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8:10 AM ET, January 25, 2022


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Tom Rogan / Washington Examiner:
Has the US reinforced its embassy security in Kyiv?  If not, why?  —  Belarus said it will deploy “a whole contingent” of its army along Ukraine's borders during joint military exercises with Russia that are scheduled for Feb. 10-20.  Dictator President Alexander Lukashenko's announcement …
Michael Kofman / War on the Rocks:
Putin's Wager in Russia's Standoff with the West  —  A large war in Europe is likely in the coming weeks.  The current security architecture of the continent, the future of NATO, and America's role in shaping security outcomes there are all at stake.  Beyond Europe, this conflict …
Paul Brand / ITV News:
Boris Johnson had birthday bash during lockdown, ITV News understands  —  A surprise party, with cake, and up to 30 guests - ITV News UK Editor Paul Brand outlines the events of the party, ITV News understands took place during lockdown  —  ITV News understands Boris Johnson had a birthday party during …
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.
Priya Krishna / New York Times:
Sarah Palin, who is unvaccinated, recently dined indoors in New York City before testing positive.  —  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 …
Virginia school boards sue Gov. Youngkin for lifting mask mandate  —  At least seven school boards have sued Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin over his decision to end the commonwealth's mask mandate in public schools.  —  Why it matters: The school boards — including Fairfax County Public Schools …
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Wire:
EXCLUSIVE: Standoff In Virginia As Schools Defy Governor's Order Making Masks Optional
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.
New York Times:
What the Trump Documents Might Tell the Jan. 6 Committee  —  Following last week's Supreme Court ruling, the House panel has received material that it hopes could flesh out how the attack on the Capitol came about.  —  The National Archives has turned over to the House select committee investigating …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The Jan. 6 probe gets the ‘Russia hoax’ treatment
Discussion: USA Today and Talking Points Memo
Associated Press:
LA Unified mask policy: Students to wear non-cloth face masks  —  Higher-grade mask rules begin at LA Unified  —  LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Unified School District said it will prohibit students from wearing cloth masks as the highly transmissible omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to spread.
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
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: Kevin Drum, Forbes, UPI and Vox
New York Times:
Ro Khanna Wants to Save Silicon Valley From Itself  —  The Democratic congressman's new book is a striking manifesto for an age of digital anxiety.  —  It's not often that you meet a member of Congress who is eager to discuss the German philosopher Jürgen Habermas.
Discussion: New Republic
Kathryn Watson / CBS News:
Biden refers to Fox News correspondent as a “stupid son of a bitch”  —  President Biden appeared to be caught on a hot mic on Monday, calling a Fox News correspondent a “stupid son of a bitch” after the journalist asked a question about inflation.  It's unclear whether the president knew …
Jack Mirkinson / Discourse Blog:
The ‘Done With COVID’ Crowd Won't Accept That They Won  —  We're living in the world these people want, but they still can't stop complaining.  —  Here is a question for people like UCSF epidemiologist Vinay Prasad: who the hell are you talking about?
Discussion: The Week
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.
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Feds Are Blowing Their Chance to Seize Jan. 6 Rioters' Guns  —  Half of the 720 rioters who attacked Congress in 2021 are getting misdemeanors—not felonies that would bar them from gun ownership.  —  Of all the dangers presented by the failed attack on the U.S. Capitol last year …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Viola Zhou / VICE:
Cult Classic ‘Fight Club’ Gets a Very Different Ending in China  —  Someone tried very hard to please Chinese movie censors.  —  VZ  —  Fight Club is getting an entirely different ending in a new online release in China, where imported films are often altered to show that the law enforcement …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
What Does It Mean to Be ‘Done With Covid’?  —  On Saturday, several days after my son stopped testing positive for the coronavirus, I took him out for ramen and then to the movies.  The theater was about half-full; it required masks but also served food and cocktails, which you could, obviously, unmask to consume.
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Jerry Falwell Jr. blames his Trump endorsement for his shocking downfall  —  Former Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. blamed his endorsement of Donald Trump for his downfall in a new interview with Gabriel Sherman of Vanity Fair.  —  The son of the televangelist is described as …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Inside Jerry Falwell Jr.'s Unlikely Rise and Precipitous Fall at Liberty University
Discussion: Raw Story
Brittany Bernstein / National Review:
New York Judge Strikes Down Governor Hochul's Mask Mandate  —  A New York State Supreme Court judge on Monday ruled that Governor Kathy Hochul's mask mandate for schools and other public locations is unconstitutional.  —  Judge Thomas Rademaker found that the governor and the state health commissioner …
New York Times:
With Some Voters ‘Ready to Move On,’ Democrats Search for New Message on Virus  —  Democrats were cheered for strict lockdowns and pandemic precautions.  Now many weary voters want to hear the party's plan for living with the coronavirus.  —  When the coronavirus pandemic first swept Pennsylvania …
Discussion: New Republic
Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
‘I have no idea’: Vos attorney did not monitor Michael Gableman's compliance with open records law in his election review  —  MADISON - A lawyer for Assembly Speaker Robin Vos testified Monday he had done little to ensure the contractor overseeing a Republican review of the 2020 election …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Syrian-Kurdish Forces Retake Part of Prison Held by ISIS
Discussion: Insider and Task & Purpose
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Mike Pompeo shells out for media makeover
Discussion: Insider and Political Wire
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
Companies Linked to Putin's Pipeline Contributed to Schumer Campaign
Discussion: Breitbart
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Newt Gingrich Invented Donald Trump's Lock-Them-Up Politics
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story
Anthony Cormier / BuzzFeed News:
The Whistleblower Behind The FinCEN Files Investigation Has Been Released From Prison
U.S. Department of Justice:
Man Convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact of a Minor at Quantico
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Wire
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Dánica Coto / Associated Press:
Statue toppled in Puerto Rico before Spanish king's visit
Discussion: WTOP News
Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
An appeals court has reinstated absentee ballot drop boxes for the Feb. 15 Wisconsin primary election
Discussion: NPR and Ineptocracy Chronicles
Nicholas Wade / City Journal:
A Covid Origin Conspiracy?
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