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5:30 PM ET, January 13, 2021

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CNN:
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 …
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Politico:
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: ABC News and MSNBC
CNN:
Top White House adviser Hicks no longer works at the White House, a previously planned departure  —  Who is Hope Hicks?  (2020)  —  (CNN)Hope Hicks' last day in the White House was Tuesday, multiple sources familiar with the matter tell CNN, a final departure planned before the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.
National Review:
An Impeachable Offense  —  T  —  here is no doubt that Donald Trump has committed an impeachable offense.  —  He urged a crowd to march on the U.S. Capitol and pressure his vice president and Congress to abuse their authority and overturn the results of a free and fair election that he happened to lose.
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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” …
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
How Mitch McConnell could do maximum damage to Trump right now
Axios:
Top Republicans want Trump done — forevermore
Wall Street Journal:
Trump to Face Impeachment Vote Over Capitol Riot
Washington Post:
Live updates: In bipartisan rebuke, House votes to impeach Trump an unprecedented second time, on a charge of ‘inciting violence’
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
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Liz Peek / The Hill:
Twitter trashes conservatives as @Jack gloats — this won't end well for Twitter  —  Twitter's take-down of President Trump and his supporters from its platform is not about preventing violence.  It is about stifling dissent and is an insult to every American who cherishes freedom of speech.
Politico:
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 …
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Nicholas Katzban / NorthJersey.com:
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 …
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 …
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Ben Leonard / Politico:
AOC: GOP lawmakers fearful of threats if they impeach Trump are privileged  —  The progressive lawmaker has said that death threats are “a normal part of [her] existence.”  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks with reporters.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Wednesday that Republicans fearful …
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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
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CBS New York:
Queens Man Eduard Florea Arrested After Allegedly Plotting Another U.S. Capitol Attack
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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.
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.”
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 …
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 …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Election deniers in state Senate stripped of chairmanships  —  By Jim Galloway - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Greg Bluestein - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tia Mitchell - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Patricia Murphy - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  —  It's payback time.
Discussion: Bloomberg
David Brand / Queens News:
Queens man impeached — again  —  A Queens-born real estate developer made history Wednesday when he became the first U.S. president ever impeached twice by the House of Representatives.  —  Donald Trump, a 74-year-old lame duck Republican, is accused of inciting a lethal mob of far-right supporters …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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: ABC News, The Hill, Forbes and Mediaite
Public Citizen:
Report: Corporate and Trade Association PACs Gave $170 million to Lawmakers Who Voted to Disenfranchise Voters  —  Public Citizen Calls on Corporations to Exit the Business of Influencing Elections  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - An analysis released today by Public Citizen shows, since 2016 …
Discussion: The Hill and CBS News
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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Reuters:
U.S. ‘insurrectionists’ should be added to no-fly list, top Senate Democrat says
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Kim Chandler / Associated Press:
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Albert Hunt / The Hill:
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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
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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
Scott Pickey / KOSA:
FIRST ON CBS7: FBI arrests Jenny Cudd for rioting at Capitol
Discussion: New York Post and Raw Story
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