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9:35 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
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
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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Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Harris: “Not going to absolve” Manchin, Sinema on voting rights
Discussion: Twitchy and BizPac Review
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
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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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 …
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 …
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Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump superfans dream of a run again, and of JFK Jr. on the ticket
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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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Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Rep. Burgess Owens: Biden agenda doesn't represent MLK's hopes, ‘dreams’
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.
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.
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 …
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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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.
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 …
Politico:
Appeals court detours Texas abortion ban case to state Supreme Court  —  5th Circuit's decision, 2-1, likely prolongs enforcement of unusual anti-abortion law.  —  A divided federal appeals court panel Monday rebuffed Texas abortion clinics' plea to send what remains of their challenge …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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: Raw Story
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 …
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
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.
 
 
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John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
Martin Luther King Jr would have understood that the line connecting Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump runs through Dixie
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West Virginia State Treasury:
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Catherine Porter / New York Times:
A Fighter for Press Freedom Is Expanding Her Battle
Christopher Hutton / Washington Examiner:
Airline executives warn 5G could ground thousands of flights
Discussion: CNBC and Politico
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Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:
CDC's suggestion to cancel football, band in nearly every US school called ‘unrealistic’
Discussion: TheBlaze
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.
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
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
School Closures Were a Catastrophic Error. Progressives Still Haven't Reckoned With It.
Discussion: HotAir, Joanne Jacobs and Mediaite