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7:25 PM ET, January 12, 2021

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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 …
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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 …
CNN:
McConnell believes impeachment push will help rid Trump from the GOP, but has not said if he will vote to convict
CNN:
Republicans begin backing impeachment in ‘vote of conscience’
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump: I'm at ‘zero risk’ of removal by 25th Amendment
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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Paul Sonne / Washington Post:
Joint Chiefs call riot a ‘direct assault’ on the constitutional process, affirm Biden as next commander in chief
Discussion: Vox and Axios
Reuters:
Exclusive: Luxembourg, EU snub Pompeo in final Europe trip, diplomats say  —  BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancelled his Europe trip at the last minute on Tuesday after Luxembourg's foreign minister and top European Union officials declined to meet him …
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Voice of America reassigns White House reporter after she sought to question Mike Pompeo
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Cortney O'Brien / Townhall:
FBI: People are Going to Be ‘Shocked’ to Learn What Happened Inside the Capitol  —  At a press conference from the Justice Department on Tuesday, the FBI addressed last Wednesday's violence on Capitol Hill, and the steps they're taking to identify and bring the culprits to justice.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Examiner
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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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:
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 …
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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
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Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal:
Jayapal Tests Positive for COVID-19 Following Lockdown at Capitol With Republican Lawmakers Who Cruelly and Selfishly Refused to Wear Masks
Francesca Bacardi / Page Six:
Bruce Willis asked to leave store for ‘refusing’ to wear a mask  —  He'd rather live free.  —  Bruce Willis was asked to leave a Los Angeles Rite Aid on Monday after he refused to wear a mask, a spy tells Page Six.  —  The spy says people inside the store became upset that Willis, 65 …
Discussion: Mercury News
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Vox, more at Techmeme »
Associated Press:
Michigan plans to charge ex-Gov. Snyder in Flint water probe  —  DETROIT (AP) — 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 …
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
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.
Discussion: HotAir
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 …
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
New revelations about Trump's cruelty demand a bigger response  —  As shocking new revelations emerge about President Trump's depraved and malevolent response to the violent siege of the Capitol, it's becoming clear that this event will require a much bigger reckoning than we may have first thought.
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
McConnell is already sabotaging Biden's presidency  —  The Senate hasn't held a single confirmation hearing on Biden's nominees.  That's not normal.  —  Traditionally, after a presidential election, the Senate spends the period between when new senators are sworn in on January 3 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Defends Conduct, Attacks Democrats at First Post-Riot Event  —  At Texas event on border security, the president warned against impeachment and a reversal of his immigration policies by Joe Biden  —  President Trump, speaking in public for the first time since he rallied his supporters …
STAT:
Scott Atlas, controversial former Trump adviser, deletes Twitter account  —  Scott Atlas, the radiologist who served for much of 2020 as President Trump's most controversial coronavirus adviser, deleted his Twitter account this week, he confirmed to STAT, apparently in response …
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.
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Olympic Gold Medalist Was Part of Crowd That Invaded Capitol  —  Klete Keller, who won swimming medals in three Summer Games, was captured on video inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda during last week's violent election protest.  —  Klete Keller, a champion swimmer who won two Olympic gold medals …
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 …
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: Raw Story, The Daily Dot and CBS News
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
 
 
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NBC New York:
Brooklyn Judge's Son Arrested for Participating in Capitol Riot
Discussion: Gothamist, Vox, Politico and Bloomberg
Mairead McArdle / National Review:
Feds Indict First Two Capitol Riot Defendants
Discussion: Mother Jones
New York Times:
Atop the Powerful Budget Committee at Last, Bernie Sanders Wants to Go Big
Aaron Williams / Source:
Exit Interviews  —  “There's a reason why when you think about what a ‘data journalist’ looks like …
Rick Santorum / Wall Street Journal:
Mike Pence Comes Through for America
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
President Trump lashes out at social media companies following Twitter ban
 Earlier Items: 
Erick-Woods Erickson / Erick Erickson's Confessions …:
Thank You For Your Service  —  But first, some hard questions and truths.  —  7 hr ago
The Byron York Show:
The Crazy Impeachment  —  SUBSCRIBE WITH:  —  Democrats started trying to remove President Trump …
Benjamin Parker / The Bulwark:
The Alt-Right Is Now the Entire Right
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.