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8:20 AM ET, January 26, 2022

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BBC:
Ukraine: US could sanction Putin personally if Russia invades, Biden says
Walter Russell Mead / Wall Street Journal:   History Forces Biden's Hand
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
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Pew Research Center:
Biden Starts Year Two With Diminished Public Support and a Daunting List of Challenges
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   Democrats have lost confidence that Biden can do what he promised — or much else
Pew Research Center:
1. Views of Joe Biden
Discussion: Washington Post, NH Journal and HotAir
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.
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
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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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 …
Kristen Jordan Shamus / Detroit Free Press:
For 1st time in Michigan history, more people died than were born in 2020  —  For the first time in Michigan's recorded history, deaths outpaced births in 2020 — a situation worsened by the wave of deaths from COVID-19, said Kurt Metzger, a demographer who founded Data Driven Detroit and studies Michigan population trends.
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.
Discussion: Axios
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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 and The Hill
Glenn Youngkin / Washington Post:
Virginia's parents can decide what's best for their children  —  Glenn Youngkin, a Republican, is governor of Virginia.  —  In November's election, Virginians came together to declare that too many local leaders were failing a generation of schoolchildren.
Discussion: ABC News
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The Dworkin Report:
Author reveals how Peter Thiel helped Trump cut a deal with Facebook to evade fact checking  —  Scott talks with author and journalist Max Chafkin, who is a features editor and a tech reporter at Bloomberg Businessweek.  Max is the author of “The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley's Pursuit of Power …
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 …
Michael Schaub / Kirkus Reviews:
Missouri School District Bans Toni Morrison Book  —  A school board in Missouri has banned four books, including Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, from libraries in the district's high schools, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.  —  The Wentzville School Board voted 4-3 to remove …
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.
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, TheJournal.ie, 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.
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
Biden enters second year with migration plans for Central America unfulfilled  —  President Joe Biden's vow to overhaul the asylum process remains unfulfilled as he enters his second year — as does his promise to deal with the factors in Central America that have prompted millions in recent years to flee for the United States.
Discussion: The Federalist and Vox
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
SALT change likely to be cut from bill, say Senate Democrats  —  Senate Democrats say a proposal to raise the cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions, a top priority of Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), is likely to be cut from the revised Build Back Better Act.
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Instapundit
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Trump-backed Herschel Walker reports hauling in nearly $10M since launching GOP Senate bid in Georgia  —  Walker's the front runner in the GOP primary battle to face off in November against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock  —  Herschel Walker calls to ‘Build Back Trust’
Bloomberg:
Mark Zuckerberg's Stablecoin Ambitions Unravel With Diem Sale Talks  —  The controversial cryptocurrency project that Mark Zuckerberg once defended in front of Congress is unraveling after regulatory pressure.  —  The Diem Association, a cryptocurrency initiative once known as Libra backed …
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Sen. Mark Kelly ‘does not support the censure’ of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema  —  Sen. Mark Kelly broke his silence over the censure of his Democratic colleague Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, with a campaign spokesperson saying he disagreed with it and she should not be singled out over her opposition to changing the Senate's filibuster rules.
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
How Senate Dems reaped the benefits from 2 little-known GOP maneuvers  —  Senate Democrats lost their fight to weaken the filibuster, but they're capitalizing big on another rules change — that the GOP pushed.  —  After an Obama administration marked by Democratic frustration over the pace …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
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.
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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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
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Speaker Pelosi announces she is running for reelection
Mike Carter / The Seattle Times:
Redmond officer who killed woman had been fired from another law-enforcement agency
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Techno Fog / The Reactionary:
Durham: DNC lawyer Marc Elias has given grand jury testimony
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