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9:10 AM ET, January 25, 2022


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Derek Saul / Forbes:
Michael Flynn—Once Indicted Over Russia Communication—Voices Support For Russia Ahead Of Potential Ukraine Invasion  —  Michael Flynn, the former national security advisor who resigned and pleaded guilty for misleading authorities over his ties to the Russian government …
Michael Kofman / War on the Rocks:
Putin's Wager in Russia's Standoff with the West
New York Times:
What the Trump Documents Might Tell the Jan. 6 Committee  —  Following last week's Supreme Court ruling, the House panel has received material that it hopes could flesh out how the attack on the Capitol came about.  —  The National Archives has turned over to the House select committee investigating …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans lied about the need for a Jan. 6 commission.  There is a lot it already uncovered.  —  Among Republicans' many feeble excuses for nixing a bipartisan commission on the Jan. 6 insurrection was the notion that there was nothing more to learn about that day.
Discussion: Forbes and CBS News
Tamar Hallerman / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Fulton judges greenlight special grand jury for Trump probe  —  A panel of Fulton County judges on Monday cleared the way for a special grand jury to be used as part of District Attorney Fani Willis' investigation of former President Donald Trump and his efforts to overturn Georgia's 2020 election results.
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:   Fulton County DA gets her ‘special grand jury’ — here's what it means for Trump: legal analysts
Joan Walsh / The Nation:
Virginia Is for Suckers  —  If you were a Joe Biden/Glenn Youngkin voter, you ignored a lot of evidence that the man in fleece was no moderate.  —  When Republican Glenn Youngkin narrowly defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe to become Virginia governor, the media roundly hailed him as an avatar of the “post-Trump” GOP.
Paul Brand / ITV News:
Boris Johnson had birthday bash during lockdown, ITV News understands  —  A surprise party, with cake, and up to 30 guests - ITV News UK Editor Paul Brand outlines the events of the party, ITV News understands took place during lockdown  —  ITV News understands Boris Johnson had a birthday party during …
Washington Post:
Ron Klain had the perfect résumé.  His first year showed the limits of that experience.  —  As Joe Biden closed in on the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, top advisers approached him with a careful process for choosing and vetting a potential White House chief of staff.
Discussion: Twitchy and Fox News
Jon Brown / Fox News:
Criticism piles up for WH chief of staff Ron Klain amid setbacks for administration
Discussion: The Daily Wire
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Two Covid Americas  —  The unvaccinated are less worried than the boosted, according to a poll.  —  Covid's starkly different impact on the young and old has been one of the virus's defining characteristics.  It tends to be mild for children and younger adults but is often severe for the elderly.
Priya Krishna / New York Times:
Sarah Palin, who is unvaccinated, recently dined indoors in New York City before testing positive.  —  Sarah Palin, who is not vaccinated against the coronavirus, dined indoors Saturday night at Elio's, an Italian restaurant on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that regularly draws celebrities …
Associated Press:
LA Unified mask policy: Students to wear non-cloth face masks  —  Higher-grade mask rules begin at LA Unified  —  LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Unified School District said it will prohibit students from wearing cloth masks as the highly transmissible omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to spread.
Discussion: Fox News
Brittany Bernstein / National Review:
New York Judge Strikes Down Governor Hochul's Mask Mandate  —  A New York State Supreme Court judge on Monday ruled that Governor Kathy Hochul's mask mandate for schools and other public locations is unconstitutional.  —  Judge Thomas Rademaker found that the governor and the state health commissioner …
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
The Federalist Names Mollie Hemingway As Editor In Chief  —  In this new role, Hemingway — who has been The Federalist's senior editor since its founding in 2013 -will now oversee all of The Federalist's editorial operations.  —  Mollie Ziegler Hemingway has been named editor in chief of The Federalist …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
What Does It Mean to Be ‘Done With Covid’?  —  On Saturday, several days after my son stopped testing positive for the coronavirus, I took him out for ramen and then to the movies.  The theater was about half-full; it required masks but also served food and cocktails, which you could, obviously, unmask to consume.
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Omicron's big numbers  —  Two new Biden administration initiatives — mailing at-home COVID-19 tests to those who ask and making free N95 masks available — are hugely popular, each backed by 84% of Americans in the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
Jason DeParle / New York Times:
Cash Aid to Poor Mothers Increases Brain Activity in Babies, Study Finds  —  The research could have policy implications as President Biden pushes to revive his proposal to expand the child tax credit.  —  WASHINGTON — An experiment that provided poor mothers with cash stipends for the first year …
Discussion: Kevin Drum, Forbes, UPI and Vox
New York Times:
Ro Khanna Wants to Save Silicon Valley From Itself  —  The Democratic congressman's new book is a striking manifesto for an age of digital anxiety.  —  It's not often that you meet a member of Congress who is eager to discuss the German philosopher Jürgen Habermas.
