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11:05 PM ET, January 24, 2022

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Francis Fukuyama / American Purpose:
Why Ukraine Matters  —  This past week, Russia has continued to move men and materials to the borders of Ukraine, and has not backed down from its threats to take direct action if its demands on the United States and NATO are not met.  The Biden administration has engaged President Putin …
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Michael Kofman / War on the Rocks:
Putin's Wager in Russia's Standoff with the West  —  A large war in Europe is likely in the coming weeks.  The current security architecture of the continent, the future of NATO, and America's role in shaping security outcomes there are all at stake.  Beyond Europe, this conflict …
Elliot Smith / CNBC:
Russian stocks sink 8%, ruble plunges to 14-month low as conflict fears intensify
Discussion: Associated Press
Fiona Hill / New York Times:
It's Not Just About Ukraine. Putin Wants to Evict the U.S. From Europe.
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
Some Ukrainians Are Angry About Washington Ordering Diplomats' Families To Leave The US Embassy
Lorne Cook / Associated Press:
US puts 8,500 troops on heightened alert amid Russia tension
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 …
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Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Unvaccinated Sarah Palin tests positive for Covid, delays New York Times defamation trial
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.
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: Vox, Forbes, Kevin Drum and UPI
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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Luke Rosiak / The Daily Wire:
EXCLUSIVE: Standoff In Virginia As Schools Defy Governor's Order Making Masks Optional
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 …
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Jerry Falwell Jr. blames his Trump endorsement for his shocking downfall  —  Former Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. blamed his endorsement of Donald Trump for his downfall in a new interview with Gabriel Sherman of Vanity Fair.  —  The son of the televangelist is described as …
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Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Inside Jerry Falwell Jr.'s Unlikely Rise and Precipitous Fall at Liberty University  —  Jerry Falwell Jr. was the Trump-anointing dark prince of the Christian right.  Then a sex scandal rocked his marriage and ended his lucrative stewardship of the evangelical education empire founded by his father.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Politico, Page Array and Raw Story
Jan Wolfe / Reuters:
U.S. Supreme Court rejects House Republicans' challenge to pandemic-era voting rules  —  The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge by Republican lawmakers to pandemic-related proxy voting rules set by Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the Democratic-led House of Representatives that were tailored to limit exposure to COVID-19.
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Chad Pergram / Fox News:
GOP playing the long game, with hopes of reclaiming control of Congress
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans are embarrassed to tell us what they are for
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Newt Gingrich Invented Donald Trump's Lock-Them-Up Politics … This past weekend, Newt Gingrich appeared on Fox News to denounce the Democratic voting-rights bill before veering — as he is wont to do — into other topics on his mind.  Gingrich segued into the January 6 commission …
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story
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Anthony Cormier / BuzzFeed News:
The Whistleblower Behind The FinCEN Files Investigation Has Been Released From Prison  —  Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior government official who blew the whistle on money laundering in major Western banks, has been released from federal prison this evening, after spending …
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 …
Todd Neikirk / HillReporter.com:
Rudy Giuliani is Selling Autographed 9/11 Shirts for $911.00  —  Rudy Giuliani has faced an incredible fall from grace since 2001.  Back then, he was America's Mayor, presiding over New York City following the September 11th attacks.  And for the people who still see Giuliani positively, it is probably because of 9/11.
Dánica Coto / Associated Press:
Statue toppled in Puerto Rico before Spanish king's visit  —  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Unknown people toppled a statue of Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León in the pre-dawn hours of Monday ahead of a visit of King Felipe VI to the U.S. Caribbean territory of Puerto Rico.
Discussion: WTOP News
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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Mark Paoletta / The Federalist:   The New Yorker Lies Again In Hit On Clarence Thomas And Wife That Falsely Claims He Attended A DC Event
Nicholas Wade / City Journal:
A Covid Origin Conspiracy?  —  Newly released emails make more plausible the contention that Anthony Fauci and Francis Collins presided over the suppression of the lab-leak theory for political reasons.  —  Covid-19  —  Politics and law  —  From almost the moment the Covid-19 pandemic broke …
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.
The White House:
Remarks by President Biden Before Meeting with the White House Competition Council  —  THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everyone.  Please — please sit down.  Well, it's good to see all.  Let's have a Cabinet meeting.  (Laughter.)  Really, thank you for what you all are doing.  We got a lot more good things to do as well.
 
 
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U.S. Department of Justice:
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New York Times:
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Alex Griffing / Mediaite:
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CNN:
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Behind the latest GOP restrictions on race teaching: A hidden, toxic goal