10 things you need to know today: January 17, 2023

The White House says there are no visitor logs at Biden's private home, MLK's daughter criticizes lawmakers who quote King but don't work for change, and more

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1. White House: Government doesn't keep visitor logs at presidents' homes

The White House said Monday it couldn't provide visitor logs for President Biden's residence in Wilmington, Delaware, as requested by House Republicans because the government doesn't maintain visitor logs for officials' personal homes. "Like every president in decades of modern history, his personal residence is personal," White House counsel's office spokesman Ian Sams said in a statement to Fox News. Sams noted that Biden "restored the norm" of keeping White House visitor logs "after the previous administration ended them." House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-Ky.) on Sunday sent a letter to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain requesting visitor logs after small sets of documents with classified markings were found at Biden's residence and an office he used after serving as vice president.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.