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5:25 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 …
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David Byler / Washington Post:
Trump's Republican opponents are making a painfully obvious mistake  —  It's often said that military leaders “fight the last war”: They assume their current enemy is just like the previous one so they misjudge their foe and lose.  —  The Republican establishment is making that exact mistake in the 2024 presidential primary.
Stephen Neukam / The Hill:
Larry Hogan says he will support Trump if he's the nominee
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Many Georgia Republicans want no part of Trump's comeback
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump won't commit to endorsing eventual 2024 GOP nominee
Discussion: Washington Examiner, IJR and Raw Story
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Is the GOP's Albatross
Associated Press:
House GOP votes to oust Democrat Omar from major committee  —  House Republicans voted after a raucous debate Thursday to oust Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar from the chamber's major Foreign Affairs Committee, citing her anti-Israel comments, in a dramatic escalation of tensions after Democrats …
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Scott Wong / NBC News:
Rep. Ilhan Omar backs resolution recognizing Israel as a ‘legitimate’ ally as GOP moves to oust her from committee
Karoun Demirjian / New York Times:
House Ousts Ilhan Omar From Foreign Affairs Panel as G.O.P. Exacts Revenge
NBC News:   Congress is off to a spectacularly slow start, and members fear it won't get better
Scott Wong / NBC News:
Republicans vote to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee
Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off committee after party-line vote in House
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.
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 …
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Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
A U.S. Ambassador Finds Himself on Hostile Ground in Hungary
Kadia Goba / Semafor:
George Santos: We've been secretly recorded  —  It's Groundhog Day, but George Santos is worried about a mole.  —  The Congressman told Semafor he expects recordings by a prospective staffer they interviewed this week to be published this evening by progressive news site Talking Points Memo.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Semafor
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
The White House:
Statement from President Joe Biden on Personnel Announcement  —  When I took office, we faced high unemployment, an economy in crisis, and main streets shuttered across the country.  I knew we needed to not just get families back to work and businesses re-opened, we needed to rebuild our economy so no one was left behind.
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Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Deese, Top Economic Aide to Biden, Will Step Down This Month
The Cut:
Do You Know How to Behave?  Are You Sure? … THE NEW RULES FOR  — Friends & Lovers  — Strangers & Others  — Going Out & Staying In  — Tipping  — Work  — The City  — Parenting  — Posting & Texting  —  The ways we socialize and date …
Discussion: Slate
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
Courtney Kube / NBC News:
Suspected Chinese spy balloon found over northern U.S.  —  The government has been monitoring a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that has been hovering over the northern U.S. for the past few days, and they have discussed shooting it out of the sky, according to two U.S. officials and a senior defense official.
Department of Justice:
Broome County Man Pleads Guilty to Making Interstate Threats to Member of Congress  —  For Immediate Release  —  U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York  —  SYRACUSE, NEW YORK - Joseph F. Morelli, 51, of Endicott, New York pled guilty today to making threatening phone calls …
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
Eleanor Hawkins / Axios:
America's CEOs have gone silent on national tragedies … - Power dynamics. … - Economic uncertainty. … - ESG pushback. … - Fatigue.
Discussion: National Review
Ari Natter / Bloomberg:
Gas Stoves Are Back Under Scrutiny With New US Limits Proposed  —  Gas stoves are coming under fresh scrutiny as a second federal agency has now stepped into the political firestorm with a proposal for new regulations for the appliances.  —  The Energy Department proposal, published Wednesday …
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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.
 
 
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Tierney Sneed / CNN:
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Los Angeles Times:
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Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
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NBC News:
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