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10:30 PM ET, January 20, 2022

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Washington Post:
As Giuliani coordinated plan for Trump electoral votes in states Biden won, some electors balked  —  On Dec. 14, 2020, the day of the electoral college vote, Republican electors convened in the capitals of five states that Joe Biden had won.  They declared themselves “duly elected and qualified” …
Kelly McBride / NPR:
NPR reporting on Supreme Court mask controversy merits clarification  —  An inaccurate verb choice made the reporting unclear  —  On Tuesday morning, NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg reported that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch had declined to wear a mask in court …
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Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
I Am Embarrassed for the Supreme Court  —  Having asked for institutional transparency for the sake of the Supreme Court's legitimacy last week, I am now just embarrassed.  In case the Supreme Court Color War of 2022 isn't occupying 100 percent of your attention this week, let me catch you up …
Tamar Hallerman / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Fulton DA requests special grand jury for Trump probe  —  Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is requesting a special grand jury to aid in her investigation of former President Donald Trump and his efforts to overturn Georgia's 2020 election results.
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Mike Levine / ABC News:
FBI raid on House Democrat's home related to Azerbaijan probe, source says  —  An FBI spokesperson said any law enforcement activity was “court-authorized.”  —  The FBI on Wednesday raided Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar's home and campaign office in Texas as part of a wide-ranging …
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U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Treasury Sanctions Russian-Backed Actors Responsible for Destabilization Activities in Ukraine  —  WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned four individuals engaged in Russian government-directed influence activities to destabilize Ukraine.
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Antony J. Blinken / United States Department of State:
The Stakes of Russian Aggression for Ukraine and Beyond
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Trump held secret meetings in days before Capitol attack, ex-press secretary tells panel  —  Stephanie Grisham gave more significant details than expected about what Trump was doing before 6 January, sources say  —  The former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham told …
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John Yoon / New York Times:
An American Airlines flight turns back over the Atlantic because of a passenger mask dispute.  —  An American Airlines flight to London from Miami turned around about an hour into its journey on Wednesday night because of a passenger who refused to follow coronavirus masking rules, the airline said.
Lauren Thomas / CNBC:
Peloton to halt production of its Bikes, treadmills as demand wanes  — Peloton is temporarily halting production of its connected fitness products as consumer demand wanes and the company looks to control costs, according to internal documents obtained by CNBC.
Brooke Leigh Howard / The Daily Beast:
Mitch McConnell Says Black People Vote Just as Much as ‘Americans’  —  COME AGAIN?  —  If only politicians thought before they talked.  Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) seemingly implied on Wednesday that Black Americans are not true Americans.  Following a failed vote on Democrats' John Lewis …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitch McConnell's plan is working
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
'Let's ban algebra, too!' adds Fla. legislator who is clearly not three kids in a trench coat  —  TALLAHASSEE — Florida legislators are working hard to pass a bill that, as the Associated Press observed, would “prohibit public schools and private businesses from making white people feel 'discomfort …
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Wire
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Rep. Madison Cawthorn Cleans Gun During Veterans Hearing  —  The North Carolina Republican lived up to his claim to fame on Wednesday of being the youngest current member of Congress.  —  The House Veterans' Affairs Committee took Wednesday as an opportunity to hold a virtual hearing on how toxic chemicals are killing U.S. soldiers.
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court Permits Continued Enforcement of Texas Six-Week Abortion Ban  —  Court denies providers' request to allow challenge to S.B. 8 to proceed in federal court  —  WASHINGTON-The Supreme Court allowed Texas' six-week abortion ban to remain in effect indefinitely …
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court denies abortion providers' request to return Texas case to judge who blocked state's six-week ban
C. Ryan Barber / Insider:
Time is running out for Biden's Justice Department to prosecute Trump for 10 possible crimes detailed in the Mueller report  — The five-year deadline is closing in to charge Donald Trump with crimes detailed by Robert Mueller.  — Trump benefited in office from a DOJ policy against prosecuting a sitting president.
Donald Shaw / The Brick House Cooperative:
Biden Re-Nominates Trump Pick and GOP Donor Jennifer Rearden as a Federal Judge  —  President Joe Biden yesterday nominated a slate of judges, including a controversial selection in Jennifer Rearden, who was first nominated for the federal bench by former President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Warren Rojas / Insider:
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm violated a federal conflict-of-interest law by improperly disclosing stock sales  — Granholm sold up to $240,000 in stocks from April 2021 through October 2021.  — She disclosed the trades in December 2021 — weeks or months after a federal deadline.
