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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 …
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NPR:
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:
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.
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Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Romney warns against getting rid of filibuster, citing possible Trump win in 2024
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Townhall
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Biden to meet with Senate Democrats in voting rights push
Politico:
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.
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.
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Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he's ‘extremely unwell’ after testing positive for coronavirus  —  West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) announced late Tuesday that he's “extremely unwell” after testing positive for coronavirus, forcing him to postpone his State of the State address.
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
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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.
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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
Anya van Wagtendonk / Grid News:
Can fact-checking solve the misinformation pandemic?  —  Fact-checking is presented as the antidote to misinformation, but it's not a silver bullet.  —  The 2009 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting was awarded to PolitiFact, a then-upstart fact-checking initiative, for its coverage of a bruising presidential campaign.
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Poynter:
An open letter to YouTube's CEO from the world's fact-checkers
John Ortved / New York Times:
Cigarettes Are Making a Comeback  —  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 in a circle outside …
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 …
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
BBC:
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
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Travis Waldron / HuffPost:
GOP Election Deniers Are On Pace To Raise Record Sums For Secretary Of State Races  —  Candidates who have falsely asserted Trump won the 2020 election are on pace to smash fundraising records.  But Democrats are also pouring major money into these contests.
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New York Times:
Eric Adams Cuts His Brother's Duties After Giving Him Top Police Job  —  Amid concerns of nepotism, Bernard Adams will be executive director of mayoral security, not deputy police commissioner.  He will earn $210,000.  —  When Mayor Eric Adams named a Virginia parking administrator …
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
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.
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
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.
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.
6abc:
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.
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, abc7NY and NBC Bay Area
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 …
Sarah Knapton / Telegraph:
Scientists believed Covid leaked from Wuhan lab - but feared debate could hurt ‘international harmony’  —  Emails to Dr Anthony Fauci show ‘likely’ explanation identified at start of coronavirus pandemic, but there were worries about saying so  —  Leading British and US scientists thought …
Discussion: DigiDollars Dynasty
 
 
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New York Post:
Trump says Rep. Elise Stefanik could be president in 2028 at Palm Beach fundraiser
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ylan Mui / CNBC:
There's a growing push in Congress to limit lawmakers' ability to trade stocks
Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Black Missouri Man's Killing Deemed ‘Justifiable Homicide’ Despite Outcry
Discussion: KMOV-TV and The Root
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Americans visited IRS refund website 632 million times last year as challenges swamp tax agency ‘in crisis’
Discussion: Political Wire
Greg Jaffe / Hillman Foundation:
Greg Jaffe wins January Sidney for Moving Account of Union Organizing at a Dollar General Store
Anna Ahronheim / Jerusalem Post:
Shin Bet thwarted Iranian attempt to recruit Israelis as spies
Discussion: Bloomberg and WTOP News
 Earlier Items: 
Vince Everett Ellison / American Thinker:
Time to Re-Evaluate the Legacy of Martin Luther King
FIRE:
University of Washington: Professor created ‘toxic environment’ by deviating from university-approved language about Native American land
Discussion: Quillette and Reason
Kaleigh Rogers / FiveThirtyEight:
The Big Lie's Long Shadow
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
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Senate Democrats, with White House backing, unveil Russia sanctions bill
David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR hosts' departures fuel questions over race. The full story is complex