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3:40 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
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
Discussion: Slate
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Are Republicans Ready to Move On from Donald Trump?
Discussion: Raw Story
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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Department of Justice:
Man Arrested for Transporting Images of Child Sexual Abuse  —  A Virginia man was arrested last night on criminal charges related to his alleged transportation of images depicting the sexual abuse of children.  —  According to court documents, the investigation into James Gordon Meek, 53 …
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Political Dictionary
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Mike DeForest / WKMG:
4th resident of The Villages admits to voting twice in the 2020 election
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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NBC News:
FBI searches Biden's beach house amid classified documents investigation
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Fireworks in House after Democrat says ‘insurrectionists’ should be banned from leading Pledge of Allegiance  —  WASHINGTON — A routine House committee meeting erupted into a heated, nearly hourlong debate Wednesday over the Pledge of Allegiance, with one Democratic lawmaker saying that …
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NBC News:
Cicilline proposes banning those who ‘supported an insurrection’ from leading Pledge of Allegiance
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Illegal border crossings fell sharply in January, U.S. figures show  —  Tighter restrictions applied by the Biden administration against migrants from Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua and Haiti along the southern border last month led to a precipitous drop in the number of people from those countries crossing …
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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
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
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 …
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Tester still not ready to announce 2024 Senate plans  —  The Montana Democrat said he's “got a few things to think about” before making a decision.  —  Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said he's still undecided on whether to run for re-election in 2024, keeping Democrats in suspense for what will be a close-watched race.
Daniel Han / Politico:
Federal judge blocks New Jersey law that allows state to sue gun industry  —  The order comes one day after another federal judge blocked a separate New Jersey law that addressed restrictions on concealed carry in New Jersey.  —  A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a New Jersey law that allows …
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
‘SNL’ cold opens satirize Trump more than Biden despite being out of office for two years  —  The NBC program pulled no punches during the Trump years but now appears hesitant to poke fun at Biden  —  Gutfeld: SNL viewers are outraged over its new host  —  “Saturday Night Live” …
 
 
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IAEA chides Iran for undeclared change to Fordow uranium enrichment setup
Michael Lind / Tablet Magazine:
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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
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Mini Racker / TIME:
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Andrew Solender / Axios:
McCarthy finds escape hatch on Omar vote
Schuyler Kropf / Post and Courier:
It's official: Nikki Haley running for president. Formal announcement Feb. 15