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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%).
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
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
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.”
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
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.
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Axios and RedState
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
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 …
Discussion: News Items and Wide World of News
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
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
As nations decide to live with the virus, some disease experts warn of surrendering too soon
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
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 …
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
Discussion: BizPac Review
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American Greatness:
Conspiracies as Realities, Realities as Conspiracies  —  Conspiracy projection has split apart the country.
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
The Trump Org Stiffed a Hotel. His Kids May Pay the Price.
Discussion: Alternet.org
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats see good chance of Garland prosecuting Trump
Associated Press:
Arab leader's gamble to play kingmaker in Israel is paying off
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
How Manchin and Sinema Completed a Conservative Vision
Discussion: The Dispatch
Matthew Cole / The Intercept:
UAE Adviser Illegally Funneled Foreign Cash Into Hillary Clinton's 2016 Campaign
Los Angeles Times:
'It's ugly out there': Rail thefts leave tracks littered with pilfered packages
 Earlier Items: 
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
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