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2:30 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
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
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: Mediaite and Raw Story
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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 …
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Kara Scannell / CNN:
Trump Org. controller to testify to Manhattan grand jury investigating hush money payments  —  A top executive of the Trump Organization is expected to appear Thursday before a Manhattan grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump's alleged role in a hush money payment scheme, people familiar with the matter said.
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Associated Press:
Cohen says DA took phones for renewed Trump hush-money probe
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
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  —  The FBI has completed its search of President Joe Biden's Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, home and no documents with classified markings were found, according to a source familiar with the matter.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Frontpage Mag
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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
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Mortgage Bankers Scrambling Over Conservative Court Ruling  —  Faced with the potential invalidation of CFPB's funding structure, the top lobbyist for mortgage companies asks Congress to write the agency's rules into law.  —  The Mortgage Bankers Association, a trade group for mortgage companies …
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, RedState and NBC News
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.
CNBC:
White House likely to tap Brainard, Bernstein as top economic advisors, sources say  — The White House will likely tap Lael Brainard and Jared Bernstein to lead the National Economic Council and Council of Economic Advisers, respectively, sources told CNBC.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Election officials ready themselves for the next wave of Trump followers  —  Hundreds of local election officials across the country are about to confront a political challenge putting their management skills and their campaign chops to the test: Administering the 2024 presidential vote while running for reelection themselves.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
GOP report shows plan to ramp up focus on disproven election fraud claims
Discussion: Raw Story
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: IJR, CNBC and The Daily Caller
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 …
 
 
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