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8:30 PM ET, January 16, 2022

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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump dogs “dull” DeSantis ahead of potential 2024 matchup  —  Donald Trump is trashing Ron DeSantis in private as an ingrate with a “dull personality” and no realistic chance of beating him in a potential 2024 showdown, according to sources who've recently talked to the former president about the Florida governor.
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Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Annoyed DeSantis Won't Say He Won't Run in 2024, Trump Reportedly Trashes Florida Governor: ‘No Personal Charisma’ and ‘Dull Personality’  —  Former President Donald Trump is getting increasingly fed up with Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), according to a new report by Axios' Jonathan Swan …
Associated Press:
Texas rabbi: Captor grew “belligerent” late in standoff  —  COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — A rabbi who was among four people held hostage at a Texas synagogue said Sunday that the British man who held them captive became “increasingly belligerent and threatening” toward the end of the 10-hour standoff.
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Discussion: The Daily Wire
Washington Free Beacon:
Michigan's Dana Nessel Speculates ‘White Supremacy’ to Blame for Texas Synagogue Terrorist Attack  —  As the hostage situation at a Texas synagogue developed on Saturday, Michigan's attorney general, Democrat Dana Nessel, raised the possibility that white supremacists were behind the attack.
Discussion: Townhall
Sky News:
Texas synagogue siege: British hostage taker named as Malik Faisal Akram  —  The 44-year-old was not living in the United States but had recently travelled there before carrying out the attack on the synagogue in Colleyville on Saturday, Sky News understands.  —  Created with Sketch.
Nick Arama / RedState:
Biden Supporter Makes Trouble at Trump Rally, but She Immediately Has Cause to Regret It  —  President Donald Trump was in classic form last night, taking down Joe Biden and all his failures during his rally in Florence, Arizona.  —  Trump had a massive crowd of supporters come out …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Politico:
MAGA hats and QAnon: Inside Trump's first rally of 2022  —  The former president hit all the notes in his rally in Arizona on Saturday.  The question is: Is this a precursor to a reelection bid?  —  Christie Disinger, left, and friend waiting to get into Trump's rally in Florence, Ariz., Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022.
Steven Monacelli / Rolling Stone:
They're Too Extreme for QAnon — and Right at Home at Trump's Rally  —  Saturday night, he was seated with the VIPs  —  Florence, Ariz. — One full day before Trump spoke to an estimated 15,000 die-hard Republicans in Arizona, a group of JFK Jr. obsessed QAnon fanatics arrived at the venue grounds here.
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:   Behind Trump's vaccine boosterism, allies see chance for political payoff
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: VP communications director summoned over past tweets  —  Jamal Simmons, Vice President Kamala Harris' new communications director, is scheduled to meet with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Thursday to listen to their concerns about his old tweets, congressional officials tell Axios.
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Andrew Kugle / Fox News:   Salt Lake City Tribune editorial calls for National Guard to keep unvaccinated people in their homes
Yan Zhuang / New York Times:
Novak Djokovic in Australia 11m ago  —  The unvaccinated tennis star said he was “extremely disappointed” but would respect a court's ruling.  He departed on a flight to Dubai from Melbourne Airport on Sunday night.  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Djokovic loses his bid to stay in Australia …
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Damien Cave / New York Times:
How the ‘Djokovic Affair’ Finally Came to an End
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:
Novak Djokovic deported, won't compete in Australian Open after bid to play unvaccinated fails
Cameron Cawthorne / Fox News:
Gov. Youngkin expresses optimism about the future of Virginia: ‘Ready for a new way forward’  —  ‘Virginians are ready for a new direction,’ Youngkin said  —  Gov. Youngkin: Virginians ready for a new direction  —  Virginia's newly sworn-in Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin on Sunday discussed …
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Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Trump's Electoral Forgery/Fraud  —  The smoking guns are all around us  —  Happy Sunday!  Before you get immersed in a day of playoff football, I'd like to urge you to think about the implications of this story: … In other words, what we have here is attempted election fraud on a massive scale.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Raw Story
Rob Picheta / CNN:
Europe's loud, rule-breaking unvaccinated minority are falling out of society  —  London (CNN)Before Covid-19, Nicolas Rimoldi had never attended a protest.  —  But somewhere along the pandemic's long and tortuous road, which saw his native Switzerland imposing first one lockdown, then another …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Dr. King was bold.  Don't make him bland.  —  This holiday weekend, Americans will celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. of their choosing.  That's not surprising.  But it is a problem.  —  If the devil can quote scripture for his purposes, it's not shocking that all of us are inclined …
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
 
 
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Thomas Barrabi / Fox News:
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CBS News:
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Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
Teeing Up with QAnon  —  What would Groucho say?  Would you rather belong to a club …
Mark Townsend / The Guardian:
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Paul Rosenberg / Salon:
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