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4:01 PM ET, January 20, 2022

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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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New York Times:
Atlanta D.A. Requests Special Grand Jury in Trump Election Inquiry  —  The prosecutor, Fani T. Willis of Fulton County, Ga., is conducting a criminal investigation of election interference by the former president and his allies.  —  A district attorney in Atlanta on Thursday asked a judge …
Discussion: Insider, Associated Press and WINK NEWS
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  —  Among President Biden's most valuable political skills has been a knack for planting himself firmly at the ideological center of the Democratic Party, a trait that helped him win elections amid shifting winds over five decades in public life.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Filibuster Is Living on Borrowed Time
Discussion: 6abc
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
GOP States Are Shredding Voting Rights and Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema Are Now Complicit
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
Kyrsten Sinema's Moment of Infamy
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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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.
Discussion: National Review, NBC News and Townhall
Politico:
McCarthy open to Electoral Count Act reform
The White House:
Remarks by President Biden in Press Conference
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.
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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” …
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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 …
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
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.
Discussion: CBS Miami, The Daily Caller and abc7NY
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
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.
Frank Gluck / News Press:
DeSantis administration puts Florida health director on leave for encouraging vaccinations for his staff  —  Starting January 19, Americans will be able to have at-home COVID-19 tests shipped to their homes, for free.  —  STAFF VIDEO, USA TODAY  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration …
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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 …
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 …
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.
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
Eric Berger / Ars Technica:
Radian announces plans to build one of the holy grails of spaceflight  —  “We all understand how difficult this is.”  —  A Washington-state based aerospace company has exited stealth mode by announcing plans to develop one of the holy grails of spaceflight—a single-stage-to-orbit space plane.
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
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
 
 
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Matt Robison / The Editorial Board:
Reality check: President Joe Biden's year-one grade? A+
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Jamaal Bowman arrested during voting-rights protest near Capitol, spokesman says
Discussion: USA Today, CNN and Mock Paper Scissors
Kadia Goba / BuzzFeed News:
Rep. Lauren Boebert Asked A Group Of Jewish Capitol Visitors If They Were Doing “Reconnaissance”
Discussion: Raw Story
Dylan Goetz / MLive.com:
Flint schools extends virtual learning period indefinitely
Discussion: National Review
Reuters:
Prior COVID infection more protective than vaccination during Delta surge -U.S. study
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: HotAir, The Daily Wire and Reason
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Dreisbach / NPR:
Experts see ‘red flags’ at nonprofit raising big money for Capitol riot defendants
Discussion: Raw Story and The Crime Report
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
New Filings Reveal Another Billionaire Behind the Big Lie
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
New York Times:
Trump Deal Faced Widespread Investor Doubt Before Raising $1 Billion
Discussion: Raw Story
The Texas Tribune:
FBI agents descended on Democratic U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar's house, but won't say what they're investigating