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8:25 PM ET, January 23, 2022

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Washington Post:
Va.'s new attorney general fires U-Va. counsel who was on leave working as top investigator for Jan. 6 panel  —  Virginia's new Republican attorney general has fired University of Virginia's counsel, who was on leave from the job to work as the top investigator for U.S. House …
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Washington Post:
Va. Gov. Youngkin's assertive first week in office leaves Republicans jubilant, Democrats fuming  —  RICHMOND — The big unknown about Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) as he ran for office last year — apart from the exact size of his vast fortune — was just how red the political newcomer really was behind that easygoing demeanor.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Lauren O'Neil / The Cavalier Daily:
University Counsel Tim Heaphy removed by Attorney General Jason Miyares  —  Heaphy's removal continues a multitude of firings this week by the attorney general  —  University Counsel Tim Heaphy was removed from his role by Attorney General Jason Miyares, per a statement issued by the University Saturday. ending a three-year tenure.
Discussion: Blue Virginia
Washington Post:
Virginia attorney general urges Supreme Court to overturn Roe
Discussion: Twitchy
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
US draws down Ukraine embassy presence as war fears mount  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Sunday ordered the families of all American personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine to leave the country amid heightened fears of a Russian invasion.  —  The department told the dependents …
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John Hudson / Washington Post:
State Department orders diplomats' families to leave U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, citing ‘threat of Russian military action’  —  The United States ordered the departure of family members of U.S. Embassy personnel serving in Kyiv on Sunday, citing the “threat of Russian military action,” the State Department said in a statement.
James Doubek / NPR:
State Department orders family of embassy staff to leave Ukraine
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The question is no longer Donald Trump's criminality but whether America will care  —  America still had the naïve ability to be shocked back on Nov. 16, 1973, when a rambling then-President Richard Nixon stood up before 400 Associated Press journalists.
Discussion: Washington Post, Slate, CNN and Insider
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Richard Luscombe / The Guardian:
‘The walls are closing in’: Trump reels from week of political setbacks
Discussion: Bloomberg, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
New York Times:
Biden Weighs Deploying Thousands of Troops to Eastern Europe and Baltics  —  The president is also considering deploying warships and aircraft to NATO allies, in what would be a major shift from its restrained stance on Ukraine.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden is considering deploying …
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Mark Murray / NBC News:
‘Downhill,’ ‘divisive’: Americans sour on nation's direction in new NBC News poll  —  WASHINGTON — Overwhelming majorities of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, that their household income is falling behind the cost of living, that political polarization …
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New York Times:
For Many Who Marched, Jan. 6 Was Only the Beginning  —  To many of those who attended the Trump rally but who never breached the Capitol, that date wasn't a dark day for the nation.  It was a new start.  —  PHOENIX — There were moments when Paul Davis questioned his decision to join …
Discussion: Politico, Insider and Raw Story
Reuters:
Sarah Palin set to battle New York Times at defamation trial  —  Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, has spent 4-1/2 years battling the New York Times (NYT.N) over an editorial she said falsely linked her to a deadly Arizona mass shooting …
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Sarah Palin v. New York Times Spotlights Push to Loosen Libel Law
Discussion: Politico
John Harwood / CNN:
No, Biden and Trump are not alike on election legitimacy  —  Tapper presses Psaki over Biden's comments on election legitimacy  —  Other times, as with the words of Donald Trump and Joe Biden on election legitimacy, they may appear alike superficially but in fact are fundamentally different.
Washington Post:
Anti-vaccine activists march in D.C. — a city that mandates covid vaccines — to protest mandates  —  Thousands of protesters from across the country — including some of the biggest names in the anti-vaccination movement — descended on the nation's capital Sunday for a rally against vaccine mandates.
Discussion: The Hill, RedState, UPI and WTOP News
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Katie Kyros / wusa9.com:   Thousands rally in DC Sunday against vaccine mandates
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
Start the Steal: New MAGA Emails Reveal Plot to Hand Arizona to Trump  —  Exclusive emails obtained by Rolling Stone expose an attempt to recertify the state as a victory for Donald Trump — and reveal top Trumpworld figures were complicit  —  The technology was complicated, but the plan was simple …
Washington Post:
U.S. threatens use of novel export control to damage Russia's strategic industries if Moscow invades Ukraine  —  The Biden administration is threatening to use a novel export control to damage strategic Russian industries, from artificial intelligence and quantum computing to civilian aerospace …
Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
Israeli soldiers blindfolded and gagged elderly Palestinian American later found dead: Leaked report  —  Details of an army investigation obtained by Israeli media indicate troops didn't seek aid for the unresponsive detainee, but none are likely to be prosecuted.
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Sanders: ‘anti-democratic’ Republicans to blame for Biden woes, not just Manchin and Sinema  —  Senator confirms he will campaign against moderate Democrats if they face primary challenges  —  Bernie Sanders on Sunday sought to turn fire aimed by Democrats at two of their own …
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Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Sanders says Republicans are ‘laughing all the way to Election Day’
 
 
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Al Jazeera:
Turkish journalist arrested for insulting President Erdogan
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Ariana Garcia / Houston Chronicle:
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott introduces ‘Parental Bill of Rights’ targeting state education system
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Louisa Loveluck / Washington Post:
U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces battles to regain control of prison for Islamic State suspects
Discussion: New York Times
Victoria Eavis / Casper Star-Tribune:
Harriet Hageman wins big in congressional straw poll held by Wyoming GOP activists
Discussion: Breitbart, New York Post and The Hill
U.S. Department of Justice:
Palm Beach Gardens Resident Pleads Guilty to Interstate Transmission of Threats to Injure
Discussion: The Guardian and Insider
San Francisco Chronicle:
Endorsement: Competence matters, even for progressives. Vote yes to recall López, Collins and Moliga
John McCormick / Wall Street Journal:
Wisconsin's Field of Democratic Senate Hopefuls Is Lining Up on Left of Biden
 

 
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Pamela McClintock / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comscore: Memorial Day weekend box office grossed an estimated $128.3M, a 29-year low, excluding 2020 and 2021, and down ~37% YoY; Furiosa led with just $32M

Alex Rogers / Financial Times:
Letter: Vivek Ramaswamy calls for BuzzFeed to axe staff, focus on video, and hire new voices, like Tucker Carlson, after raising his stake in BuzzFeed to 8.3%

Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
How a struggling actor duped friends and investors in a $690M+ Hollywood Ponzi scheme, claiming to buy cheap movie rights and sell them to major streamers

 
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