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11:40 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 …
Politico:
8 senators revive Russia sanctions push as Ukraine invasion fears mount
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and The Daily Beast
Elliot Smith / CNBC:
Russian stocks sink 8%, ruble plunges to 14-month low as conflict fears intensify
Discussion: Associated Press
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
Some Ukrainians Are Angry About Washington Ordering Diplomats' Families To Leave The US Embassy
Fiona Hill / New York Times:
It's Not Just About Ukraine. Putin Wants to Evict the U.S. From Europe.
Lorne Cook / Associated Press:
US puts 8,500 troops on heightened alert amid Russia tension
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.
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
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
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Allahpundit / HotAir:
Wow: Virginia senate Dem sides with Youngkin, GOP in pushing for end to school mask mandate  —  There's a huge win brewing here for Glenn Youngkin and the GOP in his first month in office, assuming state Sen. Chap Petersen means what he says.  —  Let's back up.
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Luke Rosiak / The Daily Wire:
EXCLUSIVE: Standoff In Virginia As Schools Defy Governor's Order Making Masks Optional
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
Seven school boards sue to stop Gov. Youngkin's mask-optional order on the day it takes effect
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Mike Pompeo shells out for media makeover  —  Mike Pompeo's political action committee spent $30,000 on media training from last March to June — the most on any service beyond payroll during the first six months of 2021.  —  Why it matters: The former secretary of State hasn't just been losing weight …
Discussion: Insider, Political Wire and Fox News
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
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.
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.
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
'In the End, You're Treated Like a Spy,' Says M.I.T. Scientist  —  Gang Chen was arrested a year ago on charges of hiding his links to China.  The charges were dismissed, but he said the damage — to him, and to American science — has lingered.  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. …
Laurie McGinley / Washington Post:
FDA ends for now use of two monoclonal antibodies, spurring a halt in federal shipments of the covid-19 treatments  —  Data show the therapies by Regeneron and Eli Lilly are not effective against the omicron variant, officials say  —  The Food and Drug Administration on Monday took …
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
U.S. Department of Justice:
Man Convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact of a Minor at Quantico  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A federal jury convicted an Afghan national Friday on charges of abusive sexual contact with a 3-year-old girl.  —  “This case is indicative of law enforcement's commitment to ensure the safety of immigrant …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Wire
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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Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
Companies Linked to Putin's Pipeline Contributed to Schumer Campaign
Discussion: Breitbart
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Withholds December Border Crossing Numbers
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Townhall
New York Times:
Adams Unveils Ambitious Plan to Confront Rising Gun Violence
Discussion: The Hill
Jean Guerrero / Los Angeles Times:
'I've tried to invest in joy': Wajahat Ali on traumas physical, political and global
Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
An appeals court has reinstated absentee ballot drop boxes for the Feb. 15 Wisconsin primary election
Discussion: NPR and Ineptocracy Chronicles
Chad Pergram / Fox News:
GOP playing the long game, with hopes of reclaiming control of Congress
Yonah Jeremy Bob / Jerusalem Post:
Netanyahu rejects plea deal with clause that would ban him from politics
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Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
Why More Inexperienced Candidates Are Running — And Winning
Discussion: NBC News
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to Affirmative Action at Harvard and U.N.C.
Alex Griffing / Mediaite:
J.D. Vance Defends Bombastic Rhetoric: ‘Our Country is Kind of a Joke’
Discussion: HuffPost, IJR and Political Wire
CNN:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. invokes Nazi Germany in offensive anti-vaccine speech
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Behind the latest GOP restrictions on race teaching: A hidden, toxic goal
Michael Tomasky / New Republic:
The Case for Impeaching Clarence Thomas