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3:45 PM ET, January 13, 2021


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Trump remains largely invisible after Kushner squashes attempts at building fringe social media presence  —  Washington (CNN)On the day he will be impeached for a history-making second time, President Donald Trump lacks a comprehensive legal strategy, has nothing on his public schedule …
Graham leads resistance to Trump ouster amid fast-moving impeachment  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham is leading the charge against President Donald Trump's impeachment and removal in the Senate, even as the White House remains largely uninvolved and as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is leaving open …
Discussion: Raw Story, Forbes and CNN
NBC News:
Trump grows defiant as the White House becomes a ghost town  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is set to be impeached, again, on Wednesday, but this time, he will lack the megaphone of Twitter to respond and be without a robust and aggressive defense from his White House and allies.
Discussion: ABC News and MSNBC
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” …
Top Republicans want Trump done — forevermore
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
How Mitch McConnell could do maximum damage to Trump right now
Wall Street Journal:
Trump to Face Impeachment Vote Over Capitol Riot
Washington Post:
Live updates: House poised to impeach Trump; McConnell leaves open the possibility of voting to convict
Nicholas Katzban /
Rep. Mikie Sherrill says Congress members gave ‘reconnaissance’ tours day before Capitol raid  —  Rep. Mikie Sherrill, during a live webcast Tuesday evening, said she witnessed some members of Congress leading people through the Capitol on Jan. 5 in what she termed a “reconnaissance for the next day …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump calls on Americans, Big Tech to help ensure peaceful transition: ‘NO violence’  —  Trump's statement comes as House debates impeachment, days before Biden inauguration  —  Democrats' rush to remove Trump from office is ‘political theatre’: Rep. Van Duyne
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
New York City Will End Contracts With Trump Over Capitol Riot  —  The mayor said the city would cancel contracts with the Trump Organization for two ice skating rinks, the Central Park Carousel and the Trump Golf Links in the Bronx.  —  New York City is terminating its contracts …
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
New York Post to Staff: Stay Away From CNN, MSNBC, New York Times and Washington Post  —  As the Murdoch tabloid navigates a fraught political moment, high-level editors instructed reporters not to base articles on reporting by four news outlets that President Trump has falsely labeled “fake news.”
Shannon Larson Globe / The Boston Globe:
A Colorado Republican tweeted about Pelosi's location during the Capitol siege.  She's now facing calls to resign  —  Colorado Representative Lauren Boebert went on the offensive Monday night, with the Republican issuing a bellicose statement amid growing calls for her resignation following …
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
The crackup of the Republican Party  —  There are no good political options for leaders going forward.  The GOP is hopelessly divided, and there's no putting Humpty Dumpty back together again.  —  The mob attack on the Capitol last week overshadowed another momentous political story …
Discussion:, NBC News and Vox
New York Daily News:
SEE IT: Photos show moment Queens Proud Boy surrendered to feds in armored vehicle  —  Dramatic photos obtained by the Daily News show the moment a Queens man accused of being a Proud Boy plotting violence surrendered to the feds.  —  An armored FBI vehicle rolled down 76th St. near Eliot Ave …
Discussion: Lucianne
John Dias / CBS New York:
Queens Man Edward Florea Arrested After Allegedly Plotting Another U.S. Capitol Attack
Discussion: Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Secret Service Warns the Boogaloos Are Coming to D.C., States  —  The insurrection is not over, according to an intelligence bulletin acquired by The Daily Beast that warns a coming wave of MAGA demonstrations may turn violent. … The Secret Service has issued an intelligence bulletin warning …
New York Times:
Rioter wearing ‘Camp Auschwitz’ sweatshirt is arrested, according to law enforcement.  —  A man who was photographed wearing a sweatshirt that read “Camp Auschwitz” while inside the Capitol last week was arrested in Newport News, Va., on Wednesday morning in connection to the Capitol riot, according to two law enforcement officials.
Discussion: The Hill, VICE, National Review and Mediaite
Cameron Easley / Morning Consult:
Trump's Grip on 2024 GOP Primary Field Slips in Wake of Capitol Insurrection  —  42% of GOP voters say they'd back Trump in a GOP primary, down 12 points from November  —  President Donald Trump remains Republican voters' top choice for president in 2024, but polling shows he is in a weaker position …
Steven Shepard / Politico:   Trump's approval rating craters in final days
Kevin Stankiewicz / CNBC:
‘I feel betrayed’ — Ken Langone blasts Trump and Capitol rioters, vows to support Biden  — Billionaire Ken Langone called the Capitol Hill riot a “disgrace” and urged Americans to rally behind President-elect Joe Biden.  — “I think the biggest mistake anybody is going to make is try …
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.
