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10:10 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
New York Times:
McConnell is said to be pleased about impeachment, believing it will be easier to purge Trump from the G.O.P.
Mark Weiner / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Rep. John Katko becomes first House Republican to back Trump impeachment
Chris Hayes / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Your guide to impeachment day
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
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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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 …
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 …
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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 and Forbes
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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Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:
Ivanka Trump Apparently Thinks She's Going to Ride This Insurrection Out and Be President One Day  —  The first daughter seems to believe she can emerge from all this unscathed.  —  When Donald Trump was improbably elected president in 2016, his eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, and his son-in-law …
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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Transition / President-Elect Joe Biden:
President-elect Biden Announces Ambassador Samantha Power as His Nominee for USAID Administrator
Discussion: NPR, Just Security and UPI
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Live updates: House poised to impeach Trump for ‘incitement of insurrection’
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 …
Discussion: HotAir
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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: UPROXX and Forbes
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 …
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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.
Discussion: Morning Consult and Forbes
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
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Washingtonian
Politico:
Biden team plans inauguration night celebrity TV special  —  President-elect Joe Biden's inaugural committee is producing a television special for the night of his inauguration next week in lieu of the normal in-person festivities, an official familiar with the plans told POLITICO.
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.
HuffPost:
Online Police Communities Are Rife With Conspiracies And Support For The Capitol Riot  —  Unable to grasp how Trump supporters could turn against cops, many officers are blaming antifa for the deadly violence.  Others joined the riot themselves.  —  In the week since a mob laid siege …
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.
Discussion: Election Law Blog and The Hill
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 …
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Dems want to bring down anyone who ever backed Trump  —  In December of 2019, President Trump tweeted a picture of himself bracketed by an unpunctuated caption.  —  “In reality they're not after me” it read.  “They're after you I'm just in the way.”  —  I wrote then that the tweet …
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
Washington Post:
Republicans want reconciliation.  Here's what they need to do first.  —  A WEEK after the shocking Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol by an angry mob, Republicans are suddenly calling for unity.  “We must work together to lower the temperature and unite the country,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.).
 
 
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Rebecca Tan / Washington Post:
A lone Black officer faced down a mob at the Capitol. Meet Eugene Goodman.
Discussion: KVIA-TV
Grace Segers / CBS News:
Joint Chiefs remind military of duty to support and defend Constitution
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC New York:
Suspended MTA Worker Arrested by FBI For Role in Capitol Riot
Mike Ives / New York Times:
Covid-19 Live Updates: Distracted by D.C. Political Crisis, U.S. Sets Daily Record for Virus Deaths
David Folkenflik / NPR:
After Deadly Capitol Riot, Fox News Stays Silent On Stars' Incendiary Rhetoric
William Voegeli / City Journal:
On the Ground … Many things are complicated—but not everything.
Discussion: Power Line
 Earlier Items: 
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