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6:41 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 fights Trump's ouster as McConnell keeps his options open  —  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 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested he's open to voting to convict the president.
Discussion: The Week, HuffPost, WHTM-TV, Forbes and Raw Story
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 and ABC News
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.
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
House impeaches Trump a second time, but conviction and removal are unlikely  —  The House impeached President Trump for the second time Wednesday, charging him for behavior they believe caused the violent Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol that left five dead, dozens injured, and the historic building defaced and damaged.
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.
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.
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
How Mitch McConnell could do maximum damage to Trump right now
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: McConnell leans toward convicting Trump
Washington Post:
Live updates: In bipartisan rebuke, House votes to impeach Trump an unprecedented second time, on a charge of ‘inciting violence’
Top Republicans want Trump done — forevermore
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
Discussion: Newsweek, CREW and Washington Examiner
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Biden team says US ‘cannot afford gaps in national security leadership,’ urges Senate to confirm nominees
Discussion: Axios and Fox Business
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
Jordan calls on Cheney to step down from House leadership  —  Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) is calling on House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (Wyo.) to be removed from leadership for announcing her plans to vote to impeach President Trump for inciting last week's riot at the Capitol.
Washington Post:
House impeaches Trump with 10 Republicans joining, but Senate plans unclear
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Liz Cheney faces blowback after embracing impeachment
Emmanuel Felton / BuzzFeed News:
Capitol Police Officers Say They Wouldn't Be Surprised If Members Of Congress Helped Plan The Attack  —  After seeing one of their colleagues killed last Wednesday, Capitol Police officers are angry that Republican members of Congress refuse to submit to the security changes put in place since then …
National Guardsmen briefed on IED threat to Capitol  —  National Guard units are being told to prepare for the possibility that improvised explosive devices will be used by individuals plotting to attack the Capitol in the days surrounding the Inauguration, according to two Guardsmen briefed this week.
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 …
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
Barbara Sprunt / NPR:
Rep. Tim Ryan: Probe Underway On Whether Members Gave Capitol Tours To Rioters
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
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
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.
Luke Barr / ABC News:
'The president's words matter': Former acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Forbes
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Pro-Trump Rally Organizer Name-Checks Theory Pushed by Violent Extremists  —  Ali Alexander denies that he was agreeing with advocates for violent social collapse, saying the statement was made in the “context of technology.”  —  CJ  —  The top organizer for last Wednesday's Stop the Steal rally …
ABC News:
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Discussion: New York Times
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
McConnell says he has ‘not made a final decision’ on how he will vote on Trump impeachment
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 …
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 …
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.”
Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wisconsin Senate Republicans block resolution condemning U.S. Capitol assault and affirming Biden victory  —  MADISON - Wisconsin Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked an effort to condemn last week's assault of the U.S. Capitol that left five people dead and police officers beaten and hit with stun guns.
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.
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.
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 …
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Jake Seiner / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: MLB suspends political donations after DC riot
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Kim Chandler / Associated Press:
US Space Command site to be located in Huntsville, Alabama
Discussion: Politico, Fox News and WTOP
Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:
How Democrats Learned From November And Won In Georgia
Jonathan V. Last / Bulwark+:
The Biggest Lie  —  Why “Stop the Steal” poisoned American politics.  —  1 hr ago
Discussion: HotAir
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
Scott Pickey / KOSA:
FIRST ON CBS7: FBI arrests Jenny Cudd for rioting at Capitol
Discussion: New York Post and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Gault / VICE:
The FBI Is Using Baked Alaska's Livestream to Track Down Capitol Hill Rioters
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.
The Boston Globe:
‘It was like looking at evil’: The Capitol attack through the eyes of the Massachusetts delegation