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3:25 PM ET, January 14, 2022

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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 …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
U.S. Charges Russia Sent Saboteurs Into Ukraine to Create Pretext for Invasion  —  The intelligence said the operatives were “trained in urban warfare and in using explosives,” and could try to stage an incident.  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden administration accused Moscow on Friday …
Pavel Polityuk / Reuters:
Massive cyberattack hits Ukrainian government websites as West warns on Russia conflict
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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The Economist:
Joe Biden was set up to fail  —  The Democratic president is a flawed politician in an impossible job  —  Have any voters demanded more of their leaders than modern Americans?  The thought occurred to your columnist while listening to a group of eight Georgians, Ohioans and Pennsylvanians …
Discussion: HotAir
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Joe Biden Was Elected to Be Less Divisive Than Trump and He's Failing Miserably at It
The Columbus Dispatch:
Redistricting: Ohio Supreme Court strikes down congressional map, forcing another round of drawing  —  Jessie Balmert Laura A. BischoffThe Columbus Dispatch  —  The Ohio Supreme Court struck down the state's congressional district map, saying Republicans violated the Ohio Constitution by drawing districts that favored GOP candidates.
Discussion: Salon and FiveThirtyEight
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Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Ohio Supreme Court rejects GOP-drawn congressional map as unfairly partisan  —  The Ohio Supreme Court on Friday rejected a new congressional map drawn by state Republican lawmakers as unconstitutional and ordered it redrawn, marking a major victory for Democrats in a state where lopsided districts …
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Conservative Justices Have Drunk the Anti-vax Kool-Aid  —  If you read the legal language in the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which authorizes the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to act in an emergency capacity when workers face “grave danger from exposure to substances …
Discussion: The Hill
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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 …
Discussion: Slate and The Racket News
Cassidy Morrison / Washington Examiner:
Biden vaccine mandate will exacerbate nursing home staff shortages, industry warns
Politico:
What Joe Manchin told Steve Clemons at dinner  —  Steve Clemons is a D.C. institution — an operator who connects some of the biggest power players in the capital.  He also happens to be the confidant of the most powerful senator in Washington, Democrat Joe Manchin.
Discussion: HotAir
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Biden is failing politically, and not just because of Republican obstruction
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 …
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Washington Post:
GOP Rep. John Katko announces he won't seek reelection
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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Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
Hey, Virginia lawmakers, the Lincoln-Douglas debates did not involve Frederick Douglass  —  Of all the paragraphs in a bill to ban “divisive concepts” from being taught in Virginia public schools, Section B3 may have seemed the most innocuous.  After all, it was in the part of the proposal …
Discussion: The Guardian, Insider and The Wrap
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Virginia bill targeting critical race theory cites wrong Lincoln debate
Discussion: Townhall
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.
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Possible Netanyahu plea deal could force him out of politics  —  Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu has for several weeks been negotiating a plea agreement with Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, according to Israeli media reports.  —  Why it matters: One key sticking point is whether the deal …
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 …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Covid Live Updates: U.S. Site for Free Tests to Go Live Jan. 19, but Shipping Will Take Time  —  The Treasury Department threatened to withhold relief funds from Arizona, which is using some of the money to undercut mask requirements in schools.  Hospitals are filling up in two dozen U.S. states.
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Prince Andrew's titles were ridiculous.  But it matters that he no longer has them.  —  The British prince was ‘Chief Commodore of the Fleet Air Arm.’ He'll face sexual-abuse allegations as a ‘private citizen.’  —  On Wednesday, Buckingham Palace released a statement that the Andrew formerly known …
Discussion: Telegraph
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?
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The accountability-free world of Tucker Carlson  —  Correction: This article originally stated that the square root of nine is six.  The article has been corrected.  —  See that correction?  That's not real.  At no point did I misstate the square root of nine in this article.
Patrick Wilson / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Northam pardons Sen. Joe Morrissey for his interaction with 17-year-old  —  Gov. Ralph Northam has pardoned Sen. Joe Morrissey, D-Richmond, for a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor related to his relationship with a 17-year-old assistant who later became his wife.
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Judge Determines Martin Shkreli Deserves to Be Banned for Life from Participating in Pharmaceutical Industry ‘in Any Capacity’  —  A federal judge issued a scathing order against so-called “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli “banning him for life from participating in the pharmaceutical industry in any capacity.”
Jason M. Barr / New York Times:
Mayor Adams, Let's Build a Bigger Manhattan  —  Mr. Barr is the author of “Building the Skyline: The Birth and Growth of Manhattan's Skyscrapers.”  —  On Jan. 1, 2022, Eric Adams was sworn in as New York's 110th mayor.  He is now in charge of the city's response to big, and growing, problems.
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 …
 
 
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