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3:40 PM ET, January 2, 2021


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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Multiple senators plan to oppose certifying election results  —  A growing number of Republican senators — led by Ted Cruz — are set to announce today they also will object to certifying state Electoral College votes on Wednesday, congressional sources familiar with their conversations tell Axios.
Trump is torching his own party and its leaders on his way out of power  —  President Trump is torching his own party and its leaders on his way out of power — and tossing gas on the fire with a public call for mass protest next week and a vote to overturn his defeat.
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
GOP senators, led by Cruz, to object to Electoral College certification, demand emergency audit  —  The lawmakers call for an electoral commission to be established to audit results.  —  Democrats push back on electoral college night  —  A group of GOP senators led by Sen. Ted Cruz …
Discussion: RedState, Mediaite and POLITICUSUSA
The Daily Beast:
Trump Plans to Fight the Election Even After ‘Stop the Steal’ Rally Ends  —  The president has told advisers he isn't deterred by the setbacks in the courts and won't be deterred by Congress certifying Joe Biden's win.  —  Many of Donald Trump's most dogmatic supporters see a mass protest in Washington …
Ted Cruz:
Joint Statement from Senators Cruz, Johnson, Lankford, Daines, Kennedy, Blackburn, Braun, Senators-Elect Lummis, Marshall, Hagerty, Tuberville  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), John Kennedy (R-La.) …
Washington Post:
Cruz, cadre of other GOP senators vow not to certify Biden win without probe of baseless voter fraud claims  —  Nearly a dozen Republican senators and senators-elect led by Sen Ted Cruz of Texas said Saturday they will reject electors from certain states won by President-elect Joe Biden …
John McCormack / National Review:
Cruz Letter Calls for Rejection of Electoral College Results
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
11 Senate Republicans say they will oppose Electoral College results Wednesday
Ben Tobin / Courier-Journal:
Mitch McConnell's Louisville home vandalized following his blockage of $2,000 stimulus checks  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's Louisville home has been vandalized following his blocking of $2,000 stimulus checks to most Americans.
Sen. Mitch McConnell's Louisville home vandalized  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's home in the Highlands area of Louisville was vandalized overnight.  —  Messages were written on the front of the home in red and white spray paint.
USA Today:
Pelosi, McConnell homes vandalized after Congress adjourns without securing $2,000 stimulus checks  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The homes of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were vandalized over the weekend after Congress adjourned Friday without securing $2,000 stimulus checks.
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Associated Press
New York Times:
As Understanding of Russian Hacking Grows, So Does Alarm  —  Those behind the widespread intrusion into government and corporate networks exploited seams in U.S. defenses and gave away nothing to American monitoring of their systems.  —  On Election Day, General Paul M. Nakasone …
Wall Street Journal:   How Russia's ‘Info Warrior’ Hackers Let Kremlin Play Geopolitics on the Cheap
Marissa Lang / Washington Post:
D.C. is becoming a protest battleground.  In a polarized nation, experts say that's unlikely to change.  —  For years, West Coast cities have borne the brunt of violent confrontations between far-right extremists and counterprotesters who come to meet them.
Kaelan Deese / The Hill:   Proud Boys to attend Jan. 6 DC rallies ‘incognito’
D.C. becomes hotbed for violent protests
Discussion: Raw Story and Forbes
Michael Laris / Washington Post:
Sneezed on, cussed at, ignored: Airline workers battle mask resistance with scant government backup  —  As the man returned from the lavatory with a mask dangling from one ear, a flight attendant asked him to put it on properly.  —  “Why?  Is something going on that I should know about?” …
Hugo Martín / Los Angeles Times:   Coughing, sneezing, vomiting: Visibly ill people aren't being kept off planes
Slater Teague / WRIC-TV:
Virginia state Sen. Ben Chafin dies from COVID-19 complications  —  LEBANON, Va. (WJHL) — Virginia state Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon) died Friday from COVID-19 complications, the senator's office confirmed Friday night.  —  Chafin had been hospitalized at VCU Medical Center for two weeks, according to a news release.
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
The Risky Wager of Betting on Trump  —  NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W ere the anti-Trumpers right all along?  —  They point to the president's performance over the last two months, ranging from the bizarre to the shameful, and point out that this Trump is the only Trump there has ever been.
Discussion: Salon and Washington Post
The Times of Israel:
Iran says killers of top general Soleimani, including Trump, ‘not safe on Earth’  —  Meanwhile successor to assassinated Quds force chief threatens ‘severe revenge’ — which may come from within the United States  — 1,235 shares  —  TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's judiciary chief warned Friday …
Martyn McLaughlin / Scotsman:
Donald Trump's Turnberry resort posts losses of £2.3 million  —  Donald Trump's flagship overseas property at Turnberry has posted annual losses of £2.3 million, marking the sixth year in a row it has failed to turn a profit under his ownership.  —  The property, the jewel …
Discussion: The Intellectualist
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Grace Segers / CBS News:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
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