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Elon Musk fires a top Twitter engineer over his declining view count  —  Inside Twitter 2.0, turmoil leaves employees stretched to the max  —  For weeks now, Elon Musk has been preoccupied with worries about how many people are seeing his tweets.  Last week, the Twitter CEO took …
Jacqueline Sweet / Politico:
Santos was charged with theft in 2017 case tied to Amish dog breeders  —  NEW YORK - Rep. George Santos was charged with theft in Pennsylvania's Amish Country in 2017 after a series of bad checks were written in his name to dog breeders, according to the court and a lawyer friend who helped him address the charge.
ABC News:
Mike Pence subpoenaed by special counsel overseeing Trump probes: Sources  —  It follows months of negotiations between prosecutors and Pence's legal team.  —  Former Vice President Mike Pence has been subpoenaed by the  —  special counsel  —  overseeing probes into former President Donald Trump …
Discussion: New York Times and Forbes
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CNN:
First on CNN: Trump's former national security adviser subpoenaed in special counsel probes of classified documents, January 6  —  Former national security adviser Robert O'Brien has been subpoenaed by special counsel Jack Smith in both his investigation into classified documents found …
CNN:
Ron DeSantis once expressed support for privatizing Social Security and Medicare giving his rivals an opening  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis expressed support for privatizing Medicare and Social Security during his first campaign for Congress in 2012, giving political rivals who have pledged …
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Isaac Arnsdorf / Washington Post:
GOP hopefuls' past positions on Social Security loom over 2024 primary
David Freedlander / Politico:
The GOP Is Starting to Plot Against Donald Trump  —  “It is,” he said, “A five-alarm fire.  And there is nobody coming to put it out.”  —  “It,” in this case, is the possibility that once again Donald Trump will prevail over a splintered Republican field, getting the same 30-40 percent …
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S.V. Date / HuffPost:
Trump Put Nearly $1 Million Of Donor Money Into His Own Pockets Since Leaving Office  —  He failed to spend money on the things he promised to do but did spend it at properties he owned, with the profits flowing to him personally  —  WASHINGTON — Donald Trump failed to spend much of the money …
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump brings back Jason Miller
Discussion: The Hill
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Chinese Balloon Had Tools to Collect Communications Signals, U.S. Says  —  China's surveillance balloons have flown over more than 40 countries and are directed by the Chinese military, the State Department said.  —  WASHINGTON — The Chinese spy balloon shot down by the U.S. military …
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Washington Post:
U.S. exposes China's sprawling balloon surveillance program  —  The State Department on Thursday released several data points on China's high-altitude balloon surveillance program, declassifying information collected by U.S. U-2 spy planes and other sources to expose what it's calling …
Tim Miller / The Triad:
The DeSantis Soft Bois Can Dish It, But Can't Take It  —  Groomer slander for thee, but not for me.  —  You are not going to believe what happened, dear reader.  —  In a shocking breach of decorum, the former president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, issued a social media post slandering …
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Stuart A. Thompson / New York Times:
Steve Bannon's Podcast Is Top Misinformation Spreader, Study Says  —  A large podcast study found that Mr. Bannon's “War Room” had more falsehoods and unsubstantiated claims than other political talk shows.  —  When Stephen K. Bannon, the White House strategist turned podcaster …
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Valerie Wirtschafter / Brookings:
Audible reckoning: How top political podcasters spread unsubstantiated and false claims  —  IIn February 2021, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and his co-host Michael Knowles, a Daily Wire commentator, recorded a live episode of the Verdict With Ted Cruz podcast.1 In conversation about his former …
Jamie Reed / The Free Press:
I Thought I Was Saving Trans Kids.  Now I'm Blowing the Whistle.  —  There are more than 100 pediatric gender clinics across the U.S. I worked at one.  What's happening to children is morally and medically appalling.  —  I am a 42-year-old St. Louis native, a queer woman, and politically to the left of Bernie Sanders.
Mollie Reilly / HuffPost:
Congresswoman Assaulted In Her D.C. Apartment Building  —  Rep. Angie Craig, a Democrat representing Minnesota, was not severely injured in the attack.  —  Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minn.) was assaulted in her Washington, D.C., apartment building Thursday, her office said in a statement.
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Billy House / Bloomberg:
Minnesota Congresswoman Escapes Attack in DC Apartment Building Elevator
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Biden's State of the Union draws audience of 27.3 million  —  1 of 2  —  An estimated 27.3 million people watched President Joe Biden's State of the Union address on television, the second smallest audience for the annual event in at least 30 years, the Nielsen company said on Wednesday.
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Eric Lutz / Vanity Fair:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders's State of the Union Response Proves the GOP Has Nothing New to Offer
Holmes Lybrand / CNN:
Man who used Confederate flag against Capitol Police officer on January 6 sentenced to 3 years in prison  —  A Delaware man who carried a large Confederate flag inside the US Capitol during the January 6, 2021, riot and was part of the mob that chased a US Capitol Police officer has been sentenced to three years in prison.
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New York Times:
Florida Officials Had Repeated Contact With College Board Over African American Studies  —  In a recent letter to the College Board, state officials list a series of emails and meetings over the last year, often discussing course material about race that state regulations might bar.
