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2:15 PM ET, January 24, 2022

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Michael Tomasky / New Republic:
The Case for Impeaching Clarence Thomas  —  In a sane world, Jane Mayer's excellent piece on Ginni Thomas in The New Yorker would set off a series of events that would lead to her husband Clarence Thomas's impeachment and removal from the Supreme Court.  Ginni is involved with numerous far …
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Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court will consider challenges to affirmative action in Harvard, UNC admissions  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear challenges to the admissions process at Harvard and University of North Carolina, presenting the most serious threat in decades to the use …
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 …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to Affirmative Action at Harvard and U.N.C.
Discussion: The Daily Wire and Forbes
Karl Evers-Hillstrom / The Hill:
House lawmakers urge Pelosi to bring stock trading ban to the floor
Discussion: RedState and POLITICUSUSA
Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court to Review Race-Conscious Admissions Policies at Harvard, UNC
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.
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NATO:
NATO Allies send more ships, jets to enhance deterrence and defence in eastern Europe
Lorne Cook / Associated Press:
NATO sends ships, jets east as Ireland rejects Russia drills
United States Department of State:
Senior State Department Officials On Posture of U.S. Embassy Kyiv
New York Times:
Biden Weighs Deploying Thousands of Troops to Eastern Europe and Baltics
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
‘Unvaccinated’ Sarah Palin tests positive for Covid, delays New York Times defamation trial  — Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin tested positive for Covid, and is unvaccinated, a federal judge told a courtroom.  — The positive coronavirus test by the one-time Alaska governor led …
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Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Defamation: Will Palin score a knockout blow in her lawsuit against NYT?
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Reuters
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 …
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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: Alternet.org, Raw Story and CNN
Associated Press:
Democrats make surprising inroads in redistricting fight
Discussion: Breitbart and Virginia Mercury
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 …
NBC News:
Florida school district cancels professor's civil rights lecture over critical race theory concerns  —  MIAMI — A Florida school district canceled a professor's civil rights history seminar for teachers, citing in part concerns over “critical race theory” — even though his lecture had nothing to do with the topic.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
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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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 …
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.
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
RFK Jr's anti-vaxx rant: Hey, at least Anne Frank could hide from the Nazis  —  Insane, and perhaps not even the most insane Robert F. Kennedy Jr said at an anti-vaccine mandate rally yesterday at the National Mall.  It's clearly the most offensive thing RFKJ said, but there's a lot of competition in this clip for the insanity award:
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Marc Santora / New York Times:
Virus Live Updates: Omicron's Spread Could End ‘Emergency Phase’ of Pandemic, Top W.H.O. Official Says  —  The variant offers “hope for stabilization and normalization,” according to the global agency's European director.  In the U.S., Dr. Anthony S. Fauci warned against overconfidence …
Alex Griffing / Mediaite:
J.D. Vance Defends Bombastic Rhetoric: ‘Our Country is Kind of a Joke’  —  Republican U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance gave a surprising answer to a local Ohio reporter last week when asked how he justifies some of his more bombastic rhetoric, saying that “our country is kind of a joke.”
Discussion: Political Wire
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Behind the latest GOP restrictions on race teaching: A hidden, toxic goal  —  Glenn Youngkin's victory in the Virginia gubernatorial election persuaded Republicans that there's political gold in attacking teachers for supposedly indoctrinating the nation's children about race.
Politico:
Capitol Police examines backgrounds, social media feeds of some who meet with lawmakers  —  After the Jan. 6 insurrection, the Capitol Police's intelligence unit quietly started scrutinizing the backgrounds of people who meet with lawmakers, according to three people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Associated Press:
4 wounded in Germany university shooting; gunman dead  —  BERLIN (AP) — A lone gunman opened fire during a lecture at Heidelberg University in southwestern Germany on Monday and wounded four people, some of them seriously, police said.  —  Police said that the perpetrator was dead, but didn't give details of how that happened.
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
AP wonders: Is Biden losing black voters?  —  The question may be whether Joe Biden manages to keep any voters.  The centrists have grown disgusted with Biden's bait-and-switch to a hard-left progressivism after campaigning as a centrist uniter.  The progressives are angry that Biden didn't deliver.
Discussion: Associated Press and RedState
 
 
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Zach Montellaro / Politico:
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Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Inside Jerry Falwell Jr.'s Unlikely Rise and Precipitous Fall at Liberty University
Discussion: Raw Story
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Google deceived consumers about how it profits from their location data, attorneys general allege in lawsuits
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump is losing to Trumpism
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New York Times:
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Brooke Singman / Fox Business:
Trump ‘TRUTH Social’ developing content moderation practices to ensure ‘family-friendly’ community
Discussion: Insider Paper and The Daily Caller
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Biden may not find it so hard to turn the corner
Discussion: New Republic and Twitchy
Politico:
Oath Keepers' founder expected in court on Jan. 6 sedition charges
Discussion: Raw Story
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Old-Fashioned, Inefficient Light Bulbs Live On at the Nation's Dollar Stores
Kara Voght / Rolling Stone:
'I'm a Full Anti-Vaxxer Now': How the Conspiracists Are Winning Over Fresh Converts
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Tom Emmer's on a roll. He won't say where to.
Discussion: Washington Post and ABC News