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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.
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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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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:   Trump's GOP kingmaker status is on the line as some endorsees struggle in polls
Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
If Trump Had Greenlighted Russia To Invade Ukraine Like Biden Just Did, He'd Be Accused Of Corruption
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Fox News and The Dispatch
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: 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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American Greatness:
The Pathetic and Political Sedition Case Against the Oath Keepers
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and Rolling Stone
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 …
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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 and HotAir
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump's friends worry legal pick for N.Y. case lacks experience
Discussion: HillReporter.com
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, Twitchy and The Guardian
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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 …
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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: National Review and WKMG
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
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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Associated Press:
US and Russia try to lower temperature in Ukraine crisis
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 …
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 …
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 …
Amy Walter / Cook Political Report:
GOP Voters Still Like Trump, But Many Ambivalent About 2024 Run  —  Donald Trump continues to redefine the role of a U.S. president.  Normally, a one-term president, who presided over the loss of the House and Senate and came up short in his own re-election campaign, would be a pariah within his party.
Discussion: RedState and Florida Politics
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.
Discussion: Insider, HotAir and Alternet.org
Washington Post:
Booster shots in U.S. have strongly protected against severe disease from omicron variant, CDC studies show … Vaccine boosters provide robust protection against severe disease from the omicron variant in the United States, according to three reports released Friday that offer the first real-world data …
 
 
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Michael McCarthy / Front Office Sports:
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James Comer / The Daily Signal:
Americans Deserve Answers on Hunter Biden's Beijing-Backed Cobalt Mine Deal
Ashley Gold / Axios:
Exclusive: YouTube shuts down two Oath Keepers channels
Brad Dress / The Hill:
Rittenhouse asks for rifle used in Wisconsin killings back, says he will destroy it
Discussion: CNN and POLITICUSUSA
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: Euractiv and Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
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.
Harry Enten / CNN:
Only Trump was in worse electoral shape than Biden after his first year as president