Wyatte Grantham-Philips / USA Today:
19,300 dead in Turkey, Syria earthquake: Death toll among worst in recent history, surpassing 2011 Japan disaster … The powerful earthquakes that shook Turkey and Syria this week are among the most devastating and deadliest quakes in recent history.  —  The death toll continued to climb …
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Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
Missouri Republicans block proposed ban on kids carrying guns in public  —  The Republican-controlled Missouri House of Representatives rejected a proposal Wednesday that would have banned children from being able to openly carry firearms on public land without adult supervision.
Lee Brown / New York Post:
NJ councilman Russell Heller shot dead just a week after slaying of Eunice Dwumfour  —  A New Jersey municipal council member was shot dead in his car Wednesday, exactly a week after the unsolved slaying of Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour.  —  Russell Heller, 51, was found dead just after 7 …
Joey Roulette / Reuters:
SpaceX curbed Ukraine's use of Starlink internet for drones -company president  —  SpaceX has taken steps to prevent Ukraine's military from using the company's Starlink satellite internet service for controlling drones in the region during the country's war with Russia, SpaceX's president said Wednesday.
CNN:
Florida High School Athletic Association removes all questions about menstruation from required medical evaluation form  —  [Breaking news update at 1:09 p.m.]  —  At an emergency meeting Thursday, the Florida High School Athletic Association approved a proposal to remove all questions …
Discussion: Politico, New York Post, 6abc and WFLA-TV
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Omari Daniels / Washington Post:
Residents seek action as tire and rim thefts increase  —  Police in D.C. and Maryland say they saw a rise in the thefts in 2022, while numbers decreased in Virginia  —  When a neighbor knocked on Marquise Chapman's Temple Hills door one morning in early December to alert her to mischief involving …
Miles Klee / Rolling Stone:
Who Is @Catturd2, the Sh-tposting King of MAGA Twitter?  —  How one cranky Florida man caught the ear of Donald Trump, Elon Musk and Tucker Carlson — with fart jokes  —  ON A RECENT “Weekend Update” segment for Saturday Night Live, Michael Che relayed the news that Ronna McDaniel had just won …
Washington Post:
Biden weighs border deal that would deport non-Mexicans to Mexico  —  The Biden administration is negotiating an agreement with Mexico that could allow U.S. authorities to carry out large-scale deportations of non-Mexicans back across the border for the first time, according to four current …
Wall Street Journal:
Shinzo Abe Book Criticizes Trump as Weak on North Korea  —  Late Japanese leader wanted more-hawkish policy, but then-president thought he was helping prevent war  —  TOKYO—In a posthumously published book, former Japanese leader Shinzo Abe said he pushed then-President Donald Trump …
Angela Andaloro / People.com:
FOX News' Hillary Vaughn and Peter Doocy Welcome Baby Girl: 'Best Assignment I've Ever Had'  —  Hillary Vaughn and Peter Doocy are first-time parents after welcoming daughter Bridget, they share with PEOPLE  —  Hillary Vaughn and Peter Doocy are officially parents!
Washington Post:
See how many all-cash buyers snagged houses in your neighborhood  —  Rising interest rates, soaring home prices and decreasing inventory aren't the only things making it difficult to buy a home these days.  —  Last year, nearly a third of U.S. homes were purchased with cash, according to data provided by the realty company Redfin.
Discussion: WPRI-TV
Washington Post:
Ukraine's rocket campaign reliant on U.S. precision targeting, officials say  —  Ukrainian officials say that they almost never launch HIMARS rounds without detailed coordinates provided by U.S. military personnel situated elsewhere in Europe  —  KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian officials …
William Westhoven / Daily Record:
Mayor and entire council change party affiliation from Democrats to GOP in East Hanover  —  3-minute read.  —  East Hanover's elected leaders dropped a political bombshell on Tuesday, announcing that longtime Mayor Joseph Pannullo and the entire township council had switched their party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.
David Badash / Alternet.org:
House Democrat: George Santos getting access to 'America's secrets' was ‘final straw’ for expulsion effort  —  U.S. Rep. Robert Garcia (D-CA) says that Speaker Kevin McCarthy's decision to allow U.S. Rep. George Santos access to classified intelligence on Thursday was the “final straw” …
 
 
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Catherine Herridge / CBS News:
House Oversight panel requests records from Hunter Biden and James Biden
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Lawyer for ex-Russian diplomat charged with ex-FBI counterintel chief tells judge client isn't ‘traitor’ or ‘spy’
Discussion: New York Post
Joe Schoffstall / Fox News:
Ilhan Omar's campaign cash to consultants dipped by millions after halting payments to husband's firm
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Madiba Dennie / The Atlantic:
Originalism Is Going to Get Women Killed
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Sean Lyngaas / CNN:
US and UK sanction Russian cybercriminal gang accused of infecting millions of computers worldwide
Mother Jones:
How the Case of Arrested FBI Agent Charles McGonigal Is Tied to a Russia-Linked Influence Effort
Discussion: Raw Story
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
James Carville Attacks GOP, Marjorie Taylor Greene As ‘White Trash’
 

 
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