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12:00 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.
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 …
Discussion: UPI and Los Angeles Times
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Supreme Court takes cases on future of affirmative action  —  A group has been challenging Harvard's use of race in undergraduate admissions.  —  The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said it would take up a pair of cases that could decide the future of affirmative action in college admissions.
John Kruzel / The Hill:
Supreme Court agrees to hear challenge to affirmative action in higher education
Discussion: Washington Post and 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
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
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 …
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
‘Unvaccinated’ Sarah Palin tests positive for Covid right before New York Times defamation trial begins, judge says  — Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has tested positive for Covid, and is unvaccinated, a federal judge told a courtroom Monday just as a civil defamation …
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Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Defamation: Will Palin score a knockout blow in her lawsuit against NYT?
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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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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:   House Republicans tout infrastructure funding they voted against
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.
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 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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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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Brooke Singman / Fox Business:
Trump ‘TRUTH Social’ developing content moderation practices to ensure ‘family-friendly’ community
Politico:
Capitol Police examines backgrounds, social media feeds of some who meet with lawmakers
Mark Paoletta / The Federalist:
The New Yorker Lies Again In Hit On Clarence Thomas And Wife That Falsely Claims He Attended A DC Event
Politico:
Oath Keepers' founder expected in court on Jan. 6 sedition charges
Discussion: Raw Story
THE CITY:
Damaged Doors Posing Fire Risks Plague Thousands of Buildings Like Twin Parks
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Delivery Workers Cheer Restroom Access and Tip Transparency Alongside AOC and Chuck Schumer
Washington Post:
How epidemiologists want Biden to respond to the pandemic
 Earlier Items: 
NBC News:
Democrats face double-digit enthusiasm deficit ahead of midterms
Discussion: Townhall, Breitbart and RedState
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Old-Fashioned, Inefficient Light Bulbs Live On at the Nation's Dollar Stores
Kara Voght / Rolling Stone:
'I'm a Full Anti-Vaxxer Now': How the Conspiracists Are Winning Over Fresh Converts
Reuters:
Exclusive: Iran nuclear agreement unlikely without release of U.S. prisoners, negotiator says
Tom Rogan / Wall Street Journal:
Is Germany a Reliable American Ally? Nein
New York Times:
A Shrinking Band of Southern Nurses, Neck-Deep in Another Covid Wave