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10:30 AM ET, January 19, 2022

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NY State Attorney General:
Attorney General James Takes Action to Force Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., and Ivanka Trump to Comply with Ongoing Investigation Into Trump Organization's Financial Dealings  —  Motion to Compel Filed After Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, Jr.,  —  and Ivanka Trump Refuse to Provide Sworn Testimony
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New York Times:
N.Y. Attorney General Outlines Pattern of Possible Fraud at Trump Business  —  The attorney general, Letitia James, released new details of her investigation into whether the company misrepresented the value of its assets, but her office did not file a lawsuit.
Washington Post:
N.Y. attorney general alleges Trump's business inflated property values, wealth statements  —  NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Letitia James alleged on Tuesday that former president Donald Trump's business inflated the value of his properties and misstated his personal worth in representations …
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
NY AG says investigation into Trump and his business found ‘significant evidence’ suggesting fraud
Matthew Yglesias / Grid News:
The case for a better way to poll  —  Issue polling makes America seem very liberal.  Combining party trust polling would help explain why Republicans win elections.  —  Editor-at-Large  —  In recent years, progressives have invested heavily in crafting a narrative which holds …
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Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Sen. Mark Kelly supports change to Senate's filibuster rule for voting-rights legislation  —  Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., will support a change to the filibuster rule, The Arizona Republic has learned, showing for the first time a willingness to bend on an issue that has tied the Senate in knots …
Discussion: The Hill, NBC News, NPR and The Guardian
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Senate Democrats will try to force ‘talking filibuster’ on two partisan election bills
CNN:
Exclusive: Eric Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle's phone records subpoenaed by January 6 committee  —  Washington (CNN)The House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol has subpoenaed and obtained records of phone numbers associated with one of former President Donald Trump's children …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: What reporters want to ask Biden at his presser
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
The long slide: Inside Biden's declining popularity as he struggles with multiple crises  —  The second week of August began as a time for vacation for President Biden and some of his team.  Then Afghanistan imploded.  The reports out of Kabul were harrowing: Images of desperate Afghan nationals clinging …
Discussion: Politico
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Jonathan Lemire / Politico:
How Biden's first year became a tale of two presidencies
Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Senate President Stuart Adams tested positive for COVID twice Tuesday before publicly announcing he was negative  —  Acknowledgment of positive tests came after Tribune inquiries, records request.  —  (Francisco Kjolseth |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Elder Gerrit W. Gong …
United States Department of State:
Secretary Blinken's Meeting with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy  —  The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:  —  Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv as part of our close and continued coordination with Ukraine following …
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BBC:
Ukraine: Blinken in Kyiv urges Russia to take peaceful path
Henry Foy / Financial Times:   EU struggles to define a trigger for Russia sanctions
Keith Griffith / Daily Mail:
Police said the male suspect (pictured) is believed to be homeless and fled through the back door before calming walking down an alley  —  The architectural design student from Pacific Palisades was alone in the Croft House store on La Brea Avenue in LA's upscale Fairfax neighborhood when a man entered around 1:50 p.m. and stabbed her.
Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
Florida could shield whites from ‘discomfort’ of racist past  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill pushed by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that would prohibit public schools and private businesses from making white people feel “discomfort” when they teach students or train employees …
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
How many people has Murdoch killed during pandemic?  —  We'll never know … Subscribe to PRESS RUN  —  After spending much of 2020 and the first half of 2021 raging against mask mandates and whining about how forcing workers to get vaccinated represented the trampling of individual liberties …
Discussion: Press Watch
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New York Times:   Why Trump and DeSantis Are Talking About Australia
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Firearms, a drone and 30 days of supplies: New details of Oath Keepers Jan. 6 weapons cache  —  Oath Keepers planning to violently subvert the 2020 election stockpiled 30 days of supplies and a cache of rifles and ammunition just outside of Washington, D.C., prosecutors alleged in a late-night court filing.
Discussion: Raw Story
Sarah Longwell / The Bulwark:
The Republican Parallel Universes Strategy  —  And how Democrats can break through it.  —  Shortly after the 2020 election I was chatting with a Republican strategist who'd done some work for several vulnerable-seeming GOP candidates who ultimately won their races, outperforming Donald Trump by several points.
