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10:25 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
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
Discussion: Raw Story
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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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 …
Discussion: abc7NY
Ja'han Jones / MSNBC:   The GOP's ‘rolling coup’ has large corporate backers
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Manchin, Sinema join with GOP in rejecting attempt to change filibuster rules, effectively killing Democratic voting bill
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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
New York Post:
Biden's press conference was an utter disaster  —  If President Biden's press conference Wednesday was supposed to inspire confidence, it failed — horribly.  —  Even though he spent most of it clearly calling on reporters from a list of “safe” questioners provided by his staff …
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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
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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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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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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 …
New York Times:
What's Happening on the Left Is No Excuse for What's Happening on the Right  —  Mr. Rauch is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.  Mr. Wehner is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.  —  American democracy has often confronted hostile forces from outside the United States …
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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
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Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Does the Trump Family's Grift Add Up to Fraud?
Discussion: Politico and New Republic
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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Tom Dreisbach / NPR:
Experts see ‘red flags’ at nonprofit raising big money for Capitol riot defendants
Discussion: The Crime Report and Raw Story
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
New Filings Reveal Another Billionaire Behind the Big Lie
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
GOP considers more ruthless redistricting
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, UPI and National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Frank Gluck / News Press:
DeSantis administration puts Florida health director on leave for encouraging vaccinations for his staff
Emma Platoff / The Boston Globe:
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey telling allies she's running for governor
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
Discussion: The Crime Report
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