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10:50 AM ET, January 29, 2022


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Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Wicker: Black Woman Supreme Court Pick An Affirmative Action ‘Beneficiary’  —  The first Black woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court in history will be a “beneficiary” of affirmative action, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker told a radio show this afternoon.  The senior Republican senator from Mississippi …
Joni Mitchell:
News Item  —  I Stand With Neil Young!  —  I've decided to remove all my music from Spotify.  Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives.  I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue.  —Joni Mitchell
Trump WH spokesman is sent subpoena by January 6 committee  —  (CNN)The House Select Committee investigating January 6 has issued a subpoena Friday for a former White House spokesman with firsthand knowledge of Donald Trump's behavior before and during the January 6 attack on the Capitol …
Blake Apgar / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Nevada GOP leaders subpoenaed by committee investigating Capitol riot
Select Committee to Investigate …:
Select Committee Subpoenas “Alternate Electors” from Seven States
Washington Examiner:
Shovel more dirt onto Build Back Better  —  West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin first killed President Joe Biden's Build Back Better agenda in December.  As he explained it, he could not support legislation that contributed to “inflation taxes that are real and harmful to every hard-working American.”
Discussion: Chalkbeat Tennessee
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Mostly dead or slightly alive?  Democrats don't yet know if Build Back Better can be revived  —  The fate of Democrats' top agenda item will not only have major policy repercussions for the country but also the party's political prospects in the midterm elections.
Phil Stewart / Reuters:
Exclusive: Russia moves blood supplies near Ukraine, adding to U.S. concern
Andrew Miller / Fox News:
Biden sending troops to Eastern Europe soon as Ukraine turmoil intensifies
Michael Cavna / Washington Post:
Art Spiegelman sees the new ban of his book ‘Maus’ as a ‘red alert’  —  Art Spiegelman didn't set out to write an educational aid for young-adult readers.  A half-century ago, he simply wanted to better know his own origin story, discover more about his parents' histories — and hear from his father …
Discussion: Forbes
Vikrant Thardak / TFIGlobal:
Top Chinese scientist working in Hypersonic program flees China with critical secrets  —  Vikrant Thardak  —  Reading Time: 4 mins read  —  Become a Patron!  —  The US officials were left stunned when a Financial Times report revealed that Beijing had tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August last year.
Zach Everson / Forbes:
The Secret Service Is Watching Former Ambassador John Bolton's House  —  Secret Service Police vehicles have been monitoring the home of John Bolton, a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, for at least the past two days.  —  On Wednesday and Thursday, two white SUVs …
Timothy Snyder / Washington Post:
Putin's case for invading Ukraine rests on phony grievances and ancient myths … Last July, Vladimir Putin supplied the mythical basis for Russian war propaganda in an essay titled “On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians.”  The essential idea is that Russia has the right to Ukraine …
Discussion: NPR, Fox News, TL;DR'd and The Fog
William Saletan / Slate:
What I Learned in 25 Years of Writing for Slate  —  In 1996, Michael Kinsley called me with an offer.  He was starting a magazine and wanted somebody to write a column, “The Horse Race,” tracking the presidential campaign.  The race was boring—Bob Dole never had a shot against Bill Clinton—but the magazine, Slate, was exciting.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Twitter says it has quit taking action against lies about the 2020 election  —  (CNN)Twitter quit taking action to try to limit the spread of lies about the 2020 election, the company said on Friday — a day after another social media platform, YouTube, removed a Republican congressman's campaign ad because it included a 2020 lie.
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Kansas Man on ‘Mission From God’ Charged With Threatening Biden's Life  —  ‘BLOOD OF THE LAMB’  —  A Kansas man claiming he had been told by God to travel to Washington, D.C., to “lop off the head of the serpent in the heart of the nation” has been charged with threatening …
Discussion: Insider, New York Post and CNN
Adriana Cohen / New York Post:
Why hasn't Fauci been fired and put under FBI investigation yet?  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House top medical adviser, shouldn't be on TV; he should be under federal investigation answering serious questions about his knowledge of the National Institutes of Health's reckless funding …
Nate Gartrell / Mercury News:
Federal judge bucks prosecutors, jails CA man who mailed 75 racist death threats to anti-Trump politicians  —  Cards included racist language, ‘KKK’ signature  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In a rare rebuke of prosecutors, a federal judge handed down a jail sentence to a California man who spent …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
White House confirms South Carolina judge is under consideration for Supreme Court  —  The White House on Friday confirmed that President Biden is considering a South Carolina federal judge and favorite of House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) as a potential candidate for the Supreme Court.
Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:
Trump Tower Lawyer Veselnitskaya Accused of Brand New Crime in Leaked Docs  —  NEVERENDING STORY … New court papers accuse the notorious Trump Tower lawyer of a clandestine effort to tamper with official government papers.  —  LONDON—Trump Tower lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya has been accused …
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Biden Had Strategy to Beat Covid-19.  Then Variants Arrived.  —  Some public-health officials say president's team overlooked steps that could have helped mitigate Omicron surge  —  WASHINGTON—President Biden took office with a detailed plan to battle Covid-19 by accelerating vaccinations …
John McWhorter / New York Times:
It's Time to End Race-Based Affirmative Action  —  Back in 2009, I and the sociologist Dalton Conley debated affirmative action with N.A.A.C.P. chairman Julian Bond and Columbia University president Lee Bollinger.  In my closing statement I suggested a scenario in which I had a daughter …
Discussion: Althouse and HotAir
Kyle Morris / Fox News:
Washington trooper who defied state vaccine mandate and told gov to ‘kiss my a—’ dies from COVID-19  —  Former Trooper Robert LaMay was 51 years old  —  Ivy League parents take stand over college vaccine booster mandates  —  A Washington State Patrol officer who defied a statewide vaccine mandate …
Discussion: Mediaite
Jesse Wegman / New York Times:
The Equal Rights Amendment Is Now the Law of the Land.  Isn't It?  —  Mr. Wegman is a member of the editorial board.  —  Even if you are a political junkie, there's a good chance you didn't realize that the United States Constitution grew 58 words longer this week.
The Information:
Senators Target Google With New Bill to Break Its Grip on Murky Ad Tech Market  —  A bipartisan group of U.S. senators that has been trying to rein in Google and other big tech companies plans to introduce a bill that would regulate the shadowy world of online ads more like how the government regulates Wall Street.
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
We Still Can't See American Slavery for What It Was  —  The historian Marcus Rediker opens “The Slave Ship: A Human History” with a harrowing reconstruction of the journey, for a captive, from shore to ship:  —  An estimated 12.5 million people endured some version of this journey …
Ben Goggin / NBC News:
Google stops serving ads on Fox News host Dan Bongino's website  —  Google dealt a major blow to conservative media personality and Fox News Channel host Dan Bongino on Friday, pulling Google ad services from his website  —  The action follows YouTube's decision Wednesday …
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Jonathan Hoffman / Responsible Statecraft:
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Stuart A. Thompson / New York Times:
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Corbin Bolies / The Daily Beast:
Michigan Detective Pleads Guilty to Selling Fentanyl-Laced Heroin on the Job
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexandra S. Levine / Politico:
Suicide hotline shares data with for-profit spinoff, raising ethical questions
Mel Leonor / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Youngkin's charter schools agenda gets the backing of university leaders
 Earlier Items: 
The Hill:
Biden ‘hot mic’ with Fox's Doocy fuels speculation
Discussion: New York Times
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
FBI and San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department accused of illegally seizing marijuana cash
David Wildstein / New Jersey Globe:
Claiming partisan fairness models are proprietary, Princeton Gerrymandering Project won't show their work
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Salt Lake Tribune alerts police to threats to staffers after covid
Victoria Bekiempis / New York Magazine:
Stormy Daniels Sees a Ghost
Mariana Alfaro / Washington Post:
Pennsylvania court declares state's mail-in voting law unconstitutional, in win for Republicans
Melody Schreiber / New Republic:
The Big-Name Journalists Who Are Trying to “Both Sides” Covid