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12:55 PM ET, January 12, 2021


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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 …
Washington Post:
Six hours of paralysis: Inside Trump's failure to act after a mob stormed the Capitol  —  Hiding from the rioters in a secret location away from the Capitol, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) appealed to Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser.
New York Times:
Tells Reporters That Impeachment Effort Is Causing ‘Tremendous Anger’  —  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.
New York Times:   How a Presidential Rally Turned Into a Capitol Rampage
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump falsely blames Antifa for Capitol insurrection
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 …
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal Has Tested Positive for Covid  —  Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal of Washington has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus after being sequestered for several hours during last week's siege on the Capitol building in a room with mask-less Republican colleagues.
Henry Rodgers / The Daily Caller:
Maskless Pramila Jayapal Complains She Got COVID-19 From Republicans Who ‘Cruelly Refused’ To Wear Masks  —  Democratic Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal called out Republican lawmakers for not wearing masks while pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, however, a video shows Jayapal …
Teo Armus / Washington Post:
After hiding with maskless Republicans, Rep. Jayapal feared she would catch the coronavirus. Now she's tested positive.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Week
An update following the riots in Washington, DC  —  Following the horrific events in Washington, DC, last week, here are some of the steps we've taken to protect the conversation on our service from attempts to incite violence, organize attacks, and share deliberately misleading information about the election outcome.
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 …
Peter G. Johnson / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Sheldon Adelson, Las Vegas convention visionary and philanthropist, dies at 87
Washington Post:
Several Capitol police officers suspended, more than a dozen under investigation over actions related to rally, riot  —  Several U.S. Capitol Police officers have been suspended and more than a dozen others are under investigation for suspected involvement with or inappropriate support …
Washington Post:
Beaten, sprayed with mace and hit with stun guns: police describe injuries to dozens of officers during assault on U.S. Capitol
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Some members of Congress fear the Capitol mob attack was an inside job
Discussion: Politico, Althouse and UPI
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 …
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 …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Voice of America White House Reporter Reassigned After Questioning Pompeo
Discussion: Vox and Politico
New York Daily News:
Staten Island politician apologizes for using Hitler reference during heated lockdown protest  —  A Staten Island political consultant running for borough president on Monday offered an apology — and defense — of a garbled blast at COVID-19 lockdowns and her use of “Heil Hitler” …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Celine Castronuovo / The Hill:
Republican Staten Island candidate apologizes for Hitler reference
Discussion: New York Post
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 …
Washington Post:
Trump administration reverses stance, will no longer hold back second shots of coronavirus vaccine  —  The change comes several days after President-elect Joe Biden said he planned to release nearly all available doses to speed protection for more Americans.  —  PLEASE NOTE
Nihal Krishan / Washington Examiner:
Parler finds refuge with right-leaning webhosting service  —  A handful of Big Tech companies moved to take down social media platform Parler over the weekend, but it appears to have found a new company to help try to keep its website running.  —  On Monday, Parler registered its domain …
Heather Hollingsworth / Associated Press:
Judge halts 1st US execution of female inmate in 67 years  —  MISSION, Kan. (AP) — A judge has halted the U.S. government's first execution of a female inmate in nearly seven decades, saying a court must first determine whether the Kansas woman who killed an expectant mother …
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Federal judge temporarily halts execution of only woman on death row
Discussion: CNN, American Prospect and NPR
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
Inside Pelosi's push to impeach Trump: This time it's personal  —  As Speaker Nancy Pelosi was forced to huddle in a secure bunker during the Capitol riots, several of her young aides spent hours sheltered under a conference table in the speaker's suite as armed rioters pounded the door with menacing taunts of “Where's Nancy?”
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 …
Bill Bostock / Business Insider:
Trump has been told he could face massive damages for the Capitol riot even if he avoids criminal charges, with one advisor reportedly telling him: ‘Think OJ’ … - President Donald Trump was told by an advisor to “think OJ” over the legal issues he could face over the Capitol riot last week, ABC News reported.
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week and HuffPost
New York Times:
An Urgent Reckoning for the Trump Brand After US Capitol Attack  —  Companies and institutions are shunning President Trump and some associates.  His business, built on luxury hospitality, is contemplating a reinvention.  —  ‘An Epiphany Moment’ for Corporate Political Donors May Have Arrived
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.
Washington Post:
Inside the remarkable rift between Donald Trump and Mike Pence  —  Vice President Pence was in hiding from a violent mob of Trump supporters in the Capitol last Wednesday when the presidential tweet attacking him posted.  —  “Mike Pence didn't have the courage to do what should have been done …
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
The Attack on Democracy Is Not Over.  It's Still Happening.  Right Now.  —  More violence is expected—and Republicans, far from being chastened by last week's mob, are still trying to derail the transfer of power.  —  Republicans in Congress are playing a dangerous game, again …
Noemie Emery / Washington Examiner:
Trump at the end  —  On his way out the door, Donald Trump made sure he would never lead his party again.  He stood in the breach last Wednesday morning and uttered the worst words ever said by a president of this country when he urged the mob that had gathered to disrupt the certification of the November election.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
How the Republican Party Could Break  —  After the Capitol Hill riot, the divide between reality and fantasy may become too wide to bridge.  —  For a long time, people have predicted the crackup of American conservatism, the end of a Republican Party dominated by the conservative movement as one of the major powers in our politics.
Melissa Blasius / KNXV:
Horned D.C. protester makes first court appearance, refuses to eat in detention  —  PHOENIX — The man in the horned headdress during the riot at the U.S. Capitol made his initial appearance in a Phoenix federal courtroom Monday.  —  Jacob Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli or the QAnon Shaman …
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: CBS News, The Daily Dot and Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Trump Officials Try to Keep Away From the ‘Violent Toddler’  —  BLOOD, SWEAT, AND...  Members of Trump's Cabinet are pushing their personal political agendas, while some of his political aides are just trying to keep him from blowing up the country—again.  —  In the closing days of the Trump era …
Discussion: emptywheel and Raw Story
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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
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Felix Salmon / Axios:
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Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
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Andrew Beaton / Wall Street Journal:
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