The Boston Globe:
‘It was like looking at evil’: The Capitol attack through the eyes of the Massachusetts delegation  —  WASHINGTON — On the day Congress was set to count the electoral votes certifying President-elect Joe Biden's victory, Representative Seth Moulton was one of the first members …
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR:
Census Bureau Stops Work On Trump's Request For Unauthorized Immigrant Count  —  The U.S. Census Bureau has halted all work on President Trump's directive to produce a state-by-state count of unauthorized immigrants that would have been used to alter a key set of census numbers, NPR has learned.
Sen. Josh Hawley / Southeast Missourian:
Guest column: Sen. Josh Hawley responds to critics: ‘Why I objected’  —  Last week I objected during the Joint Session count of electoral votes in order to have a debate on the issue of election integrity.  My objection proceeded according to the letter of the statute, which specifically permits …
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Matthew Gault / VICE:
The FBI Is Using Baked Alaska's Livestream to Track Down Capitol Hill Rioters  —  In a massive self-own, the FBI is using the far-right media personality's livestream to track down Capitol Hill rioters.  —  Matthew Gault  —  The riots at Capitol Hill were streamed live across the internet.
Scott Pickey / KOSA:
FIRST ON CBS7: FBI arrests Jenny Cudd for rioting at Capitol  —  MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - CBS7 has learned the FBI has arrested Midlander Jenny Cudd for rioting at the Capitol last Wednesday.  —  After the riot, Cudd posted about it on her Facebook page, bragging that “we” tore down the doors to Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office.
Discussion: New York Post and Raw Story
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Learning from the Failure of Reconstruction  —  Last Wednesday, January 6th, a day after Georgia elected its first Black senator, a mob encouraged by Donald Trump and his false claims of election fraud stormed Capitol Hill, resulting in at least five deaths.
CBS News:
Majority back impeachment and are concerned about more D.C. violence — CBS News poll  —  Even as they widely condemn the violence at the Capitol last week, Americans say there could be more in the days to come: 74% think it at least somewhat likely that there could be more acts …
Washington Post:
New research shows the connection between political victimhood and White support for Trump  —  Victims feel like victims regardless of their actual privilege.  —  At a Dec. 5 rally in Valdosta, Ga., President Trump told the crowd: “We're all victims.  Everybody here.  All these thousands of people here tonight.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Ben Weingarten / The Federalist:
Democrats Are Using The Recent Capitol Riot To Consolidate Power  —  America's Cold Civil War will only heat up as those with all the power take precisely the wrong lessons from the Capitol Hill riot.
Rebecca Tan / Washington Post:
A Black officer faced down a mostly White mob at the Capitol.  Meet Eugene Goodman.  —  It was a video clip that captured not only the terror of the day, but the values at stake: a lone Black police officer in the marble halls of the U.S. Capitol building, facing down a mob of mostly White rioters …
Discussion: KVIA-TV
Anne F. Harris / Grinnell College:
Rep. Tom Cole Voluntarily Relinquishes Honorary Degree  —  The insurrection of January 6 in the nation's capital and its aftermath continue to reveal how the words and actions of individuals and groups can safeguard or undermine democracy.  The acts of those who supported or otherwise gave credence …
Discussion: The College Fix, The Hill and Raw Story
Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:
How Democrats Learned From November And Won In Georgia  —  A sharper economic message and a massive ground game helped the party win both Georgia runoffs and control of the Senate.  —  By the end of election week in November, Democrats' hopes of winning a sizable majority in the U.S. Senate had fallen apart.
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Donnelle Eller / Des Moines Register:
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Teo Armus / Washington Post:
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Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
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 Earlier Items: 
Laurence Norman / Wall Street Journal:
Iran Is Assembling Gear Able to Produce Key Nuclear-Weapons Material
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Katie Meyer / WHYY:
Mastriano campaign spent thousands on buses ahead of D.C. insurrection
Discussion: Daily Kos
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Four years ago, I wondered if the media could handle Trump. Now we know.
Hailey Fuchs / New York Times:
U.S. Executes Lisa Montgomery for 2004 Murder
Jeremy Redmon / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia man arrested following Capitol insurrection has died by suicide
Discussion: New York Post and Forbes