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Barton Gellman / The Atlantic:
January 6 Was Practice  —  Technically, the next attempt to overthrow a national election may not qualify as a coup.  It will rely on subversion more than violence, although each will have its place.  If the plot succeeds, the ballots cast by American voters will not decide the presidency in 2024.
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
A Chicken-Fried McGovern, Newt's Good Ideas and the Senate Zoo: A Dole One-Liner Sampler  —  Bob Dole, who died on Sunday at age 98, was generous with his sarcastic wit, using it against Democrats, Republicans and often himself.  —  At a vice-presidential debate against Walter Mondale in 1976 …
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
After Success in Seating Federal Judges, Biden Hits Resistance
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Bob Dole, Old Soldier and Stalwart of the Senate, Dies at 98
Michael Schulman / New Yorker:
On “Succession,” Jeremy Strong Doesn't Get the Joke  —  “I take him as seriously as I take my own life,” he says of his character, Kendall Roy. … When Jeremy Strong was a teen-ager, in suburban Massachusetts, he had three posters thumbtacked to his bedroom wall: Daniel Day-Lewis in …
Feliz Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Aung San Suu Kyi Sentenced to Four Years in Myanmar Prison  —  Guilty verdicts for incitement and breaching pandemic rules are first in raft of charges brought against the ousted leader by the military  —  Myanmar's ousted civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, was sentenced to four years imprisonment …
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Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Biden administration expected to announce diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics this week  —  (CNN)The Biden administration is expected to announce this week that no US government officials will attend the 2022 Beijing Olympics, implementing a diplomatic boycott of the games, according to several sources.
Politico:
‘Absolute liars’: Ex-D.C. Guard official says generals lied to Congress about Jan. 6  —  A former D.C. National Guard official is accusing two senior Army leaders of lying to Congress and participating in a secret attempt to rewrite the history of the military's response to the Capitol riot.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Washington Post:
Seven days: Following Trump's coronavirus trail  —  When he first learned he had tested positive for the coronavirus, President Donald Trump was already aboard Air Force One, en route to a massive rally in Middletown, Pa.  —  With him on the plane that Saturday evening were dozens of people …
Politico:
Dems plot escape from Biden's poll woes  —  Rep. Jared Golden is facing one of the toughest reelection battles in the country.  One thing he says doesn't keep him up at night, though, is President Joe Biden's sinking approval rating.  —  “I really don't care at all.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats see Christmas goal slipping away  —  The goal for Democrats was to pass President Biden's sweeping climate and social spending package by Christmas, but that is slipping away as the Senate bogs down in one time-consuming fight after another.  —  Democratic senators …
The White House:
A Proclamation on the Death of Robert Joseph Dole  —  As a mark of respect for Robert Joseph Dole, a statesman like few in our history and a war hero among the greatest of the Greatest Generation, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution …
Discussion: The Hill
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
The goodness of Bob Dole
Claire Parker / Washington Post:
Denmark sees ‘concerning’ jump in omicron cases — a warning sign for Europe  —  The country is a leader in the sequencing of variants, acting as an early-warning system for the continent.  —  Danish health authorities on Sunday reported a “concerning” jump in cases of the omicron coronavirus variant …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How TikTok Reads Your Mind  —  It's the most successful video app in the world.  Our columnist has obtained an internal company document that offers a new level of detail about how the algorithm works.  —  There are four main goals for TikTok's algorithm: .户价值, .户 …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: David Perdue plans to run for governor in 2022  —  Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue plans to challenge Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in the Republican primary next year, according to multiple people with knowledge of his decision, setting up a divisive contest between two of the state's …
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New York Times:
Ex-Senator David Perdue to Run for Governor of Georgia
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Trump-backed former Sen. David Perdue will announce primary bid against Georgia governor this week
Axios:
Right wing builds its own echo chamber  —  Conservatives are aggressively building their own apps, phones, cryptocurrencies and publishing houses in an attempt to circumvent what they see as an increasingly liberal internet and media ecosystem.  —  Why it matters: Many of these efforts …
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
CNN President Jeff Zucker Protected Chris Cuomo.  Then Came a U-Turn.  —  Network boss fired the star anchor on Saturday, leaving a hole in the channel's prime-time lineup  —  CNN President Jeff Zucker stood by Chris Cuomo last spring after revelations that the star anchor had helped his brother …
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Washington Post:
Biden is approving more oil and gas drilling permits on public lands than Trump, analysis finds  —  Good morning and welcome to The Climate 202!  We chuckled at the line about Politico journalists in HBO's “Succession” last night.  But first:  —  Biden is approving more drilling permits on public lands than Trump, analysis shows
Discussion: The Guardian, Todd Starnes and Slate
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Charlie Sykes stuns MSNBC host with lewd description of Thomas Massie's gun photo as like pic of his privates  —  Speaking to MSNBC on Sunday, conservative commentator and Bulwark editor attacked Rep. Tom Massie (R-KY) after he posted a Christmas photo of him with his family in their pajamas with a bunch of guns.
Discussion: HuffPost
New York Times:
What an America Without Roe Would Look Like  —  Legal abortions would fall, particularly among poor women in the South and Midwest, and out-of-state travel and abortion pills would play a bigger role.  —  Last week's Supreme Court arguments on a Mississippi abortion law raised the prospect …
Scott Pelley / CBS News:
“I am not a traitor”: Reality Winner explains why she leaked a classified document  —  A story about someone named Reality Winner has to start with the name.  Her father, playing on the family name, explained he wanted “a real winner.”  And so, Reality.  Maybe that still doesn't make sense …
Reuters:
Far-right French presidential hopeful promises ‘reconquest’ at rally  —  French far-right presidential candidate Eric Zemmour promised on Sunday a “reconquest” against decades of decline at his first political rally, as scuffles with anti-racism protesters broke out on its fringes.
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
U.S. Military Has Acted Against Ransomware Groups, General Acknowledges  —  Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, the head of Cyber Command, said a new cross-functional effort has been gathering intelligence to combat criminal groups targeting U.S. infrastructure.  —  SIMI VALLEY, Calif. …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Pfizer and Merck Covid-19 Pills Are Coming Soon in the U.S., But Other Countries Will Have to Wait
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Say it loud, Democrats: Economic issues are ‘values’ issues, too
Natalie Allison / Politico:
Trump brokers deal to remake the field in N.C. Senate race
PNAS:
An upper bound on one-to-one exposure to infectious human respiratory particles
New York Times:
He Never Touched the Murder Weapon. Alabama Sentenced Him to Die.
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Broad overhaul of military justice system being sidelined in favor of narrower focus on sexual assault
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Sarah Mucha / Axios:
Vulnerable Democrats: Less Trump talk
Discussion: HotAir and A More Balanced Force
 Earlier Items: 
Nicole Chavez / CNN:
Students are fed up with racist slurs and bullying. Now they're walking out of class
Discussion: The Root
New York Times:
On Syria's Ruins, a Drug Empire Flourishes
Henry Foy / Financial Times:
US intelligence-sharing convinces allies of Russian threat to Ukraine
Discussion: Foreign Affairs
David Smith / The Guardian:
Congressman Jamie Raskin: 'I'll never forget the terrible sound of them trying to barrel into the chamber'
Charles Gaba / ACA Signups:
In which 2 NPR reporters pick my brain for over 2 hours, then fail to mention that. (update)
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
China Seeks First Military Base on Africa's Atlantic Coast, U.S. Intelligence Finds
Discussion: The Daily Wire and Fox News
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
3 words America forgot that explain gun insanity, vaccine denial, student debt, and more