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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 …
Discussion: Hackwhackers and Political Wire
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump brings back Jason Miller  —  Longtime Donald Trump adviser Jason Miller is joining his 2024 presidential campaign as the operation starts building out its team based in West Palm Beach, Fla.  —  Miller — who worked on Trump's 2016 and 2020 bids — is stepping down from his role as the CEO of GETTR …
Discussion: The Hill
Isaac Arnsdorf / Washington Post:
GOP hopefuls' past positions on Social Security loom over 2024 primary  —  Donald Trump is going after Ron DeSantis and other potential GOP rivals, seizing on the same divisions over federal spending President Biden is seeking to exploit  —  Donald Trump is going on the attack …
Eric Lutz / Vanity Fair:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders's State of the Union Response Proves the GOP Has Nothing New to Offer  —  From raging against the “woke mob” to belly-aching about left-wing “indoctrination,” the Arkansas governor revealed that the party is still hanging its hat on the culture war.
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
Biden's State of the Union draws audience of 27.3 million
PBS NewsHour:
Biden talks economy, China, political division in exclusive interview with Judy Woodruff
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Biden Heads to Florida With a Fresh Political Foil in House Republicans
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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Platformer:
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Twitchy, Alternet.org and Gizmodo
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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 …
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Pamela Paul / New York Times:
What Liberals Can Learn From Ron DeSantis  —  Is there anything liberals can do about Ron DeSantis other than quietly seethe, loudly condemn him every time he makes headlines and hope that his political flaws — his distaste for glad-handing, his less-than-inspiring public-speaking style …
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CBS News:
Kevin Seefried, Jan. 6 rioter who carried Confederate flag through Capitol, sentenced to 3 years in prison  —  Washington — The pro-Trump rioter who marched through the halls of Congress while wielding a Confederate flag on Jan. 6, 2021, was sentenced to 36 months behind bars on Thursday …
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Jordan Fischer / wusa9.com:
Rioter who carried Confederate battle flag into Capitol sentenced to 3 years in prison
Discussion: Law & Crime
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: CBS News
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.
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!
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Manchin ‘raising hell’ over White House handling of marquee Dem bill  —  President Joe Biden and Joe Manchin met at the White House about a month ago on a topic that's critically important to the West Virginia senator: implementing the sweeping tax, climate and health care law that both men shaped.
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
James Carville Attacks GOP, Marjorie Taylor Greene As ‘White Trash’  —  The longtime Democratic operative told MSNBC's Ari Melber “the level of white trashdom in the Republican Party is staggering.”  —  Democratic political consultant James Carville on Wednesday described Republican lawmakers …
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.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Mitt Romney reveals hundreds of emails to book author … The emails and journal pages span Romney's 2012 campaign as the Republican presidential nominee. … - The book “will also show Romney himself reckoning with what he considers his party's slide toward authoritarianism and what role …
 
 
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