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4:05 AM ET, January 14, 2022


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U.S. Department of Justice:
Leader of Oath Keepers and 10 Other Individuals Indicted in Federal Court for Seditious Conspiracy and Other Offenses Related to U.S. Capitol Breach  —  Eight Others Facing Charges in Two Related Cases  —  A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment yesterday …
Washington Post:
Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes charged with seditious conspiracy in Jan. 6 Capitol riot  —  Stewart Rhodes — founder and leader of the extremist group Oath Keepers, whose members are accused of being key players in the Jan. 6 attack on Congress — has been indicted and arrested, officials said Thursday.
Grant Stern / Occupy Democrats:
Oath Keepers leader arrested outside Dallas, feds search home (VIDEO)  —  The leader of a national right-wing extremist group just got arrested by the FBI on the grave felony charge of seditious conspiracy.  —  Federal agents apprehended Stewart Rhodes III in Little Elm …
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 …
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.
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The Supreme Court Had No Legal Reason to Block Biden's Workplace Vaccine Rules
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Biden hosts Manchin, Sinema at White House to discuss voting rights
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court blocks workplace vaccine requirements, allows requirement for health-care workers
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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 …
Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
Patient in Groundbreaking Heart Transplant Has a Criminal Record  —  David Bennett Sr. was involved in a serious assault nearly 35 years ago, court records show.  —  An ailing Maryland man who received a pig's heart last week in a pioneering transplant procedure has a criminal history stemming …
Discussion: Twitchy
Washington Post:
The ethics of a second chance: Pig heart transplant recipient stabbed a man seven times years ago
Discussion: New York Post
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.
New York Times:
Anti-Trump Republicans Diverge on 2022 Midterms  —  Disaffected conservatives broke with their party to oust a sitting president.  Some still hope to have a say in the G.O.P.'s future.  —  For those Republicans who dare to publicly oppose Donald J. Trump, politics can be a lonely place.
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Dems torpedo Cruz's bid to sanction Russian pipeline  —  Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked a GOP-led effort to impose sanctions on a Russian natural-gas pipeline amid deteriorating talks with Moscow over its military buildup along Ukraine's eastern border.
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 …
Hans Nichols / Axios:
White House criticizes bleak “outlier” Quinnipiac Biden poll  —  White House deputy chief of staff Jennifer O'Malley Dillon is publicly attacking a new poll that gave President Biden a 33% approval rating, using the full weight of her office to call it an “outlier,” according to a memo shared with Axios.
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 …
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Glenn Beck has Covid again after refusing vaccine: 'It's going into my lungs'  —  Right-wing talk radio personality Glenn Beck on Wednesday said he has contracted Covid-19 for the second time and complained about the disease's effect on his lungs.  —  “It's starting to go into my lungs today and a little disturbing.
Discussion: The Hill
Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times:
Gov. Gavin Newsom rejects parole for Sirhan Sirhan, convicted of killing Robert F. Kennedy  —  Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday refused to parole the man convicted of gunning down Robert F. Kennedy in Los Angeles, a brazen assassination of a presidential candidate that scarred the nation and altered …
Wall Street Journal:
Biden Will Nominate Sarah Bloom Raskin as Top Fed Banking Regulator  —  Former No. 2 Treasury official has called for more aggressive climate focus  —  President Biden will nominate Sarah Bloom Raskin, a former top Treasury Department official, to serve as the Federal Reserve's top banking regulator, the White House said.
Yair Rosenberg / The Atlantic:
Your Bubble is Not the Culture  —  I don't have anything against cultural and ideological bubbles.  My family is a bubble.  We have a host of in-jokes that no one else will get, and a bunch of tastes that many others do not share.  We regularly eat a dish called “tuna quiche,” …
Discussion: HotAir and El American
Washington Post:
Jan. 6 committee says tech firms are not cooperating, issues subpoenas  —  Chairman cites repeated unanswered requests for information from Facebook, Twitter, Google and Reddit  —  Congressional investigators on Thursday issued subpoenas to Twitter, Reddit and the parent companies of Facebook …
ABC News:
McCarthy doubles down on refusal to cooperate with Jan. 6 probe
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
PA GOP Senate primary battle: Former Trump-backed candidate Sean Parnell endorses Dave McCormick
Discussion: CBS Pittsburgh and Breitbart
NBC News:
Biden plans executive action on police reform to revive stalled issue
Discussion: Washington Post
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Scores of doctors and scientists sign a statement condemning personal attacks against Fauci.
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Marines grant two religious exemptions, marking first across military branches
Meredith Lee / Politico:
Lawmakers raise health concerns as they quietly seek to replace a House chairman
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Cameron Cawthorne / Fox News:
NY Gov. Hochul met with Chinese official who called genocide of Uyghur Muslims ‘lies’
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Wire:
EXCLUSIVE: Virginia's Youngkin Appointing Anti-CRT Firebrand To Key Education Role
Stacy Cowley / New York Times:
Navient Reaches $1.85 Billion Deal Over Predatory Lending Claims
Prince Andrew loses military titles and use of HRH
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
By their acts, top newsrooms reject calls to be ‘pro-democracy’
Discussion: New York Post
Nadia Khomami / The Guardian:
Hollywood stars back Emma Watson after Palestinian solidarity post
Discussion: and Al Jazeera