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5:05 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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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
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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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.
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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Allahpundit / HotAir:
Hoo boy: There's no such thing as a “minor incursion,” tweets Ukrainian president
Vivian Salama / Wall Street Journal:
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Says Biden's ‘Minor Incursion’ Comment Underestimates Russia's Intention
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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Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
Jan. 6 Panel Seeks Testimony From Ivanka Trump
Select Committee to Investigate …:
Select Committee Seeks Information from Ivanka Trump
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
Discussion: National Review, NBC News and Townhall
The White House:
Remarks by President Biden in Press Conference
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
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 and Political Wire
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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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Warren Rojas / Insider:
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm violated a federal conflict-of-interest law by improperly disclosing stock sales
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Mary Jo Pitzl / Arizona Republic:
Money pours into Arizona secretary of state race after 2020 ballot review
Discussion: Washington Times
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
An anti-Black backlash — with no end in sight
Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S Allows Baltic States to Send Arms to Ukraine
Amanda Gorman / New York Times:
Why I Almost Didn't Read My Poem at the Inauguration
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Jamaal Bowman arrested during voting-rights protest near Capitol, spokesman says
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Dylan Goetz / MLive.com:
Flint schools extends virtual learning period indefinitely
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Eric Berger / Ars Technica:
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Reuters:
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Emily Crane / New York Post:
Fauci's home office features photos of himself, his own bobblehead
Discussion: Twitchy
Tom Dreisbach / NPR:
Experts see ‘red flags’ at nonprofit raising big money for Capitol riot defendants
Discussion: Raw Story and The Crime Report