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11:25 AM ET, January 12, 2022


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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 …
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.
POLITICO Playbook: Our exclusive new poll on voting rights  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  INFLATION WATCH — The Consumer Price Index for December 2021 will be released at 8:30 a.m. November's CPI came in at 6.8% for the previous 12 months, the biggest one-year increase since 1982.
Biden confronts a skeptical base as he pushes voting rights in Georgia
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
Dems Can't Afford to Form a Circular Firing Squad on Voting Rights
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Trump Rips ‘Gutless’ Politicians — Like DeSantis — 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.
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.
Gabby Orr / CNN:
As candidates refuse to disavow McConnell, Trump comes to terms with his grip on GOP
Discussion: Raw Story and Vanity Fair
Burgess Everett / Politico:   The shadow race to succeed McConnell is on — and all-John
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
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
California hospitals find that Omicron causes fewer hospitalizations and shorter stays.
Discussion: HotAir, RedState and medRxiv
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The Supreme Court takes up a case, brought by Ted Cruz, that could legalize bribery  —  Ted Cruz wants the Court to kill an important anti-corruption law.  —  The details of Federal Election Commission v. Ted Cruz for Senate, a case that the Supreme Court will hear next Wednesday …
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Schools See Big Drop in Attendance as Students Stay Away, Citing Covid-19  —  Depressed attendance rates create challenges for teaching and learning; ‘there has never been anything like this’  —  Public-school attendance across the U.S. has dropped to unusually low levels …
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
Virginia Roberts / BBC:
Prince Andrew to face civil sex assault case after US ruling  —  Prince Andrew has failed in his bid to get a civil case which alleges he sexually assaulted Virginia Giuffre dismissed by a US judge.  —  Ms Giuffre is suing the prince claiming he abused her when she was 17.
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: Mediaite, Political Wire and HuffPost
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.
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.
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.
Rachel Siegel / Washington Post:
December prices rise 7 percent, compared to a year earlier, as 2021 inflation reaches highest in 40 years  —  Officials within the Fed and Biden administration expect high inflation will persist through much of 2022  —  Prices rose at the fastest pace in 40 years in December …
Greg Jaffe / Hillman Foundation:
Greg Jaffe wins January Sidney for Moving Account of Union Organizing at a Dollar General Store  —  Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post wins the January Sidney Award for “The worker revolt comes to a Dollar General in Connecticut,” a deeply reported piece that chronicles a struggle for job security …
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
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
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Americans visited IRS refund website 632 million times last year as challenges swamp tax agency ‘in crisis’  —  Four takeaways from a new government watchdog report on the difficult year facing the Internal Revenue Service  —  Americans visited the IRS's website to learn the status …
Discussion: Political Wire
Office of the Governor:
Gov. Justice tests positive for COVID-19  —  CHARLESTON, WV - Today, upon the sudden onset of symptoms Gov. Jim Justice received a positive PCR test for COVID-19.  Confirmatory testing was performed by the West Virginia State Lab with an additional positive result.
John Ortved / New York Times:
That Cloud of Smoke Is Not a Mirage  —  Cigarettes, once shunned, have made a comeback with a younger crowd who knows better.  —  On a recent not-so-wintry Thursday in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, when the only snowflakes seen were over text, a gang of 20-somethings stood …
Anna Ahronheim / Jerusalem Post:
Shin Bet thwarted Iranian attempt to recruit Israelis as spies  —  Israeli citizens were in contact with an Iranian intelligence agent, known as Rambud Namdar, and were recruited to carry out missions.  —  Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency has arrested five Israelis who had been recruited …
Discussion: WTOP News
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.
6abc anchor Jim Gardner signs off from Action News at 11  —  Jim Gardner has held the long-tenured position of anchor of Action News at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. since May 11, 1977 … Jim Gardner signs off from Action News at 11  —  PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — It's the end of an era here on Action News.
University of Washington: Professor created ‘toxic environment’ by deviating from university-approved language about Native American land  —  If professors at the University of Washington want to include a statement of land acknowledgment on their syllabi, they must parrot the administration's viewpoint or shut up.
Discussion: Quillette and Reason
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.
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: Raw Story, The Hill and ABC News
Brennan Center for Justice:
Financing of Races for Offices that Oversee Elections: January 2022
Discussion: The Hill, HuffPost and NBC News
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Sarah Knapton / Telegraph:
Scientists believed Covid leaked from Wuhan lab - but feared debate could hurt ‘international harmony’
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Rick Maese / Washington Post:
A transgender college swimmer is shattering records, sparking a debate over fairness
Vince Everett Ellison / American Thinker:
Time to Re-Evaluate the Legacy of Martin Luther King
An open letter to YouTube's CEO from the world's fact-checkers
Tom Porter / Insider:
A conspiracy theorist who Trump put on a US body overseeing Holocaust monuments is still there more than a year after calls for Biden to fire him
Discussion: Raw Story
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Don't Underestimate the Legal Challenge to Madison Cawthorn's Reelection
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Mo Brooks Is the Jan. 6 Congressman Who Can't Keep His Mouth Shut
Discussion: Raw Story
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
GOP Hopeful Herschel Walker Pushed Snake Oil Body Spray for COVID
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Senate Democrats, with White House backing, unveil Russia sanctions bill
Los Angeles Times:
The Times hires five staffers to cover Sacramento, Los Angeles and Northern California
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Andrew Das / New York Times:
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