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3:25 PM ET, February 2, 2023

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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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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 …
Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
Rep. Ilhan Omar removed from committee under GOP majority
Scott Wong / NBC News:
Republicans vote to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee
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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 …
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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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Cruz control: Texas Republican keeps his distance from 2024 White House hunt
Discussion: Politico, HuffPost, Raw Story and Bloomberg
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.
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump won't commit to endorsing eventual 2024 GOP nominee  —  Former President Trump on Thursday would not commit to endorsing the eventual Republican nominee for president in 2024 if it's not him.  —  “It would depend.  I would give you the same answer I gave in 2016 during the debates …
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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
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
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
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
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
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 …
U.S. Department of Defense:
Guantanamo Bay Detainee Transfer Announced  —  The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Majid Khan from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to Belize.  —  Majid Khan pled guilty before a Military Commission in February 2012.  Pursuant to the terms of the plea agreement …
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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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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.
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
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
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 …
Discussion: CNN
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
 
 
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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
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Election officials say democracy is still at risk in 2024: ‘The gun is still loaded’
Discussion: The Point
New York Post:
New tactic: Hunter Biden is the ‘laptop from hell’ victim
Sophia Cai / Axios:
GOP investigations could launch Stefanik in 2024
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Politico
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Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
George Santos' Brazil Lawyer Did Time for Gang Execution: Report
Discussion: Raw Story
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Pelosi to back Schiff for California Senate seat if Feinstein doesn't run
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Still Glum About State of the Union in Most Areas
Discussion: UPI, Washington Examiner and The Hill
Maxine Joselow / Washington Post:
The gas industry is under fire. It's hiring Democratic politicians to help.
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
 

 
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