Discussion: New Republic
Bob Herman / Axios:
Another wave of death  —  Omicron infections are trending down nationally, but the number of deaths is as high now as it was during the summer's Delta wave.  —  Why it matters: Preventing death is the ultimate goal, and thousands of Americans continue to die from this coronavirus every …
Jack Mirkinson / Discourse Blog:
The ‘Done With COVID’ Crowd Won't Accept That They Won  —  We're living in the world these people want, but they still can't stop complaining.  —  Here is a question for people like UCSF epidemiologist Vinay Prasad: who the hell are you talking about?
Discussion: The Week
Kathryn Watson / CBS News:
Biden refers to Fox News correspondent as a “stupid son of a bitch”  —  President Biden appeared to be caught on a hot mic on Monday, calling a Fox News correspondent a “stupid son of a bitch” after the journalist asked a question about inflation.  It's unclear whether the president knew …
Jason Nark / PennLive:
Man invited by coworker to a Pa. cabin ends up dead.  His family says he was lynched  —  16,949  —  PHILADELPHIA — A Jamaican immigrant was shot to death at a rural Pennsylvania cabin last month in an incident his family is describing as a “modern-day lynching.”
Brian Lyman / The Montgomery Advertiser:
Federal court blocks Alabama congressional map  —  A three-judge federal panel Monday blocked Alabama's new congressional district map from going into effect, ruling that challengers were “substantially likely” to prevail in their arguments that the plan violated the Voting Rights Act (VRA).
Discussion: Raw Story, UPI and CNN
Bryan Metzger / Insider:
Rep. Marie Newman of Illinois may have bribed a primary opponent to stay out of the race in exchange for a job in her office, House ethics body unanimously finds  — The Office of Congressional Ethics voted 6-0 to find reason to believe Rep. Newman bribed a political opponent.
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Steve Bannon was deplatformed.  An obscure media mogul keeps him on the air.  —  ‘War Room’ is at the center of a fledgling network monetizing what some employees saw as ‘Trump propaganda.’  —  Two years after being cast out of the White House, Stephen K. Bannon spoke from a steep, dusty hill outside El Paso, asking for donations.
Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
‘I have no idea’: Vos attorney did not monitor Michael Gableman's compliance with open records law in his election review  —  MADISON - A lawyer for Assembly Speaker Robin Vos testified Monday he had done little to ensure the contractor overseeing a Republican review of the 2020 election …
Discussion: Raw Story
Viola Zhou / VICE:
Cult Classic ‘Fight Club’ Gets a Very Different Ending in China  —  Someone tried very hard to please Chinese movie censors.  —  VZ  —  Fight Club is getting an entirely different ending in a new online release in China, where imported films are often altered to show that the law enforcement …
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Andy Ngo / New York Post:
Antifa thugs win again as Dartmouth cancels my event on far-left violence
Charles Gaba / ACA Signups:
Weekly Update: Five weeks into #Omicron, it's still a whole new ballgame...but case rates are already reverting to form.
New York Times:
Syrian-Kurdish Forces Retake Part of Prison Held by ISIS
Discussion: Insider and Task & Purpose
New York Times:
With Some Voters ‘Ready to Move On,’ Democrats Search for New Message on Virus
Discussion: New Republic
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Feds Are Blowing Their Chance to Seize Jan. 6 Rioters' Guns
Discussion: Raw Story
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Mike Pompeo shells out for media makeover
Discussion: Insider and Political Wire
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Jerry Falwell Jr. blames his Trump endorsement for his shocking downfall
Discussion: Vanity Fair
 Earlier Items: 
Anthony Cormier / BuzzFeed News:
The Whistleblower Behind The FinCEN Files Investigation Has Been Released From Prison
U.S. Department of Justice:
Man Convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact of a Minor at Quantico
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Wire
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
'In the End, You're Treated Like a Spy,' Says M.I.T. Scientist
Dánica Coto / Associated Press:
Statue toppled in Puerto Rico before Spanish king's visit
Discussion: WTOP News
Nicholas Wade / City Journal:
A Covid Origin Conspiracy?
Todd Neikirk /
Rudy Giuliani is Selling Autographed 9/11 Shirts for $911.00