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2:40 PM ET, January 28, 2022


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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Poor, Misunderstood Mark Joseph Stern  —  One has to feel sorry for Slate's Mark Joseph Stern, who is being criticized on Twitter and beyond for what was clearly just a big ol' misunderstanding.  There he was on Twitter, minding his own business, when he came across some tweets he disliked …
Discussion: Twitchy and Instapundit
Timothy Johnson / Media Matters for America:
New York Times cites conservative legal pundit with history of smearing the competence of women jurists of color  —  The pundit, Ed Whelan, was also responsible for smearing Christine Blasey Ford by promoting a conspiracy theory that she mistook Brett Kavanaugh for a doppleganger
Irin Carmon / New York Magazine:
What can Stephen Breyer's successor accomplish?
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Let's Be Real: The Supreme Court Is Political and Always Has Been.
Discussion: National Review, Insider and Reason
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
‘Who cares ... call them racists’: Explaining the dishonest attacks on legal scholar Ilya Shapiro
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
13 Legal Experts on How Breyer's Replacement Will Change the Court
Washington Post:
Pittsburgh bridge collapse injures 10 on day Biden visits city to talk infrastructure  —  A Pittsburgh bridge collapsed early Friday, injuring 10 people just hours before President Biden visited the city to talk about infrastructure.  —  Pittsburgh Public Safety said a “confirmed bridge collapse” …
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
‘A boom, then a monster sound’: 10 hurt after bridge over Pittsburgh's Frick Park collapses  —  This story was updated at 11:10 a.m. on Friday, January 28, 2022.  —  Ten people were injured Friday morning when a bridge that carries Forbes Avenue over Frick Park in Pittsburgh collapsed …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Let Kids Take Their Masks Off After the Omicron Surge  —  Elissa Perkins, the director of infectious disease management in the emergency department of the Boston Medical Center, told me she spent most of 2020 “imploring everybody I could in every forum that I could to mask.”
Discussion: HotAir, Townhall, NRCC and Althouse
Anya Kamenetz / NPR:
After 2 years, growing calls to take masks off children in school
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Mother Jones:
We Uncovered How Many Georgians Were Disenfranchised by GOP Voting Restrictions.  It's Staggering.  —  Fight disinformation.  Get a daily recap of the facts that matter.  Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.  —  “States are not engaging in trying to suppress voters whatsoever …
Discussion:, GitHub and Raw Story
David Corn / Mother Jones:   Ted Cruz Is Fundraising Off a Debunked 1/6 Conspiracy Theory
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Scoop: Ukraine gives U.S. senators 4 specific asks on Russia sanctions, military aid  —  The chairman of Ukraine's parliament has sent a letter to eight U.S. senators outlining four specific requests for security assistance and sanctions that Kyiv believes will help deter a Russian invasion, Axios has learned.
Discussion: The Bulwark
Ukrainian official tells CNN Biden's call with Ukrainian President ‘did not go well’ but White House disputes account
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Pennsylvania court tosses state's mail voting law  —  A Pennsylvania court struck down the state's mail voting law on Friday morning, saying that voters must amend the state constitution before such legislation is legal.  —  “No-excuse mail-in voting makes the exercise of the franchise …
Mariana Alfaro / Washington Post:
Pennsylvania court declares state's mail-in voting law unconstitutional, in win for Republicans
Lacie Pierson / Charleston Gazette-Mail:
Justice touts achievements, tells haters to kiss Babydog's hiney in delayed State of the State address  —  NATIONALLY-RECOGNIZED, QUALITY LOCAL JOURNALISM..  —  Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday used his second State of the State address as a victory lap for economic development and tourism in West Virginia …
Anthony Man / Sun-Sentinel:
Republicans may prevent Broward's new Democratic lawmaker from participating in annual legislative session after all  —  Republicans who control most of state government aren't prepared to let Broward's newly elected Democratic state representative, Daryl Campbell, take office during the current legislative session.
Discussion: Raw Story and Florida Politics
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
This Wisconsin Lawmaker Is Ready to Quit the GOP Over Trump  —  “He is lying.  He did not win Wisconsin.  And he has provided no proof otherwise.”  —  CJ  —  Kathy Bernier has been a stolidly conservative voice in the Wisconsin Legislature for more than a decade.
