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4:10 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 …
Roy Edroso / alicublog:
THE SUPREME COURT NOMINEE IS A NI[CLANG]!  —  Justice Breyer's retirement from the Supreme Court reminds conservatives that Biden had pledged to nominate a black woman, and the results are as expected.  From the libertarian* (*conservative with crippling social anxieties) Ilya Shapiro:
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, Townhall, CNN and Washington Post
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
The confirmation process will show whether Biden understands the Black solidarity and power that put him in the White House  —  “Is Biden up to the challenge of this moment?”  —  It should be clear by now the president's flabby polling numbers can be traced back to Democratic supporters becoming disillusioned over the last year.
Washington Post:
Biden vows to nominate Black woman to succeed Breyer on Supreme Court
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Biden, Breyer to make joint announcement at White House as Supreme Court justice set to retire
Jonathan Turley / Wall Street Journal:
Biden's Criteria for Replacing Stephen Breyer
Miami Herald:
Supreme Court prospect Brown Jackson was ‘star in the making’ at Miami's Palmetto High
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
Washington Post:
Democrats rejoice, Republicans cast any new Supreme Court nominee as radical as election-year fight begins
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 …
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 …
Holly Ellyatt / CNBC:
'It's a joke': Germany's offer of 5,000 helmets to Ukraine is met with disdain amid Russia invasion fears
New York Times:
U.S. and NATO Respond to Putin's Demands as Ukraine Tensions Mount
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: Raw Story, CNN and New Republic
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Tennessee school board bans Holocaust graphic novel ‘Maus’ - author Art Spiegelman condemns the move as ‘Orwellian’  — “Maus” author Art Spiegelman spoke to CNBC after a school board in Tennessee voted to ban his landmark graphic novel about the Nazis' persecution of Jews.
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.
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.
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 …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Republican billionaire Ken Langone donated to Joe Manchin's PAC after senator opposed Biden's Build Back Better Act  — Billionaire investor Ken Langone and his wife each contributed $5,000 to Sen. Joe Manchin's leadership PAC in late December.  — The contribution arrived just over a week …
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Strong economic growth wrecks the GOP's gloom-and-doom spin  —  On a day when some truly remarkable data on economic growth was released, let's give Republicans credit for one thing: They might not be very good at making policy, but when it comes to shaping the debate, their skills are unparalleled.
Discussion: CNBC
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.
Musa al-Gharbi / The Guardian:
No, America is not on the brink of a civil war  —  It's time to tell the truth about the big lie  —  ccording to a number of polls and surveys, significant majorities of Republican-aligned voters seem to believe the big lie that Trump was the rightful winner of the 2020 US presidential election and …
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: POLITICUSUSA and The Hill
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 ― …
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Arizona bill would allow legislature to overturn election results  —  © Associated Press/Ross D. Franklin  —  An arch conservative member of Arizona's state House of Representatives has proposed a mammoth overhaul of the state's voting procedures that would allow legislators to overturn …
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
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
Top Pa. Dems to miss Biden visit, cite scheduling conflicts  —  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Joe Biden will appear in Pittsburgh on Friday as an opening step in a broader campaign to promote the White House's achievements in key states before the midterm elections.
Jenny G. Zhang / Gawker:
Everyone Thinks They Are the Underdog  —  HEART OF CONFLICT  —  Some months ago, I got into a Twitter spat with a few moderately popular TV writers/comedians.  It involved the subject of labor unions: specifically a growing rift within a certain writers guild, which at the time was having …
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
NBC News:
Activists are aiming for Sen. Sinema.  But she's winning Republican friends.  —  What Arizona voters think of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema after filibuster vote, censure  —  PHOENIX — Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has lost some friends home here in Arizona.  —  The state Democratic Party censured her …
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Laura Bradley / The Daily Beast:
Marvel Actress Evangeline Lilly Attended D.C. Anti-Vax Protest
Discussion: Rolling Stone and Insider
Is Kai Kahele planning to run for governor? He won't rule it out
Discussion: The Hill
Vicky Prodeline / Monmouth University Polling …:
No Consensus on Voting Rights vs. Filibuster
Discussion: The Hill
Sarakshi Rai / The Hill:
Hayley says Biden, Harris should resign for ‘the good of our country’
Discussion: Fox News and POLITICUSUSA
Christopher Tremoglie / Washington Examiner:
Curt Schilling's Hall of Fame bid was sabotaged by a liberal media
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
More than half of Virginia school districts are defying Youngkin's mask-optional order
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
What Happens When a Globalist Cuck Tries to Go Full MAGA?
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Elyse Wanshel / HuffPost:
Aaron Rodgers: Tons Of People Watched My Playoff Game Because They Hoped I'd Lose
Pat McCrory compared his not getting a job at Duke University to 1960s segregation
Discussion: Raw Story
Third Way:
The Plot to Steal the Presidency
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Republican Party's Anti-Vaxx Wing Is Too Big to Fail
Alexa Ura / The Texas Tribune:
Texas violated voting rights law during redistricting, retiring state GOP senator says in sworn court statement
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
GOP Governors Under Attack From MAGA Monsters They Helped Create
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story