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11:35 AM ET, January 24, 2022

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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
United States Department of State:
Senior State Department Officials On Posture of U.S. Embassy Kyiv
Courtney Kube / NBC News:
Biden weighs troop deployment near Ukraine as U.S. orders embassy families out, issues travel warnings
Discussion: HotAir, CNN and Politico
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court will consider challenges to affirmative action in Harvard, UNC admissions  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear challenges to the admissions process at Harvard and University of North Carolina, presenting the most serious threat in decades to the use …
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John Kruzel / The Hill:
Supreme Court agrees to hear challenge to affirmative action in higher education
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
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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Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Arizona Republicans propose major changes to elections after GOP review finds no fraud  —  Arizona Republicans have put forth two dozen bills this month that would significantly change the state's electoral processes after the GOP's unorthodox review of millions of ballots affirmed President …
Associated Press:
Democrats make surprising inroads in redistricting fight
Discussion: Virginia Mercury
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  —  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 …
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 …
Discussion: Politico
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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 …
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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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.
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Defamation: Will Palin score a knockout blow in her lawsuit against NYT?  —  Will Sarah Palin force the New York Times to write a big check for defamation, or will the ghosts of Sullivan save the newspaper again?  Palin's long-awaited lawsuit will open today in federal court over an editorial …
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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
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Tom Emmer's on a roll.  He won't say where to.  —  Tom Emmer has the hottest political hand in the House GOP right now.  And if he can win a sizable majority this fall, he'll have even more chips to cash in.  —  Halfway through his second cycle as House Republicans' campaign chief …
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Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
House Republicans tout infrastructure funding they voted against
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Raw Story and IJR
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
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.
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Danica Kirka / Associated Press:
Assange wins first stage in effort to appeal US extradition  —  LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Monday won the first stage of his effort to overturn a U.K. ruling that opened the door for his extradition to U.S. to stand trial on espionage charges.
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NBC News:
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Sirhan Sirhan's Continued Imprisonment Flies in the Face of RFK's Ideals
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Reuters:
Exclusive: Iran nuclear agreement unlikely without release of U.S. prisoners, negotiator says
Tom Rogan / Wall Street Journal:
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