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4:50 PM ET, January 24, 2022

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Priya Krishna / New York Times:
Sarah Palin recently dined indoors in New York City while unvaccinated.  —  Sarah Palin, who is not vaccinated against the coronavirus, dined indoors Saturday night at Elio's, an Italian restaurant on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that regularly draws celebrities, despite New York City's requirement …
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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 …
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 …
Kevin Daley / Washington Free Beacon:
Supreme Court To Reconsider Affirmative Action for College Admissions
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to Affirmative Action at Harvard and U.N.C.
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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Lorne Cook / Associated Press:
US puts 8,500 troops on heightened alert amid Russia tension
NATO:
NATO Allies send more ships, jets to enhance deterrence and defence in eastern Europe
Jason DeParle / New York Times:
Cash Aid to Poor Mothers Increases Brain Activity in Babies, Study Finds  —  The research could have policy implications as President Biden pushes to revive his proposal to expand the child tax credit.  —  WASHINGTON — An experiment that provided poor mothers with cash stipends for the first year …
Discussion: UPI and Political Wire
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Dylan Matthews / Vox:   Can giving parents cash help with babies' brain development?
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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Tamar Hallerman / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Fulton judges greenlight special grand jury for Trump probe  —  A panel of Fulton County judges on Monday cleared the way for a special grand jury to be used as part of District Attorney Fani Willis' investigation of former President Donald Trump and his efforts to overturn Georgia's 2020 election results.
Discussion: Insider
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Washington Post:   Georgia prosecutor granted special grand jury in probe of Trump's efforts to overturn state's election results
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.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans are embarrassed to tell us what they are for  —  President Biden at his news conference last week asked the question that the media should have been asking Republicans for months: “What are they for?”  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) won't say.
Discussion: Raw Story
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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Associated Press:
Democrats make surprising inroads in redistricting fight
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
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.
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 …
Todd Neikirk / HillReporter.com:
Rudy Giuliani is Selling Autographed 9/11 Shirts for $911.00  —  Rudy Giuliani has faced an incredible fall from grace since 2001.  Back then, he was America's Mayor, presiding over New York City following the September 11th attacks.  And for the people who still see Giuliani positively, it is probably because of 9/11.
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.
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Trump Influencer Brandon Straka Walks Away From Jan. 6 Case With Home Detention  —  Citing his cooperation, the feds wanted the president of the “Walk Away” campaign to serve four months of home detention.  He got three.  —  Brandon Straka, a 45-year-old former hairstylist who morphed …
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.
Timothy Noah / New Republic:
No, Democracy Isn't About to Die  —  We're fast approaching the point where a subscription to The Atlantic is a risk factor for suicide.  “January 6 Was Practice,” announces the cover of the current issue, flagging a story by Barton Gellman headlined, “Trump's Next Coup Has Already Begun.”
Discussion: Backbencher
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
 
 
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Nicholas Wade / City Journal:
A Covid Origin Conspiracy?
Discussion: NOQ Report and Power Line
Bryan Metzger / Insider:
Rep. Marie Newman of Illinois may have bribed a primary opponent to stay out of the race in exchange for a job in her office, House ethics body unanimously finds
Discussion: Forbes
Eric Katz / GovExec.com:
Biden Administration Confirms It Will Mostly Pause Punishment of Unvaccinated Feds
Discussion: HotAir and National Review
Yonah Jeremy Bob / Jerusalem Post:
Netanyahu rejects plea deal with clause that would ban him from politics
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
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump is losing to Trumpism
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Raw Story and HuffPost
CNN:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. invokes Nazi Germany in offensive anti-vaccine speech
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
AP wonders: Is Biden losing black voters?
Discussion: RedState and Associated Press
Brooke Singman / Fox Business:
Trump ‘TRUTH Social’ developing content moderation practices to ensure ‘family-friendly’ community
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Insider Paper
Politico:
Capitol Police examines backgrounds, social media feeds of some who meet with lawmakers
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
John Fritze / USA Today:
Supreme Court turns away Rep. Kevin McCarthy challenge to House proxy voting during COVID-19