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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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Mitra Assadi / College Board Newsroom:
Advanced Placement Program Releases Official AP African American Studies Framework
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 and Politico
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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 …
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
Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:   Michigan Republicans are in turmoil as their leaders navigate tricky Trump terrain
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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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: Washington Post, Raw Story and Mediaite
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
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 …
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
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Biden and McCarthy meet as White House aides envision a debt ceiling off-ramp  —  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.
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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. …
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 …
Dominique Mosbergen / Wall Street Journal:
Dangerous Fungi Are Spreading Across U.S. as Temperatures Rise  —  Some fungi such as the type that causes Valley Fever might be adapting to endure more heat stress  —  Dangerous fungal infections are on the rise, and a growing body of research suggests warmer temperatures might be a culprit.
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
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
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.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The House GOP's sham hearings are fizzling before they even begin  —  The GOP's conspiracy theories and unhinged accusations work best when Republicans are in the minority, when they can throw out half-baked accusations and make leaps of logic with little consequence.
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CNN:
‘Go on offense’: Inside Democrats' strategy to try to undercut GOP investigations and protect Biden
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 …
Anthony Adragna / Politico:
Guns in the House?  A raucous Natural Resources panel debate  —  House Natural Resources Committee Republicans on Wednesday defeated Rep. Jared Huffman's (D-Calif.) push to reinstate an explicit ban on carrying firearms to the committee room after a lengthy and occasionally heated debate.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Roll Call
David Greenwald / Davis Vanguard:
Students Forced to Camp Out in Frigid Weather To Get Housing  —  Davis, CA - If the city council thought they had solved the problem of student housing with the approvals of multi-student housing projects over the last several years, those beliefs were dashed by a string of student commenters who told them otherwise.
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: Political Wire
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 …
 
 
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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Sen. Tim Scott kicking off ‘Faith in America’ listening tour, including ads in key 2024 primary state
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Mike Lee, Rick Scott lose key committee seats, Scott blames McConnell
Politico:
Marty Walsh under consideration for spot atop NHL players' union
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
He lost to George Santos. Now he's trying to make up for it.
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‘SNL’ cold opens satirize Trump more than Biden despite being out of office for two years
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CNBC:
White House likely to tap Brainard, Bernstein as top economic advisors, sources say
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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