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3:25 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
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Election officials ready themselves for the next wave of Trump followers
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
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 …
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
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
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  —  Donald Trump's long-estranged former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, says Manhattan prosecutors recently took his cellphones to preserve evidence related to a hush-money payment he made to porn actress Stormy Daniels in the waning weeks of the 2016 presidential campaign.
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
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
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement  —  Recent indicators point to modest growth in spending and production.  Job gains have been robust in recent months, and the unemployment rate has remained low.  Inflation has eased somewhat but remains elevated.  —  Russia's war against Ukraine …
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.
 
 
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Francois Murphy / Reuters:
IAEA chides Iran for undeclared change to Fordow uranium enrichment setup
Michael Lind / Tablet Magazine:
The Power-Mad Utopians  —  America needs a broad popular front to stop the revolution from above that is transforming the country
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
‘SNL’ cold opens satirize Trump more than Biden despite being out of office for two years
Jenny Strasburg / Wall Street Journal:
BP's CEO Plays Down Renewables Push as Returns Lag
Discussion: IJR, CNBC and The Daily Caller
Lee Zeldin / Newsweek:
Let's Bring Greater Transparency to Foreign Influence on Policy Making
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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
Daniel Greenfield / Frontpage Mag:
How the IRS Enables a Pro-Pedophile Organization
Mini Racker / TIME:
Exclusive: John Fetterman Is Using This Assistive Technology in the Senate to Help With His Stroke Recovery
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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
 

 
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