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1:35 AM ET, January 26, 2022

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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.
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Pew Research Center:
Biden Starts Year Two With Diminished Public Support and a Daunting List of Challenges
Discussion: IJR and Political Wire
Pew Research Center:
1. Views of Joe Biden
Discussion: NH Journal and HotAir
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
The presidency has changed. Biden needs to adapt.
Discussion: Politico, PolitiFact and Roll Call
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 …
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The fight ahead in Ukraine: Body bags and cyberwar
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
Axios:
Scoop: White House plans expedited resettlement for Afghan refugees  —  President Biden's advisers are crafting a plan to accelerate bringing potentially thousands of Afghans to the U.S. from Qatar, according to a source with direct knowledge of the administration's internal deliberations on the subject.
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The White House:
Statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on the Visit of Amir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar
Discussion: Bloomberg
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.
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Jada Yuan / Washington Post:
Melania Trump auctions off her hat, and has become the latest victim of the cryptocurrency crash  —  The former first lady's chapeau is still far below her asking price.  —  (This article has been updated to reflect that the auction, which was offline for part of Tuesday, is back online.)
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Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Melania Trump's Auction of Hat Hit by Plunge in Cryptocurrency
Discussion: Raw Story
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Dr. Oz stumbles out of the gate in Senate race  —  PHILADELPHIA — Mehmet Oz's introduction to GOP grassroots politics is a code-red crisis.  In his first three unofficial tests as a candidate in Pennsylvania's Republican Senate primary, the celebrity physician known as Dr. Oz has been handily rejected by party activists.
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  —  jcusick@americanprogress.org  —  Director, Media Relations  —  shananel@americanprogress.org  —  Government Affairs
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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 …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Cawthorn Challenge Raises the Question: Who Is an ‘Insurrectionist’?  —  The challenge to Representative Madison Cawthorn's re-election bid could set a precedent to challenge other Republicans who encouraged the Jan. 6 attack.  —  WASHINGTON — A group of lawyers is working to disqualify …
Discussion: Raw Story
BBC:
Fishermen plan to disrupt Russian military exercise off Irish coast  —  A group of fishermen is planning to peacefully disrupt Russia's plans to hold a military exercise off the coast of Ireland in February.  —  The chief executive of the Irish South and West Fish Producers Organisation …
Discussion: Politico, RTÉ and Irish News
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 …
Paul Burton / CBS Boston:
Man Can't Get Heart Transplant Because He's Not Vaccinated Against COVID  —  BOSTON (CBS) - David Ferguson is speaking out passionately on behalf of his son DJ.  He says the 31-year-old is fighting for his life at Brigham and Women's Hospital and in desperate need of a heart transplant.
Melissa Brown / The Tennessean:
Tennessee House Republicans approve redistricting plan to divide Davidson County into three congressional districts  —  Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly pushed ahead Monday night on a once-a-decade redistricting plan, with a House vote all but guaranteeing the division …
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The Tennessean:
US Rep. Jim Cooper will not seek reelection after GOP redraws Nashville congressional district
New York Times:
As Islamic State Resurges, U.S. Is Drawn Back Into the Fray  —  “ISIS is not over”: Attacks in Syria and Iraq make clear that the militants have lost neither their will to fight nor their ability to do so.  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq — An audacious attack on a prison housing thousands of former ISIS fighters in Syria.
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.
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
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
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.
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Thirteen percent of congressional staffers make less than a living wage, report shows  —  About 1 in 8 congressional staffers are not making a living wage, according to a new analysis of payroll data.  —  The problem is particularly acute for staff assistants, who are often the most junior staffers in congressional offices.
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 …
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: Seeking Orenda, Substack and Twitchy
NBC News:
U.S. shoots down missile in UAE attack as Yemen war drags on.  Biden's policy is failing.  —  Washington made the right call last year in suspending offensive weapons to the conflict zone.  But it's still giving Saudi Arabia too much diplomatic cover.  —  Saudi-led air strikes target sites in Yemen causing unknown number of deaths
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
Courtland Milloy / Washington Post:
Voting rights legislation was defeated.  But activists are not.  —  Many people were depressed and upset over the outcome, but they're seeking a way forward  —  “Where do we go from here?”  I've been hearing that question quite a bit since federal voting rights legislation was defeated last week.
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.”
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Federal judge rejects challenge to ‘weighty and urgent’ Jan. 6 committee  —  A federal judge in California on Tuesday delivered a forceful defense of the Jan. 6 select committee's efforts, sharply rejecting a bid by attorney John Eastman — a key driver of Donald Trump's effort to subvert the 2020 election …
Discussion: Bloomberg
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Election Dead-Enders Won't Say Who Wrote the Coup Plan Down  —  SHAGGY DEFENSE  —  MAGA diehards who were coup-crazy just a year ago claim they've never seen a newly published draft of the Trump executive order outlining their brazenly authoritarian blueprint.
Discussion: Raw Story and CBS News
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
This Fan Sent Trump His Idea.  The ‘Dirty Bastard’ Stole It.  —  A retired entrepreneur claims he gave Trump the idea for “Keep America Great!”  What the former supporter found out about Trump is a lesson many little guys have learned—in court.  —  Retired entrepreneur Jeff Paul was once …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Supreme Court Should Just End College Affirmative Action
James Fanelli / Wall Street Journal:
El Chapo Conviction Upheld by Federal Appeals Court
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Chris Lau / South China Morning Post:
Hong Kong home affairs chief Caspar Tsui ‘to leave role over partygate’
Discussion: Bloomberg
Associated Press:
San Francisco reports big increase in anti-Asian hate crimes
Discussion: CBS San Francisco
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Steve Reilly / Grid News:
Fake vaccine cards are everywhere. It's a public health nightmare.
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Alex Jones says he spoke to Jan. 6 committee and pled the Fifth ‘almost 100 times’
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
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Bloomberg:
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