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1:40 PM ET, January 17, 2022

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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 …
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Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
FBI reverses and says Texas synagogue hostage case was terror, Jews were targeted  —  The FBI reversed its position late Sunday on the Texas synagogue hostage-taker, acknowledging it was a case of terrorism after first improbably insisting the suspect's motives were unclear.
The White House:
Remarks by President Biden on the Hostage Situation at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas  —  THE PRESIDENT: Hey, folks.  With regard to Texas and the synagogue, I spoke this morning with the Attorney General and — to get a rundown.  He said there's overwhelming cooperation …
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.”
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’
New York Times:
11 Hours of Fear, Negotiation and Finally, Relief
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%).
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: Instapundit, Fox News and BizPac Review
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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 …
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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
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.
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
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 …
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
New on this season of Veep: Harris comms director has comms problems with Hispanics  —  Kamala Harris brought in Jamal Simmons as her new communications director in order to reverse the public perception of a stumbling, bumbling, fumbling Vice President.  Instead, Simmons' hiring might end up confirming that assessment.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNN and Vanity Fair
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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.
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: HillReporter.com and Alternet.org
Salvador Rizzo / Washington Post:
Bipartisan Senate delegation arrives in Ukraine to show support amid tensions with Russia  —  A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is in Ukraine to show solidarity with the Eastern European country as it faces ongoing tension with Russia.  —  The seven U.S. senators plan to meet …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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:
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  —  Only a handful are practicing physicians.  —  Are you seeing all of those blaring corporate press headlines targeting Joe Rogan this weekend …
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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William Boston / Wall Street Journal:
Rolls-Royce, Bentley, BMW Sales Surge as Cheaper Brands Lag Behind
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
Dems are using the Capitol riot to hunt political foes, not real threats
Discussion: Michael's Newsletter
Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
It's Long Past Time to Prosecute Phony GOP Electors
Discussion: Al Jazeera and Raw Story
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Liz Cheney's Wyoming Nemesis Is an Oath Keeper Who Was at Capitol Rally
Discussion: Alternet.org and Raw Story
Emma Colton / Fox News:
Los Angeles DA Gascon ripped over sentencing for transgender woman who sexually assaulted girl
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
American Greatness:
Conspiracies as Realities, Realities as Conspiracies  —  Conspiracy projection has split apart the country.
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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
Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: The Daily Wire and unz.com
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
Casey Schwartz / New York Times:
Marianne Williamson: A Politico or Apolitical?
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Axios:
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Stephen Totilo / Game File:
An interview with Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer on Xbox growth, job cuts, and why getting rid of physical Xbox discs is “not a strategic thing for us”

Tom Wilson / Reuters:
Circle no longer plans to mint USDC tokens on the Tron blockchain, effective immediately, to “ensure that USDC remains trusted, transparent, and safe”

 
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