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3:15 AM ET, January 27, 2022


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Pete Williams / NBC News:
Justice Stephen Breyer to retire from Supreme Court, paving way for Biden appointment  —  Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire at end of current term  —  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.
New York Times:
Biden Expected to Nominate a Black Woman to the Supreme Court  —  The president's promise highlights a group that has struggled to become part of the very small pool of elite judges in the nation's higher federal courts.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden and his legal team have spent …
Why not to expect a scorched earth fight over Breyer's replacement
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Vacancy to Give Biden His First Chance to Nominate a Justice
National Review:
Replacing Justice Breyer
Washington Post:
Breyer's retirement renews focus on the Black female jurists who could replace him
New York Times:
Biden Gets to Name a New Supreme Court Justice
The Daily Beast:
Witness Can Confirm Matt Gaetz Was Told He Had Sex With a Minor  —  One of the key interactions Joel Greenberg claims to have had with Matt Gaetz is a phone call informing Gaetz that they'd been sleeping with a minor.  Someone witnessed the call. … On Sept. 4, 2017, according to his confession letter …
Discussion: Insider
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Plea deal for man involved in Gaetz investigation, whose attorney says he witnessed ‘sex, drugs — a whole lot of it’
MCMINN COUNTY BANS “MAUS”, PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING HOLOCAUST BOOK  —  Continuing the recent spate of conservative book-banning initiatives, The Mcminn County School board just voted to ban the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel “MAUS” by Art Spiegelman from all of its schools …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Insider and Raw Story
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify to Take Down Neil Young's Music After His Joe Rogan Ultimatum  —  The folk-rock star won't back down after discussions with his record label and Spotify  —  Spotify Technology SA is in the process of removing Neil Young's music, according to people familiar with the matter …
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Palin Seen Dining At NYC Restaurant TWO DAYS After Covid Diagnosis  —  Sarah Palin returned to Elio's restaurant on Manhattan's Upper East Side Wednesday night — just two days after testing positive for Covid-19.  —  As seen in photos obtained by Mediaite, the former Alaska governor …
Devi Ruia / Data For Progress:
Poll: Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema Set to Be Unseated by Possible Challenger Ruben Gallego in 2024 Primary Landslide  —  By Ryan O'Donnell, David Guirgis, and Brian Burton  —  In October 2021, Data for Progress published poll findings that captured the extent of Arizona Democratic primary …
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 …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: Stephanie Ruhle to replace Brian Williams on MSNBC  —  MSNBC will soon announce plans to move morning anchor Stephanie Ruhle to the 11 pm ET hour that Brian Williams turned into an elite destination, two sources familiar with the move tell Axios.  —  Details: The 9 am ET hour …
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
The Republican death drive: Refusing to sacrifice anything means sacrificing everything  —  Why are they killing themselves?  Let's turn to Sigmund Freud.  —  More Americans are dying from the covid in states run by Republicans than in states run by Democrats.
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 …
Josh Israel / The American Independent:
Multimillionaire Sen. Ron Johnson doesn't think child care is society's problem  —  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said Tuesday that he ‘never really felt’ affordable child care 'was society's responsibility.'  —  Sen. Ron Johnson dismissed concerns about people struggling to find affordable …
Miriam Berger / Washington Post:
Emails appear to show Boris Johnson authorized evacuation of pets from Afghanistan, despite repeated denials  —  The emails were released as part of an investigation by a parliamentary committee of the British government's handling of its August withdrawal from Afghanistan
Discussion: Bloomberg, Politico and
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.
Discussion: Breitbart, HotAir and CNBC
Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
2022 Has Not Begun Well for the Trump Family  —  In a year which could have been the start of his ultimate comeback, which even includes a return to social media with his own platform, 2022 has instead already been one of major turmoil for Donald Trump and his family.
Washington Post:
Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes ordered to remain jailed pending trial on Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy charge  —  Rhodes poses a threat to the public and could evade authorities if he were to flee, U.S. Magistrate Judge Kimberly C. Priest Johnson ruled  —  A federal judge ordered Stewart Rhodes …
Jonah E. Bromwich / New York Times:
After Spate of Shootings, Manhattan D.A. Takes Tougher Stance on Guns  —  Alvin Bragg campaigned on lenient policies aimed at making the justice system fairer.  But a string of violent episodes early in his tenure is testing his resolve.  —  When Alvin Bragg was a candidate for Manhattan district attorney …
Discussion: New York Post
Vitaliy Shevchenko / BBC:
Kremlin media: Ukraine preparing to attack, not Russia  —  Just like in the West, in Russia the media is closely following the chance of further conflict in Ukraine.  —  However, Kremlin-controlled outlets have their own version of who is likely to start it.
