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1:05 PM ET, January 27, 2022


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Why not to expect a scorched earth fight over Breyer's replacement  —  The conservative movement has, for decades, prioritized Supreme Court fights over nearly all other forms of political battle.  —  But a survey on Wednesday of some of the top officials and activists in that universe indicates …
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
A SCOTUS Reality Check  —  Identity politics and the High Court  —  This might be a good day for Democrats to reflect on political reality: As my colleague Tim Miller has so eloquently pointed out, if they didn't have Joe Manchin in the senate, they'd probably have Senator Cletus Von Ivermectin (R).
Discussion: HotAir, New York Magazine, Townhall and CNN
Miami Herald:
Supreme Court prospect Brown Jackson was ‘star in the making’ at Miami's Palmetto High  —  Before Ketanji Brown Jackson was one of the front-runners for a U.S. Supreme Court nomination, she was a speech and debate superstar at Miami Palmetto Senior High School.
Jonathan Turley / Wall Street Journal:
Biden's Criteria for Replacing Stephen Breyer  —  His promise to appoint only a black woman is the kind of quota the justices rejected in Bakke.  —  The announcement of Justice Stephen Breyer's retirement has whistled the start of that Washington blood sport known as a Supreme Court confirmation.
Ian Hanchett / Breitbart:
Ingraham: Biden Opposed and Filibustered Janice Rogers Brown's Nomination, Race and Gender ‘Only Count’ if You Have Left-Wing Beliefs
Discussion: National Review
Activist Republicans oppose helping Ukraine  —  Republicans running in high-profile primary races aren't racing to defend Ukraine against a possible Russian invasion.  They're settling on a different line of attack: Blame Biden, not Putin.  —  What's happening: Leery of the base …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson's pro-Russia rants give Republicans exactly what they deserve  —  Tucker Carlson has created a thorny dilemma for Republicans running in 2022 primaries: How can they cast President Biden as “weak” on Ukraine when the nation's most-watched right-wing TV commentator is enforcing …
Holly Ellyatt / CNBC:
'It's a joke': Germany's offer of 5,000 helmets to Ukraine is met with disdain amid Russia invasion fears  — Germany has provoked outrage in some quarters after it offered to supply 5,000 military helmets to Ukraine to help it defend itself against a possible Russian invasion.
New York Times:
U.S. and NATO Respond to Putin's Demands as Ukraine Tensions Mount
Jake Offenhartz / Gothamist:
Sarah Palin Dined At Multiple Restaurants After Getting COVID  —  Sarah Palin is not letting COVID-19 stop her from enjoying New York City's culinary offerings.  —  The former Alaska governor returned to Elio's restaurant Wednesday night and dined outdoors just days after it was revealed she tested positive for COVID-19.
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Trump Has Pushed the Wisconsin GOP Into a Full Meltdown  —  “The conspiracy theorists have taken over the party,” said Wisconsin Republican state Sen. Kathy Bernier.  —  CJ  —  Accusations of slander.  Leaked documents.  Fake news pushed by a right-wing conspiracy website.  Staff forcibly reassigned.
Discussion: CNN and New Republic
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
AJC poll: Biden's approval in Georgia takes a nosedive  —  President Joe Biden's approval rating has fallen off a cliff in Georgia, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll released Thursday that showed just one-third of registered voters approve of the Democrat's job performance.
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 …
Andrew Jeong / Washington Post:
Holocaust graphic novel ‘Maus’ banned in Tennessee county schools over nudity and profanity  —  A school district in Tennessee banned the use of “Maus,” a Pulitzer-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust, in its middle school classes, citing the work's profanity and nudity in a 10-to-0 vote.
