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Armed man takes hostages at Texas synagogue, source says  —  Police evacuated the immediate area.  —  A hostage situation is underway at a synagogue in the Dallas-Fort Worth area Saturday, a source on the scene told ABC News.  —  An armed suspect claiming to have bombs in unknown locations took …
Ariella Marsden / Jerusalem Post:
Gunman holds hostages at synagogue in Texas  —  An FBI SWAT team was on the scene and law enforcement negotiated with the gunman.  —  A rabbi and three others were taken hostage mid-Bar Mitzvah at the reform Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas on Saturday by a gunman who said he was the brother …
Discussion: New York Times and WHNT-TV
Erin Doherty / Axios:   Youngkin ends mandates for masks in schools and COVID vaccinations for state workers
Ryan Osborne / WFAA-TV:
Hostage situation at North Texas synagogue: SWAT, DPS and FBI on scene at Congregation Beth Israel on 6100 block of Pleasant Run Road of Colleyville
Discussion: Breitbart, Raw Story and NPR
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 …
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Hansi Lo Wang / NPR:
Trump officials interfered with the 2020 census beyond cutting it short, email shows  —  Former President Donald Trump's administration alarmed career civil servants at the Census Bureau by not only ending the 2020 national head count early, but also pressuring them to alter plans …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
More Mojo, Joe!  —  WASHINGTON — Poor Joe.  —  Oh, the tribulations of Job Biden!  Kyrsten Sinema humiliated him.  Mitch McConnell disrespected him.  The Supreme Court blocked him.  Vladimir Putin scorned him.  Inflation defied him.  Covid stalked him.  Even Stacey Abrams stiffed him.
Discussion: Power Line
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Washington Post:
The Justice Dept. alleged Jan. 6 was a seditious conspiracy.  Now will it investigate Trump?  —  The Justice Department's decision to charge Oath Keepers with seditious conspiracy last week makes clear that prosecutors consider the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol part of an organized assault …
Discussion: Insider
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Trump Rally Underscores G.O.P. Tension Over How to Win in 2022  —  Donald Trump's rally in Arizona on Saturday will feature a host of election deniers.  His involvement in state races and his inability to let go of his 2020 loss worries many Republicans.  —  PHOENIX — Former President …
Discussion: Insider and DSCC
New York Times:
Halting Progress and Happy Accidents: How mRNA Vaccines Were Made  —  The stunning Covid vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna drew upon long-buried discoveries made in the hopes of ending past epidemics.  —  Thousands of miles from Dr. Barney Graham's lab in Bethesda, Md. …
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 The Gateway Pundit
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
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: Washington Post, Slate and NBC News
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: Humble Pie and Washington Examiner
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
Jemele Hill / The Atlantic:
The Selfishness of Novak Djokovic  —  The top player in men's tennis is yet another anti-vaccine athlete who'd rather create chaos than get a shot.  —  After a dramatic weeklong fight with the world's top men's tennis player, Australia's immigration authorities wisely decided …
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
Clyburn says he's worried about losing House, ‘losing this democracy’  —  House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said in an interview that he is worried about losing the House in 2022 and “losing this democracy,” saying that is the reason why he is pushing so much for Democrats' voting rights legislation.
 
 
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