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8:25 AM ET, January 12, 2022


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Manu Raju / CNN:
Top Republicans stand up for Rounds after Trump's attack: He ‘told the truth’  —  (CNN)Senior Republicans are closing ranks behind Sen. Mike Rounds after he endured a scathing attack from former President Donald Trump for acknowledging the reality that President Joe Biden won the 2020 election.
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Pressed on his election lies, former President Trump cuts NPR interview short  —  Some Republican leaders are trying to move on from former President Donald Trump's failed attempt to overturn the 2020 election that he lost.  —  “While there were some irregularities, there were none …
Discussion: Mediaite
Read NPR's full interview with former President Donald Trump  —  Former President Donald Trump spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep on Tuesday, Jan. 11, in a brief phone interview.  They discussed vaccinations for COVID-19, the 2020 election and the outlook for Republicans in the 2022 midterm elections.
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Trump Rage-Quits NPR Interview After He's Grilled on Election-Fraud Lies
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Trump Rips ‘Gutless’ Politicians Who Won't Say If They've Had Vaccine Booster: ‘Say It’  —  Former President Donald Trump said that politicians who don't disclose their booster shot status when asked in interviews are “gutless.”  —  He made the remarks on One America News in an interview aired on Tuesday night.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Biden's speech on voting rights was full of soaring rhetoric.  It may not matter.  —  President Biden traveled to Georgia on Tuesday to call on the Senate to do whatever is necessary, including changing the Senate's filibuster rule, to protect voting rights and secure our democracy.
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
Dems Can't Afford to Form a Circular Firing Squad on Voting Rights
Jan. 6 panel subpoenas Trump Jr. advisers, Trump speechwriter  —  The select panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection is homing in on Donald Trump Jr.  —  The committee issued subpoenas for two close advisers, Andrew Surabian and Arthur Schwartz, to former President Donald Trump's eldest son on Tuesday …
New York Times:
Jan. 6 Panel Seeks to Debunk Unfounded Theory About F.B.I. Role in Riot
David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR hosts' departures fuel questions over race.  The full story is complex  —  In the wake of a trio of departures, news stories and private messages shared among NPR staffers reflected the concern that Black and Latina stars are leaving the network in droves.
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
Biden sending more COVID tests to schools to keep them open  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is increasing federal support for COVID-19 testing for schools in a bid to keep them open amid the omicron surge.  —  The White House announced Wednesday that the administration …
The Biden sit-down that split PBS
The White House:   FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Increases COVID-19 Testing in Schools to Keep Students Safe and Schools Open
Washington Post:
Virginia's legislative session will test GOP's ability to roll back Democrats' gains  —  RICHMOND — Legislators from across the commonwealth will gather Wednesday in the Capitol as resurgent Republicans and the spiking coronavirus promise to dominate the annual General Assembly session.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Biden-Cheney 2024?  —  As I've noted before, one reason I pay very close attention to the Israeli-Palestinian arena is that a lot of trends get perfected there first and then go global — airline hijacking, suicide bombing, building a wall, the challenges of pluralism and lots more.
Justin Jouvenal / Washington Post:
‘Crime tourists’: An international spree targets D.C. area's wealthy Asian residents  —  A string of burglaries in the suburbs revealed a crime trend with worldwide reach  —  Detectives crept into the parking lot of a Days Inn in Alexandria one night in March and surreptitiously attached GPS trackers …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton's 2024 Election Comeback  —  Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have become unpopular.  It may be time for a change candidate.  —  A perfect storm in the Democratic Party is making a once-unfathomable scenario plausible: a political comeback for Hillary Clinton in 2024.
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
California hospitals find that Omicron causes fewer hospitalizations and shorter stays.  —  A new study of nearly 70,000 Covid patients in California demonstrates that Omicron causes less severe disease than other coronavirus variants.  The new research, posted online Tuesday …
Washington Post:
Omicron will infect ‘just about everybody,’ Fauci says … The omicron coronavirus variant will infect “just about everybody” regardless of vaccination status, top U.S. infectious-disease expert Anthony S. Fauci said Tuesday.  —  But those who have been vaccinated will “very likely …
Discussion: Twitchy
Johnson apologises over attending lockdown drinks party  —  Watch live: BBC News coverage of Prime Minister's Questions  —  Play video Watch live: BBC News coverage of Prime Minister's Questions  —  Summary  — Boris Johnson admits he attended a drinks party at No 10 during the first lockdown, saying he was there for 25 minutes
Kaleigh Rogers / FiveThirtyEight:
The Big Lie's Long Shadow  —  Mike Cuffe blends in.  Sitting in a chair that almost matches the color of his suit, which almost matches the gray Montana sky outside, the state senator looked a lot like the other legislators in a state administration committee meeting last February.
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Senate Democrats, with White House backing, unveil Russia sanctions bill  —  Senior Democratic senators on Wednesday will unveil a fresh package of sanctions to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin if he invades Ukraine, an effort backed by the White House as the administration seeks to tamp …
Joseph Trevithick / The Drive:
FAA's Statement On Mysterious Air Traffic Halt Leaves More Questions Than Answers  —  The Federal Aviation Administration has finally put out an official statement regarding a still very mysterious ground stop order that it issued to all aircraft in the western U.S. and Hawaii yesterday around 2:30 PM PST.
