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10:50 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 …
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Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Joe Biden Was Elected to Be Less Divisive Than Trump and He's Failing Miserably at It  —  The president's popularity continues to plummet, and now he's likening his political opponents to some terrible people—kind of like Trump did before. … Joe Biden's mandate was to restore norms …
American Greatness:   We Are All Domestic Terrorists Now  —  Whether it's Paul Hodgkins or Mitch McConnell …
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 …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: The LARP rebellion
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:
Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes charged with seditious conspiracy in Jan. 6 Capitol riot
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 …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Biden is failing politically, and not just because of Republican obstruction  —  President Biden hit a political wall this week in his push for voting-rights legislation, just as he did last year in trying to pass his Build Back Better spending package.  It's time for Biden to ask himself why he's in this morass.
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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
With Biden's signature legislation stalled, Democrats stare into political void
Discussion: Bloomberg and New Republic
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.
Anne D'innocenzio / Associated Press:
December retail sales slide 1.9% amid shortages, omicron  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Americans, beset by product shortages, rising prices and the arrival of omicron, sharply cut their spending in December after a burst of early spending in the fall that helped bolster the holiday season.
Discussion: MyNorthwest.com
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Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Oh my: Retail sales drop 1.9% — in Christmas shopping season
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and CNBC
CNN:
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 …
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 …
Philip Klein / National Review:
Biden's Big Blunder: Picking Battles He's Likely to Lose  —  On Thursday, President Biden suffered two additional defeats, as the U.S. Supreme Court blocked his employer vaccine mandate and Senator Kyrsten Sinema restated that she would not blow up the filibuster to pass a voting bill.
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The Supreme Court Had No Legal Reason to Block Biden's Workplace Vaccine Rules
Pavel Polityuk / Reuters:
Massive cyberattack hits Ukrainian government websites as West warns on Russia conflict  —  A massive cyberattack warning Ukrainians to “be afraid and expect the worst” hit government websites late on Thursday, leaving some websites inaccessible on Friday morning and prompting Kyiv to open an investigation.
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Financial Times:
Ukraine says government websites hit by ‘massive cyber attack’
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 …
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?
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 …
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
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 …
Lexi Lonas / The Hill:
GOP senator plans to introduce ‘Fauci Act’ after clash at hearing  —  Republican Sen. Roger Marshall (Kan.) plans to introduce the “Fauci Act” after he clashed with infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci at a Senate hearing this week.  —  Marshall will be introducing the Financial Accountability …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden-Backed Solar Company Lied About Effectiveness of Solar Modules, Lawsuit Says  —  Investors are suing a Biden-backed solar energy company that received a $500 million federal loan last month, claiming the company lied to shareholders about the effectiveness and financial viability of its solar modules.
Telegraph:
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 …
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.
David Bernstein / Reason:
The American Bar Association's Problematic Proposed “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” Rules for Law Schools  —  The American Bar Association has proposed new “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” rules for law schools: … I see some serious problems with this proposed rule.
Discussion: TaxProf Blog
 
 
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Ruth Shalit Barrett sues the Atlantic and bashes this media critic
Discussion: Navigating News
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The GOP celebration of covid ignorance is an invitation to death
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
R.N.C. Signals a Pullout From Presidential Debates
Aris Folley / The Hill:
More than 30 million families to lose child tax credit checks starting this weekend
Discussion: UPI, The Dispatch and Political Wire
Sam Fossum / CNN:
White House announces new program to repair and replace bridges
Discussion: Associated Press and Bloomberg
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Finds a Way to Profit Off Government Debt
Discussion: Alternet.org and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Jacob Gronholt-pedersen / Reuters:
Denmark accuses Russia, China, Iran of espionage threat
New York Times:
New Virus Cases Begin to Slow in U.S. Cities Where Omicron Hit First
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 …
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