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Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
Only 10 Percent Of J6 Committee Subpoenas Relate To The Capitol Riot  —  The House Select Committee established to probe the Capitol riot is not interested in probing the Capitol riot.  —  The House Select Committee established to probe the Capitol riot is not interested in probing the Capitol riot.
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Ex-Press Secretary Tells Capitol Riot Panel: Trump Held ‘Secret Meetings’ Days Before Jan.6
Discussion: Raw Story
Ruy Teixeira / The Liberal Patriot:
How Not to Build a Coalition  —  The Left's Theory of the Case Falls Apart  —  It's fair to say that the left of the Democratic party has been in ascendance for some time.  You could see it in how candidates positioned themselves during the Democratic primaries.
Discussion: Fox News
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Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
Biden is stuck with a divided party  —  Among President Biden's most valuable political skills has been a knack for planting himself firmly at the ideological center of the Democratic Party, a trait that helped him win elections amid shifting winds over five decades in public life.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Filibuster Is Living on Borrowed Time
Discussion: 6abc
Washington Post:
House GOP plots policy agenda for 2022 midterm elections — with help from architect of 1994 plan
Politico:
McCarthy open to Electoral Count Act reform
Discussion: Political Wire
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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Vivian Salama / Wall Street Journal:
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Says Biden's ‘Minor Incursion’ Comment Underestimates Russia's Intention
Associated Press:
Biden approval hits new low at one-year mark: AP-NORC poll  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden ends his first year in the White House with a clear majority of Americans for the first time disapproving of his handling of the presidency in the face of an unrelenting pandemic and roaring inflation …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitch McConnell's plan is working  —  At the one-year mark in President Biden's first term, there's no sugarcoating it: A barrage of new polls are absolutely brutal for him.  Surveys from NBC News and the Associated Press both put Biden's approval at 43 percent, and CBS News puts it at 44 percent, in large drops since last summer.
The White House:
Remarks by President Biden in Press Conference
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
President Biden's Should Clarify His Remarks on Election Legitimacy and the 2022 Elections. …
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” …
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Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
The Six Main Strands of the Trump Coup Attempt  —  Donald Trump's actions to overturn the 2020 election were dedicated, intentional, and sustained over time.  The insistent notion that Trump and his allies are “too stupid to coup” should not be reassuring.  Like the velociraptors in Jurassic Park …
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
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.
Discussion: CBS Miami, The Daily Caller and abc7NY
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Frank Gluck / News Press:   DeSantis administration puts Florida health director on leave for encouraging vaccinations for his staff
Tyler Whetstone / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Tennessee-based adoption agency refuses to help couple because they're Jewish  —  A Knoxville couple is suing the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, saying a state-sponsored Christian-based adoption agency refused to help them because they are Jewish.
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
GOP States Are Shredding Voting Rights and Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema Are Now Complicit  —  Voter suppression is skyrocketing and they blocked an effort to stop it.  —  Fight disinformation.  Get a daily recap of the facts that matter.  Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.
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Edward Luce / Financial Times:
America is overdosing on the apocalypse  —  There are grounds to worry about the quality of US democracy but fanatics are a minority  —  At what point do prophecies become self-fulfilling?  Under America's despairing skies the hope has to be never.  If you believe the left …
Discussion: Vox
Eric Berger / Ars Technica:
Radian announces plans to build one of the holy grails of spaceflight  —  “We all understand how difficult this is.”  —  A Washington-state based aerospace company has exited stealth mode by announcing plans to develop one of the holy grails of spaceflight—a single-stage-to-orbit space plane.
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
New York Times:
‘The Lowest Point in My Lifetime’: How 14 Independent Voters Feel About America  —  How do independent voters feel about President Biden and America after his first year in office?  Let's put it this way: His weak approval ratings might go up if he pulled a Trump and just declared that America …
Reuters:
Prior COVID infection more protective than vaccination during Delta surge -U.S. study  —  People who had previously been infected with COVID-19 were better protected against the Delta variant than those who were vaccinated alone, suggesting that natural immunity was a more potent shield …
Dylan Goetz / MLive.com:
Flint schools extends virtual learning period indefinitely  —  4,825  —  FLINT, MI — Flint students will remain at home indefinitely starting next week, as the school district today announced that it will not be returning to the classroom on Jan. 24.  —  The decision to continue virtual …
Discussion: National Review
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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Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Pelosi says safety is ‘highest priority’ amid crime spike, but unsure ‘exact form’ legislation will take
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New York Times:
A Dam in Syria Was on a ‘No- Strike’ List. The U.S. Bombed It Anyway.
Emily Crane / New York Post:
Fauci's home office features photos of himself, his own bobblehead
Discussion: Twitchy
Vinay Prasad / Tablet Magazine:
The Cult of Masked Schoolchildren
Discussion: Reason
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Biden breaks up with Bernie
Tom Dreisbach / NPR:
Experts see ‘red flags’ at nonprofit raising big money for Capitol riot defendants
Discussion: Raw Story and The Crime Report
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
New Filings Reveal Another Billionaire Behind the Big Lie
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Merica / CNN:
GOP gubernatorial candidate David Perdue calls for new election police unit in Georgia
Washington Post:
Pro-Trump influencers flocked to alternative social networks. Their follower counts stalled soon after.
Discussion: Raw Story
American Resistance:
Welcome to the Graveyard of the Progressive Movement
New York Times:
Trump Deal Faced Widespread Investor Doubt Before Raising $1 Billion
Discussion: Raw Story