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11:10 PM ET, January 17, 2022

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NBC News:
Trump's advisers point the finger at McConnell as reports of DeSantis feud swirl  —  MIAMI — When Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis went on a top political podcast last week, he panned the Covid lockdowns encouraged by former President Donald Trump early in the pandemic.
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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 …
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%).
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
U.S. Political Ideology Steady; Conservatives, Moderates Tie  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The way Americans identify themselves ideologically was unchanged in 2021, continuing the close division that has persisted in recent years between those describing themselves as either conservative or moderate …
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump superfans dream of a run again, and of JFK Jr. on the ticket  —  The former president did his first rally of 2022 and left no doubt about the base he wants to build  —  FLORENCE, Ariz. — Ray Kallatsa is a die-hard Trumper who “definitely” wants to see former President Donald Trump run for office again in 2024.
Discussion: Raw Story
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David Gilbert / VICE:
The Dallas QAnon Cult Believes JFK Was Disguised as Trump at Arizona Rally  —  Michael Protzman, who leads the Dallas QAnon cult, promised his followers that Trump's rally would have major revelations.  —  DG  —  At former President Donald Trump's rally in Arizona on Saturday …
New York Times:
The Hostages Escaped.  But Synagogues Ask, How Can They Be More Secure?  —  The hostages whispered instructions and edged closer to the door — part of invaluable training that anxious congregations are using.  —  DALLAS — For 11 hours, the hostages talked to the ranting gunman, hoping that he would see them as human.
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Jewish worship in America should not involve routine fear
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Harris: “Not going to absolve” Manchin, Sinema on voting rights  —  Vice President Harris said Monday that she is “not going to absolve” any member of the Senate who will not take action to pass voting rights legislation when she was asked specifically about Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).
Discussion: BizPac Review and Twitchy
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Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Senate Democrats Press Ahead With Debate on Voting Rights Bill
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
How Manchin and Sinema Completed a Conservative Vision
New York Times:
Russia Thins Out Its Embassy in Ukraine, a Possible Clue to Putin's Next Move  —  The slow evacuation may be part propaganda, part preparation for a conflict or part feint, Ukrainian and U.S. officials say.  It could be all three.  —  KYIV, Ukraine — The week before intensive diplomatic meetings began …
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GOV.UK:
An article by the Defence Secretary on the situation in Ukraine
Michael Kaplan / CBS News:
Representative Matt Gaetz's ex-girlfriend granted immunity in sex trafficking probe  —  Prosecutors granted immunity to an ex-girlfriend of Representative Matt Gaetz before she testified last week in front of a federal grand jury hearing evidence in the investigation of the congressman, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Lila Shapiro / Vulture:
The Undoing of Joss Whedon … In the fall of 2002, 160 scholars convened at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.  They were an eclectic group — theologians, philosophers, linguists, film professors — and they had descended on the medieval city for a conference dedicated …
Reuters:
No vaccine, no French Open for Djokovic as rules tighten  —  Novak Djokovic risks being frozen out of tennis as he chases a record 21st Grand Slam title, with rules on travellers who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 tightening in the third year of the pandemic and some tournaments reconsidering exemptions.
Amanda Macias / CNBC:
Billionaire investor Chamath Palihapitiya says ‘nobody cares’ about Uyghur genocide in China  — Billionaire investor Chamath Palihapitiya said during a recent podcast episode that “nobody cares” about the ongoing human rights abuses against the Uyghurs in China.
Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
Trump backers sought ways into Michigan Capitol for electors meeting  —  Lansing — Supporters of former President Donald Trump privately discussed ways they could gain access to the Michigan Capitol on Dec. 14, 2020, when the battleground state's presidential electors met, according to four sources with knowledge of the planning.
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
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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Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: King was a critical race theorist before there was a name for it  —  For the first time, we're observing the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday under new laws in multiple states that ban the instruction of “divisive” interpretations of our racial past.
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Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Scoop: Lara Logan Dropped By UTA Over Fauci Nazi Doctor Comments  —  Lara Logan, the former 60 Minutes correspondent who as of late has earned a reputation for pushing conspiracy theories at Fox News, has been dropped by talent agency UTA over controversial comments she made about Dr. Anthony Fauci.
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.
Yasmeen Serhan / The Atlantic:
The Silent, Vaccinated, Impatient Majority  —  As patience with the pandemic wanes, leaders in widely vaccinated democracies are deploying a new political strategy.  —  Politicians rarely set out to piss off their constituents, much less admit to doing so.
Discussion: Unglossed and Mediaite
Heather Hamilton / Washington Examiner:
Communist-style art posters mocking Biden and Fauci's COVID mandates appear in DC  —  Four Communist-style posters featuring images of Biden and Fauci with mocking messages of COVID-19 mandate compliance appeared across Washington, D.C., over the weekend.  —  Photos and videos …
Douglas Andrews / The Patriot Post:
The GOP Had Better Wake Up … If you're a Republican in Washington and you want to be liked, get a dog.  Because kowtowing to the Democrats' narrative that the 2020 presidential election was free, fair, and utterly uncontroversial isn't going to earn you any lasting friendships.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
BREAKING BIG: Judge Gableman Issues Subpoenas to Voting Machine Companies Including Dominion Voting Machines in Wisconsin 2020 Election Investigation  —  Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Judge Michael Gableman has been investigating the 2020 presidential election results in Wisconsin since he was appointed last year.
Discussion: Yahoo News
Brendan Murray / Bloomberg:
Union Pacific Weighs Avoiding Los Angeles as Cargo Theft Rises  —  Union Pacific is considering changes to rail operations including avoiding Los Angeles County as a rise of cargo theft in the area hurts business.  —  It's not exactly clear how the Omaha, Nebraska-based company would carry …
Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
More enslaved Africans came to the Americas through this port than anywhere else.  Why have so few heard of it?  —  RIO DE JANEIRO — When tour guide Pedro Andres arrived at the site historians call the most important physical evidence of the arrival of enslaved Africans to the Americas, the scene he found was familiar.
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Mike Lindell Hires Axed Newsmax Host Who Claimed COVID Vax Has Satanic Trackers  —  ‘A GREAT HOST’  —  MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has hired former Newsmax White House correspondent Emerald Robinson, who was sidelined by the ultra-conservative cable network after pushing bonkers COVID-19 conspiracy theories.
Discussion: Raw Story
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
Martin Luther King Jr would have understood that the line connecting Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump runs through Dixie  —  The American south as mini-Russia. … Today we honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There are many obvious reasons to raise up his name in tribute and praise.
 
 
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Mary Kekatos / ABC News:
Hawaii to require travelers have COVID booster shot to be ‘fully vaccinated’
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Trump's Arizona project shows the dire threat to American democracy
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David Zahniser / Los Angeles Times:
Kevin de León, working to clear encampments, wages an escalating fight with activists
Washington Post:
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West Virginia State Treasury:
Treasurer Moore Announces Board of Treasury Investments Ends Use of BlackRock Investment Fund
Catherine Porter / New York Times:
A Fighter for Press Freedom Is Expanding Her Battle
 Earlier Items: 
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
‘Morning Joe’ hosts mock Trump
Discussion: Raw Story and Twitchy
David Siders / Politico:
Kristi Noem's on a Political Rocket Ship. But Don't Rule Out a Crash.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
School Closures Were a Catastrophic Error. Progressives Still Haven't Reckoned With It.
Discussion: HotAir, Joanne Jacobs and Mediaite