Suhauna Hussain / Los Angeles Times:
'Just wear a mask and don't tell anyone': Workplaces are filling up with sick employees  —  Maria Bernal, an employee at a Jack in the Box in Folsom, Calif., couldn't read the orders popping up on her screen.  Her vision was blurry, her hands shook from chills and her head felt heavy.
Dave Price /
Iowa lawmaker uses obscene gesture to rip critics as he ends speech  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa legislator “flipped off” those he said don't believe as he does during a rally at the Iowa Statehouse Tuesday afternoon.  Representative Bobby Kaufmann-a Wilton Republican who is the son …
Discussion: The Hill and Iowa Starting Line
John Sexton / HotAir:
Councilwoman in neighborhood where two NYPD officers were killed wants to abolish the police  —  Last week two young NYPD officers were shot while responding to a domestic disturbance call in Harlem.  A woman had called about a dispute with her adult son.  As the officers headed …
Discussion: New York Times and New York Post
Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
'It's just plain unconstitutional': Wisconsin GOP leaders again reject resolution to ‘pull back’ 2020 electoral votes  —  MADISON - Assembly leaders for the second time have rejected a proposal from a Republican lawmaker to pull back Wisconsin's electoral votes cast in the 2020 election, which is illegal.
Julio Rosas / Townhall:
EXCLUSIVE: DHS Secretary Had a Disastrous Meeting with Border Patrol Agents  —  Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas' meeting with Border Patrol agents in the Yuma Sector on Wednesday did not go well after he admitted the staggering amount of illegal border crossings has made the agents' job more difficult.
Allyson Versprille / Bloomberg:
Crypto Skeptic Set to Join Consumer Finance Watchdog  —  A vocal skeptic of cryptocurrencies is joining the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a sign the agency may be pushing to ratchet up scrutiny of digital tokens.  —  Alexis Goldstein, financial policy director at the anti-monopoly …
The White House:
Executive Order on 2022 Amendments to the Manual for Courts-Martial, United States  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including chapter 47 of title 10, United States Code (Uniform Code of Military Justice …
NBC News:
First flight of American evacuees in months leaves Kabul airport for Qatar  —  The first chartered flight in months evacuating Americans from Afghanistan has left Kabul airport for Qatar, according to a government official, a congressional official and two people with knowledge of the matter.
Discussion: CNN
Coin Center:
New bill would hand Treasury blank check to ban crypto at exchanges  —  And not just crypto.  Provision in the America COMPETES Act would allow Treasury to secretly prohibit any kind of transaction it deems a “concern” without any public notice or input.  —  BLOG FINANCIAL SURVEILLANCE PRIVACY & AUTONOMY
Matt Katz / Gothamist:
Adams' Anti-Violence Plan Worries Progressives and Police Reform Activists  —  Following high-profile violent crimes in his first weeks as mayor, including the shooting deaths of two NYPD officers responding to a domestic disturbance call, New York City Mayor Eric Adams unveiled a …
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Robert Klemko / Washington Post:
Much of America wants policing to change. But these self-proclaimed experts tell officers they're doing just fine.
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
Even Low Levels of Soot Can Be Deadly to Older People, Research Finds
Noel Randewich / Reuters:
U.S. House speaker Pelosi's stock trades attract growing following online
Discussion: Breitbart
Timothy Nerozzi / Fox News:
Psaki: ‘Fully vaccinated’ doesn't mean you're ‘up-to-date’ on vaccinations
Discussion: Twitchy and The Daily Caller
Jonathan Larsen / TYT Network:
How The Family Won Guatemala
Article V Patriot /
BREAKING: Wisconsin becomes 16th state to pass Convention of States Resolution!
Discussion: The Federalist
 Earlier Items: 
Diane Haithman / The Wrap:
Crime, Homelessness, High Taxes: Why Hollywood Big Shots Like Ryan Kavanaugh Are Fleeing L.A.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Gender-based online violence spikes after prominent media attacks
U.S. Department of Justice:
Canadian man sentenced to federal prison for trafficking stolen identities on the dark web
Discussion: ZDNet
Chris Geidner / Grid News:
A year after Biden's executive order on private prisons, business is still booming
Aaron Gordon / VICE:
Amazon Paid for a High School Course. Here's What They Teach.