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11:40 AM ET, January 20, 2022

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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 …
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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
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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Shane Harris / Washington Post:
CIA finds no ‘worldwide campaign’ by any foreign power behind mysterious Havana syndrome
Discussion: UPI
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: 6abc
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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.
Ja'han Jones / MSNBC:   The GOP's ‘rolling coup’ has large corporate backers
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
Kyrsten Sinema's Moment of Infamy
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 and The Western Journal
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Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
Biden is stuck with a divided party
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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CNN:
FBI says it's conducting a ‘court-authorized’ search of Rep. Henry Cuellar's Texas home
Vivian Salama / Wall Street Journal:
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Says Biden's ‘Minor Incursion’ Comment Underestimates Russia's Intention  —  Dmytro Kuleba says any aggressive moves by Russia should trigger an equal response  —  KYIV, Ukraine—Ukraine's foreign minister, reacting to President Biden's comments Wednesday playing down a potential …
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New York Post:
Biden's press conference was an utter disaster
Wall Street Journal:
CIA Chief Made Secret Visit to Europe Ahead of Blinken's Trip
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Discussion: The Hill
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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Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:
A Florida public health official is put on leave after emailing his staff to urge vaccination.  —  Florida's top public health official in Orlando has been placed on administrative leave after sending an email to his employees noting their lackluster coronavirus vaccination rates and urging them to get the shots.
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Frank Gluck / News Press:   DeSantis administration puts Florida health director on leave for encouraging vaccinations for his staff
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 …
Discussion: NBC4 Washington
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Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Pandemic Pessimism Grows Amid Omicron Surge
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and Alternet.org
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
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 …
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Zachary Halaschak / Washington Examiner:
Jobless claims rise more than expected to 286,000 amid omicron peak
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.
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
Ann Coulter:
The Message in the Polls: Trump's Done  —  Our media are obsessed with Donald Trump, but Trump's obsessed with Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida.  For months now, Trump's been playing the aging silent film star Norma Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard” to DeSantis' younger, prettier Betty Schaefer.
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.
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 …
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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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 …
Discussion: National Review
 
 
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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
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
House conservatives grade Biden an ‘F’ on first year of foreign policy
Discussion: National Review
Tom Dreisbach / NPR:
Experts see ‘red flags’ at nonprofit raising big money for Capitol riot defendants
Discussion: The Crime Report and Raw Story
New York Times:
What's Happening on the Left Is No Excuse for What's Happening on the Right
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
GOP considers more ruthless redistricting
 Earlier Items: 
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
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court hears arguments on campaign finance law, issues statement on NPR report