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12:30 AM ET, January 21, 2022

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CNN:
Trump campaign officials, led by Rudy Giuliani, oversaw fake electors plot in 7 states  —  Washington (CNN)Trump campaign officials, led by Rudy Giuliani, oversaw efforts in December 2020 to put forward illegitimate electors from seven states that Trump lost, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the scheme.
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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” …
Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
Michigan GOP co-chair said Trump campaign asked for GOP elector push: CNN
Discussion: CNN
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 …
The Daily Beast:
NPR ‘Founding Mother’ Unloads on Public Editor Over SCOTUS Story: 'She's Not Clarifying Anything!'
Discussion: HuffPost, Townhall and Fox News
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 …
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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Manu Raju / CNN:
Arizona Democrat says some senators urging him to challenge Sinema with party at a ‘breaking point’  —  (CNN)Rep. Ruben Gallego says his phone has been ringing a lot recently — with many Democrats making a pitch to him: Run against Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in 2024.
Discussion: HuffPost, Fox News, Insider, The Hill and IJR
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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
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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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.
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, Bloomberg and Forbes
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.
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 …
Courtney Tanner / Salt Lake Tribune:
BYU is under federal investigation for how it disciplines LGBTQ students  —  The private religious school says it's exempt from Title IX requirements.  But students say it's time for a change.  —  (George Frey |  Special to The Tribune) Students and others gather in front …
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.”
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 …
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
kofc.org:
New Knights of Columbus/Marist Poll: A Majority of Americans Support Legal Limits on Abortion, and Oppose Taxpayer Funding  —  NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A new Knights of Columbus/Marist Poll released today shows that 71% of Americans support legal limits on abortion.
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Hochul Amassed a Campaign Fortune.  Here's Who it Came From.  —  Gov. Kathy Hochul's record-setting $21.6 million in donations flowed from a who's who of New York's special interests.  —  Last November, when many of Manhattan's skyscrapers sat half-empty, Gov. Kathy Hochul made a high-stakes wager …
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: Fox News and CBS Chicago
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Those least likely to worry about getting covid (Republicans) have been those most likely to get covid  —  Since early in the pandemic, there have been a variety of ways in which views of the situation fall along partisan lines.  For example, Republicans have consistently expressed less concern …
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
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
Theresa Vargas / Washington Post:
In catering to selfish parents, Youngkin is failing Virginia's kids  —  His executive order, which gives parents the power to choose whether children wear masks in school, ignores reality  —  When children test positive for the coronavirus at my children's Virginia elementary school, parents don't normally get much information.
Discussion: RedState, Forbes and Liberty Unyielding
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
After Jan. 6, Sean Hannity Advised Trump: ‘No More Stolen Election Talk’  —  The Fox News host Sean Hannity had some blunt advice for President Donald J. Trump on Jan. 7, 2021: “No more stolen election talk.”  —  His guidance did not take.  But documents disclosed on Thursday showed …
 
 
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Cameron Cawthorne / Fox Business:
Hunter Biden, former Biden aide invested in Chinese company tied to Communist Party, NBA China
Discussion: RedState
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
Representative Mondaire Jones:
REP. MONDAIRE JONES OUTLINES PATH FORWARD IN FIGHT FOR VOTING RIGHTS
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Mary Jo Pitzl / Arizona Republic:
Money pours into Arizona secretary of state race after 2020 ballot review
Discussion: Washington Times
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Hot Package: Billy Ray, Adam McKay Team For ‘J6,’ Film About January 6 Assault On Capitol
Discussion: Gawker
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
America is overdosing on the apocalypse
Discussion: Vox