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8:55 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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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 …
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 …
NATO:
NATO Allies send more ships, jets to enhance deterrence and defence in eastern Europe  —  NATO Allies are putting forces on standby and sending additional ships and fighter jets to NATO deployments in eastern Europe, reinforcing Allied deterrence and defence as Russia continues its military build-up in and around Ukraine.
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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 …
John Hudson / Washington Post:
State Department orders diplomats' families to leave U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, citing ‘threat of Russian military action’
Discussion: CBS News, New York Post and Politico
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 …
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Teaganne Finn / NBC News:
Jan. 6 panel has spoken to former AG Bill Barr, chairman Bennie Thompson says
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: Raw Story
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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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Financial Times:
China's extended naval reach in western Pacific fuels Taiwan tensions
Discussion: Sky News
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and WAVY-TV
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Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:   Youngkin's mask-optional order divides Virginia schools and parents, threatening chaos
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Sarah Palin v. New York Times goes to trial  —  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 has a chance this week …
Discussion: Reuters
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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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Katie Kyros / wusa9.com:
Thousands rally in DC Sunday against vaccine mandates
Discussion: The Hill
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
House Republicans tout infrastructure funding they voted against  —  Democrats have been quick to criticize it as “voting no and taking the dough.”  —  In November, Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Virginia, was one of 205 House Republicans to vote against the bipartisan, $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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Olivia Beavers / Politico:   Tom Emmer's on a roll. He won't say where to.
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
Reuters:
Exclusive: Iran nuclear agreement unlikely without release of U.S. prisoners, negotiator says  —  The United States is unlikely to strike an agreement with Iran to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal unless Tehran releases four U.S. citizens Washington says it is holding hostage, the lead U.S. nuclear negotiator told Reuters on Sunday.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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 …
CNN:
Trump's team is directing allies to a January 6 legal defense fund  —  (CNN)Former President Donald Trump's team has been involved in discussions about a legal defense fund created to support aides targeted by the House panel investigating January 6, sources tell CNN.
 
 
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Al Jazeera:
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