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2:45 AM ET, February 2, 2023

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Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Hunter Biden's lawyers, in newly aggressive strategy, target his critics  —  His attorneys have sent letters to prosecutors urging probes of Rudy Giuliani, Steve Bannon and others  —  Hunter Biden's lawyers, in a newly aggressive strategy, sent a series of blistering letters Wednesday …
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New York Post:
Hunter Biden finally admits infamous laptop is his as he pleads for criminal probe  —  So much for, the laptop “could be” mine.  —  First son Hunter Biden's lawyers admitted late Wednesday that the infamous laptop the now-52-year-old abandoned at a Delaware computer repair shop in the throes …
Discussion: HotAir and Raw Story
Graham Kates / CBS News:
Hunter Biden demands investigations and retractions, opening new front against GOP foes  —  Hunter Biden's legal team went on the offensive Wednesday, demanding state and federal investigations into the dissemination of material from his laptop, and threatening a defamation lawsuit …
Ryan Teague Beckwith / Bloomberg:
Trump's Attacks on Early Voting Worry Some in GOP Over Turnout  —  When Donald Trump attacked early voting in New Hampshire Saturday, he was speaking to an audience who was excited to hear the message.  Others aren't so sure.  —  Republican officials in the state, one of only four …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Examiner
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New York Times:
Eager to Challenge Trump, Republicans Aren't So Eager to Be the First  —  Nikki Haley is expected to join the 2024 race this month, but other G.O.P. contenders are taking a wait-and-see approach.  Some anti-Trump Republicans worry that too much dithering could be costly.
David Frum / The Atlantic:
The GOP Is Just Obnoxious  —  It's why they keep losing elections.
Jacqueline Sweet / Politico:
Feds probing Santos' role in service dog charity scheme  —  NEW YORK — FBI agents are investigating Rep. George Santos' role in an alleged GoFundMe scheme involving a disabled U.S. Navy veteran's dying service dog.  —  Two agents contacted former service member Richard Osthoff Wednesday …
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Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:   Inside George Santos' transformation from Anthony Devolder into a political figure
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Biden and McCarthy hold ‘first good’ meeting on debt ceiling, but ‘no agreements, no promises’  —  President Joe Biden met Wednesday with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy in search of a path to lifting the nation's debt ceiling — and averting the potential for an economic catastrophe.
NBC News:
Democrats and Republicans clash over where lawmakers can carry guns in the Capitol  —  The House Natural Resources Committee's first meeting of the year turned heated Wednesday when a Democratic member offered an amendment that would prohibit lawmakers from carrying guns in its hearing room.
Discussion: The Mahablog and The Hill
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Anthony Adragna / Politico:
Guns in the House? A raucous Natural Resources panel debate
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Lawmakers Call for Inquiry Into Durham's Review of Russia Investigation  —  The Democrats asked the Justice Department's inspector general to scrutinize whether John H. Durham and William P. Barr “violated any laws, D.O.J. rules or practices, or canons of legal ethics.”
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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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
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Jan. 6 defendant who sprayed line of police sentenced after tearful apology  —  A Jan. 6 defendant who sprayed a chemical irritant at about 15 police officers — and later bragged about it in a video interview — was sentenced Wednesday to 68 months in prison.  This is one of the stiffest Jan. 6 sentences handed down to date.
