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3:35 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 …
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.
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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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
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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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
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
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.
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
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 …
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.
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
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
Conor Skelding / New York Post:
Dr. Anthony Fauci's financial disclosure shows $10.4M in investments  —  If this medicine thing doesn't work out, Dr. Anthony Fauci can always get a job on Wall Street.  —  The president's chief medical advisor and his wife had $10.4 million in investments at the end of 2020, newly-released records show.
Discussion: Forbes, TheBlaze and Fox News
Kate Dwyer / New York Times:
A Library the Internet Can't Get Enough Of  —  Why does this image keep resurfacing on social media?  —  On the first Tuesday of the year, the author and political activist Don Winslow tweeted a photograph of an avid reader's dream library.  Bathed in the buttery glow of three table lamps …
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
 
 
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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Boris Johnson in reverse: The Supreme Court gives itself what it bans for the rest of us
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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
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Glenn Youngkin inauguration: Virginia Republican to be sworn in as governor
Washington Free Beacon:
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New York Times:
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Mariana Alfaro / Washington Post:
Biden White House forces resignation of former Trump aide who promoted baseless Jan. 6 theories
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