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9:30 AM ET, January 13, 2021

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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” …
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Axios:
Top Republicans want Trump done — forevermore  —  Top Republicans want to bury President Trump, for good.  But they are divided whether to do it with one quick kill via impeachment, or let him slowly fade away.  — A House impeachment vote, which would make Trump the first president …
Jason L. Riley / Wall Street Journal:
This Time, Trump's Impeachment Is Warranted  —  Republicans should worry more about what's right for the country than their own electoral futures.  —  On a business trip down South some years ago, I checked into the hotel and emailed my wife, who was back in New York.
Discussion: Foreign Policy
Chris Hayes / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Your guide to impeachment day  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Good morning from New York on this, the first-ever second impeachment day in American history.  I'm Chris Hayes and I host a nightly TV show on MSNBC called “All In” that airs at 8 p.m. ET and a weekly podcast called “Why Is This Happening.”
Mark Weiner / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Rep. John Katko becomes first House Republican to back Trump impeachment
New York Times:
McConnell is said to be pleased about impeachment, believing it will be easier to purge Trump from the G.O.P.
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Even McConnell Is Happy to See Trump Impeached
New York Times:
Live Updates: House Set to Impeach Trump After Pence Rejects Call to Strip His Powers
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
McConnell believes Trump committed impeachable offenses, supports Democrats' impeachment efforts: Report
New York Times:
McConnell Privately Backs Impeachment as House Moves to Charge Trump
CNN:
McConnell believes impeachment push will help rid Trump from the GOP, but has not said if he will vote to convict
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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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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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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Axios
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Bernard Condon / Associated Press:
Trump business backlash part of ‘cancel culture,’ son says  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The PGA canceled its tournament at his golf course.  Banks say they won't lend to him anymore.  New York City is looking to end his contract to operate the Central Park skating rink.
Discussion: Political Wire
ABC News:
NYC to terminate Trump contracts after Capitol insurrection
Discussion: Politico
Sarah Mimms / BuzzFeed News:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says She Had A “Very Close Encounter” On The Day The Capitol Was Stormed And Thought She Would Die  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an Instagram Live on Tuesday night that she had a “very close encounter” on Jan. 6, the day of the violent insurrection …
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Andrea Mitchell / NBC News:
Biden to nominate Samantha Power to lead foreign aid agency  —  WASHINGTON — Signaling a dramatic new direction for U.S. foreign assistance, President-elect Joe Biden is expected to announce Wednesday that he will nominate former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power to head the U.S. Agency …
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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 …
Discussion: Forbes
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Trump's approval rating craters in final days  —  Tarnished by last week's riot at the Capitol, Donald Trump is ending his presidency with his lowest-ever poll numbers.  —  A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll pegs Trump's approval at just 34 percent, the lowest in four years of tracking opinions of the president's job performance.
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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Quint Forgey / Politico:
‘Depraved’: Rep. Jason Crow condemns Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's rhetoric ahead of impeachment vote
Discussion: Associated Press and Mediaite
Jeremy Redmon / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia man arrested following Capitol insurrection has died by suicide  —  Investigators: Christopher Georgia killed by a gunshot wound  —  An Alpharetta man who was among those arrested following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday has killed himself, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office.
Discussion: New York Post and Forbes
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Four years ago, I wondered if the media could handle Trump.  Now we know.  —  One way or another, Donald Trump will soon be gone from the White House.  And that, to quote Prince Hamlet, is “a consummation devoutly to be wished.”  —  As the remaining moments dwindle, I find myself thinking back to Nov. 8, 2016.
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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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 …
Discussion: HotAir
Elliot C. Williams / DCist:
Kojo Nnamdi Show To End Production This Spring After 23 Years On Air  —  The Kojo Nnamdi Show's 23-year-run on WAMU will end this spring, the station announced today.  The last live show will air Thursday, April 1.  Nnamdi will continue to host The Politics Hour on Fridays and he will host a series of live events for the station.
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 …
Discussion: 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:
Hailey Fuchs / New York Times:
U.S. Executes Lisa Montgomery for 2004 Murder  —  She was the first woman to be put to death by the federal government since 1953 and had been the only woman on federal death row.  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration early Wednesday morning executed Lisa M. Montgomery …
Mickey Edwards / The Bulwark:
A Republican Journey  —  A longtime GOP member of Congress bids his party goodbye.  —  It was 1958.  I had turned 21, just a year past graduation from the University of Oklahoma, member of the student senate, one of the “Ruf-Neks” who lead the football team onto the field at the start of every Sooners game.
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
 
 
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Meg Tirrell / CNBC:
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Discussion: Business Insider and Reuters
David Marcus / New York Post:
The threats and violence Twitter won't police
William Voegeli / City Journal:
On the Ground … Many things are complicated—but not everything.
Discussion: Power Line
Georgia Wells / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube Suspends President Trump's Account
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Jessica Toomer / UPROXX:
John Fetterman Is Not Mincing Words About MAGA Coup-Enabler Josh Hawley, Whose Soul He Says Is ‘Dipped In Dogsh*t’
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Olympic Gold Medalist Was Part of Crowd That Invaded Capitol