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2:25 AM ET, January 13, 2022


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Barack Obama / USA Today:
Former President Barack Obama: We need to follow John Lewis' example and fight for our democracy  —  “The world, and future generations, will be watching,” Obama writes as he calls on Senate to “do the right thing” and pass legislation to protect voting rights.  —  Barack ObamaSpecial to USA TODAY
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Schumer finds loophole to advance elections reform package  —  Democratic leaders have found a mechanism to enable them to bypass an initial Republican filibuster and debate the party's sweeping elections reform bills, according to a new leadership memo obtained by Axios.
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
Durbin says Biden may have gone ‘a little too far’ in Georgia speech  —  Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), the No. 2 Senate Democrat, said Wednesday that President Biden may have gone “a little too far” with his rhetoric during a speech in Georgia the previous day advocating voting rights legislation.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Abrams camp rejects ‘false rumors’ about her no-show at Biden event
Discussion: New York Times, CNN and The Hill
ABC News:
McConnell blasts Biden's voting rights speech as ‘rage and false hysteria’
Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
Kevin McCarthy Refuses Interview Request From Jan. 6 Committee  —  The panel said it was interested in conversations the top House Republican had with President Donald J. Trump on the day of the riot and afterward.  —  WASHINGTON — The House select committee scrutinizing the Jan. 6 attack …
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany met with January 6 committee, sources say  —  (CNN)Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday appeared before the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, two sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.
Washington Post:
Omicron waves appear to slow in New York City, other major metropolitan areas … The explosion of omicron cases along the Interstate 95 corridor from the Mid-Atlantic to New England is showing signs of slowing down, according to health officials and epidemiologists, offering reason …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Omicron wave prompts media to rethink which data to report  —  NEW YORK (AP) — For two years, coronavirus case counts and hospitalizations have been widely used barometers of the pandemic's march across the world.  —  But the omicron wave is making a mess of the usual statistics …
Quinnipiac University Poll:
Political Instability Not U.S. Adversaries, Seen As Bigger Threat, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Nearly 6 In 10 Think Nation's Democracy Is In Danger Of Collapse  — mail_outline  —  In a sharply divided country, Americans agree on this: the bigger danger to the United States comes from within.
The Columbus Dispatch:
Redistricting: Ohio Supreme Court strikes down state House and Senate maps  —  Jessie Balmert Laura A. BischoffThe Columbus Dispatch  —  The Ohio Supreme Court struck down GOP-drawn state House and Senate maps as unconstitutional gerrymandering in a 4-3 decision Wednesday …
Jan Ransom / New York Times:
A Look Inside Rikers: ‘Fight Night’ and Gang Rule, Captured on Video  —  Videos obtained by The New York Times reveal scenes of violence as the Department of Correction struggles to restore order in the jail system.  —  The men had gotten along on Rikers Island, had even been friendly …
The Intercept:
House Republicans Release Text of Redacted Fauci Emails on Covid Origins … On Tuesday, Republicans on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform released a letter that paints a damning picture of U.S. government officials wrestling with whether the novel coronavirus may have leaked …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Mike Lindell says he has ‘enough evidence’ to put ‘300 million’ Americans in jail for election fraud  —  MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell argued this week that “300 million” Americans belong in jail for election fraud.  —  Lindell's remarks on Real America's Voice were first reported by Right Wing Watch.
Discussion: HuffPost and Daily Kos
Marc Caputo / NBC News:
Matt Gaetz's ex-girlfriend testifies to grand jury in sex trafficking probe  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — Rep. Matt Gaetz's ex-girlfriend testified Wednesday before a federal grand jury investigating him for sex crimes, a major development that suggests the Department of Justice may be moving closer to indicting him.
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
We suspected that rightwing politics caused mass injury and death.  A new book proves it  —  When partisanship subsumes everything, people die.  Period. … The Republicans are sabotaging the country's full recovery from the covid pandemic.  They don't think so, though.
Peter White / Deadline:
Olivia Nuzzi Developing Pitch-Black Satirical DC Drama At AMC  —  EXCLUSIVE: Olivia Nuzzi, the Washington correspondent for New York magazine who wrote some of the wildest stories about President Donald Trump during his four years in office, is turning her attention to television.
