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10:20 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.”
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.
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  —  To an unsettling degree, a large swath of 2022 GOP candidates are deriving energy for their campaigns from the myth that the underlying “cause” of the Jan. 6 rioters was in some sense just.
Discussion: Raw Story, emptywheel and The Mahablog
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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Eric Katz / Defense One:
Court Hits Pause on Vaccine Mandate for DOD, Other Federal Employees
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Oh my: Democrat support for Pelosi/Schumer-led Congress crashes by over half  —  Joe Biden may not be alone in a confidence-crisis cascade.  Gallup's latest polling on congressional approval finds it declining, which may have all the newsy value of reporting on the wetness of water.
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Kirsten Powers / CNN:
Joe Biden is not failing or flailing
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Congressional Approval Sinks to 18% as Democrats Sour Further
Discussion: Breitbart and Townhall
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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Ed Shanahan / New York Times:
2 N.Y.P.D. Officers Killed in Shooting in Harlem, Officials Say  —  The officers were the third and fourth to be shot in the line of duty in recent days.  —  Two New York City police officers were killed in a shooting in Harlem on Friday, officials said.  They were the third and fourth officers …
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
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
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.
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Feds issue subpoenas seeking records related to Rep. Cuellar and his wife, associates  —  Cuellar's attorney said the congressman is “fully cooperating” with the probe.  —  The federal grand jury probe that led to the raid of Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar's home and office in Texas …
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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.
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 …
Allahpundit / HotAir:
New York gov: My daughter got used to wearing sneakers, your kid will get used to wearing a mask  —  Grim.  And out of step with her own party, which has been trying harder lately amid the many reports of children suffering during the pandemic to signal that it's putting kids first now.
Discussion: Fox News, Twitchy and Politico
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Dana Goldstein / New York Times:
Back to School, but Still Learning Online
Discussion: Twitchy
Sophie Reardon / CBS News:
University of Rhode Island revokes honorary degrees given to Rudy Giuliani and Michael Flynn  —  Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn will no longer hold honorary degrees from the University of Rhode Island, the school announced Friday.
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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 …
DJ Summers / FOX31 Denver:
CDC: Natural immunity stronger than vaccines alone during delta wave  —  DENVER (KDVR) — Natural immunity was six times stronger during the delta wave than vaccination, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  —  The report, published Jan. 19 …
Kaelan Deese / Washington Examiner:
Supreme Court agrees to hear case over limits on Oklahoma tribal authority  —  The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider limiting the scope of its 2020 ruling that enhanced Native American tribal authority in Oklahoma in a case surrounding a man convicted of child neglect.
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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.
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Bill Maher On 'Real Time's 20th Season, Being “Over Covid” & America's Upcoming “Real Day Of Reckoning”  —  EXCLUSIVE: Bill Maher is back and ready to rumble.  —  “I feel like Covid is still the dominant issue of our lives right now and it should not be anymore,” the Real Time with Bill Maher host …
Discussion: The Hill, Townhall and The Daily Caller
Shannon Bond / NPR:
What the Joe Rogan podcast controversy says about the online misinformation ecosystem  —  An open letter urging Spotify to crack down on COVID-19 misinformation has gained the signatures of more than a thousand doctors, scientists and health professionals spurred by growing concerns …
Discussion: TheGrio and DemCast
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
Leaked Messages Show Gettr in Crisis Mode Over Joe Rogan Criticism  —  Last week, Gettr, the social media site that sells itself as a MAGA alternative to Twitter, entered damage control mode.  The hugely popular podcaster Joe Rogan, who days earlier had signed up for the app …
Discussion: Washington Post
Andrew Sullivan / The Weekly Dish:
How Biden Lost The Plot  —  Listening to interest groups and activists is no way to get re-elected.  —  If I were president (I know, I know) I'd take an hour or two each week and observe a focus group.  Presidents never get the full truth talking directly with the public …
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 …
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
MitchPlease, Black Americans are Americans  —  Hold up!  Did Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) say what I thought he said?  —  When asked on Wednesday what he would tell voters of color who fear they won't be able to vote in November's midterm elections because of the Senate's failure …
Discussion: NBC News, MSNBC, WLKY-TV, HuffPost and Insider
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 …
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.
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
Here's Why American Workers Are (a) Screwed and (b) Quitting  —  The annual report on union membership explains a lot about what's wrong with our country.  —  Demonstrators rally in front of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos's residence calling for workers' rights and a stop to union busting, November 26, 2021, in New York.
Discussion: HuffPost, The Hill and Common Dreams
New York Times:
Jan. 6 Panel and State Officials Seek Answers on Fake Trump Electors  —  Pressure is mounting on the Justice Department to investigate bogus electors who claimed that Donald J. Trump defeated Joseph R. Biden Jr. in their states.  —  WASHINGTON — Law enforcement officials …
Andrew Miller / Fox News:
Denver public school teaching kindergartners BLM ‘guiding principles’ including ‘disruption of nuclear family’  —  The school was hit with a civil rights complaint last year over a different matter  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for January 21  —  A public elementary school in the Denver …
Discussion: Townhall and The Daily Caller
 
 
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Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
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U.S. Department of Justice:
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Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
FBI Denver Provides Final Investigative Update on Gabrielle Petito Case
Jeff Dunetz / The Lid:
Republicans Beware! You Ain't Won Anything Yet
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CREW:
CREW to Trump: Remember to pay taxes on RNC cash
Discussion: Raw Story
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
When Biden imitates Trump, he is on a dangerous path
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Texas man charged with threatening election, government officials in Georgia