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4:15 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 …
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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Jacob Thorburn / Daily Mail:
President Joe Biden says hostage situation at Texas synagogue was an ‘act of terror’
Sky News:
Texas synagogue siege: British hostage taker named as Malik Faisal Akram - as two teenagers arrested in Manchester
Washington Free Beacon:
Michigan's Dana Nessel Speculates ‘White Supremacy’ to Blame for Texas Synagogue Terrorist Attack
Discussion: Townhall and The Gateway Pundit
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: RedState
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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.
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
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
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.
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
So Long, Djoker  —  If Novak Djokovic won't play by Australia's rules, then he shouldn't be allowed to play at all.  —  ou would think that a professional athlete would understand the concept of playing by the rules.  —  Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic is having some trouble in Australia.
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Damien Cave / New York Times:
How the ‘Djokovic Affair’ Finally Came to an End
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
Los Angeles Times:
'It's ugly out there': Rail thefts leave tracks littered with pilfered packages  —  The scene was a stretch of railroad tracks in Lincoln Heights on Saturday: A blizzard of torn plastic wrappers, cardboard boxes and paper packaging attesting to a wave of rail car thievery that officials say has been on the rise in recent months.
Matthew Cole / The Intercept:
UAE Adviser Illegally Funneled Foreign Cash Into Hillary Clinton's 2016 Campaign … George Nader, an American adviser to the government of the United Arab Emirates, convicted sex offender, and frequent visitor to the White House during President Donald Trump's first year in office …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
Celebrated Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee dies at 102  —  Charles McGee, a Tuskegee Airman who flew 409 fighter combat missions over three wars, has died.  He was 102.  —  Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on Sunday announced his death on Twitter, both of them calling McGee an American hero.
 
 
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Sonnet Swire / CNN:
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Victor Ray / CNN:
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Dr. King was bold. Don't make him bland.
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Thomas Barrabi / Fox News:
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HuffPost:
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