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2:20 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.
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  —  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 …
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: NBC 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.
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.
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Glenn Youngkin inauguration: Virginia Republican to be sworn in as governor  —  Glenn Youngkin turned Virginia from blue to red  —  Glenn Youngkin is inaugurated as the 74th governor of Virginia  —  Inauguration celebrations are underway in Richmond to welcome Republican Glenn Youngkin as the next governor of Virginia.
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Andrea Swalec / NBC4 Washington:
New Virginia Governor Youngkin to Lift School Mask Mandate, Change COVID Policies
Discussion: Washington Post, RedState, NPR and VPM.org
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 …
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
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
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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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, The Wrap and Townhall
Kate Holton / Reuters:
UK's Labour take 10-point opinion poll lead over scandal-hit Johnson  —  The scandal engulfing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over his conduct during coronavirus lockdowns has helped the opposition Labour Party to pull into a 10 point lead over the ruling Conservatives in a new opinion poll released on Friday.
Discussion: BizPac Review and The Daily Caller
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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.
 
 
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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
Discussion: HotAir and CNN
Adele Peters / Fast Company:
Berlin is planning a car-free area larger than Manhattan
Discussion: Yale E360
Washington Free Beacon:
WATCH: Veep Thoughts With Kamala Harris
Discussion: Power Line
Financial Times:
Financial stocks slide in volatile end to week in US markets
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New York Times:
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
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
Hospital System Backs Off Race-Based Treatment Policy After Legal Threat
Discussion: madison.com
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.