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4:30 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 …
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: 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
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
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
Liz Peek / The Hill:
Twitter trashes conservatives as @Jack gloats — this won't end well for Twitter
Interior spokesman ordered employees to promote Trump's Twitter during 2020 campaign
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 …
Dems demand details of ‘suspicious’ Capitol visitors day before attack  —  More than 30 House Democrats are demanding information from Capitol security officials about “suspicious” visitors at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 5 — a day before violent insurrectionists swarmed the building …
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
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 …
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 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
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 …
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.”
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.
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 …
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
The ‘Late Impeachment’ Question  —  Precedent and purpose cut against the argument that the Constitution bars lawmakers from holding an impeachment trial after Trump leaves office.  —  ichael Luttig is an estimable conservative legal thinker who used to be a federal judge.
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.
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Airbnb canceling and blocking DC reservations during inauguration week  — Airbnb is canceling and blocking future reservations in the Washington, D.C., metro area during the week of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, the company said Wednesday.  — Guests who had reserved a place will be refunded in full, the company said.
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.
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Biden's new challenge: Holding Trump accountable  —  The moves to hold Donald Trump accountable for trying to subvert the presidential election are proceeding with stunning speed, though there is no consensus among his critics on which is the most effective.
Geneva Sands / CNN:
Trump bears some responsibility for Capitol riot, ex-DHS acting Secretary Chad Wolf says  —  (CNN)Chad Wolf, who resigned as Homeland Security acting secretary two days ago, said Wednesday that President Donald Trump bears some responsibility for the events at the US Capitol last week.
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
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
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 …
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Taylor Haney / NPR:
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Ben Weingarten / The Federalist:
Democrats Are Using The Recent Capitol Riot To Consolidate Power
Donnelle Eller / Des Moines Register:
‘His manhood is at issue’: Trump's former chief of staff John Kelly says president can't admit making mistake
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
New research shows the connection between political victimhood and White support for Trump
Discussion: Mother Jones
Teo Armus / Washington Post:
A ‘Stop the Steal’ organizer, now banned by Twitter, said three GOP lawmakers helped plan his D.C. rally
 Earlier Items: 
Laurence Norman / Wall Street Journal:
Iran Is Assembling Gear Able to Produce Key Nuclear-Weapons Material
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Learning from the Failure of Reconstruction
Rebecca Tan / Washington Post:
A Black officer faced down a mostly White mob at the Capitol. Meet Eugene Goodman.
Discussion: KVIA-TV
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Four years ago, I wondered if the media could handle Trump. Now we know.
Jeremy Redmon / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia man arrested following Capitol insurrection has died by suicide
Discussion: New York Post and Forbes