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8:45 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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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 …
Discussion: Poynter, Reason, HotAir, Twitchy and Fox News
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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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 and Politico
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The Daily Beast:
Ivanka Ghosts Trumpland as Investigators Turn Up the Heat
Discussion: Raw Story and Mercury News
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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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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NIH News Release:
COVID-19 vaccination does not reduce chances of conception, study suggests
Discussion: Mercury News
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.
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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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
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: Reuters
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 and Fox News
Fox News:
California bill would allow preteens to be vaccinated without parents' consent  —  Currently in California, minors ages 12 to 17 cannot be vaccinated without permission from their parents or guardian, unless the vaccine is specifically to prevent a sexually transmitted disease
Discussion: Politico and National Review
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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.
Graham Moomaw / Virginia Mercury:
Va. Republicans won big under Democratic voting rules.  They still want tougher laws.  —  Virginia Republicans had a wildly successful election night in what had been a solid blue state in 2021, playing by Democratic voting rules the GOP spent two years arguing against.
Discussion: Politico
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
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 …
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
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.
 
 
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Deepa Shivaram / NPR:
Families are in distress after the first month without the expanded child tax credit
Discussion: FactCheck.org and Washington Post
Politico:
Biden goes long form
Discussion: The National Interest
Daniel Woodruff / KUTV-TV:
Subject of ‘Just Mercy’ film visits Utah to push for abolishing death penalty
Cameron Cawthorne / Fox Business:
Hunter Biden, former Biden aide invested in Chinese company tied to Communist Party, NBA China
Discussion: RedState
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Hochul Amassed a Campaign Fortune. Here's Who it Came From.
 Earlier Items: 
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
'Let's ban algebra, too!' adds Fla. legislator who is clearly not three kids in a trench coat
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Wire
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
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
An anti-Black backlash — with no end in sight
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