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7:25 PM ET, January 17, 2022

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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
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 …
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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.
Ruth Graham / New York Times:
Texas Rabbi Recounts Dramatic Escape From Synagogue  —  As a gunman ranted, the hostages whispered instructions and edged closer to the door.  The rabbi credited security training for their safe exit.  —  DALLAS — The Texas rabbi held hostage on Saturday said that he and the other two …
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’
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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Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Senate Democrats Press Ahead With Debate on Voting Rights Bill
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Harris: “Not going to absolve” Manchin, Sinema on voting rights
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
How Manchin and Sinema Completed a Conservative Vision
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 …
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.
Hakeem Jefferson / San Francisco Chronicle:
What would MLK say about this moment in American democracy?  We don't have to guess  —  As I reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., I can't help but think of how fitting, albeit distressing, it is that we find ourselves debating legislation that would protect and expand the right to vote for all Americans.
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Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Rep. Burgess Owens: Biden agenda doesn't represent MLK's hopes, ‘dreams’
Parker Molloy / The Present Age:
Martin Luther King Jr. on the filibuster
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, TheGrio and VTDigger
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.
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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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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.
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.
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.
West Virginia State Treasury:
Treasurer Moore Announces Board of Treasury Investments Ends Use of BlackRock Investment Fund  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. - State Treasurer Riley Moore today announced the Board of Treasury Investments, which manages the state's roughly $8 billion operating funds, will no longer use …
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 …
GOV.UK:
An article by the Defence Secretary on the situation in Ukraine  —  Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace discusses NATO, Ukraine and Russia.  —  I have lost count of how many times recently I have to had to explain the meaning of the English term “straw man” to my European allies.
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
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
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
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.
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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 …
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”.
The Guardian:
Revealed: the Flint water poisoning charges that never came to light  —  The former criminal prosecution team investigating the Flint water crisis was building a racketeering case against state officials.  Then the team was dismantled  —  A team of prosecutors and investigators leading …
 
 
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
BREAKING BIG: Judge Gableman Issues Subpoenas to Voting Machine Companies Including Dominion Voting Machines in Wisconsin 2020 Election Investigation
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Washington Post:
A small step toward solving our social media woes
Christopher Hutton / Washington Examiner:
Airline executives warn 5G could ground thousands of flights
Discussion: Politico and Al Jazeera
David Reaboi / Newsweek:
Ron DeSantis Welcomes You to Florida, America's New Texas
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story
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Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:
CDC's suggestion to cancel football, band in nearly every US school called ‘unrealistic’
Discussion: TheBlaze
William Boston / Wall Street Journal:
Rolls-Royce, Bentley, BMW Sales Surge as Cheaper Brands Lag Behind
Discussion: The Daily Caller
David Siders / Politico:
Kristi Noem's on a Political Rocket Ship. But Don't Rule Out a Crash.
Russell Contreras / Axios:
Book bans are back in style
Discussion: The Left Place
Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
It's Long Past Time to Prosecute Phony GOP Electors
Discussion: Al Jazeera, Raw Story and Alternet.org
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
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