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8:40 PM ET, January 25, 2022


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Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
Poll: As Ukraine tensions escalate, 62% of Republicans say Putin is a ‘stronger leader’ than Biden  —  With at least 100,000 Russian troops massing on the border of Ukraine, more than 6 in 10 Republicans and GOP-leaning independents (62 percent) now say Russian President Vladimir Putin is …
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
Russia Steps Up Propaganda War Amid Tensions With Ukraine  —  The disinformation campaign includes claims that NATO and Ukrainian forces are preparing to attack Russian speakers in Ukraine.  —  WASHINGTON — As the United States issued warnings last month about the Russian troops …
Scoop: Qatar emir to visit White House on Monday
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
Washington Post:
Russia conducts new military exercises as Biden, Europeans intensify diplomacy on Ukraine
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
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Why Biden's ‘son of a bitch’ moment is nothing like Trump's attacks on reporters  —  (CNN)On its face, it's not a big deal.  —  Joe Biden, thinking his microphone was off, called Fox's Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a bitch” after the latter lobbed a question to the President about the political impact of high inflation.
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
New York Times:
A Political Scientist Warns the Democratic Party Is Off Course  —  Ruy Teixeira was co-author of one of the most influential political books of the 21st century.  Now, he says, Democrats are getting its lessons all wrong.  —  A funny thing happened on the way to the emerging Democratic majority.
Pew Research Center:
1. Views of Joe Biden
Discussion: HotAir
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:   Ron Johnson Is Unpopular in Wisconsin. Can He Win Anyway?
The Tennessean:
US Rep. Jim Cooper will not seek reelection after GOP redraws Nashville congressional district  —  Melissa Brown Adam FriedmanNashville Tennessean  —  U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, the Nashville Democrat who has spent more than three decades representing Tennessee in Congress …
Max Bergmann / Center for American Progress:
How the United States Should Respond if Russia Invades Ukraine  —  A Russian invasion of Ukraine must come at a high cost to the Kremlin. … Senior Director, Media Relations  —  —  Director, Media Relations  —  —  Government Affairs
The White House:
Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on Russia Ukraine Economic Deterrence Measures
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 …
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:   New Media Outlet Grid Backed by Progressive Stars, Gulf Money, and Foreign Agents
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 …
Discussion: Breitbart and Meaning In History
Mike Carter / The Seattle Times:
Redmond officer who killed woman had been fired from another law-enforcement agency  —  The Redmond police officer who shot and killed Andrea Churna, an unarmed 39-year-old mother as she tried to surrender to officers in September 2020, had been dismissed as a probationary Whatcom County …
Discussion: The Hill
Jacob Shamsian / Insider:
Mike Lindell's lawyers are dodging meetings for Dominion's defamation lawsuit and refusing to hand over discovery material, court documents show  — Mike Lindell's lawyers are refusing to show up to scheduling conferences for Dominion's defamation lawsuit.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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.
Matt Kaufax / FOX Carolina:
Newly proposed SC law would make it a crime to ask about vaccine status  —  A new bill proposed in South Carolina could make it illegal to ask anyone about their vaccination status  —  GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) - A newly proposed law in the South Carolina Statehouse would make it a criminal offense …
Josh Vriens / Task & Purpose:
‘My only regret is not doing more’ — Why I reported Eddie Gallagher for war crimes  —  “Not a single one of us could have imagined that we would have to report a friend and mentor.”  —  “Uncompromising integrity is my standard.  My character and honor are steadfast.  My word is my bond.”
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.
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.
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.”
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
Michael Powell / New York Times:
How It Feels to Be an Asian Student in an Elite Public School  —  Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech and other schools across the country are under pressure to end entrance exams.  Students have complicated feelings about that.  —  Tausifa Haque, a 17-year-old daughter of Bangladeshi immigrants …
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
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 …
2022 is shaping up to be a legal nightmare for Trumpworld.  Here's a timeline of upcoming court cases and legal obstacles.  — Donald Trump and his allies are facing a flurry of legal challenges this year.  — The New York investigations into his company's finances are ongoing …
Discussion: Raw Story and
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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Stacie Taranto / Washington Post:
Emily's List is ditching Sen. Sinema because voting rights are also women's rights
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Supreme Court Should Just End College Affirmative Action
Discussion: National Review
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Election Dead-Enders Won't Say Who Wrote the Coup Plan Down
Discussion: Raw Story and CBS News
James Fanelli / Wall Street Journal:
El Chapo Conviction Upheld by Federal Appeals Court
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Al Jazeera
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Thirteen percent of congressional staffers make less than a living wage, report shows
Discussion: Political Wire
Chris Lau / South China Morning Post:
Hong Kong home affairs chief Caspar Tsui ‘to leave role over partygate’
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 Earlier Items: 
Liz Stark / CNN:
Biden administration to withdraw Covid-19 vaccination and testing regulation aimed at large businesses
Kylie Cheung / Jezebel:
Judge Tries to Deny Teen Abortion Over Her GPA
Discussion: Raw Story
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Omicron's big numbers
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and Forbes