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1:10 PM 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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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.
Politico:
Jan. 6 panel will target Ivanka Trump for questioning
Discussion: Washington Post
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Ex-Press Secretary Tells Capitol Riot Panel: Trump Held ‘Secret Meetings’ Days Before Jan.6
Discussion: Raw Story
Tamar Hallerman / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Fulton DA requests special grand jury for Trump probe  —  Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is requesting a special grand jury to aid in her investigation of former President Donald Trump and his efforts to overturn Georgia's 2020 election results.
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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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
Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
Biden is stuck with a divided party
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
GOP States Are Shredding Voting Rights and Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema Are Now Complicit
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Vivian Salama / Wall Street Journal:
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Says Biden's ‘Minor Incursion’ Comment Underestimates Russia's Intention
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Biden insists U.S. won't accept a ‘minor incursion’ by Russia into Ukraine after remarks drew criticism
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
WSJ: Biden just gave Putin permission to invade a “minor” part of Ukraine
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Shane Harris / Washington Post:
CIA finds no ‘worldwide campaign’ by any foreign power behind mysterious Havana syndrome
Discussion: UPI
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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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
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 …
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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” …
Discussion: Fox News and National Review
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: KFOR-TV and NBC4 Washington
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Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Pandemic Pessimism Grows Amid Omicron Surge
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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
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
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: HotAir, Breitbart and National Review
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
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.
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.
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.
 
 
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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
Paul Wiseman / Associated Press:
US jobless claims rise to 286,000, highest since October
Tom Dreisbach / NPR:
Experts see ‘red flags’ at nonprofit raising big money for Capitol riot defendants
Discussion: Raw Story and The Crime Report
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
Ja'han Jones / MSNBC:
The GOP's ‘rolling coup’ has large corporate backers