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5:20 PM ET, January 12, 2021

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Washington Post:
FBI report warned of ‘war’ at Capitol, contradicting claims there was no indication of looming violence  —  A day before rioters stormed Congress, an FBI office in Virginia issued an explicit internal warning that extremists were preparing to travel to Washington to commit violence and “war …
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Yeganeh Torbati / Washington Post:
Audio of outgoing Trump appointee describes Capitol riot as largely peaceful, led by ‘a few violent people’
Discussion: Axios and New York Times
New York Times:
McConnell is said to be pleased about impeachment, believing it will be easier to purge Trump from the G.O.P.  —  Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, has told associates that he believes President Trump committed impeachable offenses and that he is pleased that Democrats are moving to impeach him …
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite, New York Post and HotAir
Mark Weiner / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Rep. John Katko becomes first House Republican to back Trump impeachment  —  Washington - U.S. Rep. John Katko said today he will vote to impeach President Donald Trump for inciting a riot last week at the U.S. Capitol.  —  Katko, R-Camillus, is the first House Republican to acknowledge …
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CNN:
Impeachment a ‘vote of conscience’ for GOP
Matt Fuller / HuffPost:
House Democrats Briefed On 3 Terrifying Plots To Overthrow Government  —  One plot includes surrounding the Capitol and murdering Democrats to allow Republicans to take control of the government.  —  WASHINGTON ― Capitol Police briefed Democrats on Monday night about three …
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Voice of America reassigns White House reporter after she sought to question Mike Pompeo  —  The director of the Voice of America ordered the reassignment of a reporter for the international news organization after she sought to ask questions of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during …
New York Times:
In Blow to Trump, House G.O.P. Won't Lobby Members to Reject Impeachment  —  The House will vote on a resolution on Tuesday calling on Vice President Mike Pence to wrest the powers of the office from President Trump.  If Mr. Pence fails to act, an impeachment vote is expected Wednesday.
Carly Roman / Washington Examiner:
Senator shares photo of man wanted in connection to death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick  —  Federal authorities released a photograph of a man wanted for questioning in connection to the death of U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick.  —  Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican …
Discussion: PT News Network, The Hill and Twitchy
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Washington Post:
With big budget but little accountability, long-troubled Capitol Police face questions after siege
Discussion: Daily Kos, New York Times and The Hill
Cortney O'Brien / Townhall:
FBI: People are Going to Be ‘Shocked’ to Learn What Happened Inside the Capitol
Discussion: Politico and Washington Examiner
Congressman Mo Brooks:
Congressman Mo Brooks Rebuts Vicious & Scurrilous Fake News Media and Socialist Democrat Attacks  —  Washington, DC— Tuesday,Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) issued the below statement in response to scurrilous Fake News Media and Socialist Democrat attacks related to his January 6th “Save America” rally speech:
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
New York Times:
How a Presidential Rally Turned Into a Capitol Rampage  —  When President Trump railed against the election results from a stage near the White House on Wednesday, his loyalists were already gathering at the Capitol.  Soon, they would storm it.  We analyzed a crucial two-hour period …
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
GOP aide resigns while lashing ‘congressional enablers of this mob’  —  A top Republican congressional aide is resigning over his party's support for President Donald Trump's bid to overturn the 2020 election after it fueled deadly riots at the Capitol.  —  In a scathing resignation letter obtained …
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Politico:
House Democrats look to fast-track Austin vote in wake of U.S. Capitol assault
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Bloomberg
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal:
Jayapal Tests Positive for COVID-19 Following Lockdown at Capitol With Republican Lawmakers Who Cruelly and Selfishly Refused to Wear Masks  —  WASHINGTON — United States Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) received a positive COVID-19 test result tonight after being locked down in a secured room …
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Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
White House insiders say Trump knew what was about to happen at the Capitol — because of his social media guru Dan Scavino  —  'He is closer to Donald than his sons and he has more intimate knowledge of Donald's thoughts,' said one insider about the head of Trump's social media strategy team
Anna Schecter / NBC News:
Extremists move to secret on-line channels to plan for inauguration day in D.C.  —  Right-wing extremists are using encrypted channels to call for violence against government officials on Jan. 20, the day President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated, with some extremists sharing knowledge of how to make …
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Biden inaugural returns cash from ex-senator-turned-foreign agent  —  President-elect Joe Biden's inaugural committee will refund a donation from former Sen. Barbara Boxer after the California Democrat registered as a foreign agent for a Chinese surveillance firm accused of abetting …
Gizmodo:
Parler Users Breached Deep Inside U.S. Capitol Building, GPS Data Shows  —  At least several users of the far-right social network Parler appear to be among the hoard of rioters that managed to penetrate deep inside the U.S. Capitol building and into areas normally restricted to the public …
Detroit Free Press:
Michigan plans to charge ex-Gov. Rick Snyder in Flint water scandal  —  Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, his health director and other ex-officials have been told they're being charged after a new investigation of the Flint water scandal, which devastated the majority Black city …
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Capitol Rioters Weren't ‘Low Class’  —  They were business owners, CEOs, state legislators, police officers, active and retired service members, real-estate brokers, stay-at-home dads, and, I assume, some Proud Boys.  —  The mob that breached the Capitol last week at President Donald …
Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers Were Feet and Seconds Away From Confrontation With the Mob in the Capitol  —  The rioters shouted they were searching for lawmakers; some made a narrow escape  —  With rioters ransacking the Capitol, Rep. Jim Himes hunkered in the visitors' gallery overlooking the House chamber.
