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9:55 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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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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Wide World of News
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Election officials ready themselves for the next wave of Trump followers
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Politico
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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
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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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.
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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Mike Lillis / The Hill:   House Dems eye discharge petition as escape hatch on debt ceiling
Joseph Zeballos-Roig / Semafor:   Republicans have a plan B if the U.S. breaches the debt ceiling. It'd still be a disaster.
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
In Debt Limit Fight, Republicans Won't Say What Spending Cuts They Want
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CNN:   ‘Go on offense’: Inside Democrats' strategy to try to undercut GOP investigations and protect Biden
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The House GOP's sham hearings are fizzling before they even begin
Discussion: The Triad, Page Array and New Republic
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 …
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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.
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
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”
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
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 …
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New York Times:
Trump's Fund-Raising in First Weeks of '24 Race Is Relatively Weak  —  After announcing presidential runs, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush all raised more per day in their out-of-the-gates fund-raising periods.  —  Donald J. Trump's knack for generating millions of dollars simply …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Daniel Greenfield / Frontpage Mag:
How the IRS Enables a Pro-Pedophile Organization  —  To “promote greater well-being among individuals attracted to children.”  —  [Order David Horowitz's and John Perazzo's new booklet: “Internal Radical Service: Abuse Of Taxpayer Dollars To Advance Leftwing Causes Illegally And Unconstitutionally”: CLICK HERE.]
 
 
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Jason L. Riley / Wall Street Journal:
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Steve Inskeep / NPR:
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Judith Shulevitz / The Atlantic:
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Michael Gartland / New York Daily News:
Harlem Councilwoman facing heat for government mailer that included campaign info
Matthew Cunningham-Cook / The Lever:
Mass. Prisoners Could Choose Between Freedom And Their Organs
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Zac Howard / The Florida Standard:
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
Discussion: CBS News
J.D. Vance / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Best Foreign Policy? Not Starting Any Wars
CBS News:
FBI searched the Penn Biden Center in mid-November