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6:25 PM ET, January 25, 2022

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Washington Post:
Russia conducts new military exercises as Biden, Europeans intensify diplomacy on Ukraine  —  MOSCOW — Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov accused the United States on Tuesday of “building up tension” over Ukraine, as Russia launched simultaneous military exercises across the country involving thousands …
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Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Biden says a Russian invasion of Ukraine ‘would change the world’
Lee Smith / Tablet Magazine:
What Does Vladimir Putin Have on Joe Biden?
Discussion: CNBC and New York Post
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
DontBrowbeatMyPete 😡  —  I still haven't stopped shaking after last night's attack.  Standing at the White House podium, the president of the United States — the most powerful man in the world — launched a violent incursion against my friend Peter Doocy, the finest reporter in history.
Discussion: Hold The Press
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Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Biden Starts Year Two With Diminished Public Support and a Daunting List of Challenges  —  Views of economy remain negative; most say prices have gotten worse while job availability has improved  —  Pew Research Center conducted this study to understand the public's views …
Discussion: IJR and Political Wire
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Pew Research Center:
1. Views of Joe Biden  —  As major pieces of President Joe Biden's agenda remain bogged down in Congress and the coronavirus pandemic enters its third year, his approval rating continues to decline among many demographic and political groups.  Today, 41% of U.S. adults say they approve …
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:   Ron Johnson Is Unpopular in Wisconsin. Can He Win Anyway?
Axios:
America can't quit polarizing politicians  —  New data finds that the nation's most polarizing politicians are often the ones that garner the most attention online.  —  Why it matters: Online engagement helps politicians build a bigger national profile and more fundraising power …
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Jason Sattler / The Editorial Board:
DeSantis is Trump's mini-me
Discussion: HotAir, The Hill and New York Magazine
Tom Porter / Insider:   Trump only 4th-most-talked-about Republican online, behind Ted Cruz and Ron DeSantis, data says
Politico:
The unusual origins behind the splashiest, newest political news site  —  The launch of the website Grid earlier this month represented the latest bet that the market for explainer journalism still exists in the digital space.  —  But unlike others in the field, Grid has a unique origin story …
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Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:   New Media Outlet Grid Backed by Progressive Stars, Gulf Money, and Foreign Agents
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Rep. Jim Cooper retires after Tennessee district dismantled  —  Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper, a 32-year veteran of Congress, will retire at the end of this year, after Tennessee Republicans shredded his Nashville-based seat into three pieces in redistricting.  —  He is the 29th House Democrat …
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Melissa Brown / The Tennessean:
Tennessee House Republicans approve redistricting plan to divide Davidson County into three congressional districts
Liz Stark / CNN:
Biden administration to withdraw Covid-19 vaccination and testing regulation aimed at large businesses  —  Why the Supreme Court decided against vaccine mandate  —  (CNN)The Biden administration is withdrawing its Covid-19 vaccination and testing regulation aimed at large businesses …
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Bloomberg:
DeSantis Touts Covid Treatments After FDA Says They Don't Work  —  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is calling on regulators to allow use of two monoclonal antibody therapies for Covid-19 after the Food and Drug Administration halted their use in a ruling neither manufacturer disputes.
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis:
Governor DeSantis Condemns Biden Administration's Haphazard Decision to Revoke Authorization of Lifesaving Monoclonal Antibody Treatments
Andy Greene / Rolling Stone:
Neil Young Demands Spotify Remove His Music Over ‘False Information About Vaccines’  —  Neil Young posted a since-deleted letter to his management team and record label demanding that they remove his music from Spotify.  “I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines …
CNN:
McConnell plots GOP midterm strategy amid Trump's primary influence  —  (CNN)Former President Donald Trump has been relentless in his attacks against Senate Minority Mitch McConnell, making Republicans uneasy as they battle for the majority in the November midterms.
Associated Press:
Florida state Sen. Lauren Book fights back over nude images stolen from her  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — State Sen. Lauren Book often has told the story about how she was sexually abused by her nanny for six years when she was a child.  She channeled the pain into a lifetime of helping other abuse survivors.
Techno Fog / The Reactionary:
Durham: DNC lawyer Marc Elias has given grand jury testimony  —  And - the criminal investigation of Sussmann is ongoing.  —  Today, Special Counsel John Durham provided a “discovery Update” to the court in the Michael Sussmann case.  In this filing, available here, he disclosed that his team …
Mary Katharine Ham / The Atlantic:
Kids Shouldn't Have to Be ‘Resilient’  —  Six years ago, on a Saturday afternoon, I got a call from a law-enforcement officer telling me that my husband had died in a bike wreck during a charity race for cancer research.  I had a toddler and was pregnant with my second daughter at the time.
Kurt Andersen / The Atlantic:
The Anti-vaccine Right Brought Human Sacrifice to America  —  In the early phases of the pandemic, as the coronavirus spread in the United States and doctors and pharmacists and supermarket clerks continued to work and risk infection, some commentators made reference—metaphorical reference …
Discussion: Twitchy and Substack
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Speaker Pelosi announces she is running for reelection  —  The California Democrat made the announcement in a video statement  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Tuesday that she is running for reelection, citing the “crucial” need to defend American democracy through legislation on voting rights and other issues.
Washington Post:
Ron Klain had the perfect résumé.  His first year showed the limits of that experience.  —  As Joe Biden closed in on the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, top advisers approached him with a careful process for choosing and vetting a potential White House chief of staff.
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Alex Jones says he spoke to Jan. 6 committee and pled the Fifth ‘almost 100 times’  —  Conspiracy theorist and radio host Alex Jones said on his show Tuesday that he was deposed by the House committee investigating Jan. 6 and that he exercised his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination “almost 100 times.”
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Omicron's big numbers  —  Two new Biden administration initiatives — mailing at-home COVID-19 tests to those who ask and making free N95 masks available — are hugely popular, each backed by 84% of Americans in the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
Discussion: The Hill and Forbes
TOP / Associated Press:
San Francisco reports big increase in anti-Asian hate crimes  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The mayor of San Francisco expressed despair over the increase in reported hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders last year, up an astonishing 567% from the previous year …
Discussion: CBS San Francisco
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Two Covid Americas  —  The unvaccinated are less worried than the boosted, according to a poll.  —  Covid's starkly different impact on the young and old has been one of the virus's defining characteristics.  It tends to be mild for children and younger adults but is often severe for the elderly.
Discussion: Reason and Washington Post
CNN:
Exclusive: Federal prosecutors looking at 2020 fake elector certifications, deputy attorney general tells CNN  —  Trump ends interview after being pressed about false 2020 election claims  —  (CNN)Federal prosecutors are reviewing fake Electoral College certifications that declared former …
Discussion: Alternet.org and NPR
Steve Reilly / Grid News:
Fake vaccine cards are everywhere.  It's a public health nightmare.  —  Thousands of fake vaccine card vendors threaten to gut the effectiveness of U.S. vaccine mandates, a Grid investigation reveals.  Major platforms and app stores aren't stopping them, law enforcement isn't catching them, and political leaders are AWOL.
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
The presidency has changed.  Biden needs to adapt.  —  I wrote last week that Joe Biden's approach to the presidency is outdated and ineffective.  Now, I will offer an alternative path.  —  American presidents were once the leader of the whole country.  Congress used to pass legislation on major issues across party lines.
Discussion: PolitiFact and Roll Call
 
 
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