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10:20 AM ET, January 14, 2022


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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Biden's Georgia Speech Is a Break Point  —  He thought he was merely appealing to his base.  He might have united the rest of the country against him.  —  It is startling when two speeches within 24 hours, neither much heralded in advance—the second wouldn't even have been given without the first …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Maskless and Inaccurate  —  The Supreme Court offers a window into partisan Covid fallacies.  —  When the Supreme Court justices emerged from the red drapes at the front of the courtroom last Friday and took their seats — to hear arguments about President Biden's vaccine mandate …
Philip Klein / National Review:   Biden's Big Blunder: Picking Battles He's Likely to Lose
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The Supreme Court Had No Legal Reason to Block Biden's Workplace Vaccine Rules
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
With Biden's signature legislation stalled, Democrats stare into political void  —  Democrats are quietly preparing for life after Build Back Better.  —  With little progress on Joe Biden's signature legislation, elected officials and operatives from across the president's party are busy plotting …
Discussion: Bloomberg and New Republic
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Biden is failing politically, and not just because of Republican obstruction
NBC News:   Biden plans executive action on police reform to revive stalled issue
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Sedition Charges Demolish a Right-Wing Talking Point  —  Steve Bannon and other Trump defenders had bizarrely contended that Jan. 6th was no big deal because there were no indictments for sedition.  —  Steve Bannon thought he had a really great point on his podcast last Wednesday …
Washington Post:
Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes charged with seditious conspiracy in Jan. 6 Capitol riot
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: The LARP rebellion
Discussion: New York Times
James R. Hagerty / Wall Street Journal:
Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal Drama Critic, Dies at Age 65  —  Missouri-born author and musician wrote biographies of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and H.L. Mencken  —  Terry Teachout, a prolific New York-based biographer and essayist who wrote exuberantly about drama for The Wall Street Journal …
Jason Paladino / Grid News:
Why didn't the FBI see the Capitol siege coming?  —  A year later, the bureau still won't come clean on why it ignored piles of evidence and outside warnings about political violence before the attack on January 6, 2021.  —  In the lead-up to the Capitol siege, the FBI received at least …
In days after January 6, McCarthy said Trump admitted bearing some responsibility for Capitol attack  —  (CNN)House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said publicly and privately in the days following the deadly riots at the US Capitol that President Donald Trump admitted personally bearing …
Houston Chronicle:
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton violated open records law, says Travis County DA  —  AUSTIN — The Travis County district attorney has determined that Attorney General Ken Paxton violated the state's open records law by not turning over his communications from last January …
Shawn Johnson / NPR:
A Wisconsin judge rules absentee ballot drop boxes are not allowed under state law  —  A Waukesha County judge has ruled that absentee ballot drop boxes are not allowed under Wisconsin law, a ruling that could potentially remove an option for voting ahead of the state's crucial midterm elections.
Discussion: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and UPI
Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby indicted on federal charges she lied on loan, mortgage documents  —  A federal grand jury has indicted Baltimore's top prosecutor Marilyn J. Mosby on charges she lied on a mortgage loan application to buy a Florida property and made false statements …
Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
Former Michigan state legislator mounts challenge to Rashida Tlaib  —  Detroit native Shanelle Jackson served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2007 to 2012  —  Shanelle Jackson, a former Michigan state legislator in Detroit who now works in the private sector …
Discussion: Political Wire
Azeen Ghorayshi / New York Times:
Doctors Debate Whether Trans Teens Need Therapy Before Hormones  —  Clinicians are divided over new guidelines that say teens should undergo mental health screenings before receiving hormones or gender surgeries.  —  An upsurge in teenagers requesting hormones or surgeries to better align …
James Pindell / The Boston Globe:
A Democrat won a US House seat this week with 79 percent of the vote.  Her GOP opponent has not conceded.  —  An election in South Florida this week may serve as a marker for where the Republican Party stands in 2022, and how much American democracy has already changed since Donald Trump lost reelection.
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Bill and Hillary peek their heads out  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  SENATE SKIPS TOWN — Just before 10 p.m. Thursday night, Senate Majority Leader CHUCK SCHUMER ditched plans to keep the Senate in town through the weekend in order to meet an MLK Day deadline to pass voting rights legislation.
