driving his agenda — to avoid a federal default later in the year.
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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 …
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New York Times:   Bias and Human Error Played Parts in F.B.I.'s Jan. 6 Failure, Documents Suggest
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
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Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Election officials ready themselves for the next wave of Trump followers
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Politico:
Arizona Republicans fear they may blow it again  —  Kyrsten Sinema's defection from Democrats should be a golden opportunity for the GOP.  But two high-profile 2022 election losers in Arizona are eyeing Senate runs in 2024, sparking angst among Republicans that they will blow an increasingly winnable race.
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
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 …
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Graham Kates / CBS News:
Video of Trump deposition in New York fraud probe shows former president taking the Fifth, repeating “same answer”
Leah Nylen / Bloomberg:
Meta Wins Court Nod to Buy Virtual Reality Startup in Loss for Khan's FTC  —  Meta Platforms Inc. won court approval to buy virtual reality startup Within Unlimited, defeating an effort to block the deal by the US Federal Trade Commission, according to people familiar with the ruling.
Chris Panella / Insider:
An Arkansas GOP bill targeting drag performances is so confusing it may not even apply to drag, a law expert said  — A GOP Arkansas bill targeting drag is so confusing it may not even apply to most drag performances, according to a constitutional expert.  — If enacted, the bill …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jason L. Riley / Wall Street Journal:
Memphis's Problems Are Only Going to Get Worse  —  Tyre Nichols's death is a tragedy, but the data show that crime soars when police pull back.  —  WSJ Opinion: America's Epidemic of Mindless Criminal and Political Behavior  —  YOU MAY ALSO LIKE  —  Created with sketchtool.  —  1x
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
How Much Longer Can ‘Vote Blue No Matter Who!’  Last?  —  Over the past four decades, the percentage of white Democrats who identify themselves as liberal has more than doubled, growing at a much faster pace than Black or Hispanic Democrats.  —  In 1984, according to American National …
New York Times:
George Santos's Treasurer Has Resigned, Leaving a Trail of Questions  —  Nancy Marks's resignation puts further pressure on Mr. Santos, whose campaign finances have already attracted attention from law enforcement agencies.  —  The longtime campaign treasurer and trusted aide …
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 …
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Joanna Kakissis / NPR:
Ukraine's defense minister pushes for fighter jets, even as training begins on tanks
 
 
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Alon Pinkas / Haaretz:
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Discussion: France 24 and Washington Examiner
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Mass. Prisoners Could Choose Between Freedom And Their Organs
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Democrat Politician Agrees with DeSantis, Calls Rejected AP Course “Trash”
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Company Offers Advanced Drones to Ukraine for One Dollar, With Some Costs
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