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1. Coronavirus cases hit new highs as 2022 begins.

3. Marjorie Taylor Greene booted off Twitter because of COVID misinformation.

  • Twitter permanently suspended the personal account of Georgia congresswoman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for violations of the social media website's "COVID-19 misinformation policy."
  • In an email to NPR, a spokesperson for the social media company said Twitter "had been clear that, per our strike system for this policy, we will permanently suspend accounts for repeated violations of the policy."
  • Jim Galloway said the move was "obviously appropriate," but will no doubt be seen as an opportunity by Greene and her allies.

Galloway said kicking Rep. Greene off Twitter might just add to the congresswoman's clout.

  • The Georgia Republican's official government Twitter account is still active, the company confirmed.

4. Wedge issues to see significant attention during upcoming state legislative session.

  • Lawmakers will gather at the state Capitol in Atlanta beginning on Jan. 10th for the 2022 session.
  • In the lead up to the session, lawmakers are drawing attention to the kinds of legislation they would like to see at the state Capitol this year.
  • The second-highest ranking Republican in the state, Speaker pro tempore Rep. Jan Jones, said she is looking into banning books and online materials deemed "obscene."
  • The teaching of the history of racism in the United States has also drawn the ire of some conservative lawmakers.

5. Supreme Court will consider a Mississippi law on abortion access that could fundamentally reshape the right to abortion in the United States.

  • A ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization is expected by next Summer.
  • Dr. Andra Gillespie said restricting the right to abortion could change the electoral stakes heading into the upcoming midterms.

Dr. Gillespie said a dramatic change in federal abortion law could see a galvanized reaction in the Democratic electorate.

Tomorrow on Political Rewind - We are joined by GPB News Senior Health Care Reporter Ellen Eldridge and Dr. Carlos del Rio, executive associate dean, Emory School of Medicine & Grady Health System to talk about this latest COVID surge.