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2:55 PM ET, January 22, 2022

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AZ Democratic Party censures Sen. Sinema after blocking voting rights legislation  —  PHOENIX — Arizona Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema is growing increasingly isolated from some of her party's most influential officials and donors after playing a key role in scuttling voting rights legislation …
Discussion: Mediaite, ABC News and RedState
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Jonathan J. Cooper / Associated Press:
Sinema faces blowback in Arizona for votes defying Democrats  —  PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is growing increasingly isolated from some of her party's most influential officials and donors after playing a key role in scuttling voting rights legislation that many Democrats consider essential to preserving democracy.
CNN:
Sinema censured by Arizona Democrats over filibuster stance that blocked voting rights legislation  —  (CNN)The Arizona Democratic Party's executive board announced Saturday that it formally censured Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema for voting to maintain the Senate's filibuster rules …
Julia Ioffe / Puck:
Trump's Former Russia Guru Explains His Putin Complex  —  A conversation with Fiona Hill about the Russia-Ukraine crisis, Putin's next move, and where the White House goes from here.  —  With more than 100,000 Russian troops lurking on the border of Ukraine, and the terrifying possibility …
Discussion: CNN
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
As invasion looms, Ukrainians are calmly defiant
Discussion: MyNorthwest.com, Bloomberg and Fox News
Washington Post:
Putin has many options short of a multi-front invasion of Ukraine
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
‘House of Trump is crumbling’: why ex-president's legal net is tightening  —  Some Trumpland observers are convinced that he is in serious legal trouble as New York's AG investigation of Trump Organizations's finances intensifies  —  hen Donald Trump announced plans in 2006 to build …
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Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Trump may let his kids take the fall as the legal net tightens around him: DC insider
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Alex Pareene / The AP (Alex Pareene) Newsletter:
We're All Trying to Find the Guy Policing Our Behavior  —  Who or what is preventing us from going “back to normal” exactly?  —  I dropped my kid off at school this morning, as I do most mornings.  We took the city bus, which, as always, crawled in traffic and grew steadily more crowded …
Discussion: Eschaton
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Judge Issues Stinging Free Speech Ruling Against University of Florida  —  While a lawsuit is being resolved, the university cannot bar professors from offering expert testimony in lawsuits against the state, the federal judge ruled.  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge handed a crucial free-speech victory …
Abha Bhattarai / Washington Post:
‘That raise meant nothing’: Inflation is wiping out pay increases for most Americans  —  After years of barely budging, wages are finally up.  But the same strong recovery that is emboldening workers is also driving up inflation, leaving most Americans with less spending power than they had a year ago.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
CNN:
Videos show ‘Stop the Steal’ rally organizer saying he would work with extremist groups  —  Videos show what ‘Stop the Steal’ leader was thinking leading up to Jan. 6  —  (CNN)An organizer of the “Stop the Steal” rallies that preceded the attack on the US Capitol a year ago said he would work …
Discussion: Insider, Raw Story and The Odd Post
Kevin Van Valkenburg / ESPN:
The unfiltered year of Aaron Rodgers  —  SITTING IN WHAT has become the most famous living room in football, sipping a scotch and wearing a half-zip with a Masters logo, Aaron Rodgers couldn't stop grinning.  —  Peyton Manning and Eli Manning had just asked him, as part of their ManningCast …
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Matt Lombardi / Sports Illustrated:   Report: Aaron Rodgers Criticizes President Biden for Pandemic-Related Quote
Rob Picheta / CNN:
Omicron has changed the shape of the pandemic.  Will it end it for good?  —  (CNN)The world feared the worst when a worrying new coronavirus variant emerged in late November and ripped through South Africa at a pace not seen before in the pandemic.  —  But two months later …
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
James D. Robenalt / Washington Post:
Jan. 22, 1973: The day that changed America  —  It was a day unlike any other in U.S. history.  Jan. 22, 1973, was the day Henry Kissinger flew to Paris to end the Vietnam War for the United States.  It was the day the Supreme Court issued its opinion on abortion rights in Roe v. Wade.
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David Edward Burke / Washington Monthly:
The Perpetual Battle Over Abortion Rights
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
How Fox News and Republican officials devised one Biden smear  —  For three months, Republican officeholders and Fox News personalities have been shouting it from the rooftops.  —  “The attorney general announced the FBI would investigate moms who dared to complain at school board meetings …
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Zaid Jilani / INQUIRE:
The ACLU Suddenly Reverses Its Support For Transparency  —  The long-time civil liberties organization continues its partisan transformation.  —  At least a dozen state legislatures are considering legislation that would require more transparency in school curricula and materials.
Bobby Harrison / Mississippi Today:
Every Black Mississippi senator walked out as white colleagues voted to ban critical race theory  —  Every Black Mississippi senator walked out of the chamber Friday, choosing not to vote on a bill that sponsors said would prohibit the teaching of critical race theory in the state's public schools and colleges and universities.
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Lucas Tomlinson / Fox News:
Families of US Embassy personnel in Ukraine ordered to begin evacuating as soon as Monday: officials  —  Next week, the State Department is also expected to encourage Americans to begin leaving Ukraine by commercial flights  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for January 22
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Liam Stack / New York Times:
Was Dorothy Day Too Left-Wing to Be a Catholic Saint?  —  The Archdiocese of New York has asked the Vatican to consider the social activist for sainthood.  But church leaders are not entirely comfortable with her politics.  —  Hundreds of people gathered at St. Patrick's Cathedral to celebrate …
NBC News:
Manchin says he's ready to talk.  Can Democrats sell him on a new ‘Build Back Better’?  —  The pivotal centrist Democrat has been elusive on President Biden's top domestic priority.  He says he's willing to restart negotiations — from “scratch.”  —  Biden on passing Build Back Better: We'll have to ‘break it up’
Mark Williams / The Columbus Dispatch:
Here's how Ohio won a bid by Intel to build the world's largest chip factory  —  It was a Christmas morning surprise for Ohio's governor and lieutenant governor: Intel was coming to Ohio.  —  Gov. Mike DeWine was enjoying the kind of chaotic Christmas morning at the Governor's Residence that most parents and grandparents experience.
Ed Shanahan / New York Times:
2 N.Y.P.D. Officers Killed in Shooting in Harlem, Officials Say  —  The officers were the third and fourth to be shot in the line of duty in recent days.  —  Two New York City police officers were killed in a shooting in Harlem on Friday, officials said.  They were the third and fourth officers …
 
 
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Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
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