🇺🇸 One Year Later
January 6, 2022

Good morning and happy Thursday. A conservation dog in New Zealand is retiring after helping save at least 1,700 kiwi from extinction. Rein, a Hungarian Vizsla, is putting her paws up following ten years of service with Operation Nest Egg, during which she and her handler would locate kiwi nests to track and monitor the vulnerable bird population.

Plus, North Korea claims Kim Jong-un’s dad invented the burrito, saying Kim Jong-il dreamed up the Tex-Mex dish just over ten years ago before dying of a heart attack. It’s not the first time we’ve heard a whopper out of North Korea, who also say they invented hamburgers—or rather, “double breads with meat.”

Flag Polls


ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 1/5: Biden Job Approval, Rasmussen Reports Approve 41, Disapprove 58
ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 1/5: Biden Job Approval, Economist/YouGov Approve 43, Disapprove 51
D 1/5: Gen. Congress Vote, Economist/YouGov Republicans 38,
Democrats 42
D 1/4: Gen. Congress Vote, USA Today/Suffolk Republicans 37,
Democrats 39

Trending On The Left


WaPo: Democratic group launches six-figure ad buy tying Trump and GOP allies to Jan. 6 insurrection

Vox: The GOP’s masculinity panic: David French on the cult of toughness on the Trumpist right.

POLITICO: They stormed the Capitol. Now they’re running for office.

Huff Post: Far-Right Groups Plan To Commemorate Jan. 6 Attack — With Events Celebrating Attackers

Trending On The Right


Breitbart: Left Launches Effort to Win Midterms by Disqualifying Republicans for ‘Insurrection’

Fox NewsCOVID spreading faster than ever despite Biden's lofty pandemic promises

The Blaze: From heroes to zeroes: Mayo Clinic cans 700 unvaccinated workers

Washington Examiner: Chicago teachers union claims mayor locked them out of online classrooms

JAN. 6

One Year Later

Today is the one-year anniversary of the January 6 Capitol riot.

Reporting from The Left: "Several lawmakers and members of the law enforcement community tasked with protecting the US Capitol will mark the one-year anniversary of the deadly insurrection there [today] during a live event hosted by CNN.” (CNN)

Reporting from The Right: “Former President Donald Trump announced he has canceled a press conference scheduled on January 6, the one-year anniversary of the violent Capitol Hill protests, and will instead express his thoughts at an Arizona rally.” (Fox News)

From The Flag: Here’s what both sides are saying about the one-year anniversary of the US Capitol riot.

RIGHT-LEANING SENTIMENT

Exposed Flaws, But No Search For Truth


Many right-leaning commentators are more than willing to admit they found the events of January 6 despicable, while remaining wary of the left’s motives. Some say the law requiring Congress to certify elections is an issue, while others note House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has led a partisan and one-sided inquiry. Finally, there's a perception that Democrats want to shame and silence Republicans by focusing on January 6.

“Overturning the Next Election” Editorial Board, The Wall Street Journal: "The anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is Washington’s theme of the week, and waves of righteous anger will roll across the Mall ... but then why not rewrite the law that encouraged Donald Trump’s supporters to think Congress could overturn the 2020 election? We’re referring to the Electoral Count Act, the ambiguous 19th-century statute that purports to allow for a majority of Congress to disqualify a state’s electors after the Electoral College has voted. ... Jan. 6 was the most significant abuse of the law to date and part of a growing trend. A smaller number of congressional Democrats used the Electoral Count Act to object to both of George W. Bush’s victories as well as Donald Trump’s in 2016. ... Congress shouldn’t have even the appearance of this power. The Framers didn’t want the executive branch beholden to Congress."

“Pelosi Is Blocking Access To House January 6 Records. What Is She Hiding?” Tristan Justice, The Federalist: "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not interested in a genuine examination of the events on Jan. 6. ... As the US Capitol building came under siege, House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving sought approval from Pelosi to dispatch the National Guard in an episode confirmed by the speaker’s office to the New York Times. Four days later, former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who resigned his post in the riot’s aftermath, told the Washington Post it was far from the first time National Guard reinforcements were requested. In fact, Sund told the paper the request was made six times. ... Federal agencies have also refused to comply with congressional demands to supply documents to Republican lawmakers probing the riot. Pelosi took the unprecedented step of barring GOP participation from the investigation.”

New York Times telegraphs the left's intent to use the January 6 anniversary to repress conservatives” David Zukerman, American Thinker: “The left is the source of most political violence in the country — and now the left's megaphones promote the canard that Middle America must be held down to keep from resorting to violence?” Keep reading.

LEFT-LEANING SENTIMENT

The Attempted Coup Will Not Stand


Left-leaning commentators zero in on the need to prevent another January 6, while linking the event itself to the GOP. Included below is an urgent prediction that further election interference could even set the stage for civil conflict. Furthermore, some analysts brand Republicans as the party of January 6 and say questions remain unanswered.

