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6:25 PM ET, January 21, 2022

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Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Read the never-issued Trump order that would have seized voting machines  —  Among the records that Donald Trump's lawyers tried to shield from Jan. 6 investigators are a draft executive order that would have directed the defense secretary to seize voting machines and a document titled “Remarks on National Healing.”
George T. Conway III / Washington Post:
The Supreme Court's order against Donald Trump is even worse for him than it appears  —  Donald Trump is often his own worst enemy.  But sometimes, he gets competition from his lawyers.  —  Perhaps no better example of that can be found than in Wednesday's order from the Supreme Court …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How the new focus on Ivanka Trump and Jan. 6 will expose dark MAGA truths
Discussion: Raw Story and emptywheel
Washington Post:
Supreme Court, investigators force Trump and his children on the defensive on multiple fronts
Discussion: Slate and Washington Examiner
The Daily Beast:
Ivanka Ghosts Trumpland as Investigators Turn Up the Heat
Discussion: Raw Story and Mercury News
CBS News:
Texas judge blocks Biden's federal worker vaccine mandate  —  WASHINGTON — A U.S. judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction on Friday barring the federal government from enforcing President Joe Biden's requirement that federal workers without qualifying medical or religious exemptions be vaccinated for COVID-19.
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Jacob Gershman / Wall Street Journal:
Judge Blocks Biden Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate for Federal Workers
Discussion: Deseret News and The Daily Wire
Eric Katz / Defense One:
Court Hits Pause on Vaccine Mandate for DOD, Other Federal Employees
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
Is Ginni Thomas a Threat to the Supreme Court?  —  Behind closed doors, Justice Clarence Thomas's wife is working with many groups directly involved in controversial cases before the Court.  —  In December, Chief Justice John Roberts released his year-end report on the federal judiciary.
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Biden's approach to the presidency was flawed from the start  —  Joe Biden's approach to the presidency is outdated and ineffective.  The sooner he acknowledges that, the sooner he can change course.  —  The endless presidential debates and forums of 2019 revealed two problems with the Democratic field.
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Kirsten Powers / CNN:
Joe Biden is not failing or flailing
Vildana Hajric / Bloomberg:
Crypto Crash Erases More Than $1 Trillion in Market Value  —  For Bitcoin, there's only been one constant recently: decline after decline after decline.  And the superlatives have piled up really quickly.  —  With the Federal Reserve intending to withdraw stimulus from the market, riskier assets the world over have suffered.
Erin Mansfield / Stars & Stripes:
Leaked Oath Keepers list names 20 current military members  —  (Tribune News Service) — When they enlisted in the military, they swore an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic, and to obey the orders all the way up to those from the president of the United States.
Discussion: Insider
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NBC News:
Organized on Facebook, a 'who's who' of anti-vaccine activists head to D.C.  —  Thousands of protesters are expected to descend on Washington this weekend for a rally against Covid-19 vaccine mandates, a sign that the anti-vaccination movement that gained traction on social media during …
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Washington Post:
Anti-vaccine activists, reveling in their pandemic successes, will rally in D.C. against mandates
Discussion: UPI and Mock Paper Scissors
Wall Street Journal:
Germany Blocks NATO Ally From Transferring Weapons to Ukraine  —  Refusal to permit Estonia to transfer artillery that originated in Germany points to strains in Western alliance over Ukraine  —  Germany is blocking North Atlantic Treaty Organization ally Estonia from giving military support …
Robert Gates / Financial Times:
Putin has overplayed his hand on Ukraine  —  His threats against Russia's neighbour have galvanised Nato and given it new clarity of purpose  —  The writer was US Director of Central Intelligence (1991-93) and Secretary of Defense (2006-11)  —  Europe and the US wait anxiously …
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Bloomberg:
U.S. Weighs Pulling Diplomats' Family Members Out of Ukraine
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Texas man charged with threatening election, government officials in Georgia  —  The Justice Department on Friday arrested a Texas man and charged him with threatening election and other government officials in Georgia, in the first case brought by a task force formed over the summer to combat such threats …
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NBC News:
Klain under scrutiny as Biden struggles  —  WASHINGTON — It's a familiar Washington tale: As a president's agenda stalls and his popularity dims, the search for a scapegoat often leads to his chief of staff.  And as President Joe Biden looks for a reset at the start of his second year in office …
Discussion: Breitbart, MSNBC and Twitchy
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Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Wisconsin GOP lawmaker calls for election cheating in video  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican Wisconsin state lawmaker was recorded on video saying that Republicans need to “cheat like the Democrats” to win elections and that he'd like to punch Democratic Gov. Tony Evers over pandemic restrictions.
