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12:15 PM ET, January 21, 2022

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Politico:
It's Ron Klain's turn in the barrel  —  As Joe Biden limps into his second year in office, a common criticism has emerged among fellow party members: his top advisers are too insular, rigid and self-assured.  —  At the center of it all is Biden's chief of staff, Ron Klain.
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Daily Mail:
Biden won't fire his all-powerful, Master of Disaster, Chief of Staff Ron Klain, who is behind the White House's biggest failures.
Discussion: HotAir and Insider
Glenn H. Reynolds / New York Post:   Biden acts much more like Putin's puppet than Trump ever did
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.
Discussion: HillReporter.com and Raw Story
George T. Conway III / Washington Post:
Courts hand Donald Trump loss after loss after loss  —  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, which summarily rejected the former president's …
Discussion: Vanity Fair and CNN
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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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.
Politico:
‘Dangerous precedent’: Jan. 6 committee trains its sights on false pro-Trump electors  —  As Capitol attack investigators dig into efforts by state-level Republicans to send Congress “alternative” slates of 2020 presidential electors, they're zeroing in on the involvement of Donald Trump's White House and campaign operations.
Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
Michigan GOP co-chair said Trump campaign asked for GOP elector push: CNN
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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Kelly McBride / NPR:
NPR reporting on Supreme Court mask controversy merits clarification  —  An inaccurate verb choice made the reporting unclear  —  On Tuesday morning, NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg reported that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch had declined to wear a mask in court …
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
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump's friends worry legal pick for N.Y. case lacks experience
Discussion: Insider
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
What Democrats Need From Mitch McConnell to Make an Election Reform Deal Worth It  —  The debate over whether Democrats should pursue their large voting rights package or a narrower law aimed against election subversion became moot on Wednesday when Democrats could not muster up enough votes …
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Politico:
Democrats slim down ambitions after back-to-back failures  —  After two strikeouts, don't expect Senate Democrats to immediately swing for the fences again.  —  There's little appetite in the Democratic majority to publicly fall short on high-profile priorities so soon after the party's failures …
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 …
Discussion: Insider, CNN and The Atlantic
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American Greatness:
The Pathetic and Political Sedition Case Against the Oath Keepers
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and Rolling Stone
Andrew Jeong / Washington Post:
DeSantis suggests vaccines hurt fertility.  A study indicates otherwise — but says catching coronavirus might.  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), a foe of vaccine mandates, on Thursday appeared to suggest that getting a shot to protect against the coronavirus could cause infertility.
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Joe Cunningham / RedState:
The Washington Post Invents a Vaccine Claim Ron DeSantis Didn't Make
Discussion: WKMG and National Review
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Where do Americans stand on abortion and on potentially overturning Roe v. Wade?  —  Friday is the 49th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade ruling on abortion  —  Actor Kirk Cameron talks March for Life and his support for the pro-life movement: 'We're at a tipping point'
Discussion: The Federalist and NPR
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Josh Axelrod / The American Independent:   Here's how conservatives have prolonged the COVID-19 pandemic
Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
New poll shows Marjorie Taylor Greene is vulnerable in primary matchup  —  Strahan, a healthcare executive, entered the race in September  —  CAROLINE BREHMAN/CQ-ROLL CALL, INC VIA GETTY IMAGES, COURTESY  —  A new poll obtained by Jewish Insider suggests that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene …
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CNN:
Kevin McCarthy's path to speakership enters final but treacherous leg
Discussion: Raw Story
Bloomberg:
U.S. Weighs Pulling Diplomats' Family Members Out of Ukraine  —  The U.S. is weighing whether to evacuate family members of diplomats stationed in Ukraine as Russia masses more than 100,000 troops on its borders, according to people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Forbes, ABC7, Raw Story and Associated Press
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Associated Press:
US and Russia try to lower temperature in Ukraine crisis
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: Twitchy
Mike Levine / ABC News:
FBI raid on House Democrat's home related to Azerbaijan probe, source says  —  An FBI spokesperson said any law enforcement activity was “court-authorized.”  —  The FBI on Wednesday raided Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar's home and campaign office in Texas as part of a wide-ranging …
Brad Dress / The Hill:
Rittenhouse asks for rifle used in Wisconsin killings back, says he will destroy it  —  Kyle Rittenhouse asked a court to return the rifle he used to fatally shoot two protestors in Kenosha, Wisc., in 2020 — so he can destroy the firearm, according to his attorney.
Discussion: CNN and POLITICUSUSA
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Ben Ryder Howe / New York Magazine:
13,000 Pounds at 118 Miles Per Hour  —  It was the deadliest wreck in years.  And the man behind it was one of the FBI's most notorious informants.  —  Photo-Illustration: Mark Harris.  Photo courtesy of of the National Transportation Safety Board  —  On September 4, 2018, Nauman Hussain …
Peter Stone / The Guardian:
Michael Flynn allies allegedly plotted to lean on Republicans to back vote audits  —  Ex-whistleblower says group enlisted his help to seek potentially damaging information on two members of Congress to prod them to back audits in key states Trump lost  —  FBI agents and the House panel investigating …
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.
 
 
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Media Matters for America:
Tucker Carlson praises conservatives for not yet turning to politically motivated “violence against innocents”
Discussion: HuffPost
Financial Times:
Russia's central bank proposes ban on crypto trading and mining
Discussion: Political Wire
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Walker has limited public campaign stops, but he's profited from private events
Politico:
Is the Media Doomed?  —  It's almost conventional wisdom right now that the news media …
John F. Harris / Politico:
POLITICO Marked the End of the Era of Institutional Media. Now We Need to Bring It Back.
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Exclusive: Biden administration raises minimum wage for federal employees to $15
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and Reuters
 Earlier Items: 
Harry Enten / CNN:
Only Trump was in worse electoral shape than Biden after his first year as president
Graham Moomaw / Virginia Mercury:
Va. Republicans won big under Democratic voting rules. They still want tougher laws.
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
Deepa Shivaram / NPR:
Families are in distress after the first month without the expanded child tax credit
Discussion: FactCheck.org and Washington Post
Fox News:
California bill would allow preteens to be vaccinated without parents' consent
Discussion: National Review and Politico
CAFE:
Unpacking The Russian Threat (with Masha Gessen)