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Don't rule out a GOP Senate wave  —  ANALYSIS — As usual, Democrats are fighting among themselves — this time about what to do with the Senate filibuster.  —  Most would like to simply eliminate it, but that is not going to happen in a 50-50 Senate that includes Sens. Joe Manchin III …
Tyler Rogoway / The Drive:
Incoming North Korean Missile Warning Prompted FAA's Mysterious Air Traffic Halt  —  Two days after the Federal Aviation Administration issued a highly peculiar ground-stop order to aircraft operating across the western United States and Hawaii, and after the release of a remarkably murky official statement …
Discussion: The Western Journal and Bloomberg
Jessica Grose / New York Times:
I See Signs of Despair From Parents of Kids Under 5  —  I've been talking to parents about pandemic stress for nearly two years, and I haven't heard the level of despair that I've heard over the past week since the spring of 2020.  Some of the words parents used to describe their January 2022 …
Discussion: Pandemic Mama
Ann Coulter:
The Great Epstein Cover-up, Part 2  —  Last week, we reviewed our ruling class's strange lack of interest in Jeffrey Epstein's child molestation ring, in which so many of them played a part.  The media cover-up is second only to the government cover-up, with prosecutors delivering loss …
The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Ron Johnson Demands Details Of DOD Investigation Into COVID-19 Origins  —  Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson is requesting information about a Department of Defense investigation into the origins of COVID-19, following the recent republication of a report written …
Scott Merzbach / Daily Hampshire Gazette:
Amherst residents voice support for moratorium on large-scale solar projects … AMHERST — A temporary moratorium on developing large-scale, ground-mounted solar projects, defined as ones that generate at least 250 kilowatts of power, is winning support from residents.
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
Revealed: The Billionaires Funding the Coup's Brain Trust  —  Conservative mega-donors including the DeVoses and Bradleys are pumping big money into the Claremont Institute think tank that fueled Trump's election-fraud fantasies  —  The Claremont Institute, once a little-known …
Discussion: Raw Story
Todd Ruger / Roll Call:
Republicans stung by a change they made on judicial picks  —  Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee warned for years that a change Republicans made during the Trump administration for judicial nominees would one day work against them — and Wednesday was that day.
Hannah Kanik / Mercury News:
Saratoga community voices concern over Housing Element proposal  —  Dozens of community members voiced their opposition to Saratoga's plans for future housing development at a special virtual meeting Monday evening  —  More than 550 residents sat in on the seven-hour meeting …
Tiffini Theisen / Orlando Sentinel:
Florida State Board of Administration official killed in apparent road-rage shootout  —  A spokesman for Florida's State Board of Administration was shot and killed in an apparent road-rage incident last week near Tallahassee, according to law enforcement and news reports.
Discussion: WCTV and Tallahassee Democrat
The Citizen Lab:
Extensive Hacking of Media & Civil Society in El Salvador with Pegasus Spyware  —  Key Findings  — The Citizen Lab and Access Now have conducted a joint investigation into Pegasus hacking in El Salvador in collaboration with Frontline Defenders, SocialTIC, and Fundación Acceso.
Kevin Miller / Maine Public:
Ellsworth doctor faces license suspension over COVID misinformation allegations  —  A state medical board moved Tuesday to temporarily suspend the license of a doctor accused of spreading misinformation related to COVID-19.  The doctor, who recently participated in a briefing with state lawmakers on COVID …
Discussion: The Hill
Daniel Chang / El American:
Florida Democrats Make Baseless Claims Blaming Hispanic GOP Strategist for January 6 Riot  —  Florida Democrats, who have been suffering a string of devastating electoral losses since 2012, found a new culprit for the January 6 Capitol Riots.  It is not Alex Jones, not the QAnon shaman nor the resuscitated corpse of George Wallace.
Washington Post:
Democrats worry Biden could pay the political price for rising inflation  —  President Biden and his advisers for months predicted inflation would be only transitory, a temporary problem that would fade as the economy rebounded and as supply chain issues were alleviated.
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Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
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Washington Post:
Biden says separated migrant families deserve compensation. But in court, the Justice Dept. says they're not entitled to it.
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Bangor Daily News:
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Jim Swift / The Bulwark:
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NBC News:
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