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3:50 PM ET, January 24, 2022

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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  —  BRUSSELS (AP) — The Pentagon said Monday that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has put up to 8,500 troops on heightened alert, so they will be prepared to deploy if needed to reassure NATO allies in the face of ongoing Russian aggression on the border of Ukraine.
NATO:
NATO Allies send more ships, jets to enhance deterrence and defence in eastern Europe
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
Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court to Review Race-Conscious Admissions Policies at Harvard, UNC
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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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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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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Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
Start the Steal: New MAGA Emails Reveal Plot to Hand Arizona to Trump
Discussion: Alternet.org and Raw Story
Associated Press:
Democrats make surprising inroads in redistricting fight
Discussion: Breitbart and Virginia Mercury
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.
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 …
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
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 …
CNN:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. invokes Nazi Germany in offensive anti-vaccine speech  —  (CNN)At a rally against vaccine mandates in Washington, DC, on Sunday, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. likened vaccine policies in the US to the actions of a totalitarian state, even suggesting Anne Frank was in a better situation when she was hiding from the Nazis.
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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 …
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.
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
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.
Yonah Jeremy Bob / Jerusalem Post:
Netanyahu rejects plea deal with clause that would ban him from politics  —  Reports have circulated for the past two weeks about developments to the plea deal that would see Netanyahu leave politics.  —  Former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday rejected a plea deal that would ban him from politics for the next seven years.
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.
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 …
Brooke Singman / Fox Business:
Trump ‘TRUTH Social’ developing content moderation practices to ensure ‘family-friendly’ community  —  ‘We want this to be a very safe place,’ Nunes said.  —  EXCLUSIVE: When TRUTH Social launches later this quarter, the Trump Media & Technology Group social media platform will already …
Discussion: Insider Paper and The Daily Caller
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
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.
 
 
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans are embarrassed to tell us what they are for
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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
Alex Griffing / Mediaite:
J.D. Vance Defends Bombastic Rhetoric: ‘Our Country is Kind of a Joke’
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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
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Biden may not find it so hard to turn the corner
Discussion: Twitchy and New Republic
John Fritze / USA Today:
Supreme Court turns away Rep. Kevin McCarthy challenge to House proxy voting during COVID-19
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
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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