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10:25 PM ET, January 25, 2022


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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
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 …
The White House:
Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on Russia Ukraine Economic Deterrence Measures
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
Washington Post:
Russia conducts new military exercises as Biden, Europeans intensify diplomacy on Ukraine
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: HotAir
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
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 …
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Is Reviewing Role of Fake Trump Electors, Top Official Says  —  Lisa O. Monaco, the deputy attorney general, told CNN that she could not “say anything more on ongoing investigations.”  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is investigating the fake slates of electors …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Federal judge rejects challenge to ‘weighty and urgent’ Jan. 6 committee  —  The California-based jurist also became the first to reject a Trump ally's challenge to the panel's structure.  —  A federal judge in California on Tuesday delivered a forceful defense of the Jan. 6 select committee's efforts …
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
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.
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.”
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 …
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Do countries with better-funded public media also have healthier democracies? Of course they do
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Supreme Court Should Just End College Affirmative Action
Chris Lau / South China Morning Post:
Hong Kong home affairs chief Caspar Tsui ‘to leave role over partygate’
Discussion: Bloomberg
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
2 Years After Closing Offices, Social Security Schedules Tentative Reopening
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
 Earlier Items: 
Kylie Cheung / Jezebel:
Judge Tries to Deny Teen Abortion Over Her GPA
Discussion: Raw Story
Fox News:
Fox News footage shows mass release of single adult migrants into US
DeSantis Touts Covid Treatments After FDA Says They Don't Work
Mary Katharine Ham / The Atlantic:
Kids Shouldn't Have to Be ‘Resilient’  —  Six years ago, on a Saturday afternoon …
America can't quit polarizing politicians
Discussion: HotAir
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Omicron's big numbers
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and Forbes