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6:50 PM ET, January 20, 2022

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CNN:
Trump campaign officials, led by Rudy Giuliani, oversaw fake electors plot in 7 states  —  Washington (CNN)Trump campaign officials, led by Rudy Giuliani, oversaw efforts in December 2020 to put forward illegitimate electors from seven states that Trump lost, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the scheme.
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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” …
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.
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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.
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Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
News Analysis: Biden is stuck with a divided party
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Treasury Sanctions Russian-Backed Actors Responsible for Destabilization Activities in Ukraine  —  WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned four individuals engaged in Russian government-directed influence activities to destabilize Ukraine.
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Vivian Salama / Wall Street Journal:
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Says Biden's ‘Minor Incursion’ Comment Underestimates Russia's Intention
Kadia Goba / BuzzFeed News:
Rep. Lauren Boebert Asked A Group Of Jewish Capitol Visitors If They Were Doing “Reconnaissance”  —  Rep. Lauren Boebert left a group of Jewish visitors to the Capitol bewildered Thursday morning when she asked them if they were doing “reconnaissance” after seeing them at an elevator at the Capitol.
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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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
After Jan. 6, Sean Hannity Advised Trump: ‘No More Stolen Election Talk’
Discussion: Rolling Stone and Mediaite
John Yoon / New York Times:
An American Airlines flight turns back over the Atlantic because of a passenger mask dispute.  —  An American Airlines flight to London from Miami turned around about an hour into its journey on Wednesday night because of a passenger who refused to follow coronavirus masking rules, the airline said.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitch McConnell's plan is working  —  At the one-year mark in President Biden's first term, there's no sugarcoating it: A barrage of new polls are absolutely brutal for him.  Surveys from NBC News and the Associated Press both put Biden's approval at 43 percent, and CBS News puts it at 44 percent, in large drops since last summer.
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Associated Press:
Biden approval hits new low at one-year mark: AP-NORC poll
The White House:
Remarks by President Biden in Press Conference
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court Permits Continued Enforcement of Texas Six-Week Abortion Ban  —  Court denies providers' request to allow challenge to S.B. 8 to proceed in federal court  —  WASHINGTON-The Supreme Court allowed Texas' six-week abortion ban to remain in effect indefinitely …
Discussion: The 19th
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court denies abortion providers' request to return Texas case to judge who blocked state's six-week ban
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
I Am Embarrassed for the Supreme Court
Discussion: NPR, Townhall and Twitchy
Andy Hall / ESPN Front Row:
Due to COVID Concerns, ESPN Will Not Staff Winter Olympics in China  —  Robust remote coverage plans will kick off prior to start of competition  —  Due to concerns about COVID-19 and other COVID-related restrictions, ESPN will not be sending any news personnel to the Winter Olympics in China …
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Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Hit China where it hurts: Stay away from the Beijing games
Discussion: National Review
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Rep. Madison Cawthorn Cleans Gun During Veterans Hearing  —  The North Carolina Republican lived up to his claim to fame on Wednesday of being the youngest current member of Congress.  —  The House Veterans' Affairs Committee took Wednesday as an opportunity to hold a virtual hearing on how toxic chemicals are killing U.S. soldiers.
Discussion: Task & Purpose and Raw Story
Warren Rojas / Insider:
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm violated a federal conflict-of-interest law by improperly disclosing stock sales  — Granholm sold up to $240,000 in stocks from April 2021 through October 2021.  — She disclosed the trades in December 2021 — weeks or months after a federal deadline.
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Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm violated a stock disclosure law nine times last year
Discussion: Political Wire
Lauren Thomas / CNBC:
Peloton to halt production of its Bikes, treadmills as demand wanes  — Peloton is temporarily halting production of its connected fitness products as consumer demand wanes and the company looks to control costs, according to internal documents obtained by CNBC.
C. Ryan Barber / Insider:
Time is running out for Biden's Justice Department to prosecute Trump for 10 possible crimes detailed in the Mueller report  — The five-year deadline is closing in to charge Donald Trump with crimes detailed by Robert Mueller.  — Trump benefited in office from a DOJ policy against prosecuting a sitting president.
Matt Robison / The Editorial Board:
Reality check: President Joe Biden's year-one grade?  A+  —  Any other answer is insane.  —  As President Biden marked the anniversary of his first year in office Wednesday, the reviews have come in.  A raft of pundits and pollsters describe him as “limping,” “struggling” even “failing.”
Justice News:
Belarusian Government Officials Charged With Aircraft Piracy For Diverting Ryanair Flight 4978 To Arrest Dissident Journalist In May 2021  —  Senior Belarusian Officials Conspired to Use a False Bomb Threat to Unlawfully Divert a Passenger Flight Carrying American Citizens in Order to Arrest Belarusian Dissident
Discussion: CBS News, Insider and Forbes
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.
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
An anti-Black backlash — with no end in sight  —  We are in the midst of an aggressive, sustained backlash against recent shows of Black political power.  The Senate's rejection of a comprehensive voting rights bill on Wednesday night both leaves in place some of the most pernicious elements …
New York Times:
A Dam in Syria Was on a ‘No- Strike’ List.  The U.S. Bombed It Anyway.  —  A military report warned that striking the giant structure could cause tens of thousands of deaths.  —  Near the height of the war against the Islamic State in Syria, a sudden riot of explosions rocked the country's largest dam …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Amanda Gorman / New York Times:
Why I Almost Didn't Read My Poem at the Inauguration  —  Amanda Gorman is a poet and the author of “The Hill We Climb” and “Call Us What We Carry.”  —  It's told like this: Amanda Gorman performed at the inauguration and the rest is history.  —  The truth is I almost declined to be the inaugural poet.
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 …
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Hot Package: Billy Ray, Adam McKay Team For ‘J6,’ Film About January 6 Assault On Capitol  —  EXCLUSIVE: The January 6 assault on the US Capitol, considered the worst attack on democracy since the Civil War, will be the subject of a feature film scripted and to be directed by Billy Ray …
Discussion: Gawker
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
 
 
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Reuters:
‘Decisive’ moment nears as West sees only weeks to salvage Iran nuclear deal
Discussion: SpyTalk
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Those least likely to worry about getting covid (Republicans) have been those most likely to get covid
Lily Morris / Arizona Democratic Party:
ADP on Voting Rights Legislation
Mary Jo Pitzl / Arizona Republic:
Money pours into Arizona secretary of state race after 2020 ballot review
Discussion: Washington Times
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Dylan Goetz / MLive.com:
Flint schools extends virtual learning period indefinitely
Discussion: National Review
Eric Berger / Ars Technica:
Radian announces plans to build one of the holy grails of spaceflight
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Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
New Filings Reveal Another Billionaire Behind the Big Lie
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire