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10:55 AM ET, January 18, 2022

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Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court justices aren't ‘scorpions,’ but not happy campers either  —  It was pretty jarring earlier this month when the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court took the bench for the first time since the omicron surge over the holidays.  All were now wearing masks.  All, that is, except Justice Neil Gorsuch.
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John Kruzel / The Hill:
Supreme Court rejects bid to block mask mandate on airplanes  —  The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request to block a federal mask mandate for air travel.  —  The emergency application was filed by a father on behalf of himself and his 4-year-old autistic son, both of whom claim …
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Former Trump administration officials hold call to strategize against former boss' efforts in 2022 and 2024  —  (CNN)Around three dozen former Trump administration officials, disillusioned with their former boss and concerned about his impact on the GOP and the nation, held a conference call …
Discussion: Mediaite and Political Wire
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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.
Gabby Orr / CNN:
A year after leaving office, Trump looks to 2022 to rebrand his legacy  —  Drowning in swamp of lies: Acosta on Trump and his allies  —  (CNN)When Donald Trump arrived in Florida one year ago to begrudgingly settle into his post-presidential life, he did not have a plan.
NBC News:
Poll numbers are pointing to a midterm shellacking for Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — If it's Tuesday ... Senate Democrats are set to embark on their doomed voting rights push. ...  President Biden is plotting a communications reset. ...  Gov. Kathy Hochul is in the driver's seat for New York governor, per new Siena poll. ...
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Siena College Research Institute:
Hochul Dominating Primary Field; Viewed Most Favorably by Dems  — Only 29% Say It's Very Likely US Will be Democratic Republic in 2030; Another 38% Say Somewhat Likely; 22% Say Not Very or Not at All Likely  — Trump Should Be Required to Testify in AG James' Civil Investigation, 63-27%
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
De Blasio will not run for governor after all
Discussion: Fox News, Insider and Mediaite
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats ponder Plan B strategy to circumvent voting-rights filibuster  —  Senate Democrats are scrambling for a Plan B to pass voting rights legislation after Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced last week that they would not vote to change the Senate's filibuster rule despite …
Discussion: HotAir, HuffPost, Fox News and Supercreator
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Gerard Baker / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Goes for Broke. He's Broke. Now What?
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Investor's Uyghur Comments Are Even Worse Than You've Heard  —  On the menu today: Most folks are focusing on the comment from Chamath Palihapitiya, a Sri Lankan-born Canadian and American venture capitalist, that he doesn't care about the Uyghurs in China.  But he went much further, and he said worse things.
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Amanda Macias / CNBC:
Billionaire investor Chamath Palihapitiya says ‘nobody cares’ about Uyghur genocide in China
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Chris Sununu explains going from ‘pretty close’ to no on New Hampshire Senate bid  —  New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu was on the verge of running for Senate and delivering the Republican Party its biggest recruiting coup of 2022.  Then he talked it over with Republican senators.
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Douglas Andrews / The Patriot Post:   The GOP Had Better Wake Up
Madeline Osburn / The Federalist:
Texas Synagogue Attack Smells Like More Evidence Of FBI Corruption  —  This caught-off-guard response from FBI agents is sadly what Americans have come to expect from our top law enforcement agency.  —  After all hostages were released from Beth Isreal Synagogue in Colleyville …
Discussion: Insider, Fox News and BBC
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Lloyd Billingsley / Front Page Magazine:
From Colleyville to Fort Hood
Washington Post:
Florida governor proposes special police agency to monitor elections  —  No state has such a force, which Gov. Ron DeSantis wants empowered to arrest voters and others who allegedly violate election laws  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A plan by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis would establish …
Discussion: Raw Story, The Guardian and Newsweek
John Wagner / Washington Post:
U.S. Senate candidate from Louisiana smokes marijuana in campaign ad  —  Gary Chambers, a Democrat running for the U.S. Senate from Louisiana, unveiled a new ad Tuesday in which he is shown smoking marijuana.  —  In the spot, Chambers, who is seeking to unseat Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) …
Discussion: ABC News, YouTube and The Daily Wire
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.
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
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
The savvy turn in political journalism  —  For 15 years I have been writing about what I call the savvy style in the American press.  This post is about the moment when a journalist goes there.  Or refuses to.  —  But first: what is the savvy style?  This is from 2011:
Mike Allen / Axios:
Charted: GOP surged as Biden slumped  —  Gallup polling found a huge shift in party preference over the course of 2021, from a 9-point Democratic advantage in the first quarter to a 5-point Republican edge in the fourth quarter.  —  Why it matters: It's the biggest swing in one calendar year for Gallup's 30 years of tracking.
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.
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Yasmeen Serhan / The Atlantic:
The Silent, Vaccinated, Impatient Majority
Discussion: Mediaite and Unglossed
Christopher Tremoglie / Washington Examiner:
Democrats are shattering Dr. Martin Luther King's dream  —  On Monday, the country celebrated the life and legacy of civil rights hero Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King had a dream that all people were created equal — the core tenets of the Declaration of Independence.
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 …
NBC News:
White House plots public reset as Biden's agenda flails  —  With President Joe Biden rounding out his first year in office amid a sinking approval rating and multiple setbacks to his agenda, the White House is planning a new communications strategy, senior administration officials say.
Laura A. Bischoff / Cincinnati.com:
Gay rights icon Jim Obergefell running for the Ohio House, sources say  —  Gay rights icon Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the landmark 2015 case that legalized same-sex marriage across the country, is running for a seat in the Ohio House.  —  He is holding online press conference at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Discussion: HuffPost and ThinkPol
Julia Azari / FiveThirtyEight:
What Does It Mean If Republicans Won't Debate?  —  Last week, the Republican National Committee announced its plans to prohibit Republican presidential candidates from participating in the official general election debates sponsored by the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates.
Discussion: Lucid
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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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
GOP fundraising platform raked in $559 million in 2021
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
Mainstream media is turning on Joe Biden
Discussion: RedState and BizPac Review
Andrew Quintana / wtsp.com:
Anti-Defamation League calls Nazi comparisons ‘offensive’ after Fried compares DeSantis to Hitler
Haley BeMiller / Akron Beacon Journal:
Akron Rep. Emilia Sykes enters race for competitive 13th Congressional District
Laura K. Field / The Bulwark:
Even as His Big Conspiracy Theory Crumbles, Darren Beattie's Star Continues to Rise in Trump World
Discussion: Alternet.org and Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Preet Bharara: It's ‘Odd’ Garland Hasn't Grilled Trump & Co.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Smirking Chimp
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
When being unvaccinated means being locked out of public life
Miami Herald:
2022 election: FL Democrats struggle to recruit candidates
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
A year into his presidency, Biden has kept some of Trump's worst immigration policies in place. Why?
David Zahniser / Los Angeles Times:
Kevin de León, working to clear encampments, wages an escalating fight with activists
Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
Trump backers sought ways into Michigan Capitol for electors meeting
 

 
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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
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