Discussion: Washington Post, Politico, CNN and Raw Story
Melody Schreiber / New Republic:
The Big-Name Journalists Who Are Trying to “Both Sides” Covid  —  There is a movement afoot just as insidious as right-wingers refusing to wear masks and get vaccinated.  It's progressives who are fully vaccinated but whose overcautious attitude toward Covid-19 is harming a generation …
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
‘Quick Reaction Forces’ And The Lingering Mysteries Of The Plot Against The Capitol  —  The Oath Keeper “QRFs” show how things could have been a lot worse, and how much more there is to learn.  —  The Comfort Inn location just off the interstate has three stars on Yelp …
Discussion: Raw Story
Christopher Ingraham / The Why Axis:
New data shows Americans more miserable than we've been in half a century  —  The latest release from the General Social Survey shows the toll the pandemic has taken on our mental health  —  When I worked at the Pew Research Center back in the mid-2000s one of our pollsters …
Rachel Bovard / The Federalist:
This Senate Rule Could Stop Democrats From Confirming Biden's SCOTUS Nominee  —  With the Senate split 50-50, the provision of Rule 26 that saved Lindsey Graham in 2020 could now doom a similar Democratic effort in 2022.  —  With Justice Stephen Breyer officially announcing his retirement on Thursday …
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Washington Post
Ryan Randazzo / Arizona Republic:
Cyber Ninjas CEO participates in contentious deposition, says he's not ready to turn over audit records  —  Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan says he will not turn over records from the review of Maricopa County's 2020 election until he has a “clear” ruling he can appeal to the highest court.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
The Disillusionment of a Young Biden Official  —  Andrea Flores's efforts to roll back Trump's immigration policies faced opposition inside and outside the White House.  —  In the spring of 2019, Andrea Flores, then a thirty-one-year-old associate at a law firm in Washington, D.C. …
Victoria Bekiempis / New York Magazine:
Stormy Daniels Sees a Ghost  —  Michael Avenatti, her onetime sidekick, returns to grill her in court on the supernatural.  —  Just after 9 a.m. Friday, Michael Avenatti stood behind a plexiglass-enclosed lectern in a downtown courtroom and questioned Stormy Daniels about her encounters with the undead.
Brett Tingley / The Drive:
A Chinese Satellite Just Grappled Another And Pulled It Out Of Orbit  —  A Chinese satellite was observed grabbing another satellite and pulling it out of its normal geosynchronous orbit and into a “super-graveyard drift orbit.”  The maneuver raises questions about the potential applications …
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Fox News Abandons the GOP on Russia  —  Russia-Ukraine is becoming a trial of strength between different parts of the conservative universe.  —  About the author: David Frum is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy (2020).
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
George Soros-founded group challenges Tucker Carlson documentary as ‘anti-American propaganda’  —  The Fox News host lavishes praise on Hungarian autocrat Viktor Orban while claiming the liberal billionaire philanthropist is ‘waging a kind of war’ on the West
Discussion: The Hill, BizPac Review and YouTube
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
VMI's first Black superintendent blasts White critics of diversity and equity reform  —  A scathing Facebook post from VMI leader Cedric T. Wins exposed the battle over the future of the nation's oldest state-supported military college  —  Retired Army Maj. Gen.Cedric T. Wins had a message he wanted to send.
Discussion: The Hill and The Root
Jferrante / Coronavirus War Room:
NEW POLL: Backlash - Youngkin Already Out of Touch With Virginia Voters on COVID-19; Virginians Support Vaccination and Mask Mandates to Slow Spread  —  FROM: Katherine Patterson, Public Policy Polling  —  RE: Backlash - Youngkin Already Out of Touch with Virginia Voters on COVID-19 …
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
And Now Dan Bongino Gets Booted From Google Ads  —  ‘DEMONSTRABLY FALSE’  —  Fox News host Dan Bongino's website has been temporarily suspended from monetizing with Google ads over “persistently” breaching the company's guidelines on publishing COVID-19 misinformation.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
In J.D. Vance's primary, nonstop Trump-worship shows the perils of populism  —  Here's an unsettling thought: In GOP primaries, declaring unshakable fealty to the mythology that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump is becoming a bedrock condition of political survival.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Josh Axelrod / The American Independent:
Under Biden, US economy surpasses goals set by Trump
Discussion: The White House and NPR
Durham Court Filing Reveals DOJ Inspector General Horowitz Withheld Key Evidence From Special Counsel
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBC News Taps Conservative Political Analyst Stephen Hayes as Contributor
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David French / The Atlantic:
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Angela Dewan / CNN:
Scientists slam Joe Rogan's podcast episode with Jordan Peterson as ‘absurd’ and ‘dangerous’
Maura Judkis / Washington Post:
The Bidens finally have a White House cat. World, meet Willow.
Washington Post:
Books, speeches, hats for sale: Post-presidency, the Trumps try to make money the pre-presidency way
Discussion: The Hill and Insider
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
‘America First’ MAGA Tough Guys Are Modern-Day Neville Chamberlains
Discussion: Raw Story
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Soros pours $125M into super PAC ahead of midterms