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2:15 PM ET, February 2, 2023

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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
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Is the GOP's Albatross  —  Republicans who want to win will need to find a way around the former president.  —  WSJ Opinion: The Democrats Deepen the Washington Swamp  —  YOU MAY ALSO LIKE  —  Created with sketchtool.  —  There's a lot of skepticism about former President Donald …
Sophia Cai / Axios:
GOP investigations could launch Stefanik in 2024
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Politico
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Cruz control: Texas Republican keeps his distance from 2024 White House hunt
Discussion: Politico, Bloomberg, Raw Story and HuffPost
New York Times:
Eager to Challenge Trump, Republicans Aren't So Eager to Be the First
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
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Daniel Victor / New York Times:
New Jersey Councilwoman Is Fatally Shot, Officials Say  —  Eunice K. Dwumfour, 30, was found dead in her car with multiple gunshot wounds on Wednesday night.  She was serving her first term on the Sayreville Borough Council.  —  Eunice K. Dwumfour, a 30-year-old councilwoman serving …
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.
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 …
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Associated Press:
House GOP votes to oust Democrat Omar from major committee
Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
Rep. Ilhan Omar removed from committee under GOP majority
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Former President Donald Trump On Nikki Haley's Announcement, Taiwan, Ukraine And More  —  Former President Donald Trump joined me this morning:  —  Audio:  —  02-02hhs-trump  —  Transcript:  —  HH: Former President Donald Trump, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.  Great to have you on again, sir.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Blue Virginia
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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Cami Mondeaux / Washington Examiner:
Mitch McConnell told Rick Scott he was off Commerce Committee via text
Discussion: The Hill and HuffPost
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
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Deese, Top Economic Aide to Biden, Will Step Down This Month  —  Brian Deese, the director of the National Economic Council, played a pivotal role in negotiating economic legislation the president signed in his first two years in office.  —  WASHINGTON — Brian Deese, who served …
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The White House:
Statement from President Joe Biden on Personnel Announcement
Wall Street Journal:
FBI to Search Mike Pence's Home for Additional Classified Materials  —  Justice Department is in talks with former vice president's legal team about scheduling search  —  How Presidential Documents Are Supposed to Be Archived  —  Created with sketchtool. … 1x
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NBC News:
Heating up: Bipartisan duo Manchin and Cruz pitch bill to defend gas stoves  —  WASHINGTON — A new bipartisan duo is diving in to defend gas stoves.  —  Senate Energy Committee Chairman Joe Manchin, D-W.V., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, the new ranking member of the Commerce Committee …
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Miles J. Herszenhorn / The Harvard Crimson:
Harvard Misinformation Expert Joan Donovan Forced to Leave by Kennedy School Dean, Sources Say  —  Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf is forcing out online misinformation expert Joan M. Donovan from her role at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and ending …
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 …
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 …
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.
NBC News:
Biden admin transfers a Guantanamo detainee to Belize  —  Majid Khan, a Pakistani citizen and Guantanamo's only known legal U.S. resident, arrived in Belize on Thursday.  Two more detainees could leave the facility in Cuba soon.  —  The Biden administration transferred a detainee …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Boris Johnson chastises Republicans for their fear of Tucker Carlson  —  In the right-wing media universe, the 500-pound gorilla is now and has long been Fox News.  There have been challengers, certainly, including some robust ones.  Breitbart's effectiveness in pulling rhetoric from the fringe …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema pulls in cash from Wall Street, real estate titans as she mulls reelection bid  — Titans of the real estate and private equity industries, including from companies like Blackstone, are bankrolling Sen. Kyrsten Sinema as the Arizona lawmaker considers a reelection bid in 2024.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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 …
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Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Hunter Biden's lawyers, in newly aggressive strategy, target his critics
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Despite prior sexual harassment probe, executive hired to senior federal job  —  The Office of Personnel Management hired a senior official in October who was found by a Louisiana state agency in an internal investigation to have sexually harassed two women in a previous job
Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
Antony Blinken to meet Xi Jinping in first visit to China by a Biden cabinet secretary  —  Engagement could come within days and signals Beijing's desire to improve tone of ties with Washington  —  Antony Blinken is expected to meet Xi Jinping in Beijing, making him the first US secretary …
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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Eleanor Hawkins / Axios:
America's CEOs have gone silent on national tragedies
Discussion: National Review
Anne Tergesen / Wall Street Journal:
Short on Cash, More Americans Tap 401(k) Savings for Emergencies
Jason Rantz / MyNorthwest.com:
Shocking ignorance as Seattle Public Health blames drug ODs on racism, drug laws
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller
Tanya Snyder / Politico:
Buttigieg, two years into Biden's Cabinet, ‘not planning on going anywhere’
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Election officials say democracy is still at risk in 2024: ‘The gun is still loaded’
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
George Santos' Brazil Lawyer Did Time for Gang Execution: Report
Discussion: Raw Story
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Still Glum About State of the Union in Most Areas
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
Maxine Joselow / Washington Post:
The gas industry is under fire. It's hiring Democratic politicians to help.
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Kraushaar / Axios:
Inside the GOP's “Save the kids” strategy
Discussion: Reason and Washington Times
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Inclusive or Alienating? The Language Wars Go On
Discussion: Althouse
The Moscow Times:
Bellingcat Chief Forced to Leave Vienna Following Security Threats
Discussion: Bloomberg
Reserve Bank of Australia:
New $5 Banknote Design  —  The Reserve Bank has decided to update the $5 banknote to feature …
Jim Gomez / Associated Press:
US, Philippines agree on larger American military presence
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Illegal border crossings fell sharply in January, U.S. figures show
 

 
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
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Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
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