Politico:
Biden plans giveaway of 400M masks as Omicron surges  —  The Biden administration is planning to distribute hundreds of millions of free, high-quality masks through pharmacies and community health centers, a White House official said Wednesday.  —  The 400 million newly available masks …
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Administration Knew the Afghan Air Force Would Collapse after a U.S. Withdrawal  —  On the menu today: A declassified special-inspector-general report proves that the Pentagon and the Biden administration were warned in January 2021 that Afghanistan's air force did not have the capabilities to survive after a U.S. withdrawal.
Fredreka Schouten / CNN:
Plans to close all but one polling place in a rural Georgia county reverberate through a battleground state  —  (CNN)Election officials in a rural Georgia county are weighing plans to close all but one polling place ahead of this year's elections, alarming local voting and civil rights groups.
John Archibald / al.com:
Police in this tiny Alabama town suck drivers into legal ‘black hole’  —  Ramon Perez came to court last month ready to fight the tickets he'd been handed by Brookside police, including one for rolling through a stop sign and another for driving 48 mph in a 40 zone.
The Dworkin Report:
Lev Parnas just explained how Rudy Giuliani acquired Russian disinformation for Trump  —  Scott and Grant interview Lev Parnas, a former political associate of President Trump and a close confidant to his lawyer Rudy Giuliani.  This is the first part of a special two-part interview with Lev Parnas …
Stephen Hudak / Orlando Sentinel:
Sources: State health officer Pino placed on administrative leave after vaccination email  —  Dr. Raul Pino, who became a trusted voice of the pandemic response in the nation's tourist capital, has been placed on administrative leave from his post as the state's chief health officer …
Discussion: Associated Press and Alternet.org
Laura Reiley / Washington Post:
Biden renewed a free program to feed needy kids.  Most states haven't even applied.  —  At its height, Pandemic-EBT fed millions of low-income students.  Now it's faltering as burdened administrators opt out.  —  Odessa Davis worked three jobs to get by, until the pandemic shutdowns …
Vanessa Chalmers / New York Post:
Man's agonizing penis pain is found to be rare side effect of COVID  —  A man's agonizing penis pain was blamed on COVID infection, as docs warned of the rare side effect.  —  Writing in a medical journal, the Iranian team described how the virus led to blood clotting in the poor man's shaft.
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Silvio Berlusconi Angles for Italy's Presidency, Bunga Bunga and All  —  The billionaire former prime minister is working hard to persuade lawmakers to vote for him next week, despite an unusual résumé for a job resting on moral authority.  —  ROME — Early this month …
Discussion: Financial Times
Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:
Ivanka Trump Returns to Instagram With a Photoshoot Pretending to Be a Good Person  —  The former first daughter would like you to know she's very charitable in her free time.  —  One person who Donald Trump's time in the White House really hurt was Ivanka.
New York Times:
André Leon Talley, Editor and Fashion Industry Force, Dies at 73  —  Called “a creative genius,” he was the rare Black editor at the top of a field that was mostly white and notoriously elitist.  —  André Leon Talley, the larger-than-life fashion editor who shattered …
Politico:
Biden's favorite columnists revolt  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With Allie Bice.  —  Even JENNIFER RUBIN thinks JOE BIDEN is in trouble.  —  “Biden needs a reset.  Here's how he can do it,” …
Discussion: Vanity Fair, The Hill and IJR
 
 
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Omicron Is in Retreat  —  What's next?  —  The latest Omicron developments continue to be encouraging.
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Wire:
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DW.COM:
German weapons exports hit record with bumper Egypt sales
Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
Capitol Rioter's Bail Revoked After Cops Find AR-15 in His Car During DUI Arrest
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Biden Year One Approval Ratings Subpar, Extremely Polarized
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Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
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Discussion: HillReporter.com and Fox News
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
The curious case of the clerk and the racist texts
Discussion: The Daily Signal and Reason
UnHerd:
Video16:13 Israeli vaccine chief: “We have made mistakes”
New Lines Magazine:
The Big Business of Uyghur Genocide Denial
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