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9:05 PM ET, January 19, 2022


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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court rejects Trump's request to withhold Jan. 6 materials from House committee investigating Capitol riot  —  The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected former president Donald Trump's request to block release of some of his White House records to a congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 …
Supreme Court rejects Trump's bid to shield records from Jan. 6 committee  —  The Supreme Court has rejected former President Donald Trump's bid to use executive privilege to block a House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection from accessing a trove of records created by Trump's White House.
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Supreme Court clears the way for House to get Trump White House documents  —  (CNN)The Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday for the release of presidential records from the Trump White House to a congressional committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
Simon Shuster / TIME:
The Man Putin Fears  —  From the confines of his barracks, he still runs a network of dissidents devoted to ousting President Vladimir Putin.  Its top leaders are fugitives from Russian law, though they were not hard for me to find while reporting this story.
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Biden predicts Russia ‘will move in’ to Ukraine, but says ‘minor incursion’ may prompt discussion over consequences
John Archibald /
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.
Discussion: Above the Law, and Insider
John Archibald /
Pastor, sister say rogue Alabama police force sought revenge  —  It started about as bad as it can get.  Then it got worse.  —  Rev. Vincent Witt, a Baptist preacher and chaplain of the city of Lipscomb, is angry as he talks about his trip through the Brookside police jurisdiction in north Jefferson County.
Discussion: Raw Story
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court hears arguments on campaign finance law, issues statement on NPR report  —  Three Supreme Court justices issued statements Wednesday addressing an NPR story about relations among the justices.  On Tuesday, NPR reported that Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a longtime diabetic …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Sotomayor, Roberts say they did not ask Gorsuch to wear a mask on Supreme Court bench  —  Justice Sonia Sotomayor said in a statement Wednesday that she did not ask Justice Neil M. Gorsuch to wear a mask on Supreme Court bench, and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. followed up by saying …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The eternally unfulfilled dream of Trump's opponents: This time, they've got him  —  A bombshell landed late Tuesday evening, fired from Albany, N.Y.: a 42-page court filing offering evidence that New York Attorney General Letitia James believes demonstrates rampant fraudulent activity at the Trump Organization.
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Does the Trump Family's Grift Add Up to Fraud?  —  The Trump family has run-ins with law enforcement almost as frequently as other families go grocery shopping.  Those confrontations often produce court filings loaded with salacious details about the clan's machinations …
Discussion: Politico
Valerie Gonzalez /
FBI activity underway near Rep. Cuellar's home in Laredo  —  The FBI is conducting what it described as “court-authorized” law enforcement activity at the Laredo home of U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar.  —  Although FBI spokesperson Roseanne Hughes did not identify what the agency is investigating …
Ted Gioia / The Honest Broker:
Is Old Music Killing New Music?  —  All the growth in the music business now comes from old songs—how did we get here, and is there a way back?  —  I had a hunch that old songs were taking over music streaming platforms—but even I was shocked when I saw the most recent numbers.
Discussion: Althouse
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Biden asks, ‘What are Republicans for?’  Republicans have already chosen not to answer.  —  During a news conference held one day shy of his first anniversary in office, President Biden was asked whether he had made bigger promises to the electorate than he was able to fulfill.
Christian Datoc / Washington Examiner:
Biden says no ‘cause for panic’ over omicron, calling it ‘the new enemy’
Discussion: Politico, Washington Times and NPR
Ben Tobias / BBC:
Hana Horka: Czech singer dies after catching Covid intentionally  —  A folk singer from the Czech Republic has died after deliberately catching Covid, her son has told the BBC.  —  Hana Horka, 57, was unvaccinated and had posted on social media that she was recovering after testing positive, but died two days later.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Omicron Is in Retreat  —  What's next?  —  The latest Omicron developments continue to be encouraging.  New Covid-19 cases are plummeting in a growing list of places.  The percentage of cases causing severe illness is much lower than it was with the Delta variant.
