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11:55 AM ET, January 16, 2022

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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: Rigid Thinking and MyNorthwest.com
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Jessika Harkay / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Residents evacuated as SWAT surrounds Colleyville TX synagogue
The White House:
Statement by President Biden on the Hostage Situation at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas
Associated Press:
Hostages safe after Texas synagogue standoff; captor dead
ABC News:
Armed man takes hostages at Texas synagogue, source says
Michael Levenson / New York Times:
Live Updates: Man Takes Rabbi, Others Hostage at Dallas-Fort Worth Area Synagogue
Discussion: The Daily Wire
David Sentendrey / FOX 4 News Dallas-Fort Worth:
Colleyville synagogue hostage situation: Hostages rescued, suspect dead
Discussion: Townhall
Telegraph:
Texas synagogue: Man with English accent holds congregation hostage
Discussion: RedState
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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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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.
CBS News:
Biden at year one: Not enough focus on inflation leaves many frustrated  —  On one level, the story of President Biden's first year is a simple one: Americans feel worse about the pandemic and economy than they did earlier in his term, and his ratings have suffered for it.
Discussion: New York Post
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.
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Trump Rally Underscores G.O.P. Tension Over How to Win in 2022
Discussion: Raw Story and Los Angeles Times
HuffPost:
Reconstruction-Era Law Could Keep Trump Off Presidential Ballot In 6 Southern States  —  The language letting them back into the Union required them to enforce the 14th Amendment's ban on insurrectionists in federal or state office.  —  By S.V. Date  —  Should former President Donald Trump run …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
Teeing Up with QAnon  —  What would Groucho say?  Would you rather belong to a club that had the proprietor of a porn shop as a member?  Or Marjorie Taylor Greene?  —  In the spring of 2006, Charles T. Craton III, a businessman in northwestern Georgia, best known for his work on Chick-fil-A's …
Jason Lemon / Newsweek:
Trump's ‘Crimes Flow Through’ Oath Keepers' Sedition Indictment: Former Prosecutor  —  Former U.S. Army prosecutor Glenn Kirschner said that former President Donald Trump's “crimes flow through” the seditious conspiracy indictment against members of the far-right Oath Keepers group due …
Glen Owen / Daily Mail:
‘The days of state-run TV are over’: Nadine Dorries clobbers the BBC with a £2billion funding cut as she freezes the licence fee for two years, with a row over ‘Left-wing bias’ threatening to spill out into all-out war with the Corporation  — Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries freezes annual £159 fee for the next two years
Tom Rees / Telegraph:
Omicron becomes a blessing in disguise for Britain's economic recovery  —  Less severe variant inspires optimism that the UK is now in the Covid ‘end game’  —  Boris Johnson may feel he has little choice when deciding whether to ditch Plan B.  —  Just as persuasive as the extremely positive …
Aleksandar Matovski / Washington Post:
Why would Putin invade Ukraine?  —  Troubles at home may be his strongest motive  —  The looming threat of a full-scale Russian attack on Ukraine kept the world on edge for much of 2021, and for good reason — an attack of this magnitude would arguably be the most significant invasion …
Discussion: Politico and New York Times
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Toronto Star:
The Saturday Debate: Will sanctions against Vladimir Putin work?
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.
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 …
CNN:
India's Hindu extremists are calling for genocide against Muslims.  Why is little being done to stop them?  —  Delhi, India (CNN)At a conference in India last month, a Hindu extremist dressed head-to-toe in the religion's holy color, saffron, called on her supporters to kill Muslims and “protect” the country.
 
 
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Mel Leonor / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Youngkin sworn in as governor, scraps mandates on masks in schools, COVID vaccinations for state workers
Steven W Thrasher / The Guardian:
The Biden administration has failed its Covid test
Mark Townsend / The Guardian:
Concern for UK security as anti-vaxxer groups evolve towards US-style militias
James Fallows / Breaking the News:
Four Facts About the Filibuster
John Sexton / HotAir:
Loudoun County won't release report on high school sexual assaults, but Smith family wants it made public
Discussion: Fox News
Chelsea Gohd / Space.com:
Explosive underwater volcano eruption in Tonga spotted from space in satellite images
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
Manchin, Sinema turn on Biden, join others holding him responsible for COVID test shortages
Discussion: Daily Mail
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Jan. 6 panel grapples with how to secure testimony from lawmakers, Pence
Discussion: Raw Story and Yahoo News
Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:
Youngkin pick for medical adviser bucks trends on covid
Washington Post:
The Justice Dept. alleged Jan. 6 was a seditious conspiracy. Now will it investigate Trump?
Discussion: Morning Shots, Raw Story and emptywheel
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
More Mojo, Joe!  —  WASHINGTON — Poor Joe.  —  Oh, the tribulations of Job Biden!
Discussion: Wide World of News and Power Line
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR:
Trump officials interfered with the 2020 census beyond cutting it short, email shows
Discussion: HuffPost and HillReporter.com
Kate Dwyer / New York Times:
A Library the Internet Can't Get Enough Of
 

 
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Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

 
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