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11:40 AM ET, January 15, 2022


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Michael Wines / New York Times:
Census Memo Cites ‘Unprecedented’ Meddling by Trump Administration  —  Newly released documents show that top career officials at the Census Bureau had drafted a list of complaints about political interference in the 2020 count.  —  WASHINGTON — A newly disclosed memorandum citing …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
David Knowles / Yahoo News:
Jan. 6 hearings ‘are going to blow the roof off the House,’ Raskin says  —  On a Thursday Zoom call with progressive activists, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said that the upcoming hearings by the Jan. 6 select committee probing the riot at the U.S. Capitol staged by supporters of former President Donald Trump …
Discussion: NBC News
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.
Laurence H. Tribe / NBC News:
Stewart Rhodes' Oath Keepers indictment puts January 6 plotters on notice  —  Merrick Garland and the DOJ have charged Rhodes and 10 other Oath Keepers with “seditious conspiracy.”  That crime is, in effect, treason's sibling.  —  Oath Keeper seditious conspiracy indictment describes a threat beyond January 6th
Jennifer Taub / Washington Monthly:
Merrick Garland's Trump Problem—and Ours  —  Timing is everything.  When it comes to free and fair elections and ensuring that Donald Trump and fellow authoritarians do not pull off a successful coup, we are nearly out of time.  At least 19 states have added laws that make it more difficult to vote …
Oath Keepers leader spewed anti-government hate for more than a decade. Alex Jones gave him the audience
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Time is running out to stop Russian aggression in Ukraine  —  A week of high-level diplomacy in Europe has ended as expected: with no indication the United States and its allies can persuade Russia to cease a military buildup and threats of aggression against Ukraine.
Lee Harris / Slow Boring:
The case for rapprochement with Russia
Discussion: Washington Examiner
David Siders / Politico:
Trump 2024 is here, if he wants it  —  HE'S RUNNING?  — Presidential campaigns do not start in any definitive way.
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Frustrated Democrats Call for ‘Reset’ Ahead of Midterm Elections  —  Democrats already were expecting a rough election year.  But their struggle to advance priorities has some calling for a course correction.  —  WASHINGTON — With the White House legislative agenda in shambles less …
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.
Ryan King / Washington Examiner:
Former Obama official pleads guilty to wire fraud  —  A former senior adviser to the Obama administration pleaded guilty Friday to wire fraud for a scheme to steal $218,000 from a charter school system he helped create.  —  Seth Andrew, who served as a senior adviser in the Office …
Discussion: Fox News
11-alarm chemical fire in Passaic injures firefighter, burns into morning hours Saturday  —  Katie Sobko Anne-Marie Caruso Michael Karas Scott  —  UPDATE:Massive 11-alarm Passaic chemical plant fire has been contained, building collapsed
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.
Discussion: NPR
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: The Guardian and CNN
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 …
Discussion: Althouse, HotAir and Writing behavior
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
Washington Post:
‘One of those weeks’: From voting rights to vaccines, Biden experiences the limits of his office — and the fragility of his presidency  —  When President Biden walked into the U.S. Capitol just after 1 p.m. on Thursday, he prepared to test his powers of persuasion and push his party …
DeSantis uses conservative lifeline as Trump sours on him  —  TALLAHASSEE — Conservative social media influencers have flocked to Florida for “freedom,” “liberty” and another reason: Gov. Ron DeSantis.  —  The Republican governor's team has been courting popular conservative media and online figures …
Noah Smith / Noahpinion:
America's Top Environmental Groups Have Lost the Plot on Climate Change  —  I've written that fossil fuel companies are the biggest obstacle when it comes to decarbonizing our economy.  And I still think that's true.  But especially in the United States, there's another big threat: NIMBYism.
New York Times:
A Bill Proposed a New Way to Teach History.  It Got the History Wrong.  —  A Republican legislator in Virginia who campaigned against critical race theory introduced a bill that incorrectly said the Lincoln-Douglas debates were between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
Discussion: Slate, Raw Story, Mediaite and Townhall
Cassidy Morrison / Washington Examiner:
Cruise ships no longer have to abide by CDC safety standards for COVID-19  —  Cruise lines will not be obliged to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of Saturday despite the omicron surge.  —  The CDC's Conditional Sailing Order …
Washington Free Beacon:
WATCH: Veep Thoughts With Kamala Harris  —  ‘It is time for us to do what we have been doing.  And that time is every day.’  —  If Democrats were honest, more of them would be sounding the alarm about the possibility that President Joe Biden, 79, could keel over at any minute or otherwise lose …
Discussion: Power Line
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Thune says Trump's election claims aren't productive if GOP wants to win in midterms  —  Thune said he hopes Trump will ‘play a constructive role’ in midterms  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for January 14  —  Senate Minority Whip John Thune said this week that Republicans “welcome” …
Financial Times:
Financial stocks slide in volatile end to week in US markets  —  Drop in bank shares accompanied a sell-off in the $22tn Treasury market  —  US stocks notched their second consecutive weekly decline, with shares of big banks falling on Friday after disappointing results …
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: Insider and Raw Story
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Tatiana Siegel / Rolling Stone:
‘Where Are the Jews?’: Scandal Erupts at the Academy Museum
Abha Bhattarai / Washington Post:
Fewer groceries, more debt: Families brace for first month without child tax payments
Discussion: CBS Miami
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
U.S. Names Official to Counter Foreign Election Interference
Discussion: Associated Press
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
Hospital System Backs Off Race-Based Treatment Policy After Legal Threat
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Aaron E. Carroll / New York Times:
To Fight Covid, We Need to Think Less Like Doctors
Diana Budds / Curbed:
AOC Is a YIMBY Now  —  Have you heard there's a housing shortage?  Of course you have.  Everyone has.
Sam Stein / Politico:
He Was Given Six Months to Live. Then He Changed D.C.
Airport security confiscated 5,700 firearms in 2021, the most ever
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
The C.D.C. conceded that cloth masks do not protect against the virus as effectively as other masks.