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7:35 PM ET, January 15, 2022

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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.
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ABC News:
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 …
CNN:
FBI assisting in hostage situation at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas  —  (CNN)The FBI and Texas Department of Public Safety are assisting a hostage situation at the Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, according to Colleyville Police Sgt. Dara Nelson.
Ariella Marsden / Jerusalem Post:
Gunman holds hostages at synagogue in Texas
Discussion: 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 and Raw Story
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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New York Times:
With Voting Bills Dead, Democrats Face Costly Fight to Overcome G.O.P. Curbs
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: Raw Story, emptywheel and Insider
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Patrick Wilson / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Miyares fires 30 in AG's office, including lawyer investigating dangerous conditions at Richmond apartments  —  Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares notified about 30 staff members in the office — 17 of them attorneys — that they won't have jobs in his administration, including the lawyer …
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 …
Peter Burke / WPTV:
Nikki Fried compares Gov. Ron DeSantis to Adolf Hitler: ‘In a lot of ways’  —  ‘I have studied Hitler and how he got to power,’ Democrat running for governor says on podcast  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried compared Gov. Ron DeSantis to Adolf Hitler during a recent interview.
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Politico:
DeSantis uses conservative lifeline as Trump sours on him
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:
Youngkin pick for medical adviser bucks trends on covid  —  Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin has named a respected physician who opposes blanket vaccine mandates and downplayed the threat of the coronavirus to children as his lead adviser on pandemic response.  —  The choice of Marty Makary …
Discussion: NBC4 Washington
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
Jemele Hill / The Atlantic:
The Selfishness of Novak Djokovic  —  After a dramatic weeklong fight with the world's top men's tennis player, Australia's immigration authorities wisely decided to revoke Novak Djokovic's visa a second time because he failed to meet the country's COVID-19 requirements.
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: Washington Examiner, Insider and DSCC
David Jesse / Detroit Free Press:
University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel fired by board after investigation  —  The University of Michigan Board of Regents has unanimously fired school President Mark Schlissel for cause following an investigation into a relationship with a subordinate, the board announced Saturday evening.
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
John Shiffman / Reuters:
DirecTV loss could cripple rightwing One America News  —  The largest satellite provider in the United States said late Friday it will drop One America News, a move that could financially cripple the rightwing TV network known for fueling conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.
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
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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Nicholas Reimann / Forbes:
YouTube Suspends Fox News Host Dan Bongino For Covid Disinformation
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Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
Clyburn says he's worried about losing House, ‘losing this democracy’
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Boris Johnson in reverse: The Supreme Court gives itself what it bans for the rest of us
David Owen / New Yorker:
How the Refrigerator Became an Agent of Climate Catastrophe
Timothy Nerozzi / Fox News:
Gillibrand vows to ‘do better’ after restaurant says she ignored mask mandate
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Pavel Polityuk / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE Ukraine suspects group linked to Belarus intelligence over cyberattack
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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
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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
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America's Top Environmental Groups Have Lost the Plot on Climate Change
Cassidy Morrison / Washington Examiner:
Cruise ships no longer have to abide by CDC safety standards for COVID-19
 

 
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