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5:25 PM ET, January 17, 2022

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Martin Robinson / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE ‘You get picked up in the US for walking on cracks in a pavement!’  Security services are accused of ‘intelligence failure’ after British synagogue siege terrorist, 44, evaded officials despite criminal convictions and 9/11 rant  — FBI identifies Texas synagogue shooter …
Discussion: Breitbart and TheBlaze
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Nelson Oliveira / CBS News:
Rabbi threw chair at gunman before he and other hostages escaped Texas synagogue: “It was terrifying”  —  A rabbi who was among the four hostages held during a nearly 11-hour standoff at a Texas synagogue managed to escape after throwing a chair at the gunman, he told “CBS Mornings” on Monday.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Why Were Authorities So Evasive About the Synagogue Gunman's Motive?  —  Actual statements from our president, midday Sunday: … Biden says the gunman's motivation was a mystery, and then mentions that he was “using anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli comments.”
Associated Press:
Texas rabbi: Security training paid off in hostage standoff  —  COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — U.S. and British authorities Monday continued an investigation into the weekend standoff at a Texas synagogue that ended with an armed British national dead and a rabbi crediting past security training …
Jack Newman / Daily Mail:
FBI finally admits Texas synagogue siege WAS an anti-Semitic terror attack after first claiming it was ‘not specifically related to the Jewish community’
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 V. Last / The Triad:
Ron DeSantis Is Going to Get Trump Trucked  —  1. Fake Versus Real  —  I wrote about the brewing Trump-DeSantis feud back in July, when it was clear that DeSantis was Single White Female-ing Trump to a degree that was going to get super uncomfortable.  —  Now the fight is almost out in the open …
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David Reaboi / Newsweek:
Ron DeSantis Welcomes You to Florida, America's New Texas
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Rep. Burgess Owens: Biden agenda doesn't represent MLK's hopes, ‘dreams’  —  Martin Luther King ‘was about unifying us,’ Owens tells Fox News Digital  —  Husband of Emanuel Nine victim remembers MLK's forgiveness, legacy  —  Rep. Burgess Owens, R-Utah, remembered the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr …
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Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
The C.D.C.'s New Challenge?  Grappling With Imperfect Science  —  The Omicron coronavirus variant is moving much faster than researchers can, worsening a longstanding problem: The agency must make tough decisions with scant data.  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …
Discussion: Breitbart and Eschaton
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Sarah Toy / Wall Street Journal:
CDC Director Aims to Improve Covid-19 Messaging, Data Collection
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
Insiders Reveal What Went Wrong in Biden's Voting Rights Push  —  Allies say the White House has been MIA  —  WASHINGTON — In mid-November, Vice President Kamala Harris joined a video call with a coalition of nearly 250 groups trying to pass new legislation to protect the right to vote …
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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.
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 …
Beth LeBlanc / Detroit News:
Michigan Democratic Party deletes post questioning parents' role in schools  —  The Michigan Democratic Party has deleted a weekend Facebook post that questioned the role parents have in deciding what is taught in public schools and drew criticism from conservative and school choice groups.
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
‘Morning Joe’ hosts mock Trump  —  “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski mocked former President Trump for sending a statement Monday morning attacking the MSNBC show.  —  “Will ‘Morning Joe’ be canceled?  He and Mika's ratings are very low—they are having an extremely hard …
Discussion: Raw Story and Twitchy
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.”
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs and Mediaite
Christopher Hutton / Washington Examiner:
Airline executives warn 5G could ground thousands of flights  —  Executives at several airline companies fear an aviation crisis is on the horizon after AT&T and Verizon implement their 5G networks this week.  —  These concerns arose after the Federal Aviation Administration issued several notices warning …
Russell Contreras / Axios:
Book bans are back in style  —  School districts from Pennsylvania to Wyoming are bowing to pressure from some conservative groups to review — then purge from public school libraries — books about LGBTQ issues and people of color.  —  Why it matters: A pivotal midterm election year …
Discussion: The Left Place
BBC:
Eric Zemmour: Far-right candidate found guilty of hate speech  —  Far-right French presidential candidate Eric Zemmour has been fined €10,000 (£8,350) by a Paris court for hate speech.  —  The case was launched over a TV appearance, where he described unaccompanied migrant children as “thieves”, “rapists” and “murderers”.
Catherine Porter / New York Times:
A Fighter for Press Freedom Is Expanding Her Battle  —  Jodie Ginsberg, a veteran British journalist and advocate, will become the president of the Committee to Protect Journalists at a time when attacks on the press are at an all-time high.  —  Jodie Ginsberg was leading a small …
David Siders / Politico:
Kristi Noem's on a Political Rocket Ship.  But Don't Rule Out a Crash.  —  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — One Saturday last fall, around the opening of South Dakota's pheasant hunting season, a crowd of businesspeople and political benefactors who'd come to meet and hunt with the state's governor …
Joint Chiefs of Staff:
Statement by Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. Dave Butler on Gen. Milley testing positive for COVID-19  —  Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Public Affairs 0  —  WASHINGTON - Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. Dave Butler provided the following statement:
Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
It's Long Past Time to Prosecute Phony GOP Electors  —  The individuals who signed and transmitted fraudulent Electoral College ballots claiming their states voted for Donald Trump must be held to account.  —  DONALD TRUMP SUPPORTERS PROTEST OUTSIDE CLARK COUNTY ELECTION DEPARTMENT WHERE BALLOTS …
Discussion: Raw Story, Al Jazeera and Alternet.org
Natalie Colarossi / Newsweek:
Trump Claims White People ‘at the Back of the Line’ for COVID Vaccines, Treatments  —  Former President Donald Trump on Saturday claimed that white people are being discriminated against and sent to the “back of the line” when it comes to receiving COVID-19 vaccines and treatment.
Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:
CDC's suggestion to cancel football, band in nearly every US school called ‘unrealistic’  —  (CNN)If the scientists at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had their way, to curb the spread of Covid-19 right now, nearly every US school would cancel football, wrestling, band and loads of other mainstay school activities.
Discussion: TheBlaze
 
 
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Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Alternet.org and Raw Story
Jordan Schachtel / The Dossier:
‘270 doctors’ called out Joe Rogan, but the authors of the letter and the vast majority of its signatories are not medical doctors
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats see good chance of Garland prosecuting Trump
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
BuzzFeed sells Complex, which it acquired for $300M in 2021, to livestream shopping platform Ntwrk for $108.6M; BuzzFeed plans to lay off 16% of its workforce

Amelia Pollard / Bloomberg:
Filing: a US court gives Audacy, the second-largest radio broadcaster in the US, approval to exit bankruptcy, slashing ~$1.7B of its debt in a restructuring

Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
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