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10:25 AM ET, January 24, 2022

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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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Fiona Hill / New York Times:
It's Not Just About Ukraine.  Putin Wants to Evict the U.S. From Europe.  —  Ms. Hill was an intelligence officer on Russia and Eurasian affairs for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and served on the National Security Council under President Donald Trump.  —  We knew this was coming.
Lorne Cook / Associated Press:
NATO sends ships, jets east as Ireland rejects Russia drills  —  BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO said Monday that it's putting extra forces on standby and sending more ships and fighter jets to eastern Europe, as Ireland warned that new Russian war games off its coast are not welcome given tensions …
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Top Jan. 6 Investigator Fired From Post at the University of Virginia  —  Democrats in Virginia denounced the action as a partisan move aimed at helping former President Donald J. Trump undercut the investigation of the Capitol riot.  —  The top staff investigator on the House committee scrutinizing …
Discussion: Politico
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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 …
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
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Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Arizona Republicans propose major changes to elections after GOP review finds no fraud  —  Arizona Republicans have put forth two dozen bills this month that would significantly change the state's electoral processes after the GOP's unorthodox review of millions of ballots affirmed President …
Associated Press:
Democrats make surprising inroads in redistricting fight  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats braced for disaster when state legislatures began redrawing congressional maps, fearing that Republican dominance of statehouses would tilt power away from them for the next decade.
Discussion: NBC News and Tampa Bay Times
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
Seven school boards sue to stop Gov. Youngkin's mask-optional order on the day it takes effect  —  Seven school boards — including one overseeing the largest and most prominent district in the state — are suing to stop Gov. Glenn Youngkin's (R) mask-optional order on the day it is supposed to take effect …
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Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
Youngkin's mask-optional order divides Virginia schools and parents, threatening chaos
Discussion: NBC4 Washington and WTOP News
Mark Paoletta / The Federalist:
The New Yorker Lies Again In Hit On Clarence Thomas And Wife That Falsely Claims He Attended A DC Event  —  Jane Mayer's article is full of falsehoods, consistent with the malicious book she co-authored about Clarence Thomas in 1994.  —  Jane Mayer of The New Yorker magazine and her fellow lefties …
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Michael Tomasky / New Republic:
The Case for Impeaching Clarence Thomas
Discussion: Raw Story and Alternet.org
Reuters:
Taiwan reports new large-scale Chinese air force incursion  —  Taiwan on Sunday reported the largest incursion since October by China's air force in its air defence zone, with the island's defence ministry saying Taiwanese fighters scrambled to warn away 39 aircraft in the latest uptick in tensions.
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Palin v. New York Times pushes new boundaries on libel suits  —  More than a decade after Sarah Palin found herself roundly mocked by the nation's media elite as a small-town rube during her stint as Sen. John McCain's populist vice presidential running mate, the former Alaska governor …
Discussion: Reuters
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Sarah Palin v. New York Times Spotlights Push to Loosen Libel Law
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Tom Emmer's on a roll.  He won't say where to.  —  Tom Emmer has the hottest political hand in the House GOP right now.  And if he can win a sizable majority this fall, he'll have even more chips to cash in.  —  Halfway through his second cycle as House Republicans' campaign chief …
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Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
House Republicans tout infrastructure funding they voted against
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Joshua Tait / The Bulwark:
Long Before Hungary, the Right Was Fixated on Another Country  —  Just as they're now doing with Viktor Orbán, conservatives once fell head over heels for Francisco Franco.  —  Prominent conservatives have discovered Hungary and its “twenty-first century dictator,” Viktor Orbán.
Danica Kirka / Associated Press:
Assange wins first stage in effort to appeal US extradition  —  LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Monday won the first stage of his effort to overturn a U.K. ruling that opened the door for his extradition to U.S. to stand trial on espionage charges.
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Marc Santora / New York Times:
Virus Live Updates: Omicron's Spread Could End ‘Emergency Phase’ of Pandemic, W.H.O. Says  —  The variant offers “hope for stabilization and normalization,” according to the global agency.  In the U.S., Dr. Anthony S. Fauci warned against overconfidence but said that things were “going in the right direction.”
Discussion: France 24
Politico:
Oath Keepers' founder expected in court on Jan. 6 sedition charges  —  Prosecutors are set to argue against pretrial release for Stewart Rhodes.  —  Stewart Rhodes, founder of the citizen militia group known as the Oath Keepers, speaks during a rally outside the White House in Washington, on June 25, 2017.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Washington Post:   How Trump's flirtation with an anti-insurrection law inspired Jan. 6 insurrection
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Was Larry Summers Right All Along? … There's a story that progressives like to tell about Larry Summers.  The doyen of establishment economics is dining out with a populist politician.  The two have made it through the meal with minimal awkwardness — their ideological tensions eased by booze and food …
NBC News:
Democrats face double-digit enthusiasm deficit ahead of midterms  —  WASHINGTON — If it's Monday ... President Biden meets with members of his administration to discuss lowering prices for families. ...  The Latest NBC News poll finds Americans in a grim mood. ...  The U.S. weighs troop deployment near Ukraine. ...
Discussion: RedState, TheBlaze and The Hill
Kara Voght / Rolling Stone:
'I'm a Full Anti-Vaxxer Now': How the Conspiracists Are Winning Over Fresh Converts  —  When thousands of protesters gathered on the National Mall on Sunday morning to protest Covid vaccine mandates, they did so, they insisted, to preserve personal freedoms.
 
 
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NBC News:
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CNN:
Trump's team is directing allies to a January 6 legal defense fund
Discussion: Raw Story
Reuters:
Exclusive: Iran nuclear agreement unlikely without release of U.S. prisoners, negotiator says
Discussion: Bloomberg
Tom Rogan / Wall Street Journal:
Is Germany a Reliable American Ally? Nein
New York Times:
A Shrinking Band of Southern Nurses, Neck-Deep in Another Covid Wave
Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
Israeli soldiers blindfolded and gagged elderly Palestinian American later found dead: Leaked report