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12:20 AM ET, January 13, 2021

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New York Times:
Pence Reached His Limit With Trump.  It Wasn't Pretty.  —  After four years of tongue-biting silence that critics say enabled the president's worst instincts, the vice president would not yield to the pressure and name-calling from his boss.  —  WASHINGTON — For Vice President Mike Pence, the moment of truth had arrived.
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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 …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: McConnell leans toward convicting Trump  —  There's a better than 50-50 chance that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would vote to convict President Trump in an impeachment trial, sources tell Axios.  —  What they're saying: “The Senate institutional loyalists are fomenting a counterrevolution” …
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 …
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Mike Pence is done with Trump's ‘bulls—t’  —  After four-and-a-half years of unbending loyalty, Vice President Mike Pence is ready to move on from Donald Trump.  All it took was the president inciting a riot that, quite literally, put Pence's life in danger.  —  “Pence is done with Trump's bulls—t,” said a former Pence adviser.
CNN:
McConnell believes impeachment push will help rid Trump from the GOP, but has not said if he will vote to convict
New York Times:
Pence's Rejection All but Ensures Impeachment Vote
Associated Press:
Fury at the shaken Capitol over the attack, security, virus
Nicholas Katzban / NorthJersey.com:
Mikie Sherrill claims Congress members gave ‘reconnaissance’ tours day before Capitol raid  —  In a live webcast Tuesday evening, Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-11, made a startling claim that other members of Congress led groups of people through the Capitol Building on a “reconnaissance” …
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Mikie Sherrill says unidentified lawmakers led ‘reconnaissance’ tours ahead of Capitol attack
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
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: New York Times, IJR and Axios
Sarah Mimms / BuzzFeed News:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Said She “Thought I Was Going To Die” During A “Very Close Encounter” When The Capitol Was Stormed  —  The Democrat didn't provide many details about the “traumatizing” encounter, citing security concerns  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Bloomberg
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NBC News:
Republicans protest, circumvent new metal detectors inside Capitol after riot  —  WASHINGTON — Several Republican lawmakers complained about — or outright bypassed— the metal detectors to enter the House floor on Tuesday, which were ordered put in place by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi …
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Names Impeachment Managers  —  Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi today named Impeachment Managers.  —  “Tonight, I have the solemn privilege of naming the Managers of the impeachment trial of Donald Trump,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  “It is their constitutional and patriotic duty …
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Grieving Son's Death, Maryland Lawmaker Fights to Impeach Trump
Discussion: Washington Post and Twin Cities
Washington Post:
Secret Service launches massive security operation to protect Biden inauguration  —  The Secret Service and federal law enforcement agencies are spending the final days of the Trump administration bracing for a possible violent assault against the Jan. 20 inauguration, launching a security mobilization …
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New York Times:   Pentagon to Arm National Guard Troops Deploying to Capitol for Inauguration
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:
Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:
Ivanka Trump Apparently Thinks She's Going to Ride This Insurrection Out and Be President One Day  —  The first daughter seems to believe she can emerge from all this unscathed.  —  When Donald Trump was improbably elected president in 2016, his eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, and his son-in-law …
J. Michael Luttig / Washington Post:
Once Trump leaves office, the Senate can't hold an impeachment trial  —  J. Michael Luttig served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit from 1991 to 2006.  —  It appears that even if the House of Representatives impeaches President Trump this week …
ABC News:
Video shows retired Navy SEAL boasting of ‘breaching the Capitol’  —  The Navy veteran said he wanted lawmakers to be left “shaking in their shoes.”  —  Retired Navy SEAL boasts of ‘breaching the Capitol’  —  A video posted to Facebook by Adam Newbold following the Jan. 6 attack …
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.
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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 …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court restores requirements for medication abortions, siding with Trump administration  —  The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed with the Trump administration and reinstated requirements that women seeking medication abortions receive the drugs in person at a clinic …
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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 …
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 …
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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
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
Fox Runs the GOP.  And Fox Wants War.  —  SICK PEOPLE … Republicans have a truly remarkable capacity to see themselves as victims even at the moment when they are beating people to death with flagpoles and fire extinguishers.  —  On Wednesday, Jan. 6, Donald Trump told the group gathered …
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 …
Jessica Toomer / UPROXX:
John Fetterman Is Not Mincing Words About MAGA Coup-Enabler Josh Hawley, Whose Soul He Says Is ‘Dipped In Dogsh*t’  —  Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman is a verified Shakespeare when it comes to crafting articulate, downright eloquent takedowns of the worst GOP members.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Bari Weiss / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
The Great Unraveling  —  The old order is dead.  What comes next?  —  5 hr ago  —  Thought comes before action.  Words come before deeds.  Media that profits from polarization will stoke it.  Lies — maybe harmless for the moment, maybe even noble — create a lying world.  —  I've known this for a while.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The President Deliberately Withheld Aid to Combat the Insurrection  —  There is a simple chain of events that even news outlets doing the best work are still tiptoeing around.  After President Trump gave his speech to the insurrectionists on Wednesday he returned to the White House …
The Hill:
Four things Democrats should do in Biden's first 100 days  —  With the special election in Georgia concluded, Democrats completed their unlikely journey to total control of the government in Washington.  Joe Biden soon will be sworn in as our next president, and Democrats have retained narrow control …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Sam Kiley / CNN:
Israel isn't a democracy, it's an ‘apartheid regime,’ rights group says  —  Jerusalem (CNN)Israel is no longer a democracy but an “apartheid regime” devoted to cementing the supremacy of Jews over Palestinians, the country's best-known human rights group said in a report published Tuesday.
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Alayna Treene / Axios:
House freshman divided over Capitol siege  —  The freshmen class of House Republicans has been fighting since last Wednesday's Capitol assault, creating a clear split just over a week after being sworn in.  —  What we're hearing: On Tuesday, Reps. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene …
 
 
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