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8:35 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
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
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NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth:   FBI Confirm Search Near Texas Home of US Rep. Henry Cuellar
CNN:
FBI says it's conducting a ‘court-authorized’ search of Rep. Henry Cuellar's Texas home
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
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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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
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Alternet.org and HuffPost
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Ty Rushing / Iowa Starting Line:   Hinson Takes Credit for Infrastructure Funds She Labeled as ‘Socialist,’ Voted Against
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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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 …
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Wire
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Associated Press:
Biden approval hits new low at one-year mark: AP-NORC poll
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
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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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 …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Manchin, Sinema join with GOP in rejecting attempt to change filibuster rules, effectively killing Democratic voting bill  —  The year-long Democratic push for federal voting rights legislation died in the Senate Wednesday night, after Republicans blocked an elections bill for the fifth …
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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.
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
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 …
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 …
Financial Times:
Brussels reassures US after Macron's surprise call for EU-Russia talks  —  Talk of need for unity following French president's push for greater bloc involvement  —  EU officials sought to reassure the US that Brussels remains committed to Washington-led negotiations with Russia …
Discussion: EUobserver
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 …
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.
Kurt Bardella / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: One year into his presidency, Biden's accomplishments have been short-changed  —  For four years, the phrase “infrastructure week” was a punchline.  A metaphor for the abysmal failure that was supposed to be Donald Trump's signature legislative achievement.
 
 
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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
Stephen Groves / Associated Press:
Noem slams focus of Republican-led impeachment probe into AG
Discussion: The Daily Beast and ThinkPol
Sarah Mucha / Axios:
Scoop: Jill Biden expands communications team ahead of midterms
Discussion: The Hill
Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
To Crack Open the Big 2020 Election Scheme, Start by Prosecuting the Fake Electors
Discussion: Overtime
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Biden's road back: Asking Republicans ‘What are they for?’
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
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Casey Quinlan / The American Independent:
These groups are pushing an anti-LGBTQ agenda disguised as health care
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Texas GOP Candidate For Governor Won't Fire Staffer With Deep White Nationalist Ties
Discussion: Alternet.org and Raw Story
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
'Succession's Brian Cox Goes Full Beast Mode On Donald Trump, Talks Jeremy Strong, Johnny Depp, & ‘Adaptation’ Absence In New Memoir
Discussion: Insider
 

 
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