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3:40 PM ET, January 26, 2022


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Pete Williams / NBC News:
Justice Stephen Breyer to retire from Supreme Court, paving way for Biden appointment  —  Live coverage: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire  —  WASHINGTON — Justice Stephen Breyer will step down from the Supreme Court at the end of the current term, according to people familiar with his thinking.
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire, giving Biden a chance to nominate a replacement  — Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring, NBC News reported, giving President Joe Biden a crucial opportunity to replace the liberal justice.  —  Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Vacancy to Give Biden His First Chance to Nominate a Justice  —  The vacancy will give President Biden his first chance to name a new justice.  He has promised to nominate a Black woman.
POLITICO Playbook PM: Breyer's retirement: What you need to know  —  BREAKING — NBC's Pete Williams scooped that Supreme Court Justice STEPHEN BREYER is planning to retire at the end of this term.  That will give President JOE BIDEN his first chance to nominate a justice to the high court …
Kaelan Deese / Washington Examiner:
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire  —  Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will retire.  —  As one of three liberal justices on the Supreme Court, his vacancy, reported by several outlets Wednesday, will pave the way for President Joe Biden to nominate a new judge to the highest court.
Breyer retirement hands Biden open Supreme Court seat
Will There Be a War Over Ukraine?  13 Putin Watchers Weigh In  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin sought a confrontation with the West and he got one.  So now what?  —  Diplomatic efforts to defuse the crisis appear to have stalled.  In the past month, Putin has escalated his long proxy war …
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Kremlin TV Worries Tucker Carlson's Pro-Putin Bias Has Gone Too Far  —  Top Russian state propagandists are concerned that no one will take the Fox News host seriously any more.  —  With Russian troops steadily massing on the Ukraine border and a looming threat of an invasion …
The Daily Beast:
Florida Shock Jock in Matt Gaetz Circle Pleads Guilty  —  The feds are closing in on Rep. Matt Gaetz for his alleged underage sex crimes with yet another criminal case, this time against a key witness: his wingman's best friend. … “Big Joe” Ellicott, a former Florida shock jock …
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
GOP Has Congress Edge by Default  —  Few say either party is very concerned about ‘average Americans’  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Congressional Republicans have a small edge over their Democratic colleagues on a dubious metric - they are slightly less likely to be seen as lacking concern for the average American's financial well-being.
Quinnipiac University Poll:
Georgia Potential November Showdowns: They're Already Close, Quinnipiac University Georgia Poll Finds; Only 25% Are Very Confident In Accurate 2022 Election Count  — mail_outline  —  With Georgia in the national spotlight over its election laws along with two high profile contests in November 2022 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement  —  Indicators of economic activity and employment have continued to strengthen.  The sectors most adversely affected by the pandemic have improved in recent months but are being affected by the recent sharp rise in COVID-19 cases.
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Tees Up March Interest-Rate Increase  —  Officials have accelerated plans to unwind support for the economy amid rising inflation  —  The Federal Reserve held short-term interest rates steady on Wednesday and signaled intentions to raise them in mid-March, the latest turn toward removing stimulus to temper elevated inflation.
Aaron Gordon / VICE:
Amazon Paid for a High School Course.  Here's What They Teach.  —  “Brainstorm ways you could motivate your employees other than large bonuses and high salaries.”  —  In 2019, Cajon High School in San Bernardino, California, started offering the “Amazon Logistics and Business Management Pathway …
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
YouTube permanently bans Dan Bongino  —  YouTube on Wednesday permanently banned conservative commentator Dan Bongino from the platform, saying he attempted to evade a previous suspension.  —  The Fox host uploaded a video to his main channel while his secondary channel …
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 …
Jason Rantz /
Downtown Seattle Target barely surviving as shoplifting ravages store  —  The Target department store in downtown Seattle is being absolutely ravaged by shoplifters, with one staff member telling me theft happens “about every 10 minutes.”  He wasn't kidding.
Discussion: HotAir
Natalie O'Neill / New York Post:
Fauci says children younger than 4 will get three doses of COVID vaccines  —  The White House said Wednesday that the COVID-19 vaccine regime for kids younger than 4 years old will likely be three doses when it's approved — and vowed to make millions more hard-to-find Pfizer anti-viral pills available in coming months.
This Silicon Valley city just voted to institute first-in-the-nation gun ownership requirements  —  (CNN)The San Jose, California, city council voted Tuesday night to adopt a first-in-the-nation ordinance requiring most gun owners to pay a fee and carry liability insurance …
Brad Lendon / CNN:
US Navy wants to get crashed stealth fighter back — before China can  —  Seoul, South Korea (CNN)The United States Navy is trying to retrieve its most advanced fighter jet from the depths of the South China Sea, an extremely complex operation that analysts say will be closely monitored by Beijing.
