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1:00 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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John Fritze / USA Today:
Supreme Court turns away Rep. Kevin McCarthy challenge to House proxy voting during COVID-19  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday turned away a GOP lawsuit challenging proxy voting rules set up by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in response to the pandemic.
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 …
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court will consider challenges to affirmative action in Harvard, UNC admissions
Discussion: UPI and Los Angeles Times
John Kruzel / The Hill:
Supreme Court agrees to hear challenge to affirmative action in higher education
Discussion: Axios
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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 …
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
United States Department of State:
Senior State Department Officials On Posture of U.S. Embassy Kyiv
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 and CNN
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Associated Press:
Democrats make surprising inroads in redistricting fight
Discussion: Virginia Mercury
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?
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Palin v. New York Times pushes new boundaries on libel suits
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: France 24, Gizmodo and Breitbart
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Biden may not find it so hard to turn the corner  —  For weeks, we have witnessed unremittingly negative media coverage of President Biden. … From inflation to the intransigence of Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), it was all Biden's fault, according to the headlines and the talking heads.
Discussion: Twitchy and New Republic
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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
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
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.
Politico:
Oath Keepers' founder expected in court on Jan. 6 sedition charges  —  Prosecutors are set to argue against pretrial release for Stewart Rhodes.  —  Stewart Rhodes, founder of the citizen militia group known as the Oath Keepers, speaks during a rally outside the White House in Washington, on June 25, 2017.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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NBC News:
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Discussion: NRCC, Townhall and Breitbart
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Kara Voght / Rolling Stone:
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Olivia Beavers / Politico:
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