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3:15 PM 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 …
Pavel Polityuk / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE Ukraine suspects group linked to Belarus intelligence over cyberattack  —  Kyiv believes a hacker group linked to Belarusian intelligence carried out a cyberattack that hit Ukrainian government websites this week and used malware similar to that used by a group tied to Russian intelligence …
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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 …
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Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Biden backers ‘not seeing the results’ a year into his term  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Just over a year ago, millions of energized young people, women, voters of color and independents joined forces to send Joe Biden to the White House.  But 12 months into his presidency, many describe a coalition in crisis.
Jessika Harkay / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Residents evacuated as SWAT surrounds Colleyville TX synagogue  —  Authorities northeast of Fort Worth are negotiating with a man who has apparently taken people hostage at a Colleyville synagogue during services.  It is unclear if anyone is injured and how the man may be armed.
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
CNN:
Oath Keepers leader spewed anti-government hate for more than a decade. Alex Jones gave him the audience
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Slate and NBC News
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.
Politico:
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 …
Christian Aleman / KVUE-TV:
Nearly half of mail-in voting applications in Travis County have been rejected due to new Texas voting law, clerk says  —  Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir is set to have a news conference on Jan. 18 to discuss the issue.  —  TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas — The Travis County Clerk's Office …
Discussion: HotAir and CNN
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
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Businesses Sour on Saudi Arabia in Blow to Crown Prince's Growth Plans  —  Surprise tax hits, unpaid bills and stolen intellectual property undo government's effort to shift economy away from oil  —  RIYADH—Saudi Arabia courted the world's top companies to modernize its economy.
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: Townhall, The Guardian and CNN
Wall Street Journal:
Elon Musk's Tesla Asked Law Firm to Fire Associate Hired From SEC  —  The Tesla boss has taken aim at individuals personally that he has clashed with  —  A partner at law firm Cooley LLP got an unexpected call late last year from a lawyer for one of the firm's most famous clients, Elon Musk's Tesla Inc., with an ultimatum.
Discussion: CNBC
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: Washington Post, RedState and VPM.org
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Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Glenn Youngkin inauguration: Virginia Republican to be sworn in as governor
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
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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.
Timothy Nerozzi / Fox News:
Gillibrand vows to ‘do better’ after restaurant says she ignored mask mandate  —  Gillibrand appeared in a video in a restaurant without a mask  —  New York gym owners refuse to enforce indoor mask mandate: It's ‘destroying businesses’  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told Fox News Digital that she would …
Discussion: Townhall
 
 
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Adele Peters / Fast Company:
Berlin is planning a car-free area larger than Manhattan
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Kate Holton / Reuters:
UK's Labour take 10-point opinion poll lead over scandal-hit Johnson
Washington Free Beacon:
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Noah Smith / Noahpinion:
America's Top Environmental Groups Have Lost the Plot on Climate Change
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Mass Trials in Cuba Deepen Its Harshest Crackdown in Decades
Mariana Alfaro / Washington Post:
Biden White House forces resignation of former Trump aide who promoted baseless Jan. 6 theories
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Abha Bhattarai / Washington Post:
Fewer groceries, more debt: Families brace for first month without child tax payments
Discussion: CBS Miami
Andrew Sullivan / The Weekly Dish:
The Trans Movement Is Not About Rights Anymore
Discussion: Althouse and HotAir