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12:15 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
Mark Paoletta / The Federalist:   The New Yorker Lies Again In Hit On Clarence Thomas And Wife That Falsely Claims He Attended A DC Event
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
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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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?
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Palin v. New York Times pushes new boundaries on libel suits
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:   House Republicans tout infrastructure funding they voted against
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.
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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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
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
 
 
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Reuters:
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