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5:50 PM ET, January 22, 2022

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Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
The UK Says Russia Is Planning To Overthrow Ukraine's Government And Install A Pro-Kremlin Leader  —  BAKHMUT, Ukraine — Russia has drawn up plans to install a pro-Kremlin former member of parliament to lead Ukraine as it considers a new invasion of the country and the overthrow of its central government …
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
As invasion looms, Ukrainians are calmly defiant  —  KYIV, Ukraine — With 100,000 Russian guns pointed at their heads, Ukrainians appear to take a stoical pride in not seeming rattled.  They appear ready for what could be a savage war.  Their main worry is that the United States and its allies …
Discussion: MyNorthwest.com, Bloomberg and Fox News
Julia Ioffe / Puck:
Trump's Former Russia Guru Explains His Putin Complex
Discussion: CNN and Alternet.org
Washington Post:
Putin has many options short of a multi-front invasion of Ukraine
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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.
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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 …
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Trump may let his kids take the fall as the legal net tightens around him: DC insider  —  In her column for the Daily Beast, longtime Washington D.C. insider Margaret Carlson claimed it is not beyond the realm of possibilities that Donald Trump will let his kids take the brunt of the prosecution …
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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 …
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 …
Niall O'Connor / TheJournal.ie:
Russia to conduct missile tests in Irish-patrolled waters 240km off south-west coast  —  RUSSIAN BOMBERS and naval ships are set to test missiles off the coast of Ireland.  —  The Journal has learned that the Irish Government has received a warning of a major exercise by the Russian navy …
Discussion: The Western Journal
Washington Post:
Bitcoin price falls sharply amid Wall Street sell-off, with value cut in half since November  —  Investors are fleeing riskier assets from tech stocks to cryptocurrencies as the Federal Reserve weighs whether to launch a U.S. digital currency  —  A dramatic sell-off in bitcoin …
Discussion: CNN
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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The White House:
Statement by President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on the 49th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Discussion: Breitbart, Townhall and The Hill
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
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.
Discussion: Twitchy
James Barragán / The Texas Tribune:
Attorney General Ken Paxton defies county official's order to release records related to Jan. 6 Trump rally  —  Last week, the Travis County district attorney's office gave Paxton four days to turn over communications requested by the state's largest newspapers or face a lawsuit.  —  Copy link
Discussion: Off the Kuff
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
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Congress' antitrust push has a hate speech problem … The antitrust bill that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday and is now headed to the Senate floor is, at its core, an attempt to prevent the likes of Apple, Amazon and Google from boosting their own products and services on the marketplaces and platforms they own.
Discussion: Reason
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
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.
Matt Lombardi / Sports Illustrated:
Report: Aaron Rodgers Criticizes President Biden for Pandemic-Related Quote  —  Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has gotten plenty of attention for his play on the field this season in leading his squad to a 13-4 record and the NFC's top seed for the playoffs.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Kevin Van Valkenburg / ESPN:
The unfiltered year of Aaron Rodgers
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
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
How Fox News and Republican officials devised one Biden smear
Discussion: Kevin Drum
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While UnitedHealth reports $24 Billion in profits, Americans faced 200% increases in out-of-pockets over last decade
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An Oral History of When Politico Came to Capitol Hill
New York Times:
China's Games: How Xi Jinping Is Staging the Olympics on His Terms
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Peter Smith / Associated Press:
Jewish leaders urge worship attendance after hostage siege
Taylor Popielarz / Spectrum News 1 Ohio:
In-depth: Ohio Senate candidate J.D. Vance talks platform, issues
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Was Dorothy Day Too Left-Wing to Be a Catholic Saint?
Henry Grabar / Slate:
Can You Force the Suburbs to Build Apartments? Massachusetts Is Trying.
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We're All Trying to Find the Guy Policing Our Behavior
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Financial Times:
Sources: Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner and KKR are in talks to break Axel Springer in two, separating media assets from its digital classifieds business

Phil Lewis / What I'm Reading:
CNN says it has integrated its Race and Equality team of reporters in other areas across its platforms, instead of the team existing in an “organizational silo”

Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
A House committee report claims the Global Alliance for Responsible Media colluded to cut Twitter revenue after Musk's acquisition; GARM guidance is non-binding

 
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