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10:30 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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Tara Palmeri / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Suspicious Trump weighs dual endorsements  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE REBOOT — With his agenda stalled in Congress, President JOE BIDEN is switching strategies, “a stark admission that his approach to governing so far has fallen short,” NYT's Michael Shear, Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Katie Rogers report.
Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
Michigan GOP co-chair said Trump campaign asked for GOP elector push: CNN
Discussion: Letters from an American and CNN
George T. Conway III / Washington Post:
Courts hand Donald Trump loss after loss after loss  —  Donald Trump is often his own worst enemy.  But sometimes, he gets competition from his lawyers.  —  Perhaps no better example of that can be found than in Wednesday's order from the Supreme Court, which summarily rejected the former president's …
Discussion: Vanity Fair and CNN
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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
The Daily Beast:
Ivanka Ghosts Trumpland as Investigators Turn Up the Heat
Discussion: Raw Story and Mercury News
Washington Post:
Supreme Court, investigators force Trump and his children on the defensive on multiple fronts
Discussion: New Republic and HotAir
Bloomberg:
U.S. Weighs Pulling Diplomats' Family Members Out of Ukraine  —  The U.S. is weighing whether to evacuate family members of diplomats stationed in Ukraine as Russia masses more than 100,000 troops on its borders, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Associated Press:
US and Russia try to lower temperature in Ukraine crisis  —  GENEVA (AP) — The United States and Russia sought to lower the temperature in a heated standoff over Ukraine, even as they reported no breakthroughs in high-level, high-stakes talks on Friday aimed at preventing a feared Russian invasion.
Financial Times:
Russia raises pressure by sending more troops to Ukraine border  —  Western officials believe further deployments would be needed for full-blown invasion  —  Diplomats from the US and Russia have shuttled across Europe for security talks over Ukraine but military analysts have had their eye …
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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The Daily Beast:
NPR ‘Founding Mother’ Unloads on Public Editor Over SCOTUS Story: 'She's Not Clarifying Anything!'  —  “She can say any goddam thing she wants,” Nina Totenberg said of NPR's Public Editor before letting out a deep laugh.  —  The widening controversy over an NPR story on masks …
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 …
Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
New poll shows Marjorie Taylor Greene is vulnerable in primary matchup  —  Strahan, a healthcare executive, entered the race in September  —  CAROLINE BREHMAN/CQ-ROLL CALL, INC VIA GETTY IMAGES, COURTESY  —  A new poll obtained by Jewish Insider suggests that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene …
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CNN:
Kevin McCarthy's path to speakership enters final but treacherous leg
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
Democrats slim down ambitions after back-to-back failures  —  After two strikeouts, don't expect Senate Democrats to immediately swing for the fences again.  —  There's little appetite in the Democratic majority to publicly fall short on high-profile priorities so soon after the party's failures …
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Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
Is Ginni Thomas a Threat to the Supreme Court?  —  Behind closed doors, Justice Clarence Thomas's wife is working with many groups directly involved in controversial cases before the Court.  —  In December, Chief Justice John Roberts released his year-end report on the federal judiciary.
Discussion: Raw Story
Saki Knafo / New York Times:
The ‘Shouting Back’ Theater Abruptly Closes, and Brooklyn Mourns  —  A rowdy movie house suddenly goes dark, inspiring an outpouring of dismay and reminiscences.  —  On a recent morning, the Regal UA Court Street in Brooklyn was uncharacteristically quiet.
Peter Stone / The Guardian:
Michael Flynn allies allegedly plotted to lean on Republicans to back vote audits  —  Ex-whistleblower says group enlisted his help to seek potentially damaging information on two members of Congress to prod them to back audits in key states Trump lost  —  FBI agents and the House panel investigating …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Biden as a New F.D.R.?  Try L.B.J.  —  The president's agenda — big progressive change — has placed Democratic priorities over the voters' desire for practical help on the pandemic and inflation.  —  Joseph R. Biden Jr. was supposed to be another Franklin D. Roosevelt …
Fox News:
California bill would allow preteens to be vaccinated without parents' consent  —  Currently in California, minors ages 12 to 17 cannot be vaccinated without permission from their parents or guardian, unless the vaccine is specifically to prevent a sexually transmitted disease
Discussion: Politico and National Review
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: Insider and Fox News
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Exclusive: Biden administration raises minimum wage for federal employees to $15  —  Federal agencies are being directed to raise the minimum wages for government employees to $15 an hour, according to new guidance from the Office of Personnel Management shared first with Axios.
