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7:15 AM ET, January 26, 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
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The fight ahead in Ukraine: Body bags and cyberwar  —  Russians sometimes speak of the bodies of dead soldiers arriving home from the battlefront as “Cargo 200,” a European defense expert told me last week in Kyiv.  The term originated during Russia's war in Afghanistan, when corpses were shipped home to Moscow in zinc-lined coffins.
Ukraine: US could sanction Putin personally if Russia invades, Biden says
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
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.
Discussion: HotAir
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: PolitiFact and Roll Call
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.
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
Scoop: Qatar emir to visit White House on Monday
Discussion: The Hill
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.)
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Melania Trump's Auction of Hat Hit by Plunge in Cryptocurrency  —  The former first lady is selling a hat she wore for a visit by the French president amid volatility in the value of the digital currency being used for the auction.  —  Melania Trump's much-discussed online auction …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
Oliver Milman / The Guardian:
'He's a villain': Joe Manchin attracts global anger over climate crisis  —  The West Virginia senator's name is reviled on the streets of Bangladesh and other countries facing climate disaster as he blocks Biden's effort to curb planet-heating gases  —  Within the brutal machinations of US politics …
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Top Human Rights Watch investigator allegedly hacked with Pegasus spyware  —  Allegation marks latest example of how NSO clients have used powerful surveillance tool to target campaigners and journalists  —  The mobile phones of a senior Human Rights Watch staff member are alleged …
Discussion: Washington Post and Al Jazeera
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.
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 …
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.
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: Techdirt and Raw Story
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
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.
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
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 …
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 …
The Tennessean:
US Rep. Jim Cooper will not seek reelection after GOP redraws Nashville congressional district
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.
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
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Fox News:
It's time to impeach DHS Chief Mayorkas
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Supreme Court Should Just End College Affirmative Action
James Fanelli / Wall Street Journal:
El Chapo Conviction Upheld by Federal Appeals Court
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Al Jazeera
Josh Vriens / Task & Purpose:
‘My only regret is not doing more’ — Why I reported Eddie Gallagher for war crimes
Chris Lau / South China Morning Post:
Hong Kong home affairs chief Caspar Tsui ‘to leave role over partygate’
Discussion: Bloomberg
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
San Francisco reports big increase in anti-Asian hate crimes
Mike Carter / The Seattle Times:
Redmond officer who killed woman had been fired from another law-enforcement agency
Discussion: The Hill
Techno Fog / The Reactionary:
Durham: DNC lawyer Marc Elias has given grand jury testimony
Discussion: Breitbart and Meaning In History
Steve Reilly / Grid News:
Fake vaccine cards are everywhere. It's a public health nightmare.
Liz Stark / CNN:
Biden administration to withdraw Covid-19 vaccination and testing regulation aimed at large businesses
The unusual origins behind the splashiest, newest political news site
Kurt Andersen / The Atlantic:
The Anti-vaccine Right Brought Human Sacrifice to America
Discussion: Seeking Orenda, Twitchy and Substack