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5:35 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.
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.
Discussion: The Daily Wire and Deseret News
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Eric Katz / Defense One:
Court Hits Pause on Vaccine Mandate for DOD, Other Federal Employees
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Biden's approach to the presidency was flawed from the start  —  Joe Biden's approach to the presidency is outdated and ineffective.  The sooner he acknowledges that, the sooner he can change course.  —  The endless presidential debates and forums of 2019 revealed two problems with the Democratic field.
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Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Oh my: Democrat support for Pelosi/Schumer-led Congress crashes by over half  —  Joe Biden may not be alone in a confidence-crisis cascade.  Gallup's latest polling on congressional approval finds it declining, which may have all the newsy value of reporting on the wetness of water.
Kirsten Powers / CNN:
Joe Biden is not failing or flailing
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
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 …
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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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 …
Shayna Jacobs / Washington Post:
Thousands of Giuliani's communications turned over to Manhattan U.S. attorney following privilege review  —  NEW YORK — The retired federal judge assigned to review the contents of 18 electronic devices seized from Rudolph W. Giuliani's home and offices in Manhattan last spring has withheld …
Discussion: Insider
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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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: Slate and Washington Examiner
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How the new focus on Ivanka Trump and Jan. 6 will expose dark MAGA truths
Discussion: Raw Story and emptywheel
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: Breitbart, MSNBC and Twitchy
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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 …
Vildana Hajric / Bloomberg:
Crypto Crash Erases More Than $1 Trillion in Market Value  —  For Bitcoin, there's only been one constant recently: decline after decline after decline.  And the superlatives have piled up really quickly.  —  With the Federal Reserve intending to withdraw stimulus from the market, riskier assets the world over have suffered.
Discussion: CoinDesk and Al Jazeera
Seth Mydans / New York Times:
Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Master and Political Reformer, Dies at 95  —  A monk with global influence and an ally of Martin Luther King, he championed what he called “engaged Buddhism,” applying its principles in pressing for peace.  —  Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who was one of the world's …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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
Asra Q. Nomani / Asra Investigates:
BREAKING.  FCPS orders principals to suspend students without masks  —  Rogue superintendent sets up showdown with Gov. Youngkin  —  View the entire document here at Parents Defending Education, on our IndoctriNation Map.  —  FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va — On Friday afternoon, January 21 …
Vivian Yee / New York Times:
Saudi-Led Airstrikes Kill Scores at a Prison in Yemen  —  The strikes, which also knocked out the country's internet, came after Iran-backed Houthi rebels attacked the U.A.E., a key partner in the Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting in Yemen for years.
 
 
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Erin Mansfield / Stars & Stripes:
Leaked Oath Keepers list names 20 current military members
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Federal Bureau of Investigation:
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Patriot Front Fascist Leak Exposes Nationwide Racist Campaigns
Jeff Dunetz / The Lid:
Republicans Beware! You Ain't Won Anything Yet
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Biden taps new election money regulator
Discussion: Politico
CREW:
CREW to Trump: Remember to pay taxes on RNC cash
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Amy Walter / Cook Political Report:
GOP Voters Still Like Trump, But Many Ambivalent About 2024 Run
Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
New poll shows Marjorie Taylor Greene is vulnerable in primary matchup
Discussion: National Review
Saki Knafo / New York Times:
The ‘Shouting Back’ Theater Abruptly Closes, and Brooklyn Mourns
Discussion: Althouse
John F. Harris / Politico:
I Led the Revolution Against Journalistic Institutions. Now I Think We Need to Build Them Back Up.
The Daily Beast:
NPR ‘Founding Mother’ Unloads on Public Editor Over SCOTUS Story: 'She's Not Clarifying Anything!'
 

 
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Blake Brittain / Reuters:
Filing: OpenAI asks a US federal judge to dismiss parts of NYT's copyright suit, alleging it “paid someone to hack OpenAI's products” and violated OpenAI's TOS

Byron Tau / Wired:
A look at some government contractors that are helping US intelligence agencies and others use targeted mobile ads to track down people

Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Unionized editorial workers at LexisNexis-owned Law360 authorize a strike; the union says the vote is partly due to planned layoffs after record profits in 2023

 
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