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Texas GOP Candidate For Governor Won't Fire Staffer With Deep White Nationalist Ties  —  Don Huffines, a candidate with harsh anti-immigrant views, says dismissing Jake Lloyd Colglazier would be “cancel culture.”  —  A Republican candidate for governor of Texas says he will not fire …
Discussion: and Raw Story
Vimal Patel / New York Times:
Citing Stand-Your-Ground Law, D.A. Won't File Charges in Kansas Teen's Death  —  Cedric Lofton, 17, was handcuffed and placed face down at a detention center in Wichita, Kan., last year.  The district attorney says the employees were acting in self-defense.
Mel Leonor / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Youngkin names a new diversity officer for the state, orders a new focus for the office's work  —  Gov. Glenn Youngkin on Wednesday named Angela Sailor, a policy expert at the Heritage Foundation who has criticized school lessons on systemic racism in the U.S., as the state's new director of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Just Security:
EXCLUSIVE: The Oath Keeper Podcast Interviews - New Insights Into Jan. 6 and Continued Threats  —  In documents filed by the Department of Justice against members of the Oath Keepers militia in recent days, prosecutors reference podcast appearances by Edward Vallejo, one of the Oath Keepers indicted …
Discussion: ABC News and LGBTQ Nation
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
'Succession's Brian Cox Goes Full Beast Mode On Donald Trump, Talks Jeremy Strong, Johnny Depp, & ‘Adaptation’ Absence In New Memoir  —  “What I have an opinion about 25 years ago, it's not necessarily the opinion I have now,” admits Brian Cox as response to the viewpoint the Succession star offers …
Discussion: Insider
New York Times:
How Jan. 6 Gave the 14th Amendment New Life  —  Legal scholars say a long-forgotten provision of the Constitution could bar from office anyone who encouraged the Capitol riot.  —  An obscure 19th-century provision of the U.S. Constitution that barred members of the Confederacy …
Discussion: Vox
James Barragán / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has fought vaccine mandates, tests positive for COVID-19  —  Paxton's office said the Republican “remains working diligently for the people of Texas from home.”  —  Copy link  —  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has tested positive for COVID-19, his office said Wednesday.
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
Kathy Griffin Is Trying to Get Back on the D-List  —  Ever since her Trump joke went wrong in 2017, Griffin has been seeking a professional rebirth, and wondering who among the canceled gets a second chance.  —  When Kathy Griffin met last summer with a surgeon to discuss the removal …
Discussion: Variety
Suzanne Gordon / American Prospect:
Trump's VA Legacy: Human Capital Mismanagement  —  A human resources modernization system has made it impossible for the Veterans Health Administration to hire anyone.  —  Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough testifies before the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, July 14, 2021, on Capitol Hill.
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.
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 …
The White House:
President Biden Names Thirteenth Round of Judicial Nominees  —  The President is announcing eight new federal judicial nominees, all of whom are extraordinarily qualified, experienced, and devoted to the rule of law and our Constitution.  —  These choices also continue to fulfill …
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Examiner and NPR
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Joe Manchin finally makes it plain: He is in favor of minority rule  —  When the Senate debates voting rights proposals on Wednesday night, it will represent the culmination of a year-long effort to persuade two conservative Democrats to stop granting a minority the power to veto any and all efforts …
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Alleged Capitol Rioters Are Getting In Trouble For Guns And Other Violations After Going Home  —  WASHINGTON — Joshua Pruitt's curfew violations had stacked up in the year after he was charged with participating in the Jan. 6 insurrection and allowed to go home on strict conditions.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / CNN:
Biden leaves Democrats hanging as midterms burst into full swing  —  ‘Unity is elusive’ as Biden enters second year as president  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden spotted Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney on the White House campus last June and called out to the House Democratic campaign chair loudly enough …
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Melanie Zanona / CNN:
Republicans refuse to comply with Schiff's request to get tested before committee briefing
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