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7:10 PM ET, January 22, 2022

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New York Times:
Britain Says Moscow Is Plotting to Install a Pro-Russian Leader in Ukraine  —  In a highly unusual public statement, backed by U.S. officials, London named the putative head of a potential puppet government but few other details.  —  KYIV — The British government said Saturday that the Kremlin …
Discussion: The Guardian and Washington Post
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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 …
Discussion: Associated Press
James Marson / Wall Street Journal:
Russia Hatching Plot to Replace Ukraine Government, U.K. Says  —  Allegations come in the midst of warnings that Russia could invade with the around 100,000 troops gathered near border  —  The U.K. said it has exposed a plot by Russia to install a friendly government in Ukraine …
GOV.UK:
Kremlin plan to install pro-Russian leadership in Ukraine exposed  —  Foreign Secretary statement on Kremlin plan to install pro-Russian leadership in Ukraine exposed  —  We have information that indicates the Russian Government is looking to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv as it considers whether to invade and occupy Ukraine.
Discussion: CNN and Guido Fawkes
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 …
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 …
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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.
Maeve Sheehey / Politico:
Arizona Democratic Party censures Sinema over voting rights stance
Discussion: Arizona Republic and Mother Jones
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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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
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 and Alternet.org
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Lucas Tomlinson / Fox News:
Families of US Embassy personnel in Ukraine ordered to begin evacuating as soon as Monday: officials
Washington Post:
Putin has many options short of a multi-front invasion of Ukraine
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
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
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
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, UPI, Townhall and The Hill
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
Julie Creswell / New York Times:
How Much Are You Willing to Pay for a Burrito?  —  The pandemic has led to the largest price spikes at fast-food restaurants in two decades.  —  On a chilly Tuesday afternoon this month, James Marsh stopped by a Chipotle near his suburban Chicago home to grab something to eat.
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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Peter Smith / Associated Press:
Jewish leaders urge worship attendance after hostage siege
Taylor Popielarz / Spectrum News 1 Ohio:
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Rob Picheta / CNN:
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Liam Stack / New York Times:
Was Dorothy Day Too Left-Wing to Be a Catholic Saint?
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