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11:50 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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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.
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Joe Biden Was Elected to Be Less Divisive Than Trump and He's Failing Miserably at It
The Economist:   Joe Biden was set up to fail
CNN:
First on CNN: US intelligence indicates Russia preparing operation to justify invasion of Ukraine  —  Washington (CNN)The US has information that indicates Russia has prepositioned a group of operatives to conduct a false-flag operation in eastern Ukraine, a US official told CNN on Friday …
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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
U.S. Considers Backing an Insurgency, After Battling One  —  Conversations about supporting Ukrainian insurgents in the event of a Russian invasion has revived the specter of a new Cold War.  —  WASHINGTON — For years, U.S. officials have tiptoed around the question of how much military support …
Wall Street Journal:
Russia Moves More Weaponry Toward Ukraine, Keeps the West Guessing
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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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Virginia bill targeting critical race theory cites wrong Lincoln debate  —  A new measure aimed at eliminating critical race theory in Virginia schools proposes teaching students about key documents in American history — including a debate between President Abraham Lincoln and the abolitionist Frederick Douglass that never happened.
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Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
Hey, Virginia lawmakers, the Lincoln-Douglas debates did not involve Frederick Douglass
Discussion: The Wrap
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 …
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.
Discussion: Breitbart and Raw Story
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 …
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.
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Anne D'innocenzio / Associated Press:
December retail sales slide 1.9% amid shortages, omicron
Discussion: Denver Post and MyNorthwest.com
Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Absentee ballot drop boxes can't be used in Wisconsin any longer, a Waukesha County judge rules  —  MADISON - A Waukesha County judge ruled Thursday that absentee ballot drop boxes can't be used in Wisconsin, potentially upending aspects of the spring elections and the fall's high-profile contests for governor and U.S. Senate.
Discussion: VICE, UPI and The Hill
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Shawn Johnson / NPR:
A Wisconsin judge rules absentee ballot drop boxes are not allowed under state law
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
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 …
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?
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 …
Jill Lawless / Associated Press:
Boris Johnson's Govt. Apologizes To Queen For Party On Eve Of Prince Philip's Funeral  —  The next day, the widowed queen sat alone in church for her husband's funeral service to adhere to social distancing rules that barred indoor mixing.  —  LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson's office …
Discussion: MyNorthwest.com
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Telegraph:
Two parties held in Downing Street as Queen and country mourned death of Prince Philip
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 …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Ruth Shalit Barrett sues the Atlantic and bashes this media critic  —  Ruth Shalit Barrett wrote a feature for the Atlantic's November 2020 issue on college-admissions-crazed parents — “The Mad, Mad World of Niche Sports.”  It clocked in at nearly 7,000 words.
Discussion: Navigating News
Ema O'Connor / BuzzFeed News:
Police Departments Are Making Their Own “Cops” Videos Counteracting Police Brutality Depicted On Social Media  —  KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI — “Stop the car!” a police officer yells in the video, pulling out his gun as a silver Audi minivan kicks it into reverse, swerving away from him.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
 
 
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
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David Bernstein / Reason:
The American Bar Association's Problematic Proposed “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” Rules for Law Schools
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Aris Folley / The Hill:
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Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Alternet.org and Raw Story
Nathalie Baptiste / HuffPost:
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Philip Klein / National Review:
Biden's Big Blunder: Picking Battles He's Likely to Lose
New York Times:
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
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Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times:
Gov. Gavin Newsom rejects parole for Sirhan Sirhan, convicted of killing Robert F. Kennedy
Baltimore Sun:
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