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4:00 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.”
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.
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 …
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Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
If Trump Had Greenlighted Russia To Invade Ukraine Like Biden Just Did, He'd Be Accused Of Corruption
Bloomberg:
U.S. Weighs Pulling Diplomats' Family Members Out of Ukraine
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story, New Republic and Vanity Fair
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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U.S. Department of Justice:
Texas Man Arrested for Making Election-Related Threats to Government Officials  —  First Case Charged by Justice Department's Election Threats Task Force  —  A Texas man was arrested today in Travis County, Texas, for allegedly sending threatening election-related communications to government officials on Jan. 5, 2021.
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Associated Press:
Yemeni rebels say Saudi-led airstrike on prison killed 70  —  SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Saudi-led airstrike targeting a prison run by Yemen's Houthi rebels killed at least 70 detainees and wounded dozens Friday, a rebel minister said.  The strike was part of a pounding aerial offensive …
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: MSNBC and Twitchy
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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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Jacob Gershman / Wall Street Journal:
Judge Blocks Biden Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate for Federal Workers  —  President lacked authority to mandate shots, ruling says  —  A federal judge Friday blocked the Biden administration's Covid-19 vaccine requirement for federal employees, the latest legal setback for the president's push to inoculate workers.
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Eric Katz / Defense One:
Court Hits Pause on Vaccine Mandate for DOD, Other Federal Employees
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Suspicious Trump weighs dual endorsements  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE REBOOT — With his agenda stalled in Congress, President JOE BIDEN is switching strategies, “a stark admission that his approach to governing so far has fallen short,” NYT's Michael Shear, Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Katie Rogers report.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:   Trump's GOP kingmaker status is on the line as some endorsees struggle in polls
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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The Daily Beast:
Ivanka Ghosts Trumpland as Investigators Turn Up the Heat  —  Ivanka Trump has largely avoided the national spotlight for the last year.  Now, investigators in two separate probes think she could be key to her father's undoing.  —  Whether it's the lawmakers on Capitol Hill plumbing …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mercury News
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Washington Post:
Supreme Court, investigators force Trump and his children on the defensive on multiple fronts
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post and Twitchy
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.
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 …
Miami Herald:
GOP bill would further shield names of dark money donors  —  Florida Republicans are pushing legislation that would enact broad new layers of secrecy around nonprofit organizations' corporate and individual donors, a move that would allow some political groups to shield sources of funding from local and state government scrutiny.
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel
Politico:
Mask fines, voting jargon, and more: We take your toughest questions about Congress  —  Learn where money from masks fines go, some procedural wonkery and the VIPs in each House office.
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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 …
Ashley Gold / Axios:
Exclusive: YouTube shuts down two Oath Keepers channels  —  YouTube has deactivated two channels linked to the Oath Keepers militia group whose members have been charged in relation to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, the company told Axios.  —  The big picture: Social media platforms that were used …
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Saki Knafo / New York Times:
The ‘Shouting Back’ Theater Abruptly Closes, and Brooklyn Mourns  —  A rowdy movie house suddenly goes dark, inspiring an outpouring of dismay and reminiscences.  —  On a recent morning, the Regal UA Court Street in Brooklyn was uncharacteristically quiet.
Discussion: Althouse
The Daily Beast:
NPR ‘Founding Mother’ Unloads on Public Editor Over SCOTUS Story: 'She's Not Clarifying Anything!'  —  “She can say any goddam thing she wants,” Nina Totenberg said of NPR's Public Editor before letting out a deep laugh.  —  The widening controversy over an NPR story on masks …
 
 
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Shayna Jacobs / Washington Post:
Thousands of Giuliani's communications turned over to Manhattan U.S. attorney following privilege review
Discussion: Political Wire
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Top Eric Adams appointee did business with Trump and a Russian oligarch who was sanctioned by the U.S.
CREW:
CREW to Trump: Remember to pay taxes on RNC cash
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael McCarthy / Front Office Sports:
Broncos Could Make History with NFL's First Black Owner
Discussion: The Root and ProFootballTalk
Amy Walter / Cook Political Report:
GOP Voters Still Like Trump, But Many Ambivalent About 2024 Run
 Earlier Items: 
Brad Dress / The Hill:
Rittenhouse asks for rifle used in Wisconsin killings back, says he will destroy it
Discussion: CNN and POLITICUSUSA
Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
New poll shows Marjorie Taylor Greene is vulnerable in primary matchup
Discussion: National Review
Politico:
Is the Media Doomed?  —  It's almost conventional wisdom right now that the news media …
John F. Harris / Politico:
I Led the Revolution Against Journalistic Institutions. Now I Think We Need to Build Them Back Up.
Ben Ryder Howe / New York Magazine:
13,000 Pounds at 118 Miles Per Hour
Mike Levine / ABC News:
FBI raid on House Democrat's home related to Azerbaijan probe, source says