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1:25 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.
CNN:
Supreme Court to consider landmark challenge to Harvard and UNC affirmative action policies  —  (CNN)The Supreme Court announced Monday it will reconsider race-based affirmative action in college admissions, a move that could eliminate campus practices that have widely benefitted Black and Hispanic students.
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
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to Affirmative Action at Harvard and U.N.C.
Discussion: CNBC, USA Today and Forbes
Karl Evers-Hillstrom / The Hill:
House lawmakers urge Pelosi to bring stock trading ban to the floor
Discussion: RedState and POLITICUSUSA
John Kruzel / The Hill:
Supreme Court agrees to hear challenge to affirmative action in higher education
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Fiona Hill / New York Times:
It's Not Just About Ukraine.  Putin Wants to Evict the U.S. From Europe.  —  Ms. Hill was an intelligence officer on Russia and Eurasian affairs for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and served on the National Security Council under President Donald Trump.  —  We knew this was coming.
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New York Times:
Biden Weighs Deploying Thousands of Troops to Eastern Europe and Baltics
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
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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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: Alternet.org, 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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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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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 …
Politico:
Capitol Police examines backgrounds, social media feeds of some who meet with lawmakers  —  After the Jan. 6 insurrection, the Capitol Police's intelligence unit quietly started scrutinizing the backgrounds of people who meet with lawmakers, according to three people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
New York Times:
U.S. Intervenes to Repel Air Attack on United Arab Emirates  —  The attack came amid rising tensions between the Emirates and Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.  The United Arab Emirates is part of the Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting the Houthis for years.
 
 
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump is losing to Trumpism
Discussion: Raw Story, The Daily Beast and HuffPost
Jack Dunphy / The Pipeline:
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Sean Lyngaas / CNN:
DHS warns of potential Russia cyberattacks amid tensions
Discussion: Political Wire
Brooke Singman / Fox Business:
Trump ‘TRUTH Social’ developing content moderation practices to ensure ‘family-friendly’ community
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Politico:
Oath Keepers' founder expected in court on Jan. 6 sedition charges
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THE CITY:
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Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
How epidemiologists want Biden to respond to the pandemic
NBC News:
Democrats face double-digit enthusiasm deficit ahead of midterms
Discussion: NRCC, Townhall and Breitbart
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
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Tom Emmer's on a roll. He won't say where to.
Discussion: Washington Post and ABC News