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6:55 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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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
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 …
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
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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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
White House says Biden was not making ‘human’ comparison between segregationists and opponents of voting rights bills  —  Senator says he's ‘glad’ Biden went a ‘little too far’ in voting rights speech  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden was not making a “human” comparison between opponents …
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
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: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
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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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
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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
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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Sarah Kliff / New York Times:
Why Rapid Covid Tests May Not Be Free Upfront at First
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Reason
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.
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 …
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
The C.D.C. conceded that cloth masks do not protect against the virus as effectively as other masks.  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday clarified its stance on various kinds of masks, acknowledging that the cloth masks frequently worn by Americans do not offer …
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 …
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.
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 …
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Virginia bill targeting critical race theory cites wrong Lincoln debate
Discussion: Townhall and Daily Kos
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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.
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.
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
House Democratic campaign arm outraises GOP counterpart in final quarter of 2021  —  House Democrats' campaign arm outraised its Republican counterpart in 2021, with fundraising records for each party setting the stage for an expensive battle for the lower chamber.
 
 
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