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1:30 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.
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: NPR
Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
All Texas synagogue hostages ‘out alive and safe’ after harrowing 12-hour standoff, suspect is dead  —  This is a developing story.  —  (JTA) — All four hostages at a synagogue in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area were declared “out alive and safe” by Texas Governor Greg Abbott at 9:33 p.m. CST …
Discussion: and ABC7
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:
Texas synagogue: Man with English accent holding congregation hostage  —  A man with an English accent claiming to be the brother of a known terrorist was on Saturday night holding a rabbi and his congregation hostage at an American synagogue.  —  Police in Colleyville, Texas …
The White House:
Statement by President Biden on the Hostage Situation at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas
David Sentendrey / FOX 4 News Dallas-Fort Worth:
Colleyville synagogue hostage situation: Hostages rescued, suspect dead
Discussion: Townhall
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Jazmine Otey / WSLS-TV:
Here are the 11 executive actions Gov. Youngkin signed on day one  —  “It's a new day in Virginia, but the work is only beginning,” said Youngkin  —  RICHMOND - On Saturday, hours after being sworn in as the 74th governor of Virginia, Republican Glenn Youngkin unveiled his agenda for day one.
Erin Doherty / Axios:   Youngkin ends mandates for masks in schools and COVID vaccinations for state workers
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, Insider and NBC News
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...”
Chelsea Gohd /
Explosive underwater volcano eruption in Tonga spotted from space in satellite images  —  The ongoing eruption is about seven times more powerful than this volcano's last outburst.  —  Satellites orbiting Earth captured a powerful undersea volcanic eruption from space on Thursday (Jan. 13).
Discussion: Mashable and Just The News
Toronto Star:
The Saturday Debate: Will sanctions against Vladimir Putin work?  —  Marcus Kolga, Bill Browder and Julian Spencer-Churchill discuss in this week's Saturday Debate.  —  Bill Browder  —  Julian Spencer-Churchill … YES  —  Macdonald-Laurier Institute and Hermitage Capital Management
Discussion: The Guardian
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