Shayna Jacobs / Washington Post:
Thousands of Giuliani's communications turned over to Manhattan U.S. attorney following privilege review  —  NEW YORK — The retired federal judge assigned to review the contents of 18 electronic devices seized from Rudolph W. Giuliani's home and offices in Manhattan last spring has withheld …
Discussion: Insider
Alexa Gagosz / The Boston Globe:
University of Rhode Island revokes honorary degrees for Michael Flynn, Rudy Giuliani  —  “Revoking these honorary degrees reinforces our values and allows us to lead with truth and integrity,” URI President Marc Parlange said  —  PROVIDENCE — The University of Rhode Island voted Friday …
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Sophie Reardon / CBS News:
University of Rhode Island revokes honorary degrees given to Rudy Giuliani and Michael Flynn
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Joe Cunningham / RedState:
The Washington Post Invents a Vaccine Claim Ron DeSantis Didn't Make  —  The media does not like Ron DeSantis.  That's been clear for a long time.  But while every politician has controversial things they have said that should be questioned, including DeSantis, to take a statement and just invent …
Discussion: National Review, WKMG and Townhall
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Cameron Joseph / VICE:
‘People Need to Know She Sucks’: Kyrsten Sinema's Volunteers, Ex-Staff Are Fed Up  —  “I'm livid.  I can only call her a turncoat,” one former volunteer said.  “I feel betrayed.”  —  When Maria-Elena Dunn first met Kyrsten Sinema, she said she was elated.
Seth Mydans / New York Times:
Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Master and Political Reformer, Dies at 95  —  A monk with global influence and an ally of Martin Luther King, he championed what he called “engaged Buddhism,” applying its principles in pressing for peace.  —  Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who was one of the world's …
Discussion: Vox
UNICORN RIOT:
Patriot Front Fascist Leak Exposes Nationwide Racist Campaigns  —  The detailed inner workings and patterns of operation of fascists in the neo-Nazi organization Patriot Front have come to light after a massive leak from their chat servers.  The exposed communications show coordination …
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
When Biden imitates Trump, he is on a dangerous path  —  Democracy depends on respecting the results of elections, even when you don't like the outcome.  That is the chief lesson of 2020.  —  But now, in a disturbing echo of sore loser Donald Trump, President Biden and other top Democrats …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Biden as a New F.D.R.?  Try L.B.J.  —  The president's agenda — big progressive change — has placed Democratic priorities over the voters' desire for practical help on the pandemic and inflation.  —  Joseph R. Biden Jr. was supposed to be another Franklin D. Roosevelt …
Ariel Edwards-Levy / CNN:
CNN Poll: As Supreme Court ruling on Roe looms, most Americans oppose overturning it  —  (CNN)Most Americans oppose overturning the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade precedent, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS, with a majority saying that if the decision was vacated …
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
FBI Denver Provides Final Investigative Update on Gabrielle Petito Case  —  Yesterday, the family of Gabrielle Petito met with the FBI at the Tampa Field Office as the investigation will be closed in the near future.  —  “All logical investigative steps have been concluded in this case,” …
Asra Q. Nomani / Asra Investigates:
BREAKING.  FCPS orders principals to suspend students without masks  —  Rogue superintendent sets up showdown with Gov. Youngkin  —  View the entire document here at Parents Defending Education, on our IndoctriNation Map.  —  FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va — On Friday afternoon, January 21 …
 
 
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Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
No. 2 Climate Diplomat to Leave Post
Mother Jones:
Leaked Messages Show Gettr in Crisis Mode Over Joe Rogan Criticism
U.S. Department of Justice:
Former Defense Contractor Sentenced to 10 Years for Fraud, Money Laundering & ID Theft
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
Jeff Dunetz / The Lid:
Republicans Beware! You Ain't Won Anything Yet
Associated Press:
IS jailbreak, attacks in Syria, Iraq raise alarm; scores die
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Biden taps new election money regulator
Discussion: Politico
Vivian Yee / New York Times:
Saudi-Led Airstrikes Kill Scores at a Prison in Yemen
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Miami Herald:
GOP bill would further shield names of dark money donors
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel
CREW:
CREW to Trump: Remember to pay taxes on RNC cash
Discussion: Raw Story
Amy Walter / Cook Political Report:
GOP Voters Still Like Trump, But Many Ambivalent About 2024 Run
Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
New poll shows Marjorie Taylor Greene is vulnerable in primary matchup
Discussion: National Review
John F. Harris / Politico:
I Led the Revolution Against Journalistic Institutions. Now I Think We Need to Build Them Back Up.