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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
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 …
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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Madeline Peltz / Media Matters for America:
Tucker Carlson repeatedly hosted an Oath Keeper charged with seditious conspiracy  —  Fox News' Tucker Carlson has repeatedly hosted alleged Oath Keeper Thomas Caldwell, who was charged on January 13 with seditious conspiracy alongside Oath Keeper leader Stewart Rhodes and nine others …
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 …
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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
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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: Insider and The Wrap
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:   Virginia bill targeting critical race theory cites wrong Lincoln debate
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, Human Events, 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
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
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 …
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?
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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: Denver Post and MyNorthwest.com
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Telegraph:
Two parties held in Downing Street as Queen and country mourned death of Prince Philip
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 …
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.
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
Doctors call out Spotify over Joe Rogan spreading ‘false and societally harmful’ covid-19 claims  —  A coalition of hundreds of doctors and public health experts have called out Spotify for allowing Joe Rogan to spread “false and societally harmful assertions” about the coronavirus and vaccination …
Lexi Lonas / The Hill:
GOP senator plans to introduce FAUCI Act after clash at hearing  —  Republican Sen. Roger Marshall (Kan.) plans to introduce a bill named after Anthony Fauci after he clashed with the nation's top infectious diseases expert at a Senate hearing this week.  —  Marshall will be introducing …
 
 
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David Bernstein / Reason:
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Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
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Nathalie Baptiste / HuffPost:
It's Time For Democrats To Accept That Norms Are Dead
Philip Klein / National Review:
Biden's Big Blunder: Picking Battles He's Likely to Lose
New York Times:
New Virus Cases Begin to Slow in U.S. Cities Where Omicron Hit First
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The Supreme Court Had No Legal Reason to Block Biden's Workplace Vaccine Rules
Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times:
Gov. Gavin Newsom rejects parole for Sirhan Sirhan, convicted of killing Robert F. Kennedy
Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby indicted on federal charges she lied on loan, mortgage documents