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11:20 PM ET, January 19, 2022

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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Biden Predicts Putin Will Order Ukraine Invasion, but ‘Will Regret Having Done It’  —  President Biden's comments went well beyond the formal intelligence assessments described by White House officials, which conclude that Russia's president has not yet decided whether to invade.
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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.
The Hill:
Biden sparks confusion, cleanup on Russia-Ukraine remarks  —  President Biden on Wednesday sparked confusion and intense criticism over suggestions that Russia would face lesser consequences for launching a “minor” attack against Ukraine, prompting the White House to quickly try to clean up the remarks.
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Scoop: Ukraine tells senators post-invasion sanctions are no help
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Roll Call
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
In Rebuke to Trump, Supreme Court Allows Release of Jan. 6 Files  —  The House committee investigating the riot received hundreds of pages of documents from the former president's White House within hours of the ruling.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused a request …
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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 …
Axios:
Senate Republicans block voting rights bill  —  Senate Republicans blocked Democrats' voting rights legislation from coming to a final vote on Wednesday in what was largely viewed as a doomed effort from the start.  —  Why it matters: The failed vote underscores the Democratic Party's current uphill battle …
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Manchin, Sinema join with GOP in rejecting attempt to change filibuster rules, effectively killing Democratic voting bill
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Sen. Mark Kelly supports change to Senate's filibuster rule for voting-rights legislation
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 Texas Tribune:
FBI agents descended on Democratic U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar's house, but won't say what they're investigating  —  An FBI spokesperson said the agency was present on two streets around Cuellar's house in Laredo “conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity.”  —  Copy link
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
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 …
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: HuffPost and Politico
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
Jordan Peterson / National Post:
Why I am no longer a tenured professor at the University of Toronto  —  I recently resigned from my position as full tenured professor at the University of Toronto.  I am now professor emeritus, and before I turned sixty.  Emeritus is generally a designation reserved for superannuated faculty …
Discussion: The Daily Wire
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
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: Raw Story and Alternet.org
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.
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
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Biden held a record-long news conference.  Conservative media jumped at the chance.  —  President Biden may have discovered one of the drawbacks to holding long news conferences: You might get a few questions you didn't see coming.  —  Biden held a record-long, nearly two-hour exchange …
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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 …
Ellen Gerst / Casper Star-Tribune:
Family of Wyoming Marine killed in Afghanistan suing Alec Baldwin for defamation, privacy invasion  —  The sisters and widow of a Wyoming Marine killed in Afghanistan are suing Alec Baldwin in federal court, alleging the actor defamed them on his social media after he learned one of the sisters attended …
Sarah Mucha / Axios:
Scoop: Jill Biden expands communications team ahead of midterms  —  Jill Biden is expanding her communications team in anticipation of increased demand for the first lady ahead of this fall's midterm elections, Axios has learned.  —  Why it matters: First ladies are often more popular …
Discussion: The Hill
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
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.
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.
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Biden's road back: Asking Republicans ‘What are they for?’  —  The old joke about Wagner's music being better than it sounds applies to President Biden's first year in office: It's better than it looks.  Alas for Biden, that's not good enough.  —  With the president's approval ratings languishing …
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.
Representative Ashley Hinson:
Hinson, Grassley, Bustos, Blunt, Durbin Announce $829 Million in Funding to Modernize Lock and Dams on the Upper Mississippi & Illinois Rivers  —  Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswomen Ashley Hinson (R-IA) and Cheri Bustos (D-IL) as well as Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Dick Durbin (D-IL) …
Discussion: HuffPost and Iowa Starting Line
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: LGBTQ Nation and ABC News
 
 
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Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
To Crack Open the Big 2020 Election Scheme, Start by Prosecuting the Fake Electors
Discussion: Overtime
wallstreet:online:
DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS INAUGURATE THE CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF TORAH VALUES
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
‘Enforcers are not gonna back down’: Lina Khan talks rewriting the rules of antitrust
Casey Quinlan / The American Independent:
These groups are pushing an anti-LGBTQ agenda disguised as health care
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Alleged Capitol Rioters Are Getting In Trouble For Guns And Other Violations After Going Home
The White House:
President Biden Names Thirteenth Round of Judicial Nominees
Discussion: The Hill, NPR and Washington Examiner
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Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
LA Port Truckers Seek to Unionize in New Gig Work Showdown
Melanie Zanona / CNN:
Republicans refuse to comply with Schiff's request to get tested before committee briefing
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Dee-Ann Durbin / Associated Press:
Starbucks nixes vaccine mandate after Supreme Court ruling
Edward-Isaac Dovere / CNN:
Biden leaves Democrats hanging as midterms burst into full swing
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