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8:40 PM ET, January 14, 2022

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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.
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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 …
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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Pavel Polityuk / Reuters:
Massive cyberattack hits Ukrainian government websites as West warns on Russia conflict
Wall Street Journal:
Russia Says It Raided Prolific Ransomware Group REvil With Arrests, Seizures
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
DirecTV to Drop One America News in Blow to Conservative Channel  —  DirecTV, one of the largest U.S. pay-TV providers, plans to drop One America News Network, dealing a major blow to the conservative channel that's been criticized for spreading misinformation and had a loyal fan in former President Donald Trump.
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Culture War Has Warped the Supreme Court's Judgment  —  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 …
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Maskless and Inaccurate  —  The Supreme Court offers a window into partisan Covid fallacies.
Discussion: HotAir, Slate and The Racket News
Andrea Swalec / NBC4 Washington:
New Virginia Governor Youngkin to Lift School Mask Mandate, Change COVID Policies  —  What to Know  — Virginia's incoming governor, Glenn Youngkin, said he will rescind the statewide K-12 mask mandate.  School districts will be able to keep mask recommendations in place, but parents can choose not to follow them.
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Jake Lahut / Insider:
Capitol rioters called Nancy Pelosi's office looking for a ‘lost and found’ for items they left behind on January 6, according to Rep. Jamie Raskin  — Capitol rioters called Nancy Pelosi's office on January 7 to ask if there was a lost and found, according to a congressman.
Discussion: Mediaite, The Daily Beast and Raw Story
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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Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
My Incredibly Dumb but Potentially Effective Plan to Save Joe Biden's Agenda (or at Least Some of It)
Discussion: National Review
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.
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Pippa Crerar / Mirror.co.uk:
Boris Johnson's ‘wine time Fridays’ - No10 staff held drinks EVERY week during pandemic  —  EXCLUSIVE: Downing Street held yet MORE parties throughout the Covid pandemic with events taking place every Friday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson encouraged staff to “let off steam” even though indoor socialising was strictly banned
Discussion: The Independent and Metro.co.uk
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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 …
Diana Budds / Curbed:
AOC Is a YIMBY Now  —  Have you heard there's a housing shortage?  Of course you have.  Everyone has.  (Except maybe billionaires; they're doing just fine.)  Virtually every market in the country is getting more and more cutthroat as renters and homebuyers face higher rents and mortgages …
Hannah Schoenbaum / Albany Times Union:
Trump, Stefanik raise $3.2M for GOP candidates at Florida fundraiser  —  WASHINGTON - Former President Donald Trump praised Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., as a “rising star” in the Republican Party and potential presidential contender at a fundraiser he hosted for her at his Florida resort Tuesday evening …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Weekly Dish:
The Trans Movement Is Not About Rights Anymore  —  It's about a cultural revolution and the abolition of biological sex.  —  An unusual thing happened in the conversation about transgender identity in America this week.  The New York Times conceded that there is, indeed …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The conservative knives come out for Brett Kavanaugh  —  Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh could soon help deliver on something conservatives have been pining for for a very long time: a significant rollback of abortion rights in America.  —  But for now, he's getting attacked …
Discussion: Florida Politics and Insider
Sam Stein / Politico:
He Was Given Six Months to Live.  Then He Changed D.C.  —  As he waited inside Room 2358c of the Rayburn House Office Building, the realization set in for Brian Wallach that he had five minutes to shape the rest of his life.  —  Not save it.  He had been given his death sentence nearly two years ago when …
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
White House announces website to order free COVID-19 tests starting Jan.19  —  Americans will be able to order free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests online starting Jan. 19, the White House said Friday.  —  The move makes available the 500 million rapid tests President Biden said his administration purchased last month.
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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: The Daily Beast and HotAir
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 …
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.
Bill Rankin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Judge Pryor cleared of allegations involving hiring of controversial clerk  —  Bill Pryor, chief judge of the federal appeals court in Atlanta, has been cleared of allegations of wrongdoing in that he hired a law clerk accused of sending racist and xenophobic texts.
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
Hospital System Backs Off Race-Based Treatment Policy After Legal Threat  —  Scoring rubric gave race more weight than diabetes, obesity, asthma, and hypertension combined  —  One of the largest hospital systems in the United States gave race more weight than diabetes, obesity, asthma …
Discussion: madison.com
Fortune:
Airport security confiscated 5,700 firearms in 2021, the most ever  —  Never miss a story: Follow your favorite topics and authors to get a personalized email with the journalism that matters most to you.  —  The Transportation Security Administration confiscated 5,700 guns last year, the most in the agency's 20-year history.
 
 
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Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
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Jason Paladino / Grid News:
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