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Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm violated a stock disclosure law nine times last year
Discussion: Political Wire
Hannah Rabinowitz / CNN:
Judge denies InfoWars host motion to dismiss  —  (CNN Business)A federal judge on Thursday denied InfoWars host and right-wing conspiracy theorist Owen Shroyer's attempt to dismiss the four charges against him in connection with the January 6 Capitol riot.  —  Shroyer has been charged …
Discussion: Insider and UPI
Justice News:
Belarusian Government Officials Charged With Aircraft Piracy For Diverting Ryanair Flight 4978 To Arrest Dissident Journalist In May 2021  —  Senior Belarusian Officials Conspired to Use a False Bomb Threat to Unlawfully Divert a Passenger Flight Carrying American Citizens in Order to Arrest Belarusian Dissident
Andy Hall / ESPN Front Row:
Due to COVID Concerns, ESPN Will Not Staff Winter Olympics in China  —  Robust remote coverage plans will kick off prior to start of competition  —  Due to concerns about COVID-19 and other COVID-related restrictions, ESPN will not be sending any news personnel to the Winter Olympics in China …
Matt Robison / The Editorial Board:
Reality check: President Joe Biden's year-one grade?  A+  —  Any other answer is insane.  —  As President Biden marked the anniversary of his first year in office Wednesday, the reviews have come in.  A raft of pundits and pollsters describe him as “limping,” “struggling” even “failing.”
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump's friends worry legal pick for N.Y. case lacks experience  —  Close associates and advisers to Donald Trump tell Axios they're concerned by his decision to use a relatively inexperienced New Jersey attorney, Alina Habba, in his high-stakes legal fight against New York Attorney General Letitia James.
Discussion: Insider, Politico and Bloomberg
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Never Mind the Facts.  Trump Fans Feel Like a Majority  —  Donald Trump's obsession with inflated estimates of the crowd sizes at his various live events has been a long-running joke in American politics.  This was exhibited most famously in his bitter argument with the National Park Service …
Discussion: The Atlantic and National Review
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
An anti-Black backlash — with no end in sight  —  We are in the midst of an aggressive, sustained backlash against recent shows of Black political power.  The Senate's rejection of a comprehensive voting rights bill on Wednesday night both leaves in place some of the most pernicious elements …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Pelosi plays cleanup for Biden  —  BIG MEDIA MOVE THIS MORNING: BOB COSTA, the star politics reporter for the Washington Post and BOB WOODWARD's recent co-author, is joining CBS as chief election and campaign correspondent.  More from the NYT
Amanda Gorman / New York Times:
Why I Almost Didn't Read My Poem at the Inauguration  —  Amanda Gorman is a poet and the author of “The Hill We Climb” and “Call Us What We Carry.”  —  It's told like this: Amanda Gorman performed at the inauguration and the rest is history.  —  The truth is I almost declined to be the inaugural poet.
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Hot Package: Billy Ray, Adam McKay Team For ‘J6,’ Film About January 6 Assault On Capitol  —  EXCLUSIVE: The January 6 assault on the US Capitol, considered the worst attack on democracy since the Civil War, will be the subject of a feature film scripted and to be directed by Billy Ray …
Discussion: Gawker
Associated Press:
Rittenhouse seeks return of gun used during Kenosha protest  —  KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois man acquitted of fatally shooting two men and wounding a third during street protests in Kenosha in 2020, is seeking the return of the gun and other property that police seized after his arrest.
Discussion: CBS Chicago
New York Times:
A Dam in Syria Was on a ‘No- Strike’ List.  The U.S. Bombed It Anyway.  —  A military report warned that striking the giant structure could cause tens of thousands of deaths.  —  Near the height of the war against the Islamic State in Syria, a sudden riot of explosions rocked the country's largest dam …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
 
 
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Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Donna Edwards jumps into the race for her old Md. congressional seat
Discussion: NBC News, The Hill and Mediaite
Frank Gluck / The News-Press:
DeSantis administration puts Florida health director on leave for encouraging vaccinations for his staff
Theresa Vargas / Washington Post:
In catering to selfish parents, Youngkin is failing Virginia's kids
Discussion: RedState, Forbes and Liberty Unyielding
Representative Mondaire Jones:
REP. MONDAIRE JONES OUTLINES PATH FORWARD IN FIGHT FOR VOTING RIGHTS
Discussion: Twitchy
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Those least likely to worry about getting covid (Republicans) have been those most likely to get covid
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Mary Jo Pitzl / Arizona Republic:
Money pours into Arizona secretary of state race after 2020 ballot review
Discussion: Washington Times
Dylan Goetz / MLive.com:
Flint schools extends virtual learning period indefinitely
Discussion: National Review
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
America is overdosing on the apocalypse
Discussion: Vox
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
New Filings Reveal Another Billionaire Behind the Big Lie
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire