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5:25 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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Washington Post:
As Giuliani coordinated plan for Trump electoral votes in states Biden won, some electors balked  —  On Dec. 14, 2020, the day of the electoral college vote, Republican electors convened in the capitals of five states that Joe Biden had won.  They declared themselves “duly elected and qualified” …
Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
Michigan GOP co-chair said Trump campaign asked for GOP elector push: CNN  —  Lansing — Michigan Republican Party Co-Chairwoman Meshawn Maddock said former President Donald Trump's campaign had encouraged the effort to challenge the 2020 results by a group of 16 Republican electors, according to an audio recording obtained by 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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Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
I Am Embarrassed for the Supreme Court
The Daily Beast:
NPR ‘Founding Mother’ Unloads on Public Editor Over SCOTUS Story: 'She's Not Clarifying Anything!'
Discussion: HuffPost, Townhall and The Dispatch
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 …
Manu Raju / CNN:
Arizona Democrat says some senators urging him to challenge Sinema with party at a ‘breaking point’  —  (CNN)Rep. Ruben Gallego says his phone has been ringing a lot recently — with many Democrats making a pitch to him: Run against Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in 2024.
Discussion: HuffPost, Fox News, The Hill, Insider and IJR
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Andy Hall / ESPN Front Row:
Due to COVID Concerns, ESPN Will Not Staff Winter Olympics in China  —  Robust remote coverage plans will kick off prior to start of competition  —  Due to concerns about COVID-19 and other COVID-related restrictions, ESPN will not be sending any news personnel to the Winter Olympics in China …
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Tamar Hallerman / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Fulton DA requests special grand jury for Trump probe  —  Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is requesting a special grand jury to aid in her investigation of former President Donald Trump and his efforts to overturn Georgia's 2020 election results.
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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, Politico and Bloomberg
Courtney Tanner / Salt Lake Tribune:
BYU is under federal investigation for how it disciplines LGBTQ students  —  The private religious school says it's exempt from Title IX requirements.  But students say it's time for a change.  —  (George Frey |  Special to The Tribune) Students and others gather in front …
Lauren Thomas / CNBC:
Peloton to halt production of its Bikes, treadmills as demand wanes  — Peloton is temporarily halting production of its connected fitness products as consumer demand wanes and the company looks to control costs, according to internal documents obtained by CNBC.
Donald Shaw / The Brick House Cooperative:
Biden Re-Nominates Trump Pick and GOP Donor Jennifer Rearden as a Federal Judge  —  President Joe Biden yesterday nominated a slate of judges, including a controversial selection in Jennifer Rearden, who was first nominated for the federal bench by former President Donald Trump.
Hannah Rabinowitz / CNN:
Judge denies InfoWars host motion to dismiss  —  (CNN Business)A federal judge on Thursday denied InfoWars host and right-wing conspiracy theorist Owen Shroyer's attempt to dismiss the four charges against him in connection with the January 6 Capitol riot.  —  Shroyer has been charged …
Discussion: Insider and UPI
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Rep. Madison Cawthorn Cleans Gun During Veterans Hearing  —  The North Carolina Republican lived up to his claim to fame on Wednesday of being the youngest current member of Congress.  —  The House Veterans' Affairs Committee took Wednesday as an opportunity to hold a virtual hearing on how toxic chemicals are killing U.S. soldiers.
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 …
Associated Press:
Rittenhouse seeks return of gun used during Kenosha protest  —  KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois man acquitted of fatally shooting two men and wounding a third during street protests in Kenosha in 2020, is seeking the return of the gun and other property that police seized after his arrest.
Discussion: Insider, Fox News and CBS Chicago
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Pelosi plays cleanup for Biden  —  BIG MEDIA MOVE THIS MORNING: BOB COSTA, the star politics reporter for the Washington Post and BOB WOODWARD's recent co-author, is joining CBS as chief election and campaign correspondent.  More from the NYT
American Greatness:
Rand Paul: Biden's ‘Muddled Message’ is ‘Dangerous to the Country,’ He Probably Shouldn't ‘Speak and Appear in Public’  —  Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said during an interview on Thursday that Joe Biden's inability to express a coherent message on foreign policy has become such a national security risk …
Politico:
Biden goes long form  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With Allie Bice.  —  JOE BIDEN does solo press conferences so rarely that the build up to Wednesday's session became a news story in its own right.
Discussion: The National Interest and HotAir
Theresa Vargas / Washington Post:
In catering to selfish parents, Youngkin is failing Virginia's kids  —  His executive order, which gives parents the power to choose whether children wear masks in school, ignores reality  —  When children test positive for the coronavirus at my children's Virginia elementary school, parents don't normally get much information.
Discussion: RedState and Forbes
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Never Mind the Facts.  Trump Fans Feel Like a Majority  —  Donald Trump's obsession with inflated estimates of the crowd sizes at his various live events has been a long-running joke in American politics.  This was exhibited most famously in his bitter argument with the National Park Service …
Discussion: The Atlantic
kofc.org:
New Knights of Columbus/Marist Poll: A Majority of Americans Support Legal Limits on Abortion, and Oppose Taxpayer Funding  —  NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A new Knights of Columbus/Marist Poll released today shows that 71% of Americans support legal limits on abortion.
Brooke Leigh Howard / The Daily Beast:
Mitch McConnell Says Black People Vote Just as Much as ‘Americans’  —  COME AGAIN?  —  If only politicians thought before they talked.  Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) seemingly implied on Wednesday that Black Americans are not true Americans.  Following a failed vote on Democrats' John Lewis …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Hochul Amassed a Campaign Fortune.  Here's Who it Came From.  —  Gov. Kathy Hochul's record-setting $21.6 million in donations flowed from a who's who of New York's special interests.  —  Last November, when many of Manhattan's skyscrapers sat half-empty, Gov. Kathy Hochul made a high-stakes wager …
Justice News:
Belarusian Government Officials Charged With Aircraft Piracy For Diverting Ryanair Flight 4978 To Arrest Dissident Journalist In May 2021  —  Senior Belarusian Officials Conspired to Use a False Bomb Threat to Unlawfully Divert a Passenger Flight Carrying American Citizens in Order to Arrest Belarusian Dissident
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
'Let's ban algebra, too!' adds Fla. legislator who is clearly not three kids in a trench coat  —  TALLAHASSEE — Florida legislators are working hard to pass a bill that, as the Associated Press observed, would “prohibit public schools and private businesses from making white people feel 'discomfort …
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Wire
John Yoon / New York Times:
An American Airlines flight turns back over the Atlantic because of a passenger mask dispute.  —  An American Airlines flight to London from Miami turned around about an hour into its journey on Wednesday night because of a passenger who refused to follow coronavirus masking rules, the airline said.
C. Ryan Barber / Insider:
Time is running out for Biden's Justice Department to prosecute Trump for 10 possible crimes detailed in the Mueller report  — The five-year deadline is closing in to charge Donald Trump with crimes detailed by Robert Mueller.  — Trump benefited in office from a DOJ policy against prosecuting a sitting president.
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
An anti-Black backlash — with no end in sight  —  We are in the midst of an aggressive, sustained backlash against recent shows of Black political power.  The Senate's rejection of a comprehensive voting rights bill on Wednesday night both leaves in place some of the most pernicious elements …
Cameron Cawthorne / Fox Business:
Hunter Biden, former Biden aide invested in Chinese company tied to Communist Party, NBA China  —  Former top Biden aide told Hunter that Chinese executive was 'being groomed to take over his family's dynasty'  —  EXCLUSIVE: As recently as March 2017, Hunter Biden's private equity firm held …
Discussion: RedState
 
 
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Daniel Woodruff / KUTV-TV:
Subject of ‘Just Mercy’ film visits Utah to push for abolishing death penalty
CAFE:
Unpacking The Russian Threat (with Masha Gessen)
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Donna Edwards jumps into the race for her old Md. congressional seat
Discussion: NBC News, The Hill and Mediaite
Frank Gluck / The News-Press:
DeSantis administration puts Florida health director on leave for encouraging vaccinations for his staff
Representative Mondaire Jones:
REP. MONDAIRE JONES OUTLINES PATH FORWARD IN FIGHT FOR VOTING RIGHTS
Discussion: Twitchy
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Those least likely to worry about getting covid (Republicans) have been those most likely to get covid
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
Matt Robison / The Editorial Board:
Reality check: President Joe Biden's year-one grade? A+
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Hot Package: Billy Ray, Adam McKay Team For ‘J6,’ Film About January 6 Assault On Capitol
Discussion: Gawker
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Treasury Sanctions Russian-Backed Actors Responsible for Destabilization Activities in Ukraine