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7:55 AM ET, January 17, 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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New York Times:
Who Is King of Florida?  Tensions Rise Between Trump and a Former Acolyte  —  A spat over Covid has exposed friction between the former president and a rising G.O.P. governor unwilling to curb his ambitions.  —  For months, former President Donald J. Trump has been grumbling quietly …
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.
Discussion: RedState
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Ed O'Keefe / CBS News:
Harris' new communications director to meet with Latino lawmakers after old tweets surface  —  Vice President Kamala Harris' new communications director is set to meet this week with Latino lawmakers to explain past tweets about immigrants as he continues to face pressure from Latino leaders and organizations to explain himself.
Jacob Thorburn / Daily Mail:
President Joe Biden says hostage situation at Texas synagogue was an ‘act of terror’  —  President Joe Biden said on Sunday that a gunman who disrupted a religious service in a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas and took four people hostage had engaged in an ‘act of terror.’
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Washington Free Beacon:
Michigan's Dana Nessel Speculates ‘White Supremacy’ to Blame for Texas Synagogue Terrorist Attack
Discussion: Townhall and The Gateway Pundit
Sky News:
Texas synagogue siege: British hostage taker named as Malik Faisal Akram - as two teenagers arrested in Manchester
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
Steven Monacelli / Rolling Stone:
They're Too Extreme for QAnon — and Right at Home at Trump's Rally
Discussion: Raw Story
Jim Swift / The Bulwark:
To Honor MLK, Focus on His Actual Work  —  Stop pretending to know what he'd be like today.  —  Were he alive today, on the federal holiday celebrating his contributions to civil rights, Martin Luther King would be 93 years old.  —  Today's federal holiday was established 15 years after King was assassinated.
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Dr. King was bold. Don't make him bland.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
New York Times:
Supply Chain Woes Could Worsen as China Imposes New Covid Lockdowns  —  American manufacturers are worried that China's zero-tolerance coronavirus policy could throw a wrench in the global conveyor belt for goods this year.  —  WASHINGTON — Companies are bracing for another round …
Axios:
Electoral act reform picks up growing bipartisan support  —  An increasingly broad and powerful array of lawmakers is coalescing around the idea of changing how Congress tallies Electoral College votes — as MLK Day comes and goes on Monday without broader voting rights reforms.
Salt Lake Tribune:
Cowardice and misinformation at all levels have left each one of us to fight this battle alone.  —  By The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board  —  That wan fluttering noise you hear coming from the direction of the Capitol building is the sound of the state of Utah waving the white flag …
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Andrew Kugle / Fox News:
Salt Lake City Tribune editorial calls for National Guard to keep unvaccinated people in their homes
Discussion: BizPac Review
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 …
Jennifer Van Laar / RedState:
While the House Passed ‘Build Back Better’ Ted Lieu Was Boarding Luxury Cruise in NYC; Yea Vote Cast by Proxy  —  As we exclusively reported Friday night, Rep. Ted Lieu, who constantly berates those who aren't following “the science” and is in favor of every totalitarian mandate and lockdown California …
Discussion: Breitbart
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats see good chance of Garland prosecuting Trump  —  Senate Democrats believe there is a good chance the Department of Justice will prosecute former President Trump for trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election and inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol …
Discussion: Political Wire
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
How Manchin and Sinema Completed a Conservative Vision  —  The decision by Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin to block their fellow Democrats from passing new federal voting-rights legislation clears the path for years of tightening ballot restrictions in Republican-controlled states.
Discussion: The Dispatch
Nick Anderson / Washington Post:
University of Michigan president fired after probe into alleged affair with a subordinate  —  The University of Michigan's governing board has fired the school's president after an investigation into an alleged sexual affair between him and a female subordinate found evidence that he engaged …
Los Angeles Times:
'It's ugly out there': Rail thefts leave tracks littered with pilfered packages  —  The scene was a stretch of railroad tracks in Lincoln Heights on Saturday: A blizzard of torn plastic wrappers, cardboard boxes and paper packaging attesting to a wave of rail car thievery that officials say has been on the rise in recent months.
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
So Long, Djoker  —  If Novak Djokovic won't play by Australia's rules, then he shouldn't be allowed to play at all.  —  ou would think that a professional athlete would understand the concept of playing by the rules.  —  Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic is having some trouble in Australia.
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Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
As nations decide to live with the virus, some disease experts warn of surrendering too soon
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 
 
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Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
The Trump Org Stiffed a Hotel. His Kids May Pay the Price.
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Arab leader's gamble to play kingmaker in Israel is paying off
Matthew Cole / The Intercept:
UAE Adviser Illegally Funneled Foreign Cash Into Hillary Clinton's 2016 Campaign
Casey Schwartz / New York Times:
Marianne Williamson: A Politico or Apolitical?
Sonnet Swire / CNN:
New documents show census officials concerned about political interference from Trump's Commerce Department
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Jon Wertheim / CBS News:
Investigating who betrayed Anne Frank and her family to the Nazis
Discussion: The Guardian and Earth Report …
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Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
Omicron Surge Spurs New Covid-19 Relief Push in Congress
Discussion: The Hill
Financial Times:
Afghanistan's currency crisis leaves millions at risk of starvation
Thomas Barrabi / Fox News:
House passes Equality Act expanding LGBTQ rights amid GOP concerns, including effect on girls' sports
Discussion: Townhall
NBC News:
Behind Trump's vaccine boosterism, allies see chance for political payoff
Aleksandar Matovski / Washington Post:
Why would Putin invade Ukraine?