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2:25 PM ET, January 4, 2021


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Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Donald Trump Should Be Prosecuted for His Shakedown of Georgia's Brad Raffensperger  —  President Donald Trump likely broke both federal and state law in a Saturday phone call during which he encouraged Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn the state's election results.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
An Insurgency From Inside the Oval Office  —  President Trump's effort to overturn the election he lost has gone beyond mere venting of grievances at the risk of damaging the very American democracy he is charged with defending.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's relentless effort to overturn …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The backstory of Trump's Georgia call  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Good morning from Atlanta, Gateway to the South and the pulsing center of Tuesday's two U.S. Senate runoffs that will determine partisan control of the upper chamber and the success of Joe Biden's first term as president.
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
‘Disgusting’: Perdue hammers Georgia secretary of state for recording Trump call  —  Sen. David Perdue tore into Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Monday for recording a phone call with President Donald Trump over the weekend, calling it “disgusting” to do so.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Raffensperger: Trump could face investigation over election call  —  Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Monday that it was unlikely his office would open an investigation into his weekend phone call with President Donald Trump, but suggested a criminal probe could still be launched by an Atlanta-area district attorney.
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Trump Crosses a Bright-Red Line  —  In a bombshell conversation with Georgia's secretary of state yesterday, President Donald Trump made monkeys of every Republican official and every conservative talking head who professed to believe Trump's allegations of voter fraud.
Jessica Taylor / The Cook Political Report:
One Day Out: Will Trump Torpedo Republican Chances in the Georgia Runoffs?  —  Just days after Joe Biden was recognized as the president-elect, President Trump fumed with rage over his loss alleging widespread voter fraud that has still not materialized months later.
Chandelis Duster / CNN:
Georgia GOP lieutenant governor says Trump call with secretary of state ‘inappropriate’
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Trump Call to Georgia Official Might Violate State and Federal Law
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump's Phone Call Is What Coup Fever Looks Like
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The Senate's coup-staging ‘Dirty Dozen’ shouldn't be allowed to hold office
Discussion: Fox News, CNN and
Brad Reed / Raw Story:   Trump seethes at GOP ‘surrender caucus’ that won't back his coup attempt
Washington Post:
Here's the full transcript and audio of the call between Trump and Raffensperger
Kate Brumback / Associated Press:
Here we go again: What to expect as Georgia counts votes
Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas:
Cotton Statement on Joint Session of Congress  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Contact: Caroline Tabler or James Arnold (202) 734-0430  —  Washington, D.C. — Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) released the following statement on the joint session of Congress later this week:
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
Mitch McConnell's Slipping Grip on the Republican Party
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
EXCLUSIVE: Atlanta-Based U.S. Attorney Abruptly Departs Office Sooner Than Expected  —  The U.S. attorney in Atlanta departed his post Monday, TPM has learned, after previously indicating that he would not leave until Inauguration Day.  —  The reason for U.S. Attorney Byung “BJay” Pak's change of plans are not clear.
Jonathan Rauch / Persuasion:
The Made-Up Conspiracy  —  A Republican bid to deny Biden's victory is another worrying Trumpist disinformation ploy  —  When Republican senators attempt to block congressional confirmation of Joe Biden's presidential victory this week, they will not succeed in reversing the outcome of the election.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
We must stop calling Trump's enablers ‘conservative.’ They are the radical right.  —  You hear the word “radical” a lot these days.  It's usually aimed like a lethal weapon at Democratic office-seekers, especially those who want to unseat a Republican incumbent.
Discussion: The Hill
Peter Swindon / The Sunday Post:
Donald Trump could be planning Turnberry trip as Scots airport told to expect a high-flyer the day before Joe Biden's inauguration … © Robert Perry/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock  —  US President Donald Trump could be planning a trip to Scotland to avoid attending his successor Joe Biden's inauguration, according to aviation sources.
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Plane Sightings Fuel Rumors Trump Planning Escape to Scotland on Day Before Biden Inauguration
Discussion: Raw Story and HotAir
Tom Nichols / The Atlantic:
Worse Than Treason  —  “We are what we pretend to be,” Kurt Vonnegut wrote in the opening of his 1962 novel, Mother Night, “and so we must be careful what we pretend to be.”  Republicans in Congress are pretending to be seditionists—and so they have become, in fact, seditionists.
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
The Wall Street Journal Epitomizes the Failure of Elite Conservatism  —  Once the paper of record for conservative opinion-makers, the Journal's editorial page has betrayed its readers.  —  The Wall Street Journal editorial page is probably the most influential elite conservative outlet in the country.
Helen Branswell / STAT:
Britain takes a gamble with Covid-19 vaccines, upping the stakes for the rest of us  —  In an extraordinary time, British health authorities are taking extraordinary measures to beat back Covid-19.  But some experts say that, in doing so, they are also taking a serious gamble.
Discussion: In the Pipeline and Japan Times
The Intercept:
FBI Questioned a Michigan Senate Staffer After Zoom Call About Banning Tear Gas … Two officers with an FBI task force showed up at the home of a Michigan state senator's chief of staff and aggressively questioned her about a draft bill she had discussed on a private legislative Zoom call.
Yuval Levin / National Review:
Failures of Leadership in a Populist Age  —  For many years now, an important segment of the Republican electorate has been increasingly frustrated with the elites who lead our core institutions.  The political outlook of these voters has come to be defined by that frustration …
Discussion: HotAir and Raw Story
Kate Conger / New York Times:
Hundreds of Google Employees Unionize, Culminating Years of Activism  —  The creation of the union, a rarity in Silicon Valley, follows years of increasing outspokenness by Google workers.  Executives have struggled to handle the change.  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — More than 225 Google engineers …
Trump Ga. Transcript Shows Case for Vote Fraud, President Acted Properly  —  The Washington Post on Sunday released audio of a Saturday phone call between President Donald Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which the two can be heard discussing election results.
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