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12:20 AM ET, January 15, 2022


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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.
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.
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 …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Top Ohio court strikes down state's gerrymandered congressional map
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.
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.
David Siders / Politico:
Trump 2024 is here, if he wants it  —  HE'S RUNNING?  — Presidential campaigns do not start in any definitive way.  The 2024 race had “already begun” last June, or was it March, or even before the last election, back in the fall of 2020.  Turn up at a Lincoln Day dinner in Portsmouth or Des Moines …
Discussion: Politico
First on CNN: US intelligence indicates Russia preparing operation to justify invasion of Ukraine
Wall Street Journal:
Russia Says It Raided Prolific Ransomware Group REvil With Arrests, Seizures
Pippa Crerar /
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
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 …
John Moe / McSweeney's:
What Your Favorite Sad Dad Band Says About You  —  The War on Drugs  —  You make your own paella and take super long naps on Saturday.  Like over two hours, consistently.  You prefer the smallest possible hardware store with the oldest possible employees.  You used to sincerely call male friends “brother,” but you stopped.
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 …
What Joe Manchin told Steve Clemons at dinner
Discussion: HotAir
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Abha Bhattarai / Washington Post:
Fewer groceries, more debt: Families brace for first month without child tax payments  —  Economists say the lapse could quickly reverse recent gains in food security and household stability, as a resurgence of coronavirus cases casts a pall over the economic recovery
Discussion: CBS Miami
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
U.S. Names Official to Counter Foreign Election Interference  —  The director of national intelligence appointed a C.I.A. veteran to the post amid delays in congressional approval of money for a new office to oversee threats to American politics from abroad.
Discussion: Associated Press
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
Hospital System Backs Off Race-Based Treatment Policy After Legal Threat  —  One of the largest hospital systems in the United States gave race more weight than diabetes, obesity, asthma, and hypertension combined in its allocation scheme for COVID treatments, only to reverse the policy after threats of legal action.
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Mass Trials in Cuba Deepen Its Harshest Crackdown in Decades  —  Following nationwide demonstrations last year, more than 60 people were put on trial this week, some facing up to 30 years behind bars.  —  Detained protesters in Cuba could get up to 30 years in prison as they face the largest …
Oath Keepers leader spewed anti-government hate for more than a decade.  Alex Jones gave him the audience  —  (CNN)Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes has spewed violent rhetoric and whipped up unsubstantiated fears about secret government plots and imminent civil war for more than a decade …
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.
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.
Mike Pence / Washington Post:
Jan. 6 was a power grab.  So is busting the filibuster to nationalize elections.  —  Mike Pence was vice president of the United States from 2017 to 2021.  —  Now that the anniversary of Jan. 6 has come and gone, some of us who lived through that tragic day in 2021 are getting a clearer picture of what was and is at stake.
Discussion: CNN
Mariana Alfaro / Washington Post:
Biden White House forces resignation of former Trump aide who promoted baseless Jan. 6 theories  —  The Biden administration on Friday forced out Darren Beattie, who was a member of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad, along with six other members appointed by Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 and The Daily Beast
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Justice News:
Former White House Advisor Pleads Guilty To Devising A Scheme To Steal $218,000 From Charter Schools He Founded
Discussion: The Hill, New York Times and NBC News
Tatiana Siegel / Rolling Stone:
‘Where Are the Jews?’: Scandal Erupts at the Academy Museum
Nancy Pelosi — under pressure — directs House to consider bigger penalties for lawmakers and aides who break a federal conflict-of-interest law
Discussion: CNN
Aaron E. Carroll / New York Times:
To Fight Covid, We Need to Think Less Like Doctors
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
House Democratic campaign arm outraises GOP counterpart in final quarter of 2021
Emily Martin / National Geographic:
How Martin Luther King, Jr.'s multifaceted view on human rights still inspires today
Discussion: CounterPunch
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Trump to rally supporters in Texas
 Earlier Items: 
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Judges deny Democratic lawyer Marc Elias's bid to shake court sanctions
Discussion: The Federalist
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Judge Determines Martin Shkreli Deserves to Be Banned for Life from Participating in Pharmaceutical Industry ‘in Any Capacity’
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The accountability-free world of Tucker Carlson
Jason M. Barr / New York Times:
Mayor Adams, Let's Build a Bigger Manhattan
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Prince Andrew's titles were ridiculous. But it matters that he no longer has them.
Discussion: Telegraph