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5:45 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 …
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  —  The Atlanta area prosecutor weighing whether former president Donald Trump and others committed crimes by trying to pressure Georgia election officials has been granted …
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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Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
Some Ukrainians Are Angry About Washington Ordering Diplomats' Families To Leave The US Embassy
NATO:
NATO Allies send more ships, jets to enhance deterrence and defence in eastern Europe
Lorne Cook / Associated Press:
US puts 8,500 troops on heightened alert amid Russia tension
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?
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
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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Luke Rosiak / The Daily Wire:
EXCLUSIVE: Standoff In Virginia As Schools Defy Governor's Order Making Masks Optional  —  LOUDOUN COUNTY, Virginia - Numerous Northern Virginia schools refused to provide in-person education to students who were not wearing a mask on Monday, defying an executive order from Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin that went into effect this week.
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
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.
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
The Federalist Names Mollie Hemingway As Editor In Chief  —  In this new role, Hemingway — who has been The Federalist's senior editor since its founding in 2013 -will now oversee all of The Federalist's editorial operations.  —  Mollie Ziegler Hemingway has been named editor in chief of The Federalist …
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  — The Office of Congressional Ethics voted 6-0 to find reason to believe Rep. Newman bribed a political opponent.
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.
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 …
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
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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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
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Overtime
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: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
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 …
Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
An appeals court has reinstated absentee ballot drop boxes for the Feb. 15 Wisconsin primary election  —  MADISON - An appeals court blocked a lower-court order Monday and ruled absentee ballot drop boxes can be used in the Feb. 15 primary.  —  The District 4 Court of Appeals issued …
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
Why More Inexperienced Candidates Are Running — And Winning  —  When you have a toothache, you call a dentist; when you have a leaky faucet, you call a plumber.  You want someone with on-the-job experience dealing with the challenges that confront you.  —  This used to be overwhelmingly true …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump is losing to Trumpism  —  It's a tiny thing, by itself an unimportant thing almost certainly — but it's one of those things that overlaps with other little things to suddenly have weight.  —  There was Donald Trump, filmed at a distance through some leafy plants decorating a common area at Mar-a-Lago, looking a bit put out.
 
 
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Houston Keene / Fox News:
White House blames ‘underfunding of some police departments’ for violent crime spike
New York Times:
Adams to Bring Back Anti-Gun Police Unit in 3 Weeks
Discussion: The Hill, WSVN-TV and DCReport.org
Jean Guerrero / Los Angeles Times:
'I've tried to invest in joy': Wajahat Ali on traumas physical, political and global
Elliot Smith / CNBC:
Russian stocks sink 8%, ruble plunges to 14-month low as conflict fears intensify
Nicholas Wade / City Journal:
A Covid Origin Conspiracy?
Discussion: NOQ Report and Power Line
Yonah Jeremy Bob / Jerusalem Post:
Netanyahu rejects plea deal with clause that would ban him from politics
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans are embarrassed to tell us what they are for
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
Alex Griffing / Mediaite:
J.D. Vance Defends Bombastic Rhetoric: ‘Our Country is Kind of a Joke’
Discussion: IJR and Political Wire
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
John Fritze / USA Today:
Supreme Court turns away Rep. Kevin McCarthy challenge to House proxy voting during COVID-19
 

 
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Associated Press:
A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

Tony Mecia / The Charlotte Ledger:
McClatchy's Charlotte Observer is scaling back print editions to three days a week starting September 16, down from six days, and will rely on USPS for delivery

 
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