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9:40 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.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Abrams camp rejects ‘false rumors’ about her no-show at Biden event  —  Stacey Abrams' campaign slammed the “false rumors” about her decision to skip President Joe Biden's voting rights event in Atlanta and called on anonymous operatives to stop spreading inaccuracies about the Georgia Democrat.
Discussion: New York Times, Althouse, Fox News and CNN
Washington Post:
How pollsters say Democrats should talk about voting rights
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
Durbin says Biden may have gone ‘a little too far’ in Georgia speech
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 …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
McCarthy's plot to build the House of Trump  —  Kevin McCarthy is signaling he'll institutionalize key Trumpian priorities if he takes over as House speaker next year — aggressive tactics targeting undocumented immigrants, liberals and corporate America.  —  Why it matters …
House Republican Leader:
Leader McCarthy's Statement about Pelosi's Illegitimate Select Committee
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 Leonhardt / New York Times:
Is Omicron Peaking?  —  In parts of the Northeast, it seems to be.  —  The number of new Covid-19 cases in New York City rose more than twentyfold in December.  In the past few days, it has flattened.  —  In both New Jersey and Maryland, the number of new cases has fallen slightly this week.
Discussion: HotAir
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump is eyeing the White House and wants a more compliant Senate for when he gets there  —  As Donald Trump charts out his midterm elections strategy, his focus has turned to the contest for the Senate, not just in hopes of getting it back under GOP control but of having more compliant lawmakers there should he become president again.
Discussion: The Federalist and CNN
POLITICO Playbook: Biden and Manchin come face to face  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Typically presidents head to Capitol Hill to put a final squeeze on lawmakers on the cusp of passing major legislation.  Today, JOE BIDEN will make the trek up Pennsylvania Avenue for yet another sales pitch that's doomed for failure.
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.
Washington Post:
Democrats worry Biden could pay the political price for rising inflation
CNN:   Did Democrats make a strategic error?
David Charns / KLAS:
I-Team: Nevada Republicans sent National Archives fake electoral certificates saying Trump won election  —  Documents include tracking number, which shows delivery in Washington  —  LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Nevada Republican Party sent the federal government documentation certifying the election …
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Washington Post:
Energy Department to announce Clean Energy Corps, hire 1,000 staffers to work on climate change  —  Good morning and welcome to The Climate 202!  Yesterday was a busy day for climate policy, but we've got you covered.  —  Biden's Energy Department to announce Clean Energy Corps, will hire 1,000 staffers to work on climate change
Discussion: The White House
Alayna Treene / Axios:
First look: NRCC raised $140 million in 2021  —  The House Republicans' campaign arm raised $140 million in 2021, and $17.9 million in December alone, setting a new record for the committee's off-year fundraising, Axios has learned.  —  Why it matters: The hefty cash infusion …
Discussion: Breitbart, NRCC and Political Wire
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.
Vivian Salama / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Diplomats in Geneva, Paris Struck With Suspected ‘Havana Syndrome’  —  Mysterious neurological ailment has afflicted as many as 200 U.S. officials in diplomatic posts world-wide  —  WASHINGTON—Officials serving at U.S. diplomatic missions in Geneva and Paris are suspected …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: spiked, HotAir and Ace of Spades HQ
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.
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.
Associated Press:
German court: Syrian man guilty of crimes against humanity  —  KOBLENZ, Germany (AP) — A former Syrian secret police officer was convicted by a German court Thursday of crimes against humanity for overseeing the abuse of detainees at a jail near Damascus a decade ago.
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.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Biden claims yet another arrest for which there's little evidence  —  “I did not walk in the shoes of generations of students who walked these grounds.  But I walked other grounds.  Because I'm so damn old, I was there as well.  You think I'm kidding, man.  It seems like yesterday the first time I got arrested.”
Discussion: HotAir and Mediaite
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
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
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 …
Kanoko Matsuyama / Bloomberg:
Cannabis Compounds Prevented Covid Infection in Laboratory Study  —  Cannabis compounds prevented the virus that causes Covid-19 from penetrating healthy human cells, according to a laboratory study published in the Journal of Nature Products.  —  The two compounds commonly found in hemp …
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 …
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 …
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Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Fox News Airs 11-Year-Old Photo of Empty Shelves in Japan to Slam ‘Bare Shelves Biden’
Discussion: Insider
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden's COVID Test Rule Could Cost Insurance Companies Up To $20 Billion A Month
Discussion: National Review
Abstract  —  Misinformation has been identified as a major contributor to various contentious …
American Greatness:
Politicizing COVID-19 From the Start
Mike LaChance / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
North Carolina Spending Millions on CRT Program That Teaches Disabled Preschoolers How Whiteness Affects Everything
Kevin Miller / Maine Public:
Ellsworth doctor faces license suspension over COVID misinformation allegations
Discussion: The Hill
Daniel Chang / El American:
Florida Democrats Make Baseless Claims Blaming Hispanic GOP Strategist for January 6 Riot
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Tiffini Theisen / Orlando Sentinel:
Florida State Board of Administration official killed in apparent road-rage shootout
Discussion: WCTV and Tallahassee Democrat
Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:
Eric Trump Can't Stop, Won't Stop Gunning for “Dumbest Trump Alive” Title
Discussion: NewsOne
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Why Republicans Won't Confirm This Renowned Holocaust Scholar
Discussion: Raw Story
Scott Merzbach / Daily Hampshire Gazette:
Amherst residents voice support for moratorium on large-scale solar projects
Joshua Ceballos / Miami New Times:
Ex-Proud Boys Leader Enrique Tarrio Is Coming Home to Start a New “Political Organization”
Discussion: Raw Story
Hannah Kanik / Mercury News:
Saratoga community voices concern over Housing Element proposal
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Don't rule out a GOP Senate wave