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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.
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Jonathan Martin / Politico:
The Cold Calculus Behind the Shrinking GOP Presidential Field  —  DANA POINT, Calif. — The last time the Republican National Committee held its winter meeting at the outset of an open presidential race, the state chairs and committee members arrived at the Hotel del Coronado …
Discussion: Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
Politico:
Playbook: Trump vs. DeSantis vs. who else?  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  NOT ‘IF,’ BUT ‘WHEN’ — RON KLAIN's departure from the White House on Wednesday was a tear-stained affair — the outgoing chief of staff cried …
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 The Atlantic
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Cruz control: Texas Republican keeps his distance from 2024 White House hunt
Discussion: Raw Story and HuffPost
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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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Pelosi to back Schiff for California Senate seat if Feinstein doesn't run  —  Former House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday threw her support behind Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) in what is shaping up as a competitive 2024 Senate race in California if Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) chooses not to run.
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Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:
Pelosi Endorses Schiff Senate Run If Feinstein Bows Out
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell pulls rival Rick Scott off powerful Commerce Committee  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has pulled Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), who tried to oust him as the Senate's top Republican in a bruising leadership race, off the powerful Commerce Committee.
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Lawrence Richard / Fox News:
New Jersey Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour shot dead outside home in ‘despicable criminal act’  —  Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour found dead inside vehicle outside apartment with multiple gunshot wounds  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for February 2
NBC News:
Congress is off to a spectacularly slow start, and members fear it won't get better  —  WASHINGTON — The House, paralyzed for days, struggled to elect a speaker.  The Senate is holding symbolic votes just to pass the time.  America's most powerful lawmakers have been twiddling their thumbs …
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 …
David Wasserman / Cook Political Report:
2024 House Race Ratings: Another Competitive Fight for Control  —  House Republicans enter the 2024 cycle with an infamously thin 222-213 majority and lots of questions about why they didn't perform better in 2022.  But they have history on their side: despite the House flipping partisan …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Still Glum About State of the Union in Most Areas  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' assessment of the state of the nation remains in the pandemic-era slump seen since 2021, marked by subdued satisfaction with 30 different aspects of the country.  These include the public's reaction …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
Maxine Joselow / Washington Post:
The gas industry is under fire.  It's hiring Democratic politicians to help.  —  Gas companies have enlisted prominent Democrats to convince liberal voters that the fuel is climate-friendly, documents show  —  At a time when many other Democrats fault natural gas for fueling climate change …
Josh Kraushaar / Axios:
Inside the GOP's “Save the kids” strategy  —  The fractious Republican Party is consolidating around a “Protect the children” platform for 2024 that aggressively targets school policies on gender identity and how racial issues are taught. … - Much of the battle is being fought at the state …
ProPublica:
“We're Still Gonna Say No”: Inside UnitedHealthcare's Effort to Deny Coverage to Chronically Ill Patient  —  Co-published with The Capitol Forum … In May 2021, a nurse at UnitedHealthcare called a colleague to share some welcome news about a problem the two had been grappling with for weeks.
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Lawsuit can proceed against Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse  —  A federal judge in Wisconsin ruled Wednesday that a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the father of a man shot and killed by Kyle Rittenhouse during a protest in 2020 can proceed against Rittenhouse, police officers and others.
Balázs Gulyás / The Bulwark:
How Rod Dreher Caused an International Scandal in Eastern Europe  —  Blogging and backtracking.  —  Last week, Rod Dreher, the American author now living in Hungary, caused a diplomatic scandal that has gone largely unnoticed in his home country.  —  Dreher's stay in Hungary is apparently financed …
Discussion: Postliberal Order and Politico
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
Max Zahn / ABC News:
Senator calls on Apple, Google to remove TikTok from app stores  —  TikTok poses “an unacceptable threat,” the senator said.  —  The push on Capitol Hill to rein in China-owned social media network  —  TikTok  —  has set its sights on tech giants Apple and Google.
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.
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.”
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 …
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Former Maryland Governor Larry Hogan On 2024  —  Former Governor Larry Hogan joined me this AQM:  —  Audio:  —  02-02hhs-hogan  —  Transcript:  —  HH: Joined by former Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.  Good morning, Governor.  How are you?  —  LH: I'm doing great, Hugh.  Thanks for having me.
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
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The Moscow Times:
Bellingcat Chief Forced to Leave Vienna Following Security Threats
Discussion: Bloomberg
Financial Times:
Cyber attack at financial data group Ion affects derivatives trading
Discussion: TechCrunch and Bloomberg
Shannon Bond / NPR:
A pro-Russian social media campaign is trying to influence politics in Africa
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Jan. 6 defendant who sprayed line of police sentenced after tearful apology
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The GOP Attack on Ilhan Omar Trivializes Antisemitism
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Daniel Ek says Spotify is working on a deluxe Spotify tier, around a $17-$18 price point, that has “a lot more control, a lot higher quality across the board”

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
YouTube Q2 ad revenue grew 13% YoY to $8.66B, vs. $8.93B est.; Google's subscriptions, platforms, and devices unit that includes YouTube TV had revenue of $9.3B

Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Former Marvel chairman Ike Perlmutter, who backed Nelson Peltz in a failed proxy fight for two Disney board seats, sells his stake of nearly 26M Disney shares

 
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