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10:45 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.
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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: The Hill and NBC News
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
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.
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Lee Harris / Slow Boring:
The case for rapprochement with Russia  —  Lee Harris is a reporter based in New York covering climate and the global energy transition.  You can follow her @leee_harris  —  Tensions between Russia and the U.S. are at their highest point in years.  Ukrainian and American intelligence reports indicate …
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
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
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Jennifer Taub / Washington Monthly:
Merrick Garland's Trump Problem—and Ours  —  The well-meaning attorney general may pursue Trump on narrow charges but is unlikely to take a much-needed broader view, and is almost certain to be too slow to save America.  —  Timing is everything.  When it comes to free and fair elections …
Discussion: National Review and Lawfare
CNN:
Oath Keepers leader spewed anti-government hate for more than a decade. Alex Jones gave him the audience
Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
NorthJersey.com:
11-alarm chemical fire in Passaic injures firefighter, burns into morning hours Saturday  —  Katie Sobko Anne-Marie Caruso Michael Karas Scott FallonNorthJersey.com  —  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
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
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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.
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: HotAir and Writing behavior
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 …
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
New York Times:
With Voting Bills Dead, Democrats Face Costly Fight to Overcome G.O.P. Curbs  —  Party officials now say they are resigned to spending and organizing their way around the new voting restrictions passed in Republican-controlled states.  —  With the door slammed shut this week on federal legislation …
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 …
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
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 …
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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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
Justice News:
Former White House Advisor Pleads Guilty To Devising A Scheme To Steal $218,000 From Charter Schools He Founded  —  Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that SETH ANDREW pled guilty today to wire fraud, before United States District Judge John P. Cronan …
Discussion: New York Times, The Hill and NBC News
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 …
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Steven Shepard / Politico:
Top Ohio court strikes down state's gerrymandered congressional map
 
 
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Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
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Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
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Insider:
Nancy Pelosi — under pressure — directs House to consider bigger penalties for lawmakers and aides who break a federal conflict-of-interest law
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Fortune:
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Bill Rankin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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Barak Ravid / Axios:
Possible Netanyahu plea deal could force him out of politics
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Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
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