Washington Post:
Australia cancels Novak Djokovic's visa again, upending tennis star's quest for record 21st Grand Slam title  —  SYDNEY — Australian authorities canceled the visa of Novak Djokovic on Friday and threatened to detain him again, reigniting the legal battle over the unvaccinated tennis star's controversial entry …
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Oh my: Retail sales drop 1.9% — in Christmas shopping season  —  And that's not adjusting for the inflation that is clearly now impacting consumer behavior.  The latest Census Bureau report on retail sales shows a -1.9% retreat in December, in the season where consumer shopping usually hits its zenith.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and CNBC
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
How NPR's Steve Inskeep cracked the code for interviewing Trump  —  The veteran host used a ‘truth sandwich’ approach to counter the former president's election lies  —  How can journalists interview Donald Trump — or other politicians who consistently spread misinformation — without magnifying their lies?
New York Times:
New Virus Cases Begin to Slow in U.S. Cities Where Omicron Hit First  —  Reports of infections are falling in Cleveland, Newark and Washington, suggesting that a national peak may be approaching.  —  At another bleak moment of the pandemic in the United States — with nearly 800,000 new cases a day …
Two parties held in Downing Street as Queen and country mourned death of Prince Philip  —  The leaving events for No 10 staff were held on the eve of the Duke's funeral and excessive alcohol is believed to have been consumed  —  Downing Street staff drank alcohol into the early hours …
Nathalie Baptiste / HuffPost:
It's Time For Democrats To Accept That Norms Are Dead  —  The GOP has no problem being completely unmoored from reality.  —  When members of the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 asked Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to meet with them, they probably should've known that he wouldn't comply with their request.
Sarah Kliff / New York Times:
Why Rapid Covid Tests May Not Be Free Upfront at First  —  Not all health plans will be ready for the Covid tests to be free upfront at stores, relying at first on receipts and reimbursement.  —  Starting Saturday, new federal rules will require private insurers to cover the at-home coronavirus tests …
Financial Times:
Ukraine says government websites hit by ‘massive cyber attack’  —  Kyiv has yet to assign blame for the disruption on at least 10 sites  —  Ukraine said it was the target of a “massive cyber attack” after at least 10 government websites ceased functioning.
Katherine Tully-McManus / Politico:
Senate scraps recess for swing at filibuster  —  With help from Sarah Ferris and Olivia Beavers  —  DEMS DEADLINE, DASHED — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's (D-N.Y.) key deadline of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday for a Senate vote on election and voting legislation …
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Jeffrey Epstein brought EIGHT young women with him on his trips to see Bill Clinton at the White House: Displayed photos of himself posing at the Briefing Room podium at his Palm Beach mansion  — Visitor logs obtained by reveal Jeffrey Epstein was not always alone …
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden-Backed Solar Company Lied About Effectiveness of Solar Modules, Lawsuit Says  —  Biden gave First Solar $500 million loan last month  —  Investors are suing a Biden-backed solar energy company that received a $500 million federal loan last month, claiming the company lied to shareholders …
Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
Harris team looks to course changes to reset her political prospects  —  Vice President Harris's team is engaged in a series of course changes that aides and supporters hope will boost her public image and reset her political prospects, after a first year in office that even some of her allies say has fallen short of expectations.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
R.N.C. Signals a Pullout From Presidential Debates  —  The Republican National Committee says it will require candidates to pledge to not participate in debates run by the Commission on Presidential Debates.  What would replace them, if anything, was unclear.
Sam Fossum / CNN:
White House announces new program to repair and replace bridges  —  (CNN)The White House on Friday announced a new program to repair and replace the nation's bridges through funding from the bipartisan infrastructure law that passed Congress in November.  —  The announcement comes 60 days …
Discussion: Associated Press and Bloomberg
Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
Michigan AG Dana Nessel refers GOP electors review to federal prosecutors  —  Lansing — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Thursday she referred to federal prosecutors a probe into Republicans who signed and submitted a certificate falsely claiming Donald Trump won Michigan's electoral votes.
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The GOP celebration of covid ignorance is an invitation to death
David Bernstein / Reason:
The American Bar Association's Problematic Proposed “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” Rules for Law Schools
Discussion: TaxProf Blog
The White House:
Remarks by President Biden After Meeting with the Senate Democratic Caucus
Discussion: Insider and Power Line
Aris Folley / The Hill:
More than 30 million families to lose child tax credit checks starting this weekend
Discussion: UPI, Political Wire and The Dispatch
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Finds a Way to Profit Off Government Debt
Discussion: and Raw Story
Jacob Gronholt-pedersen / Reuters:
Denmark accuses Russia, China, Iran of espionage threat
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Hans Nichols / Axios:
White House criticizes bleak “outlier” Quinnipiac Biden poll
Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times:
Gov. Gavin Newsom rejects parole for Sirhan Sirhan, convicted of killing Robert F. Kennedy
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Glenn Beck has Covid again after refusing vaccine: 'It's going into my lungs'
Discussion: The Hill