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10:05 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: UPI
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 …
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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
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.
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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
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 …
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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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 …
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
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Financial Times:
Brussels reassures US after Macron's surprise call for EU-Russia talks
Discussion: EUobserver
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 …
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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Paul Wiseman / Associated Press:
US jobless claims rise to 286,000, highest since October  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose to the highest level in three months as the fast-spreading omicron variant continued to disrupt the job market.  —  Jobless claims rose …
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
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Pandemic Pessimism Grows Amid Omicron Surge  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the highly transmissible omicron variant of COVID-19 infecting hundreds of thousands of Americans daily, optimism about the trajectory of the pandemic in the U.S. has fallen sharply, and worry about contracting the virus has risen to its highest level in a year.
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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.
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Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Does the Trump Family's Grift Add Up to Fraud?
Discussion: Politico and New Republic
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Filibuster Is Living on Borrowed Time … The Senate filibuster to block a voting rights bill was a piece of orchestrated political theater, but Mitch McConnell has done everything within his power to give the proceedings an air of portentous finality.  When Senator Kyrsten Sinema reiterated …
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 …
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
GOP considers more ruthless redistricting  —  Republican mapmakers in Missouri weren't expecting an intra-party fracas when they unveiled a redistricting proposal that would help the GOP maintain their lock on six of the state's eight congressional seats.  —  The chief source of the backlash …
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
The Six Main Strands of the Trump Coup Attempt  —  How did he try to overturn the 2020 election?  Let us count the ways.  —  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.
Discussion: Raw Story, Alternet.org and Politico
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 …
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 …
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
New Filings Reveal Another Billionaire Behind the Big Lie  —  Dick Uihlein has been a reliable GOP donor for years.  But in 2020, he gave millions to groups associated with overturning the election. … It's usually the images of a violent mob attacking the U.S. Capitol that are associated …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
 
 
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Tom Dreisbach / NPR:
Experts see ‘red flags’ at nonprofit raising big money for Capitol riot defendants
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
What's Happening on the Left Is No Excuse for What's Happening on the Right
Washington Post:
Pro-Trump influencers flocked to alternative social networks. Their follower counts stalled soon after.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
 Earlier Items: 
Emma Platoff / The Boston Globe:
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey telling allies she's running for governor
Discussion: WWLP-TV and Boston Herald
Ellen Gerst / Casper Star-Tribune:
Family of Wyoming Marine killed in Afghanistan suing Alec Baldwin for defamation, privacy invasion
Vimal Patel / New York Times:
Citing Stand-Your-Ground Law, D.A. Won't File Charges in Kansas Teen's Death
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court hears arguments on campaign finance law, issues statement on NPR report
Ted Gioia / The Honest Broker:
Is Old Music Killing New Music?
Discussion: Althouse