William Turton / Bloomberg:
‘No Regrets’: A Capitol Rioter Tells His Story From Inside  — Trump tweet inspired New York man to come to D.C. on Jan. 6  — He plans to return to protest inauguration unless arrested  —  Brandon Fellows had never attended a Trump rally before last week.
City of Alamo:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Information is being circulated that appears to indicate that President Trump will be making his way to the City of Alamo during his visit to the Rio Grande Valley.  The City of Alamo's City Commission and City Administration has NOT been officially contacted regarding …
Chris Joyner / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Trump's pick for U.S. attorney in Georgia dismisses election fraud claims: 'There's just nothing to them'  —  AJC EXCLUSIVE  —  Bobby Christine also deflects questions about his sudden appointment in leaked call with staffers.  —  The acting U.S. attorney for Northern Georgia …
Discussion: Forbes
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Lost Passwords Lock Millionaires Out of Their Bitcoin Fortunes  —  Bitcoin owners are getting rich because the cryptocurrency has soared.  But what happens when you can't tap that wealth because you forgot the password to your digital wallet?  —  Stefan Thomas, a German-born programmer living …
Las Vegas Sands Corp.:
Las Vegas Sands Announces Passing of Company Founder and Industry-Changing Entrepreneur Sheldon G. Adelson  —  Las Vegas Sands issued the following statement announcing the death of company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sheldon G. Adelson: Our founder and visionary leader, Sheldon G. Adelson …
Neena Satija / Washington Post:
‘I do regret being there’: Simone Gold, noted hydroxychloroquine advocate, was inside the Capitol during the riot  —  A doctor and outspoken critic of the coronavirus vaccine was among those who entered the Capitol building last week during the siege that disrupted the certification of the 2020 presidential election.
Discussion: The Daily Dot, Raw Story and CBS News
Erick-Woods Erickson / Erick Erickson's Confessions …:
Thank You For Your Service  —  But first, some hard questions and truths.  —  7 hr ago  —  I need to open with something other than what the title is referring to and this is tough because it involves a number of people I consider friends, i.e not just friends in politics, but actual friends.
Thad Randazzo / WSYR:
Utica business owner amongst rioters at the Capitol building last week  —  UTICA, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) — William Arthur Leary, owner of Estate Manufactured Housing Corp. located on Route 5 in Utica, told the Associated Press that he wanted to “show support” for President Trump.
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
An insurrection of upper-middle class white people |  Will Bunch Newsletter  —  It was a couple of days after a violent insurrection aimed at stopping Joe Biden from becoming the 46th (or maybe 47th) president — maybe when I saw that story about the new polar vortex slated to bring crazy cold winter …
New York Times:
How White Evangelical Christians Fused With Trump Extremism  —  A potent mix of grievance and religious fervor has turbocharged the support among Trump loyalists, many of whom describe themselves as participants in a kind of holy war.  —  WASHINGTON — Before self-proclaimed members …
Discussion: Russell Moore and Raw Story
Rick Santorum / Wall Street Journal:
Mike Pence Comes Through for America  —  We were right to be confident in him as we doubted Trump.  —  Twenty sixteen seems like a lifetime ago, but it's been fewer than five years since conservatives like me were struggling to accept Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president.
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
The End of the GOP  —  A dog in this condition would be put to sleep.  It would be a piece of mercy.  —  Welcome to . . . not quite “The Tuesday,” the weekly newsletter that will return in its familiar form on Tuesday next.  Think of this as a special edition.  To subscribe to “The Tuesday,” follow this link.
Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
GOP Congressman Told Crowd To ‘Lightly Threaten’ Lawmakers: 'I'm Coming After You'  —  Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina made the comments just weeks before a mob attacked the U.S. Capitol.  —  Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) last month urged the crowd at a conservative gathering to …
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and ABC11
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
A republic cannot survive the ignorance of its citizens  —  What does the future of the GOP look like after Capitol rioting? … In our effort to respect the value of every life, we try hard here to avoid stripping human beings of their agency.  —  All of us beyond the age of majority …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Expected to Require Covid-19 Tests for All International Visitors  —  Directive would expand CDC order requiring proof of negative coronavirus tests for all airline passengers from U.K.  —  The U.S. government is expected to require all international airline passengers to show proof …
 
 
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