"How to Stop Trump and Prevent Another Jan. 6" Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times: "If the majority of GOP lawmakers continue to bow to the most politically pernicious ‘alternative fact’ — that the 2020 election was a fraud ... then America isn’t just in trouble. It is headed for what scientists call 'an extinction-level event.' ... No, no — it will be an unraveling from the ground up, as our country, for the first time, is unable to carry out a peaceful transfer of power to a legitimately elected president. Because if Donald Trump and his flock are able in 2024 to execute a procedural coup like they attempted on Jan. 6, 2021, Democrats will not just say, 'Ah shucks, we’ll try harder next time.' They will take to the streets. ... Let me put it crassly: Civil wars are not good for business. ... Can’t happen here? It sure can."

“The Republican Party Is Now The Party of January 6” Eric Lutz, Vanity Fair: "The January 6 insurrection at the United States Capitol failed to overturn Donald Trump’s election loss to Joe Biden, but it could ultimately prove successful as a galvanizing point for the radical right. In the year since the attack, the rioters have been embraced as martyrs by many in the GOP; Trump allies have made their cause a loyalty test for lawmakers ... it’s easy to spot insurrectionists when they’re taking the Capitol by force, but harder, perhaps, when they’re entering with a lawmaker ID badge. Congress is already home to something of an insurrectionist caucus, with figures like Marjorie Taylor Greene, Paul Gosar, and Lauren Boebert—three of the 139 House members who tried overturning the election. ... The party has largely swallowed Trump’s election lies, with 71% of Republicans telling pollsters that the ex-president was the rightful winner of the 2020 election."

"The question the GOP must answer about January 6" Dean Obeidallah, CNN: "As we approach the one-year anniversary of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol ... the very question we all should pose to any GOP elected official ... Do they stand with the United States, or do they stand with the terrorists?" Keep reading.

FLAG THIS

Americans Expect Another January 6, Democracy on Edge


Polling indicates most Americans believe an event like January 6 will happen again over the next few years, while over 40% of respondents say President Biden didn't legitimately win the 2020 election (Axios-Momentive).

A different poll shows 68% view January 6 as a sign of increasing violence, and 66% say democracy is threatened (CBS News).

Looking specifically at whether or not January 6 was "extremely or very violent," 29% of Republicans say no it was not, while just 1% of Democrats agree with that statement (AP/NORC).

Flag Polls: Now one year removed from January 6, what’s your take? Click here to share your thoughts.

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US & WORLD

Hottest Housing Markets, Russian Rocket's Reentry, Flurona

Zillow: The Sun Belt dominates Zillow’s list of hottest housing markets for the second year in a row. Tampa, Jacksonville, Raleigh, San Antonio, and Charlotte are expected to lead the US.

CNN: Space experts are tracking a Russian rocket part that is set to make an uncontrolled reentry into Earth's atmosphere within the next 24 hours.

WaPo: New year, new coronavirus term? Many people around the world kicked off 2022 by searching for more information about “flurona,” after Israel reported that two young pregnant women had tested positive for both the coronavirus and the flu.

CNBC: The Federal Reserve at its December meeting began plans to start cutting the amount of bonds it is holding, with members saying that a reduction in the balance sheet likely will start sometime after the central bank begins raising interest rates, according to minutes released Wednesday.

Just The News: A new report released Monday revealed California saw the greatest net loss in U-Haul migration in 2021, the second consecutive year the Golden State ranked 50th in the nation for U-Haul one-way migration.

NYT: President Emmanuel Macron of France drew fierce criticism on Wednesday, mainly from his political opponents, after bluntly arguing that the government should make life miserable for the unvaccinated, as skyrocketing infection rates have put him under pressure ahead of a presidential election. “I really want to piss off the unvaccinated,” Mr. Macron said in an interview with a panel of readers of Le Parisien, a newspaper.

CNN: Pope Francis has criticized couples who choose to have pets instead of children as selfish, arguing that their decision to forgo parenthood leads to a loss of "humanity" and is a detriment to civilization.

WATERCOOLER

"The Wheel" Begins, Plant-Based KFC, Monkey Speech

On January 6, 1975, Wheel of Fortune, one of the the longest-running syndicated game shows in American television history, premiered on NBC. Created by television legend Merv Griffin and hosted since the early 1980s by Pat Sajak and Vanna White, Wheel is one of the most popular shows in the world.

CNBCKFC to launch plant-based fried chicken made with Beyond Meat nationwide

Lifehacker: Why You Should Replace Your New Year's Journal With a Spreadsheet

The Conversation: People With Creative Personalities Really Do See the World Differently

Today I Learned some monkeys, like the Japanese Macaque, have the necessary vocal anatomy to produce humanlike speech, only inhibited by the fact that their brain lacks the capability to control the muscles responsible for speech.

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