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6:15 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” …
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 …
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
Discussion: 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
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Filibuster Is Living on Borrowed Time
Discussion: 6abc
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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Edward Luce / Financial Times:
America is overdosing on the apocalypse
Discussion: Vox
Washington Post:
Jan. 6 committee seeks testimony from Ivanka Trump to discuss her father's attempt to overturn the election results
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.
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 6abc
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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Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
I Am Embarrassed for the Supreme Court
Discussion: NPR, Twitchy and BizPac Review
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
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn Cleans Gun During Veterans' Affairs Hearing  —  Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) 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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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 …
Discussion: Fox News
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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 …
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: Insider and Forbes
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.
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.”
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.
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
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
 
 
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Warren Rojas / Insider:
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm violated a federal conflict-of-interest law by improperly disclosing stock sales
Discussion: CNBC and Washington Free Beacon
Mary Jo Pitzl / Arizona Republic:
Money pours into Arizona secretary of state race after 2020 ballot review
Discussion: Washington Times
Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S Allows Baltic States to Send Arms to Ukraine
Discussion: New York Post
Dylan Goetz / MLive.com:
Flint schools extends virtual learning period indefinitely
Discussion: National Review
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Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Reuters:
Prior COVID infection more protective than vaccination during Delta surge -U.S. study
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
New Filings Reveal Another Billionaire Behind the Big Lie
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
NBC News:
CIA says ‘Havana Syndrome’ not result of sustained campaign by hostile power