Discussion: The Hill and Reuters
Andrew Jeong / Washington Post:
DeSantis suggests vaccines hurt fertility.  A study indicates otherwise — but says catching coronavirus might.  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), a foe of vaccine mandates, on Thursday appeared to suggest that getting a shot to protect against the coronavirus could cause infertility.
Discussion: RedState and Mercury News
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 …
Ben Ryder Howe / New York Magazine:
13,000 Pounds at 118 Miles Per Hour  —  It was the deadliest wreck in years.  And the man behind it was one of the FBI's most notorious informants.  —  Photo-Illustration: Mark Harris.  Photo courtesy of of the National Transportation Safety Board  —  On September 4, 2018, Nauman Hussain …
American Greatness:
The Pathetic and Political Sedition Case Against the Oath Keepers  —  Why did the Justice Department wait over a year to arrest Stewart Rhodes when nearly two dozen other Oath Keepers already have been charged with a conspiracy he orchestrated?  —  Facing intensifying criticism from Democratic lawmakers …
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and Rolling Stone
Glenn Greenwald:
Congress's 1/6 Committee Claims Absolute Power as it Investigates Citizens With No Judicial Limits  —  The Committee plotted with JPMorgan and its lawyer, former Obama AG Loretta Lynch, to obtain a citizen's financial records with no possibility of judicial review.
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Republicans Want New Tool in Elusive Search for Voter Fraud: Election Police  —  Republicans in three states have proposed strike forces against election crimes even though fraud cases remain minuscule.  —  WASHINGTON — Reprising the rigged-election belief that has become a mantra among their supporters …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Harry Enten / CNN:
Only Trump was in worse electoral shape than Biden after his first year as president  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden's administration turned 1 year old on Thursday.  He entered the White House by beating a historically unpopular president in Donald Trump.  —  And while Biden started with a lot …
Graham Moomaw / Virginia Mercury:
Va. Republicans won big under Democratic voting rules.  They still want tougher laws.  —  Virginia Republicans had a wildly successful election night in what had been a solid blue state in 2021, playing by Democratic voting rules the GOP spent two years arguing against.
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
Cameron Cawthorne / Fox Business:
Hunter Biden, former Biden aide invested in Chinese company tied to Communist Party, NBA China  —  Former top Biden aide told Hunter that Chinese executive was 'being groomed to take over his family's dynasty'  —  EXCLUSIVE: As recently as March 2017, Hunter Biden's private equity firm held …
Discussion: RedState
 
 
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Glenn H. Reynolds / New York Post:
Biden acts much more like Putin's puppet than Trump ever did
Politico:
Is the Media Doomed?  —  It's almost conventional wisdom right now that the news media …
John F. Harris / Politico:
POLITICO Marked the End of the Era of Institutional Media. Now We Need to Bring It Back.
Deepa Shivaram / NPR:
Families are in distress after the first month without the expanded child tax credit
Discussion: FactCheck.org and Washington Post
Josh Axelrod / The American Independent:
Here's how conservatives have prolonged the COVID-19 pandemic
Politico:
Biden goes long form
Discussion: The National Interest
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Woodruff / KUTV-TV:
Subject of ‘Just Mercy’ film visits Utah to push for abolishing death penalty
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Hochul Amassed a Campaign Fortune. Here's Who it Came From.
Theresa Vargas / Washington Post:
In catering to selfish parents, Youngkin is failing Virginia's kids
Discussion: RedState and Forbes
Hannah Rabinowitz / CNN:
Judge denies InfoWars host motion to dismiss
Discussion: Insider and UPI
Donald Shaw / The Brick House Cooperative:
Biden Re-Nominates Trump Pick and GOP Donor Jennifer Rearden as a Federal Judge
Discussion: Politico and Los Angeles Times
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Never Mind the Facts. Trump Fans Feel Like a Majority
Discussion: The Atlantic
 

 
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