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9:15 AM ET, January 16, 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 …
Washington Post:
Hostages freed from Texas synagogue, governor says  —  BREAKING: “All hostages are out alive and safe,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) tweeted about 9:30 p.m. local time, after a loud boom and what sounded like gunshots erupted from the area near the synagogue where police had been in a standoff with a hostage-taker for much of Saturday.
Discussion: Associated Press and Deseret News
NBC News:
Police negotiate with hostage taker at synagogue in Dallas-Fort Worth, 1 hostage released  —  Man holds rabbi, potentially others hostage in synagogue, wants release of Aafia Siddiqui  —  Authorities in Texas were negotiating with a man holding hostages, including a rabbi and possibly other people …
Michael Levenson / New York Times:
Live Updates: Man Takes Rabbi, Others Hostage at Dallas-Fort Worth Area Synagogue  —  The synagogue was livestreaming a service on Facebook when the man began yelling off camera, prompting those listening to contact police.  One hostage was released unharmed.  —  Here's what you need to know:
Discussion: The Daily Wire
The White House:
Statement by President Biden on the Hostage Situation at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas  —  Thanks to the courageous work of state, local and federal law enforcement, four Americans who were held hostage at a Texas synagogue will soon be home with their families.
Telegraph:   Texas synagogue: Man with English accent holds congregation hostage
David Sentendrey / FOX 4 News Dallas-Fort Worth:
Colleyville synagogue hostage situation: Hostages rescued, suspect dead
Discussion: Townhall
Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
All Texas synagogue hostages ‘out alive and safe’ after harrowing 12-hour standoff, suspect is dead
Discussion: ABC7
Damien Cave / New York Times:
How the ‘Djokovic Affair’ Finally Came to an End  —  Novak Djokovic lost to a government with powerful laws, determined to make an example out of him.  —  SYDNEY, Australia — The day before the Australian Open was set to begin, Novak Djokovic, possibly the greatest tennis player of all time …
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Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:
Novak Djokovic deported, won't compete in Australian Open after bid to play unvaccinated fails  —  MELBOURNE, Australia — Tennis star Novak Djokovic has left Australia after losing his legal challenge to remain in the country and compete in the Australian Open despite not being vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
Trump Soft-Launches His 2024 Campaign  —  FLORENCE, Ariz.—Tonight, deep in the Arizona desert, thousands of people chanted for Donald Trump.  They had braved the wind for hours—some waited the entire day—just to get a glimpse of the defeated former president.
Discussion: Insider
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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 …
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.
Paul Rosenberg / Salon:
How the states have become “Laboratories of Autocracy” — and why it's worse than you think  —  Former Ohio Democratic Party head David Pepper has a dire warning: Rigged state legislatures are destroying America  —  There's a booming literature on the erosion of democracy in America …
Tia Goldenberg / Associated Press:
Netanyahu negotiating plea deal in corruption trial  —  TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is negotiating a plea deal in his corruption case, a person involved in the talks said Sunday.  —  The deal, which could be signed as early as this week …
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 …
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
Mark Townsend / The Guardian:
Concern for UK security as anti-vaxxer groups evolve towards US-style militias  —  Counter-terrorism officials are monitoring movement amid military-style training and lurch towards violent extremism  —  Counter-terrorism officials and police are increasingly concerned over the trajectory …
James Fallows / Breaking the News:
Four Facts About the Filibuster  —  This post is meant as a primer on a political discussion that is about to reclaim center-stage.  —  When a TV series has been running long enough, we get the introductory recaps that bring viewers up to date.  “Previously, on Ozark ... ” This post could be called, “Previously, on Filibuster...”
Washington Post:
Jan. 6 panel grapples with how to secure testimony from lawmakers, Pence  —  The House select committee is divided on whether to pursue subpoenas, in part over fears that a protracted legal fight would delay the committee's goal of issuing a report ahead of the November midterms.
Discussion: Raw Story, MSNBC and Yahoo News
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
Manchin, Sinema turn on Biden, join others holding him responsible for COVID test shortages  —  Do better.  That is the message from some Senate Democrats to Joe Biden's White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zients.  In a letter signed by the senators, they urged him to do better …
Discussion: Daily Mail
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 and emptywheel
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 …
 
 
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