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12:05 AM ET, January 20, 2022

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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  —  Legal scholars say a long-forgotten provision of the Constitution could bar from office anyone who encouraged the Capitol riot.  —  An obscure 19th-century provision of the U.S. Constitution that barred members of the Confederacy …
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NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth:   FBI Confirm Search Near Texas Home of US Rep. Henry Cuellar
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 American diplomats and spies …
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
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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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
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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
John Archibald / al.com:
Police in this tiny Alabama town suck drivers into legal ‘black hole’  —  Ramon Perez came to court last month ready to fight the tickets he'd been handed by Brookside police, including one for rolling through a stop sign and another for driving 48 mph in a 40 zone.
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 …
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.
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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  —  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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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 …
Discussion: The Daily Wire
Simon Shuster / TIME:
The Man Putin Fears  —  From the confines of his barracks, he still runs a network of dissidents devoted to ousting President Vladimir Putin.  Its top leaders are fugitives from Russian law, though they were not hard for me to find while reporting this story.
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
Kathy Griffin Is Trying to Get Back on the D-List  —  Ever since her Trump joke went wrong in 2017, Griffin has been seeking a professional rebirth, and wondering who among the canceled gets a second chance.  —  When Kathy Griffin met last summer with a surgeon to discuss the removal …
Discussion: Variety
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: HuffPost and Iowa Starting Line
Vimal Patel / New York Times:
Citing Stand-Your-Ground Law, D.A. Won't File Charges in Kansas Teen's Death  —  Cedric Lofton, 17, was handcuffed and placed face down at a detention center in Wichita, Kan., last year.  The district attorney says the employees were acting in self-defense.
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Texas GOP Candidate For Governor Won't Fire Staffer With Deep White Nationalist Ties  —  Don Huffines, a candidate with harsh anti-immigrant views, says dismissing Jake Lloyd Colglazier would be “cancel culture.”  —  A Republican candidate for governor of Texas says he will not fire …
Discussion: Raw Story and Alternet.org
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
'Succession's Brian Cox Goes Full Beast Mode On Donald Trump, Talks Jeremy Strong, Johnny Depp, & ‘Adaptation’ Absence In New Memoir  —  “What I have an opinion about 25 years ago, it's not necessarily the opinion I have now,” admits Brian Cox as response to the viewpoint the Succession star offers …
Discussion: Insider
Ellen Gerst / Casper Star-Tribune:
Family of Wyoming Marine killed in Afghanistan suing Alec Baldwin for defamation, privacy invasion  —  The sisters and widow of a Wyoming Marine killed in Afghanistan are suing Alec Baldwin in federal court, alleging the actor defamed them on his social media after he learned one of the sisters attended …
Sarah Mucha / Axios:
Scoop: Jill Biden expands communications team ahead of midterms  —  Jill Biden is expanding her communications team in anticipation of increased demand for the first lady ahead of this fall's midterm elections, Axios has learned.  —  Why it matters: First ladies are often more popular …
Discussion: The Hill
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Sotomayor, Roberts say they did not ask Gorsuch to wear a mask on Supreme Court bench  —  Justice Sonia Sotomayor said in a statement Wednesday that she did not ask Justice Neil M. Gorsuch to wear a mask on Supreme Court bench, and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. followed up by saying …
James Barragán / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has fought vaccine mandates, tests positive for COVID-19  —  Paxton's office said the Republican “remains working diligently for the people of Texas from home.”  —  Copy link  —  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has tested positive for COVID-19, his office said Wednesday.
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Biden's road back: Asking Republicans ‘What are they for?’  —  The old joke about Wagner's music being better than it sounds applies to President Biden's first year in office: It's better than it looks.  Alas for Biden, that's not good enough.  —  With the president's approval ratings languishing …
Mel Leonor / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Youngkin names a new diversity officer for the state, orders a new focus for the office's work  —  Gov. Glenn Youngkin on Wednesday named Angela Sailor, a policy expert at the Heritage Foundation who has criticized school lessons on systemic racism in the U.S., as the state's new director of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Senate President Stuart Adams tested positive for COVID twice Tuesday before publicly announcing he was negative  —  Acknowledgment of positive tests came after Tribune inquiries, records request.  —  (Francisco Kjolseth |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Elder Gerrit W. Gong …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Suzanne Gordon / American Prospect:
Trump's VA Legacy: Human Capital Mismanagement  —  A human resources modernization system has made it impossible for the Veterans Health Administration to hire anyone.  —  Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough testifies before the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, July 14, 2021, on Capitol Hill.
wallstreet:online:
DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS INAUGURATE THE CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF TORAH VALUES  —  The Congressional Caucus For the Advancement of Torah Values was recently inaugurated in Washington, DC by a bi-partisan group of Democrats and Republican congressmen and congresswomen.
Just Security:
EXCLUSIVE: The Oath Keeper Podcast Interviews - New Insights Into Jan. 6 and Continued Threats  —  In documents filed by the Department of Justice against members of the Oath Keepers militia in recent days, prosecutors reference podcast appearances by Edward Vallejo, one of the Oath Keepers indicted …
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation and ABC News
 
 
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Stephen Groves / Associated Press:
Noem slams focus of Republican-led impeachment probe into AG
Discussion: The Daily Beast and ThinkPol
Thomas Zimmer / The Guardian:
America must take steps now to avoid a slide into authoritarianism
Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
To Crack Open the Big 2020 Election Scheme, Start by Prosecuting the Fake Electors
Discussion: Overtime
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
‘Enforcers are not gonna back down’: Lina Khan talks rewriting the rules of antitrust
Casey Quinlan / The American Independent:
These groups are pushing an anti-LGBTQ agenda disguised as health care
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Alleged Capitol Rioters Are Getting In Trouble For Guns And Other Violations After Going Home
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The White House:
President Biden Names Thirteenth Round of Judicial Nominees
Discussion: NPR, Washington Examiner and The Hill
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
LA Port Truckers Seek to Unionize in New Gig Work Showdown
Melanie Zanona / CNN:
Republicans refuse to comply with Schiff's request to get tested before committee briefing
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Edward-Isaac Dovere / CNN:
Biden leaves Democrats hanging as midterms burst into full swing
Daily Mail:
LAPD identifies Brianna Kupfer's ‘killer’ as a career criminal with dozens of arrests who was out on $1K bail as they tell public not to approach ‘armed and dangerous’ suspect