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2:40 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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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 …
Mark Paoletta / The Federalist:   The New Yorker Lies Again In Hit On Clarence Thomas And Wife That Falsely Claims He Attended A DC Event
Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court to Review Race-Conscious Admissions Policies at Harvard, UNC
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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NATO:
NATO Allies send more ships, jets to enhance deterrence and defence in eastern Europe
Lorne Cook / Associated Press:
NATO sends ships, jets east as Ireland rejects Russia drills
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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CNN:
Sarah Palin trial against New York Times delayed because of Palin's positive Covid-19 test  —  New York (CNN Business)A judge on Monday delayed Sarah Palin's defamation trial against The New York Times by 10 days to February 3, after the 2008 Republican U.S. vice presidential candidate …
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Defamation: Will Palin score a knockout blow in her lawsuit against NYT?
Discussion: The Hill, Reuters and Politico
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: Breitbart and 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 …
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.
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.
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Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Tom Emmer's on a roll. He won't say where to.
Discussion: Washington Post and ABC News
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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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 …
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:
RFK Jr's anti-vaxx rant: Hey, at least Anne Frank could hide from the Nazis  —  Insane, and perhaps not even the most insane Robert F. Kennedy Jr said at an anti-vaccine mandate rally yesterday at the National Mall.  It's clearly the most offensive thing RFKJ said, but there's a lot of competition in this clip for the insanity award:
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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 …
Kevin Yamamura / Politico:
California lawmaker proposes Covid vaccine mandate for all schoolchildren  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California state senator is proposing to require that all schoolchildren receive a Covid-19 vaccine starting in 2023, a law that would be the nation's strictest student mandate if approved.
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: IJR and Political Wire
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
Some Ukrainians Are Angry About Washington Ordering Diplomats' Families To Leave The US Embassy  —  KYIV - Ukrainians expressed confusion and anger Monday over Washington's decision to authorize the voluntary departure of government employees from Kyiv and order the mandatory withdrawal of family members of US embassy personnel.
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.
Associated Press:
4 wounded in Germany university shooting; gunman dead  —  BERLIN (AP) — A lone gunman opened fire during a lecture at Heidelberg University in southwestern Germany on Monday and wounded four people, some of them seriously, police said.  —  Police said that the perpetrator was dead, but didn't give details of how that happened.
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Inside Jerry Falwell Jr.'s Unlikely Rise and Precipitous Fall at Liberty University  —  Jerry Falwell Jr. was the Trump-anointing dark prince of the Christian right.  Then a sex scandal rocked his marriage and ended his lucrative stewardship of the evangelical education empire founded by his father.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Emma-Jo Morris / Breitbart:
BOMBSHELL: Biden Family Scored $31 Million from Deals with Individuals with Direct Ties to the Highest Levels of Chinese Intelligence
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
Why More Inexperienced Candidates Are Running — And Winning
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Trump followers zero in on secretary of state campaigns
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Google deceived consumers about how it profits from their location data, attorneys general allege in lawsuits
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump is losing to Trumpism
Discussion: Raw Story, The Daily Beast and HuffPost
Jack Dunphy / The Pipeline:
Better to be Tried by Twelve than Carried by Six
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
AP wonders: Is Biden losing black voters?
Discussion: RedState and Associated Press
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New York Times:
U.S. Intervenes to Repel Air Attack on United Arab Emirates
Brooke Singman / Fox Business:
Trump ‘TRUTH Social’ developing content moderation practices to ensure ‘family-friendly’ community
Discussion: Insider Paper and The Daily Caller
Politico:
Capitol Police examines backgrounds, social media feeds of some who meet with lawmakers
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Biden may not find it so hard to turn the corner
Discussion: New Republic and Twitchy
Politico:
Oath Keepers' founder expected in court on Jan. 6 sedition charges
Discussion: Raw Story
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
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