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10:20 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:
An Annoyed Trump Reportedly Trashes His Potential 2024 Rival DeSantis: ‘No Personal Charisma’ and ‘Dull Personality’
Discussion: New York Times
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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Washington Free Beacon:
Michigan's Dana Nessel Speculates ‘White Supremacy’ to Blame for Texas Synagogue Terrorist Attack
Discussion: Townhall and The Gateway Pundit
BBC:
Hostage stand-off not related to Jewish community - FBI
Discussion: The Daily Wire
Sky News:
Texas synagogue siege: British hostage taker named as Malik Faisal Akram
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
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: CBS News and RedState
Trent Nelson / 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  —  The editorial board wrote the government should ‘deploy the National Guard to ensure that people without proof of vaccination would not be allowed, well, anywhere’  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for January 16
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 …
Fox News:
Gov. Youngkin: Virginians ready for a new direction  —  In his first television interview since taking office, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin discusses his first executive actions and education priorities.
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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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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 …
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
Jon Wertheim / CBS News:
Investigating who betrayed Anne Frank and her family to the Nazis  —  Seventy-five years after its publication, “The Diary of Anne Frank” remains among the most widely-read books in the world.  Blinkering between hope and despair, the account of a Jewish teenager's life in hiding in an annex behind …
Sonnet Swire / CNN:
New documents show census officials concerned about political interference from Trump's Commerce Department  —  (CNN)Newly released documents appear to show top career officials at the Census Bureau had drafted a memo of concerns during the Trump administration's attempts to exert political pressure …
Discussion: Rolling Stone and New York Times
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
This Presidency Isn't Turning Out as Planned  —  Joe Biden was Barack Obama's vice president.  His Treasury secretary, Janet Yellen, was Obama's pick to lead the Federal Reserve.  The director of Biden's National Economic Council, Brian Deese, was deputy director of Obama's National Economic Council.
 
 
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The White moderates MLK warned us about
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Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
Omicron Surge Spurs New Covid-19 Relief Push in Congress
Financial Times:
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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
Thomas Barrabi / Fox News:
House passes Equality Act expanding LGBTQ rights amid GOP concerns, including effect on girls' sports
Discussion: Townhall
CBS News:
Transcript: Governor Larry Hogan on “Face the Nation,” January 16, 2022
Discussion: UPI and Insider
NBC News:
Behind Trump's vaccine boosterism, allies see chance for political payoff
Aleksandar Matovski / Washington Post:
Why would Putin invade Ukraine?
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
India's Hindu extremists are calling for genocide against Muslims. Why is little being done to stop them?
Tom Rees / Telegraph:
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Jason Lemon / Newsweek:
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Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
Teeing Up with QAnon  —  What would Groucho say?  Would you rather belong to a club …
HuffPost:
Reconstruction-Era Law Could Keep Trump Off Presidential Ballot In 6 Southern States
Discussion: Raw Story