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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 …
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.
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Jacob Thorburn / Daily Mail:
President Joe Biden says hostage situation at Texas synagogue was an ‘act of terror’
Washington Free Beacon:
Michigan's Dana Nessel Speculates ‘White Supremacy’ to Blame for Texas Synagogue Terrorist Attack
Discussion: Townhall and The Gateway Pundit
Sky News:
Texas synagogue siege: British hostage taker named as Malik Faisal Akram - as two teenagers arrested in Manchester
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
Steven Monacelli / Rolling Stone:
They're Too Extreme for QAnon — and Right at Home at Trump's Rally
Discussion: Raw Story
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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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Dr. King was bold. Don't make him bland.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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.
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%).
Discussion: Opinion Today
Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
Swing-district Democrats in need of a midterm reboot push leadership to break up BBB  —  House Democrats running for reelection in competitive districts, facing increasingly long odds of surviving a potential Republican wave, have confronted party leaders in recent days with demands for a new midterm strategy.
Discussion: USA Today, Fox News and annieasksyou
New York Times:
Supply Chain Woes Could Worsen as China Imposes New Covid Lockdowns  —  American manufacturers are worried that China's zero-tolerance coronavirus policy could throw a wrench in the global conveyor belt for goods this year.  —  WASHINGTON — Companies are bracing for another round …
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.”
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 …
Discussion: Althouse
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats see good chance of Garland prosecuting Trump  —  Senate Democrats believe there is a good chance the Department of Justice will prosecute former President Trump for trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election and inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol …
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
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
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 …
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.
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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Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
As nations decide to live with the virus, some disease experts warn of surrendering too soon
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 
 
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American Greatness:
Conspiracies as Realities, Realities as Conspiracies  —  Conspiracy projection has split apart the country.
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
The Trump Org Stiffed a Hotel. His Kids May Pay the Price.
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Arab leader's gamble to play kingmaker in Israel is paying off
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
How Manchin and Sinema Completed a Conservative Vision
Discussion: The Dispatch
Matthew Cole / The Intercept:
UAE Adviser Illegally Funneled Foreign Cash Into Hillary Clinton's 2016 Campaign
Sonnet Swire / CNN:
New documents show census officials concerned about political interference from Trump's Commerce Department
Discussion: Rolling Stone
 Earlier Items: 
Jon Wertheim / CBS News:
Investigating who betrayed Anne Frank and her family to the Nazis
Discussion: The Guardian and Earth Report …
Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
Omicron Surge Spurs New Covid-19 Relief Push in Congress
Discussion: The Hill
NBC News:
Behind Trump's vaccine boosterism, allies see chance for political payoff
Aleksandar Matovski / Washington Post:
Why would Putin invade Ukraine?