'She was Zoom'd out:' Veep mulls escape from D.C. bubble  —  Sitting among some of the most influential Black women in America last month, Vice President Kamala Harris confessed to a stifling sensation that had fallen over her while in office.  She was struggling to escape the D.C. bubble …
Discussion: RedState and HotAir
Dominion says there's no ‘realistic possibility’ that it'll settle its lawsuits with Rudy Giuliani, Mike Lindell, or Sidney Powell given the ‘devastating harm’ they've done to the company  — Dominion Voting Systems says it's unlikely to settle its defamation lawsuits over the 2020 election.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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 …
Eric Kaufmann / City Journal:
A Generational Threat to Free Expression  —  Survey data show that Americans under 30 prize cancel culture over liberty.  —  Economy, finance, and budgets  —  Politics and law  —  The Social Order  —  The clash between socialist and liberal economics defined the late twentieth century …
Matt Friedman / Politico:
New Jersey political consultant Sean Caddle pleads guilty in murder-for-hire plot  —  The 44-year-old resident of Hamburg, Sussex County, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit murder for hire in the stabbing death of the unnamed victim.  —  The New Jersey state house is pictured.
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.
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
Canceled NY mask mandate is uncanceled again... for now  —  Yesterday we discussed the ruling of a New York State supreme court judge who issued an injunction against Governor Kathy Hochul's statewide face mask mandate.  The judge found that the mandate violated two different state laws …
Discussion: Associated Press, Fox News and Politico
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Partisanship Made the Omicron Crisis Worse  —  On Monday, at least 2,181 Americans died from COVID-19.  Over the past week, average daily COVID deaths in the United States have risen to 2,369 — the highest death rate the country has seen in nearly a year.  Given the lag time between spiking cases …
Margery Smelkinson / The Atlantic:
The Case Against Masks at School  —  In the panicked spring of 2020, as health officials scrambled to keep communities safe, they recommended various restrictions and interventions, sometimes in the absence of rigorous science supporting them.  That was understandable at the time.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and DCist
Top aide to Mark Meadows met with January 6 committee  —  (CNN)Ben Williamson, a top aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, met on Tuesday with the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, according to several sources familiar with the meeting.
Discussion: Raw Story
John Archibald /
Brookside Police Chief Mike Jones resigns after report on traffic trap  —  7,533  —  Mike Jones, the chief of police in the small Alabama town of Brookside, resigned today in the wake of revelations by that he turned the department into an aggressive traffic trap …
Discussion: Reason
Bloomberg Law:
Biden FCC Nominee Settles Case That Spurred GOP Senator's Fight  —  A confidential settlement involving Federal Communications Commission nominee Gigi Sohn appears to undercut a key Republican senator's stated reason for opposing her nomination.  —  The delay in confirming Sohn …
U.S. Embassy Kyiv / U.S. Embassy in Ukraine:
Message to US Citizens:  Commercial Air Availability from Ukraine    —  Home Почат ок |  Message to US Citizens:  Commercial Air Availability from Ukraine    —  The security situation in Ukraine continues …
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Vincent Ni / The Guardian:
Low-carbon ambitions must not interfere with ‘normal life’, says Xi Jinping
University of New Hampshire Scholars' Repository:
Biden Approval in NH Plunges as Approval Among Democrats Falls 1/26/2022
Discussion: NRCC
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Raphael Warnock has amassed a $23M war chest for Senate reelection bid
Jason Tidd / USA Today:
Kansas bill forces pharmacists to fill ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine as off-label COVID treatment
Discussion: KFOR-TV
CBS News:
Domestic extremists have plotted to disrupt U.S. power grid, DHS bulletin warns
Discussion: HotAir
Tess Owen / VICE:
Leaked Chats Reveal Fascist Group Patriot Front Shames Members About Their Porn, Junk Food Habits
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Matea Gold named National Editor, Philip Rucker named Deputy National Editor
Nick Judin / Mississippi Free Press:
Ridgeland Mayor Demands LGBTQ+ Book Purge, Threatens Library Funding
Discussion: Raw Story and Insider
Kristen Jordan Shamus / Detroit Free Press:
For 1st time in Michigan history, more people died than were born in 2020
Michael Schaub / Kirkus Reviews:
Missouri School District Bans Toni Morrison Book