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4:40 PM 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 …
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Supreme Court's Gorsuch refused to wear mask despite request over Sotomayor's Covid concerns, report says  — Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has refused to wear a mask during proceedings, despite a request from Chief Justice John Roberts to do so, according to a report.
Discussion: The Daily Wire and IJR
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Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:   Where are the interviews with regular Americans terrified for our democracy?
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Why Biden is stumbling  —  This is not the presidency that Joe Biden wanted.  —  His first few months in office were heady.  Vaccinations and warmer weather were pushing coronavirus cases to new lows.  Congress passed a big pandemic relief bill without much friction.
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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 …
Politico:
Senate Dems free-fall toward filibuster face-off without a parachute  —  Senate Democrats will stick together on this week's vote to push their voting and election reform bill past Republican opposition.  Then they'll focus on isolating two of their own centrists.
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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.) …
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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%
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John Sexton / HotAir:
NBC News: Democrats are headed for a shellacking in November
National Review:
Fauci Must Go  —  President Joe Biden should relieve Dr. Anthony Fauci of his duties at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as chief medical adviser to the White House, and as the public face of the American government's response to Covid-19.
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Martin Evans / Telegraph:
Texas synagogue terrorist was able to enter US from Britain despite ‘series of red flags’  —  US officials accused of ‘dropping ball’, as they claim there was no intelligence to suggest Malik Faisal Akram should have been denied entry  —  US authorities were facing difficult questions …
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Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Capitol attack panel grapples with moving inquiry forward: to subpoena or not?  —  The committee is undecided on making the near-unprecedented step as the threat of Republican retaliation looms  —  The House select committee investigating the Capitol attack is weighing whether to subpoena …
Discussion: Raw Story
Systematic Hatreds:
What the Kids Are Reading  —  I'm Paul Musgrave, a political scientist and writer.  This is Systematic Hatreds, my newsletter about politics and the study of politics.  The newsletter takes its title from a line in The Education of Henry Adams: … This week, we're talking about teaching politics to the post-legacy media generation.
Ashley Lopez / KUT Radio, Austin's NPR Station:
Texas says supply chain issues have limited the number of voter registration forms it can give out  —  The Texas Secretary of State's office is having more trouble than usual getting enough voter registration cards to groups who help Texans register to vote.
Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
Attorney General Nessel: ‘Absolutely’ enough evidence to charge GOP electors  —  Lansing — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said she believes there's “absolutely” enough evidence to bring criminal charges against 16 Republicans who signed a certificate falsely claiming to be the state's presidential electors in December 2020.
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.
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Ruth Ben-Ghiat / Lucid:   Demagogues Don't Debate: The GOP Mimics Putin and Orbán
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
Airlines warn of “catastrophic” 5G aviation “crisis” tomorrow  —  If this entire situation goes pear-shaped tomorrow, don't say that you didn't receive plenty of warnings.  We learned over the Christmas holiday period that the nation's airlines were in a panic over the impending launch …
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Pete Muntean / CNN:
AT&T, Verizon delay launching 5G near some airports after airlines ask Biden to intervene
Congressman Jim Langevin / The Providence Journal:
In his own words|  Rep. Jim Langevin: Why I won't be running for reelection in 2022  —  For the last 37 years, I have woken up every day with one goal in mind: serving the people of Rhode Island.  After all, I love this state, and I love the people who live here.
Shannon Pettypiece / NBC News:
White House warns Russian invasion of Ukraine may be imminent  —  WASHINGTON — The White House believes Russia could launch an invasion of Ukraine at any moment, press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday, warning that an “extremely dangerous situation” is building along the Ukrainian border.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Distrust in political, media and business leaders sweeps the globe  —  Trust in government is collapsing, especially in democracies, according to a new global survey.  —  Why it matters: People also don't think media or business leaders are telling them the truth, and this suspicion …
Discussion: Political Wire
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Trump cutout among pranks left at Executive Mansion for Youngkin  —  A life-size cutout of former President Trump reportedly greeted Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) when he entered his office for one of his first days of work — one of several pranks left by Youngkin's predecessor.
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
A year ago, Biden unveiled a 200-page plan to defeat covid.  He has struggled to deliver on some key promises.  —  The U.S. would have been better prepared for virus curveballs if the administration had moved more quickly to boost testing, acquire real-time data on the virus and convey risks more clearly, say some co-authors, advisers
Discussion: Insider and The Federalist
New York Magazine:
The New York Post Gets Its Own Tabloid Scandal  —  The New York Post was rocked Tuesday morning by a sexual-harassment lawsuit filed by Michelle Gotthelf, the former digital editor-in-chief who was quietly fired last week after more than two decades at the paper.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Dear media: Stop giving Republicans the benefit of the doubt  —  The Republican Party has a reliable — albeit inadvertent — ally in the mainstream media.  The latter remain all too anxious to make the authoritarian and often blatantly racist party seem “normal.”
Discussion: Washington Examiner and WJLA-TV
 
 
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Charles Riley / CNN:
Should the government control the price of food and gas?
Discussion: Power Line
Michael Kaplan / CBS News:
Representative Matt Gaetz's ex-girlfriend granted immunity in sex trafficking probe
Damian Carrington / The Guardian:
Chemical pollution has passed safe limit for humanity, say scientists
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
A world without Roe is, for women, a world of social standing cut in half
Bryan Metzger / Insider:
67% of Americans support bill to ban stock trading by members of Congress, even as Pelosi resists
Discussion: The Hill
War on the Rocks:
Warnings of ‘Civil War’ Risk Harming Efforts Against Political Violence
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft to Buy Activision Blizzard in All-Cash Deal Valued at $75 Billion
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Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Former AG William Barr's memoir to be published March 8
Discussion: UPI and The Hill
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: Al Jazeera quietly sidelines conservative outlet “Rightly”
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Investor's Uyghur Comments Are Even Worse Than You've Heard
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
The savvy turn in political journalism
The Daily Beast:
Preet Bharara: It's ‘Odd’ Garland Hasn't Grilled Trump & Co.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Smirking Chimp