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7:10 AM ET, February 1, 2023

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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.
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Washington Post:
Haley plans to announce presidential run, as GOP race starts slowly  —  The former U.N. ambassador's move comes as other prospective candidates have slowed their planning  —  Nikki Haley, a former United Nations ambassador and governor of South Carolina, is planning to announce that she will run …
Discussion: Wide World of 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 …
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Steve Eder / New York Times:
At the Supreme Court, Ethics Questions Over a Spouse's Business Ties  —  The chief justice's wife, Jane Sullivan Roberts, has made millions in her career recruiting lawyers to prominent law firms, some of which have business before the court.  Now, a letter sent to Congress claims that may present a conflict of interest.
David Badash / Raw Story:
Another SCOTUS scandal: Chief justice's spouse makes millions placing attorneys at top law firms that argue before the court  —  The highly controversial and highly unpopular U.S. Supreme Court isn't just facing a historic loss of confidence, it's now facing yet another ethics scandal …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Graham Kates / CBS News:
Video of Trump deposition in New York fraud probe shows former president taking the Fifth, repeating “same answer”  —  Newly released video obtained by CBS News provides the first look at former President Donald Trump's deposition last summer in the New York attorney general's civil fraud investigation.
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Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Trump pleaded the fifth more than 400 times in fraud deposition, video shows  —  Former president repeatedly invoked constitutional right against self-incrimination in New York footage from late last summer  —  Video released on Tuesday showed Donald Trump answering questions …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump's Well-Worn Legal Playbook Starts to Look Frayed
Discussion: Raw Story
Will Steakin / ABC News:
Promised green cards, catfishing, threats: How George Santos' ex-boyfriends say they were left feeling trapped, manipulated  —  The new congressman is facing scrutiny for fabricating swaths of his biography.  —  Rep. George Santos leaves the Capitol Hill Club as members of the press follow him on Jan. 31, 2023 in Washington, DC.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The historic support for George Santos's resignation
Jesús A. Rodríguez / Politico:
16 Hours With George Santos: Dunkin' Donuts, 27,000 Steps and a Scolding
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Santos tells colleagues he won't serve on 2 committees
Mike Stone / Reuters:
U.S. readies $2 bln-plus Ukraine aid package with longer-range weapons -sources  —  The United States is readying more than $2 billion worth of military aid for Ukraine that is expected to include longer-range rockets for the first time as well as other munitions and weapons …
Discussion: Al Jazeera and The Gateway Pundit
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Joanna Kakissis / NPR:
Ukraine's defense minister pushes for fighter jets, even as training begins on tanks
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
In Debt Limit Fight, Republicans Won't Say What Spending Cuts They Want  —  A renewed focus on fiscal restraint in the debt limit standoff with Democrats poses its own political risks.  —  WASHINGTON — At a news conference this month to showcase how Republicans will handle …
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Joseph Zeballos-Roig / Semafor:   Republicans have a plan B if the U.S. breaches the debt ceiling. It'd still be a disaster.
Kevin Roberts / The American Conservative:
Getting Serious About Responsible Defense Spending
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Jack Stripling / Washington Post:
DeSantis aims to cut college diversity efforts; New College ousts president
NBC News:
Top Jan. 6 investigator says FBI, other agencies could have stopped Capitol mob had they acted on intel already collected  —  The House Jan. 6 committee concluded that the FBI and other federal security agencies could have prevented a violent mob from overrunning the Capitol had they acted …
New York Times:
House Votes to End Covid Precautions as G.O.P. Uses Pandemic in Political Attacks  —  Republicans in Congress are seeking to capitalize on discontent about the federal coronavirus response while the party's presidential contenders are vying to be the biggest foe of restrictions.
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
GOP report shows plan to ramp up focus on disproven election fraud claims  —  The report prepared by the Republican National Committee proposes expanding ‘election integrity’ activities in response to perceptions of a rigged process  —  A new internal report prepared by the Republican …
Discussion: Raw Story
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
U.S. and India launch high-level defense and tech initiative  —  Geopolitical concerns about China and Russia form backdrop of partnership  —  The United States and India on Tuesday formally established a high-level initiative on defense and emerging technologies — what national security …
CBS News:
FBI searched the Penn Biden Center in mid-November  —  Washington — The FBI searched the Penn Biden Center offices in mid-November, according to two sources familiar with the investigation, after lawyers for President Biden had found about 10 documents marked classified there on Nov. 2.
Steve Inskeep / NPR:
Morning news brief  —  President Biden meets with House Speaker McCarthy to discuss the debt ceiling, thousands are expected to attend Tyre Nichols' funeral in Memphis, the Fed is expected to raise interest rates again.
Discussion: Raw Story, UPI and NBC News
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Company Offers Advanced Drones to Ukraine for One Dollar, With Some Costs  —  Sale of long-range, high-speed Reaper unmanned aircraft would require Biden administration approval  —  A U.S. weapons maker is offering to sell the Ukraine government two Reaper MQ-9 drones for a dollar …
Discussion: CBS News
Brittany Bernstein / National Review:
$5 Million Reparations Payment for Black Residents Not Enough, San Francisco Official Says  —  A San Francisco advisory committee's recommendation that the city pay out hefty reparations to the city's longtime black residents does not go far enough toward making things right …
Josh Boswell / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Set phone up so I can spy on you showering.’ Hunter Biden threatened to withhold cash-strapped assistant's pay if she didn't FaceTime him naked, texts show - as it's revealed she's the FOURTH employee with whom he had a sexual relationship  — Texts obtained by DailyMail.com show First Son asked assistant for video sex
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump big money machine prepares for battle with DeSantis, other rivals  —  The operatives running former President Donald Trump's cash-flush super PAC met quietly in December to sketch out their lines of attack against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and other potential GOP rivals …
Dánica Coto / Associated Press:
4 key suspects in Haiti presidential slaying in US custody  —  Four key suspects in the killing of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse were transferred to the United States for prosecution as the case stagnates in Haiti amid death threats that have spooked local judges, U.S. officials announced Tuesday.
Camilo Montoya-Galvez / CBS News:
Republican-led states ask judge to shut down DACA program for immigrant “Dreamers”  —  Washington — Nine Republican-controlled states asked a federal judge in Texas on Tuesday to shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in its entirety over two years …
Discussion: Fox News, CNN and Washington Examiner
Matthew Cunningham-Cook / The Lever:
Mass. Prisoners Could Choose Between Freedom And Their Organs  —  A new bill would allow prisoners to get time off their sentence if they donate their organs or bone marrow.  —  Massachusetts Democrats have a bold new proposal for prisoners: donate your organs or bone marrow …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 
 
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The House GOP's sham hearings are fizzling before they even begin
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Judith Shulevitz / The Atlantic:
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Alon Pinkas / Haaretz:
Blinken Warned Netanyahu of ‘Orban Decay’. Will He Listen?
Discussion: Washington Examiner and UPI
Michael Gartland / New York Daily News:
Harlem Councilwoman facing heat for government mailer that included campaign info
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
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Washington Post:
The Abraham Accords expand with cybersecurity collaboration
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Zac Howard / The Florida Standard:
Democrat Politician Agrees with DeSantis, Calls Rejected AP Course “Trash”
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