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11:15 AM ET, January 21, 2022

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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.
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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
Discussion: Letters from an American and CNN
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 …
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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 …
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: 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
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: Mercury News and Raw Story
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump's friends worry legal pick for N.Y. case lacks experience  —  Close associates and advisers to Donald Trump tell Axios they're concerned by his decision to use a relatively inexperienced New Jersey attorney, Alina Habba, in his high-stakes legal fight against New York Attorney General Letitia James.
Discussion: Insider
Washington Post:
Supreme Court, investigators force Trump and his children on the defensive on multiple fronts
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: Associated Press, ABC7 and Raw Story
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Associated Press:
US and Russia try to lower temperature in Ukraine crisis
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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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
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: The Atlantic
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American Greatness:
The Pathetic and Political Sedition Case Against the Oath Keepers
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and Rolling Stone
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 …
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 …
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 …
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
March for Life taking place as Roe faces potential end nearly 50 years after landmark decision  —  The March for Life began in response to the decision in landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade  —  The Supreme Court Gets the Abortion Battle  —  Thousands of activists are expected to descend on Washington …
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.
Discussion: RedState and Mercury News
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.
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.
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 …
Politico:
Is the Media Doomed?  —  It's almost conventional wisdom right now that the news media is a fast-moving crisis, with mainstream news sources collapsing and Americans increasingly divided not only in what they read, but even what facts they choose to believe.  How much worse will it get?
Harry Enten / CNN:
Only Trump was in worse electoral shape than Biden after his first year as president  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden's administration turned 1 year old on Thursday.  He entered the White House by beating a historically unpopular president in Donald Trump.  —  And while Biden started with a lot …
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Exclusive: Biden administration raises minimum wage for federal employees to $15  —  Federal agencies are being directed to raise the minimum wages for government employees to $15 an hour, according to new guidance from the Office of Personnel Management shared first with Axios.
Discussion: The Hill and Reuters
John F. Harris / Politico:
POLITICO Marked the End of the Era of Institutional Media.  Now We Need to Bring It Back.  —  As we approached the 15th anniversary of POLITICO, I plunged into old files expecting to find a lot that would make me cringe.  —  Cringe, I did, looking at some of the early stories, replete with typos, clunky writing, strained premises.
Glenn Greenwald:
Congress's 1/6 Committee Claims Absolute Power as it Investigates Citizens With No Judicial Limits  —  The Committee plotted with JPMorgan and its lawyer, former Obama AG Loretta Lynch, to obtain a citizen's financial records with no possibility of judicial review.
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Republicans Want New Tool in Elusive Search for Voter Fraud: Election Police  —  Republicans in three states have proposed strike forces against election crimes even though fraud cases remain minuscule.  —  WASHINGTON — Reprising the rigged-election belief that has become a mantra among their supporters …
Josh Axelrod / The American Independent:
Here's how conservatives have prolonged the COVID-19 pandemic  —  It didn't have to be this way.  —  Nearly two full years after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, Americans' lives are still being dictated by the virus.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Walker has limited public campaign stops, but he's profited from private events  —  Herschel Walker has spurned press conferences, avoided media interviews and held only a handful of public events since launching his U.S. Senate campaign.  But he's kept a busy slate of lucrative paid speaking …
 
 
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Glenn H. Reynolds / New York Post:
Biden acts much more like Putin's puppet than Trump ever did
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
Politico:
Biden goes long form
Discussion: The National Interest
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Unpacking The Russian Threat (with Masha Gessen)
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Hannah Rabinowitz / CNN:
Judge denies InfoWars host motion to dismiss
Discussion: Insider and UPI
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Never Mind the Facts. Trump Fans Feel Like a Majority
Discussion: The Atlantic