Vicky Prodeline / Monmouth University Polling …:
No Consensus on Voting Rights vs. Filibuster  —  ‘Big Lie’ persists; some still see path to overturn 2020 result  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Would the country be better or worse off if Donald Trump beat Joe Biden in 2020?  The nation is evenly divided on this hypothetical question …
Discussion: The Hill
Paul Wiseman / Associated Press:
US economy grew 5.7% in 2021 in rebound from 2020 recession
Discussion: Ground News, Raw Story and Mercury News
The 59 Republicans Who Joined Electoral Voter Fraud Scheme For Trump Could Face Prison  —  What seemed like political theater at the time actually violated state and federal fraud laws, according to current and former prosecutors.  —  By S.V. Date  —  WASHINGTON ― …
Sarakshi Rai / The Hill:
Hayley says Biden, Harris should resign for ‘the good of our country’  —  Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Hayley said in an interview that President Biden and Vice President Harris should resign over their handling of foreign policy.  —  Hayley said that Biden's press conference was …
Discussion: Fox News and POLITICUSUSA
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
Vast Troves of Classified Info Undermine National Security, Spy Chief Says  —  Avril Haines, the director of national intelligence, says current classification system strains intelligence agencies and erodes public trust  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. intelligence community's approach …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Kellyanne Conway memoir 'Here's the Deal' coming out May 24  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has a memoir out May 24: “Here's the Deal” is billed by her publisher as a look beyond the headlines of the Trump administration and her family life …
Discussion: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
John F. Harris / Politico:
How Trash Talk Can Save Biden's Presidency  —  As a political communicator, President Joe Biden's most effective moments often come spontaneously, when he is overcome with feeling, or by accident, when words that are intended to be private instead become public.
NBC News:
Democrats to devote resources to 7 more House lawmakers facing tough re-elections  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats added seven names Thursday to their list of vulnerable incumbents in need of party resources heading into the challenging midterm elections.  —  The Democratic Congressional …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Republican Party's Anti-Vaxx Wing Is Too Big to Fail … When an ideological extreme faction with unpopular views emerges, it becomes a threat to the party that hosts it.  At first, the party's incentive is to banish the extremists, lest their toxic ideas taint the party's brand with the broader electorate.
Pat McCrory compared his not getting a job at Duke University to 1960s segregation  —  (CNN)Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said last year that not receiving an offer to teach at Duke University upon leaving the governorship was “blacklisting” and comparable to the refusal …
Discussion: Raw Story
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
What Happens When a Globalist Cuck Tries to Go Full MAGA?  —  David McCormick is ready to find out.  —  Dave McCormick, Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Pennsylvania on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.  (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)  —  What does it mean to be MAGA?
Discussion: Raw Story
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Everybody's Getting CRT Wrong on Purpose  —  Everybody—except most Americans.  —  In 2020, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. included so-called “whiteness” traits in its “Talking About Race” online portal.  It created a kerfuffle.  The National Museum of African American History and Culture advised that:
Discussion: The Why Axis and The Federalist
Christopher Tremoglie / Washington Examiner:
Curt Schilling's Hall of Fame bid was sabotaged by a liberal media  —  Curt Schilling will not be entering the Baseball Hall of Fame this year, his final year of eligibility.  It is not because he is undeserving.  His career accomplishments show that he is worthy.
Alexa Ura / The Texas Tribune:
Texas violated voting rights law during redistricting, retiring state GOP senator says in sworn court statement  —  A three-judge federal panel is hearing arguments in a lawsuit claiming that Texas Republicans violated the Voting Rights Act when they redrew state Senate District 10 in Tarrant County …
Casey Nolen / KSDK-TV:
Rep. Cori Bush's vehicle hit by gunfire in St. Louis area  —  The congresswoman was not injured.  —  ST. LOUIS — A vehicle belonging to Congresswoman Cori Bush, D-St. Louis, was hit by gunfire early Saturday morning, according to a source close to the representative who spoke on the condition …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
GOP Governors Under Attack From MAGA Monsters They Helped Create  —  Republican governors across the nation are facing primary challengers from the right over COVID restrictions and their apparently insufficient support for Donald Trump.  —  Brad Little is no RINO.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Anthony Fauci is up against more than a virus … The doctor opens the front door.  Never mind introductions.  “I know who you are.  Do you think these guys would let you get this close to me, if we didn't know who you are?”  Across the street is a security agent in Nikes, a badge on his belt.
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Arizona bill would allow legislature to overturn election results
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Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Ocasio-Cortez: Supporting Sinema challenge by someone like Gallego would be easy decision
Discussion: HotAir
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
More than half of Virginia school districts are defying Youngkin's mask-optional order
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Conspiracy theorists, banned on major social networks, connect with audiences on newsletters and podcasts
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
It's time to challenge the right wing's radical schools agenda
Discussion: New York Magazine
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
A Biden Intervention in Ukraine Will Expose American Weakness
Discussion: Bloomberg
 Earlier Items: 
Elyse Wanshel / HuffPost:
Aaron Rodgers: Tons Of People Watched My Playoff Game Because They Hoped I'd Lose
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Buttigieg vows help as US car fatalities keep spiking higher
Third Way:
The Plot to Steal the Presidency
Discussion: Washington Post
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify to Take Down Neil Young's Music After His Joe Rogan Ultimatum