Ron Kampeas / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
A marketing firm that works with Jewish groups, Big Duck, has nixed a potential client because of its Israel ties  —  (JTA) — A marketing firm that has worked extensively with Jewish nonprofits has declined to work with one because of growing concerns among its staff members about groups with “significant programming in Israel.”
Discussion: Instapundit
Associated Press:
Omicron may be headed for a rapid drop in Britain, US  —  Scientists are seeing signals that COVID-19′s alarming omicron wave may have peaked in Britain and is about to do the same in the U.S., at which point cases may start dropping off dramatically.  —  The reason: The variant …
Discussion: The New Daily and NBC Bay Area
Gwynn Guilford / Wall Street Journal:
2021 Is Expected to Rank as Biggest Year for Inflation in Four Decades  —  Economists estimate consumer-price index climbed at fastest pace since 1982 as supply-chain constraints, high demand drove up costs  —  U.S. inflation is on track to have closed out 2021 near its highest level since 1982 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
MAGA App Gettr Sick of Their Racist Users, Bans Right-Wing Pundit Over N-Word  —  BOOTED  —  The free speech MAGA-loving social media site Gettr, founded by former Trump advisor Jason Miller, banned former Blaze TV host Jon Miller over using the N-word on their platform.
Discussion: Insider, and Raw Story
Peter Dujardin / Virginian-Pilot:
Gov. Northam says he's ‘99% sure’ of identity of man in blackface  —  Who was the mystery man in blackface?  —  Gov. Ralph Northam told The Washington Post that he is “99% sure” of the identity of the man who donned blackface in a photograph included on his medical school yearbook page ― …
Los Angeles Times:
The Times hires five staffers to cover Sacramento, Los Angeles and Northern California  —  The following message was sent on behalf of Deputy Managing Editor Shelby Grad:  —  I am pleased to announce the hiring of new staffers for Metro in Sacramento, Los Angeles and Northern California.
Trump lost these states.  Republican candidates for governor are emulating him anyway.  —  Donald Trump lost Nevada in 2020.  He got beaten in Pennsylvania and Arizona, too.  But in those swing states and more, the former president's lingering hold on the GOP has the candidates running …
Discussion: The Hill and ABC News
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: San Francisco's school board recalls are tearing Democrats apart  —  In this edition: The school board battle in San Francisco, a special election in Florida and the continuing Democratic retirement party.  —  The only newsletter that promises never to use a “devil went down to Georgia pun”: This is The Trailer.
Discussion: National Review
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Don't Underestimate the Legal Challenge to Madison Cawthorn's Reelection  —  Yes, it's a long shot.  But it could actually work.  —  On Monday, a group of North Carolina voters filed a challenge to Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn's candidacy in 2022.  Their complaint alleged that Cawthorn …
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
GOP Hopeful Herschel Walker Pushed Snake Oil Body Spray for COVID  —  Herschel Walker pushed an unnamed body spray to kill COVID.  Too bad that doesn't actually exist.  —  Pro football star turned Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker will not say whether he has been vaccinated.
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
‘I hate to use this language:’ Marjorie Taylor Greene suggests it's time to use ‘Second Amendment’ on Democrats  —  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) on Tuesday floated resorting to using the “Second Amendment” to deal with Democrats who are imposing what she described as a “tyrannical” government.
Discussion: HuffPost
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
What would James Madison have thought of the filibuster?  —  With Sen. Joe Manchin III digging in behind his seemingly unshakable devotion to a minority veto over legislation in the Senate, the West Virginia Democrat committed a howler on Tuesday, claiming the filibuster goes back 232 years — meaning all the way back to the founding.
Discussion: CNN, Rolling Stone, Raw Story and Daily Kos
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Jordan Boyd / The Federalist:
Biden Admin Quietly Creates Creepy Database Storing Information About Unvaxxed People Who Request Religious Exemptions
‘Rules need to be clear’: Dems call for Covid strategy reset as cases spike
Allen C. Guelzo / Public Discourse:
Did the Civil War—or Lincoln—Break the Constitution?
Discussion: National Review
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Mo Brooks Is the Jan. 6 Congressman Who Can't Keep His Mouth Shut
Discussion: Raw Story
Zaid Jilani / UnHerd:
Violence inequality shames America
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Inflation isn't Biden's fault. And he can't solve it, either.
Discussion: HotAir and New Republic
Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Supreme Court clears way for liberal group to depose Assembly Speaker Robin Vos
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Biden's agenda disconnected from voters' everyday reality
 Earlier Items: 
Carol Rosenberg / New York Times:
Biden Administration Approves 5 More Guantánamo Releases
Discussion: The Talking Dog, Politico and The Hill
Katie Honan / THE CITY:
Adams Economic Czar Likely Pick Had Secret Sideline Securing City Real Estate Deals
Josh Barro / Very Serious:
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Michael A. Wood / Wall Street Journal:
How Should Republicans Talk About Jan. 6?
Andrew Das / New York Times:
Djokovic Scrambles to Explain Test Result and Public Events
Ryan King / Washington Examiner:
Ted Cruz grills FBI on Ray Epps, asks if FBI had informants on Jan. 6