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1:20 PM ET, January 16, 2022

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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.
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Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Yes, the Colleyville synagogue attack was ‘specifically’ targeting Jews  —  What more must it take for a crime to be viewed as “specifically related to the Jewish community?”  —  Soon after the FBI freed four hostages held by a gunman for 11 hours at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville …
NBC News:
Police negotiate with hostage taker at synagogue in Dallas-Fort Worth, 1 hostage released
Associated Press:
Hostages safe after Texas synagogue standoff; captor dead
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 and Instapundit
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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NBC News:
Behind Trump's vaccine boosterism, allies see chance for political payoff  —  FLORENCE, Ariz. — When former President Donald Trump told his supporters to get a Covid shot over the summer, he was booed during a rally in Alabama.  —  When he told a friendly audience in Dallas last month …
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
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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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.
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
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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Discussion: Raw Story and Yahoo News
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Discussion: Wide World of News and Power Line