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10:00 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 …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Political Party Preferences Shifted Greatly During 2021  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — On average, Americans' political party preferences in 2021 looked similar to prior years, with slightly more U.S. adults identifying as Democrats or leaning Democratic (46%) than identified as Republicans or leaned Republican (43%).
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
School Closures Were a Catastrophic Error.  Progressives Still Haven't Reckoned With It. … Recently, Nate Silver found himself in the unenviable role of main character of the day on Twitter because he proposed that school closures were a “disastrous, invasion-of-Iraq magnitude (or perhaps greater) policy decision.”
Sabrina Imbler / New York Times:
Covid Live Updates: Approval of U.S. Pandemic Response Hits New Low  —  Just 36 percent of Americans in a recent poll thought U.S. coronavirus efforts were “going well.”  In New York, tentative optimism has taken hold.  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Just over a third of Americans …
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Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
The left dreamed of remaking America.  Now, it stares into the abyss as Biden's plans wither.  —  In 2020, prominent liberals promised major changes to the safety net and climate policy  —  Just three years ago, as they vied to lead the country, the Democratic Party's presidential candidates competed …
Discussion: BizPac Review and Fox News
New York Times:
11 Hours of Fear, Negotiation and Finally, Relief  —  The F.B.I. identified Malik Faisal Akram, a British national, as the man who took hostages in a Texas synagogue on Saturday.  He was killed during the rescue operation.  —  Just before New Year's, a 44-year-old man from an industrial city …
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Sky News:
Texas synagogue siege: British hostage taker named as Malik Faisal Akram - as two teenagers arrested in Manchester
Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
Swing-district Democrats in need of a midterm reboot push leadership to break up BBB  —  House Democrats running for reelection in competitive districts, facing increasingly long odds of surviving a potential Republican wave, have confronted party leaders in recent days with demands for a new midterm strategy.
Discussion: USA Today, Fox News and annieasksyou
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.
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
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 …
Casey Schwartz / New York Times:
Marianne Williamson: A Politico or Apolitical?  —  The outsider from the 2020 presidential race ponders what's next.  —  Marianne Williamson was invoking Solzhenitsyn, Tolstoy and Thoreau, barefoot in a brownstone in Brooklyn.  “If everything you're doing is making everybody happy …
Discussion: Althouse
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
The Trump Org Stiffed a Hotel.  His Kids May Pay the Price.  —  The D.C. attorney general wants to drag the Trump Organization back into a lawsuit.  His evidence?  An unpaid $49,000 hotel bill.  —  Former President Donald Trump and his family company have a long history of stiffing contractors …
Discussion: Alternet.org
Phil McCausland / NBC News:
Cost of masks and tests deepens a pandemic wedge between the haves and the have-nots  —  For some, the added financial burden of N95 masks and rapid tests is an irritation but still affordable.  To others, it is an economic impossibility.  —  In recent weeks, as the omicron variant spread rapidly across …
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Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
Omicron Surge Spurs New Covid-19 Relief Push in Congress
Discussion: The Nation and Washington Post
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
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.
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Nick Arama / RedState:
Biden Supporter Makes Trouble at Trump Rally, but She Immediately Has Cause to Regret It
Discussion: Raw Story
Steven Monacelli / Rolling Stone:
They're Too Extreme for QAnon — and Right at Home at Trump's Rally
Discussion: Raw Story
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
 
 
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American Greatness:
Conspiracies as Realities, Realities as Conspiracies  —  Conspiracy projection has split apart the country.
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
Ed O'Keefe / CBS News:
Harris' new communications director to meet with Latino lawmakers after old tweets surface
Discussion: Axios and RedState
Los Angeles Times:
'It's ugly out there': Rail thefts leave tracks littered with pilfered packages
Jennifer Van Laar / RedState:
While the House Passed ‘Build Back Better’ Ted Lieu Was Boarding Luxury Cruise in NYC; Yea Vote Cast by Proxy
Discussion: Breitbart
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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
Rob Picheta / CNN:
Europe's loud, rule-breaking unvaccinated minority are falling out of society
NBC News:
Behind Trump's vaccine boosterism, allies see chance for political payoff