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12:50 AM ET, January 24, 2022

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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 …
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Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
US draws down Ukraine embassy presence as war fears mount  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Sunday ordered the families of all American personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine to leave the country amid heightened fears of a Russian invasion.  —  The department told the dependents …
Washington Post:
U.S. threatens use of novel export control to damage Russia's strategic industries if Moscow invades Ukraine  —  The Biden administration is threatening to use a novel export control to damage strategic Russian industries, from artificial intelligence and quantum computing to civilian aerospace …
John Hudson / Washington Post:
State Department orders diplomats' families to leave U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, citing ‘threat of Russian military action’  —  The United States ordered the departure of family members of U.S. Embassy personnel serving in Kyiv on Sunday, citing the “threat of Russian military action,” the State Department said in a statement.
Discussion: Politico and New York Post
Courtney Kube / NBC News:
Biden weighs troop deployment near Ukraine as U.S. orders embassy families out, issues travel warnings
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Wire
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 …
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Washington Post:
Va.'s new attorney general fires U-Va. counsel who was on leave working as top investigator for Jan. 6 panel  —  Virginia's new Republican attorney general has fired University of Virginia's counsel, who was on leave from the job to work as the top investigator for U.S. House …
Lauren O'Neil / The Cavalier Daily:
University Counsel Tim Heaphy removed by Attorney General Jason Miyares
Discussion: Blue Virginia
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
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John Harwood / CNN:
No, Biden and Trump are not alike on election legitimacy
Reuters:
Sarah Palin set to battle New York Times at defamation trial  —  Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, has spent 4-1/2 years battling the New York Times (NYT.N) over an editorial she said falsely linked her to a deadly Arizona mass shooting …
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Sarah Palin v. New York Times Spotlights Push to Loosen Libel Law  —  The trial comes at a time when those who argue that news outlets should pay a steeper price for getting something wrong are more emboldened than they've been in decades.  —  When Donald J. Trump called for scrapping laws …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   Sarah Palin v. New York Times goes to trial
Financial Times:
China's extended naval reach in western Pacific fuels Taiwan tensions  —  Deployment of warships near southern Japan and east of Taipei is big expansion of Beijing's military presence  —  China has established a constant naval presence close to southern Japan and eastern Taiwan …
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Reuters:
Taiwan reports new large-scale Chinese air force incursion  —  Taiwan on Sunday reported the largest incursion since October by China's air force in its air defence zone, with the island's defence ministry saying Taiwanese fighters scrambled to warn away 39 aircraft in the latest uptick in tensions.
Washington Post:
Anti-vaccine activists march in D.C. — a city that mandates covid vaccines — to protest mandates  —  Thousands of protesters from across the country — including some of the biggest names in the anti-vaccination movement — descended on the nation's capital Sunday for a rally against vaccine mandates.
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Katie Kyros / wusa9.com:
Thousands rally in DC Sunday against vaccine mandates
Discussion: The Hill
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The question is no longer Donald Trump's criminality but whether America will care  —  America still had the naïve ability to be shocked back on Nov. 16, 1973, when a rambling then-President Richard Nixon stood up before 400 Associated Press journalists.
Discussion: Slate, Bloomberg, Washington Post and CNN
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Tom Rogan / Wall Street Journal:
Is Germany a Reliable American Ally?  Nein  —  Berlin goes its own way, prizing cheap gas, car exports to China, and keeping Putin calm.  —  As Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine looms, most Western allies are acting to support Kyiv and reassure vulnerable members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Mark Murray / NBC News:
‘Downhill,’ ‘divisive’: Americans sour on nation's direction in new NBC News poll  —  WASHINGTON — Overwhelming majorities of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, that their household income is falling behind the cost of living, that political polarization …
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Christopher Tremoglie / Washington Examiner:
If the media treated Biden like they did Trump, Trump would've been reelected
Discussion: The Wrap, OutKick and New York Post
Reuters:
Exclusive: Iran nuclear agreement unlikely without release of U.S. prisoners, negotiator says  —  The United States is unlikely to strike an agreement with Iran to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal unless Tehran releases four U.S. citizens Washington says it is holding hostage, the lead U.S. nuclear negotiator told Reuters on Sunday.
Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
Israeli soldiers blindfolded and gagged elderly Palestinian American later found dead: Leaked report  —  Details of an army investigation obtained by Israeli media indicate troops didn't seek aid for the unresponsive detainee, but none are likely to be prosecuted.
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
D.C. Is a Donut.  There Is No Center in Washington Politics  —  Pundits blame progressives for Biden's sagging approval ratings, but the left represents more of America than it does in Congress. … “Blame the left” is Washington's latest craze.  —  It would not be surprising if it were just coming from the GOP.
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Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Sanders: ‘anti-democratic’ Republicans to blame for Biden woes, not just Manchin and Sinema
 
 
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Al Jazeera:
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Discussion: New York Times
Victoria Eavis / Casper Star-Tribune:
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Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart and New York Post
San Francisco Chronicle:
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John McCormick / Wall Street Journal:
Wisconsin's Field of Democratic Senate Hopefuls Is Lining Up on Left of Biden
Washington Post:
Va. Gov. Youngkin's assertive first week in office leaves Republicans jubilant, Democrats fuming
Discussion: Washington Examiner