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9:20 AM ET, January 20, 2022

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NBC News:
CIA says ‘Havana Syndrome’ not result of sustained campaign by hostile power  —  In a new intelligence assessment, the CIA has ruled out that the mysterious symptoms known as Havana Syndrome are the result of a sustained global campaign by a hostile power aimed at hundreds of U.S. diplomats and spies …
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Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
Most ‘Havana Syndrome’ Cases Unlikely Caused by Foreign Power, C.I.A. Says  —  A report concluded that most cases have environmental or medical causes, but the government remains focused on investigating two dozen incidents that remain unexplained.  —  WASHINGTON — The C.I.A. has found …
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
CIA finds no ‘worldwide campaign’ by any foreign power behind mysterious Havana syndrome  —  The Central Intelligence Agency has determined that a foreign country is probably not mounting a global attack aimed at U.S. personnel who have reported painful and sometimes debilitating physical symptoms …
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
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Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Ex-Press Secretary Tells Capitol Riot Panel: Trump Held ‘Secret Meetings’ Days Before Jan.6  —  OFF-THE-BOOKS  —  In the days before the Capitol riot, then-President Donald Trump held off-the-books meetings in the White House with mystery participants, according to his former press secretary Stephanie Grisham.
Discussion: Raw Story
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CNN:
FBI says it's conducting a ‘court-authorized’ search of Rep. Henry Cuellar's Texas home
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth:   FBI Confirm Search Near Texas Home of US Rep. Henry Cuellar
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The media wants to paint Joe Biden as a failure.  He won't let that happen.  —  President Biden, while marking the end of his first year in office on Wednesday, met a press corps anxious to paint him as a failure.  While conceding that his voting rights bill and Build Back Better package have both stalled …
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The White House:
Remarks by President Biden in Press Conference  —  THE PRESIDENT: Hello, folks.  Thanks for being here.  —  Well, good afternoon, everyone.  Tomorrow will mark one year since I took office.  It's been a year of challenges, but it's also been a year of enormous progress.
New York Post:
Biden's press conference was an utter disaster
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
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Biden ends first year as president with ‘bleak, discouraging’ marks from the public  —  WASHINGTON — In his inaugural address one year ago, President Joe Biden championed unity, promised a bold governing agenda and prioritized defeating the coronavirus.  —  Now, as Biden begins his second year …
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Associated Press:
Biden approval hits new low at one-year mark: AP-NORC poll
Discussion: The Hill and Bangor Daily News
Wall Street Journal:
CIA Chief Made Secret Visit to Europe Ahead of Blinken's Trip  —  Bill Burns quietly visited Berlin and Kyiv days ahead of Secretary of State Antony Blinken's arrival in the region  —  BERLIN—The U.S. dispatched the head of the Central Intelligence Agency to Berlin and Kyiv …
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
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Financial Times:
Brussels reassures US after Macron's surprise call for EU-Russia talks
Discussion: EUobserver
New York Times:
Russia and Iran Put on a Show of Unity — Against the U.S.  —  Vladimir V. Putin met at the Kremlin with Iran's new leader, Ebrahim Raisi, at a time when both their countries, despite their differences, are at odds with Washington.  —  MOSCOW — Sitting across a long table …
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Ty Rushing / Iowa Starting Line:
Hinson Takes Credit for Infrastructure Funds She Labeled as ‘Socialist,’ Voted Against  —  US Rep. Ashley Hinson compared the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to socialism, but that didn't stop her from taking credit for funds from the legislation that she voted against.
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Frank Gluck / News Press:
DeSantis administration puts Florida health director on leave for encouraging vaccinations for his staff  —  Starting January 19, Americans will be able to have at-home COVID-19 tests shipped to their homes, for free.  —  STAFF VIDEO, USA TODAY  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration …
Mike Allen / Axios:
First look: Biden inaugural to blanket airwaves today  —  President Biden's Presidential Inaugural Committee will mark his first anniversary in office by blanketing today's airwaves — from breakfast to evening news to prime time — with a video promoting a recovering, resilient America.
Discussion: The Daily Wire
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 and New Republic
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Robert Costa, a Noted Political Reporter, Is Joining CBS News  —  The longtime Washington Post political reporter will take an on-air role covering campaigns and elections.  —  Robert Costa, the high-profile political reporter, is leaving his longtime home at The Washington Post to become …
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 …
New York Times:
Trump Deal Faced Widespread Investor Doubt Before Raising $1 Billion  —  More than a dozen big Wall Street money managers said no to Trump Media, but the Pentwater and Sabby hedge funds are among those that have committed millions.  —  Last month, Donald J. Trump's fledgling social media company announced …
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
Kyrsten Sinema's Moment of Infamy  —  The enigmatic Democrat votes for the filibuster and against her party.  —  On the eve of Democrats' doomed vote to reform the filibuster, Joe Manchin took the Senate floor to bemoan the rise of partisan rancor on Capitol Hill and proclaim …
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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
Ja'han Jones / MSNBC:
The GOP's ‘rolling coup’ has large corporate backers  —  Voting rights expert: GOP plotting next coup as Sinema, Manchin say they won't stop it  —  Accountable.US, the nonpartisan government watchdog putting corporations on blast for claiming to support democracy while funding officials …
American Resistance:
Welcome to the Graveyard of the Progressive Movement  —  5 years ago this weekend, millions joined the Women's March in the largest single day-demonstration in US history.  This weekend, however, there is no Women's March scheduled.  Instead, we will only see activists marching in DC as part …
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 …
Dan Merica / CNN:
GOP gubernatorial candidate David Perdue calls for new election police unit in Georgia  —  (CNN)Republican gubernatorial candidate David Perdue on Thursday called for the creation of an election police unit in Georgia, echoing a proposal by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and continuing Perdue's focus on election falsehoods.
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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New York Times:
What's Happening on the Left Is No Excuse for What's Happening on the Right
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
GOP considers more ruthless redistricting
Washington Post:
Pro-Trump influencers flocked to alternative social networks. Their follower counts stalled soon after.
NCAA.org:
Board of Governors updates transgender participation policy
Discussion: CBS News and National Review
Kevin Daley / Washington Free Beacon:
Legal Group Sues New York State Over Race-Based COVID Treatment
Emma Platoff / The Boston Globe:
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey telling allies she's running for governor
Discussion: Boston Herald and WWLP-TV
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Groves / Associated Press:
Noem slams focus of Republican-led impeachment probe into AG
Discussion: The Daily Beast and ThinkPol
Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
To Crack Open the Big 2020 Election Scheme, Start by Prosecuting the Fake Electors
Discussion: Overtime
Ellen Gerst / Casper Star-Tribune:
Family of Wyoming Marine killed in Afghanistan suing Alec Baldwin for defamation, privacy invasion
Suzanne Gordon / American Prospect:
Trump's VA Legacy: Human Capital Mismanagement
Vimal Patel / New York Times:
Citing Stand-Your-Ground Law, D.A. Won't File Charges in Kansas Teen's Death
Ted Gioia / The Honest Broker:
Is Old Music Killing New Music?
Discussion: Althouse