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12:40 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
Zac Howard / The Florida Standard:
Democrat Politician Agrees with DeSantis, Calls Rejected AP Course “Trash”
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  —  Let's say you're a politician in a close race and your opponent suffers a stroke.  What do you do?  —  If you are Mehmet Oz running as a Republican for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, what you do is mock your opponent's affliction.
Discussion: The Boston Globe
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 …
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
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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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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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 …
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 searching another Biden home in Delaware
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 …
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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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
 
 
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NBC News:
Cicilline proposes banning those who ‘supported an insurrection’ from leading Pledge of Allegiance
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
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?
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
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Memphis's Problems Are Only Going to Get Worse
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