Discussion: Insider, Raw Story and Political Wire
Houston Keene / Fox News:
Mike Lee, Rick Scott lose key committee seats, Scott blames McConnell  —  Rick Scott tells Fox News Digital ‘McConnell gets to pick’ committee assignments  —  Sen. Rick Scott loses to Mitch McConnell in GOP Senate leadership bid  —  FIRST ON FOX: Republican Senators Mike Lee of Utah …
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 …
Ellie Quinlan Houghtaling / The Daily Beast:
South Dakota Senator Censured, Unsuspended After ‘Suckling’ Scandal  —  ‘BEYOND REPROACH’  —  A week after suspending state Sen. Julie Frye-Mueller, the South Dakota Senate voted Wednesday to censure and reinstate the Republican, despite a pending lawsuit in which she claimed the legislature violated …
Salvador Rizzo / Washington Post:
Former ABC News journalist charged in child pornography case  —  Federal prosecutors in Virginia have charged a former national security journalist for ABC News with a child pornography offense.  —  James Gordon Meek, a producer who covered wars, terrorism and major crimes for the network …
Jim Gomez / Associated Press:
US, Philippines agree on larger American military presence  —  The United States and the Philippines announced on Thursday an agreement to expand American military presence in the Southeast Asian country, where U.S. forces would be granted access to four more Philippine military camps …
Haleh Esfandiari / Wilson Center:
What Went Wrong?  For Women, Everything  —  On February 1, 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran after 14 years in exile.  The public welcomed his return as a new era of freedom, but the revolution dashed these hopes.  Today, Iran's younger generation wants the end to the Islamic Republic.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Lizzie Johnson / Washington Post:
An alleged $500 million Ponzi scheme preyed on Mormons.  It ended with FBI gunfire.  —  In Las Vegas, a lawyer with huge gambling debts is accused of a financial fraud that left hundreds of victims in its wake  —  LAS VEGAS — The FBI arrived at the only house on this stretch of Ruffian Road at 1:25 p.m. …
Washington Post:
Metro employee killed while trying to stop man shooting at D.C. commuters  —  A witness said the gunman muttered, 'I'm the killmonger' before entering the station and firing several shots  —  A Metro employee who tried to stop a gunman targeting commuters Wednesday was fatally shot …
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Senate Republicans pen letter asking DirecTV to explain decision ditching Newsmax  —  A group of leading Senate Republicans is requesting information from cable provider DirecTV surrounding its recent decision to drop conservative network Newsmax from its channel lineup.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The GOP Attack on Ilhan Omar Trivializes Antisemitism … One of the first things the Republican Party did upon gaining control of the House of Representatives was to restore committee privileges to Marjorie Taylor Greene, whose positions were stripped over a series of deranged and bigoted statements.
Pat Eaton-Robb / Associated Press:
Democratic-backed Connecticut bill would ban ‘Latinx’ term  —  A group of Hispanic lawmakers in Connecticut has proposed that the state follow Arkansas' lead and ban the term “Latinx” from official government documents, calling it offensive to Spanish speakers.
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and TheBlaze
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.
Charlie Warzel / The Atlantic:
My Printer Is Extorting Me  —  Subscriptions such as HP's Instant Ink challenge what it means to own our devices.  —  The first rule of at-home printers is that you do not need a printer until you do, and then you need it desperately.  The second rule is that when you plug the printer in …
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
GoodRx illegally shared health data with tech giants to target ads, government alleges  —  Telemedicine company GoodRx allegedly shared sensitive personal health information with Google, Facebook and other firms to target ads to users, according to a complaint filed by federal regulators on Wednesday.
 
 
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Shannon Bond / NPR:
A pro-Russian social media campaign is trying to influence politics in Africa
The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Highlights New Progress on His Competition Agenda
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Sen. Tim Scott kicking off ‘Faith in America’ listening tour, including ads in key 2024 primary state
Discussion: National Review
David Greenwald / Davis Vanguard:
Students Forced to Camp Out in Frigid Weather To Get Housing
Politico:
Marty Walsh under consideration for spot atop NHL players' union
 Earlier Items: 
Dominique Mosbergen / Wall Street Journal:
Dangerous Fungi Are Spreading Across U.S. as Temperatures Rise
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Illegal border crossings fell sharply in January, U.S. figures show
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
He lost to George Santos. Now he's trying to make up for it.
Discussion: ABC7
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
‘SNL’ cold opens satirize Trump more than Biden despite being out of office for two years
Discussion: Newsbusters
Jenny Strasburg / Wall Street Journal:
BP's CEO Plays Down Renewables Push as Returns Lag
Discussion: The Daily Caller and IJR
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Mortgage Bankers Scrambling Over Conservative Court Ruling
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Voter fraud at a GOP stronghold leads to another light sentence
Discussion: Washington Post