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1:25 PM 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 …
New York Times:
Debate Begins After Effort Clears a Procedural Hurdle
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
GOP Sen. Tim Scott opposes impeaching Trump
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 …
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Mikie Sherrill says unidentified lawmakers led ‘reconnaissance’ tours ahead of Capitol attack  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) said Tuesday that she witnessed colleagues escorting people through the Capitol on Jan. 5 for what she described as “reconnaissance” …
NBC News:
Republicans protest, circumvent new metal detectors inside Capitol after riot
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 …
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
Chris Isidore / CNN:
New York City moves to end contracts with the Trump Organization
Discussion: The Hill, KVIA-TV and The Root
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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Jason L. Riley / Wall Street Journal:
This Time, Trump's Impeachment Is Warranted
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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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
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NBC New York:
Suspended MTA Worker Arrested by FBI For Role in Capitol Riot
Discussion: Hamodia
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 …
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John Dias / CBS New York:
Queens Man Edward Florea Arrested After Allegedly Plotting Another U.S. Capitol Attack
Discussion: Raw Story
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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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Live updates: House poised to impeach Trump for ‘incitement of insurrection’
Transition / President-Elect Joe Biden:
President-elect Biden Announces Ambassador Samantha Power as His Nominee for USAID Administrator
Discussion: NPR, Just Security, The Daily Caller and UPI
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 …
Discussion: Business Insider
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.
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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 …
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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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.
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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.
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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.
Rebecca Tan / Washington Post:
A Black officer faced down a mostly White mob at the Capitol.  Meet Eugene Goodman.  —  It was a video clip that captured not only the terror of the day, but the values at stake: a lone Black police officer in the marble halls of the U.S. Capitol building, facing down a mob of mostly White rioters …
Discussion: KVIA-TV
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.
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Learning from the Failure of Reconstruction  —  Last Wednesday, January 6th, a day after Georgia elected its first Black senator, a mob encouraged by Donald Trump and his false claims of election fraud stormed Capitol Hill, resulting in at least five deaths.
 
 
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Scott Pickey / KOSA:
FIRST ON CBS7: FBI arrests Jenny Cudd for rioting at Capitol
Discussion: Raw Story
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
'This isn't the final chapter': Analyst warns, again, about rise of right-wing extremists
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Apple:
Apple launches major new Racial Equity and Justice Initiative projects to challenge systemic racism, advance racial equity nationwide
Katie Meyer / WHYY:
Mastriano campaign spent thousands on buses ahead of D.C. insurrection
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Dems want to bring down anyone who ever backed Trump
 Earlier Items: 
David Folkenflik / NPR:
After Deadly Capitol Riot, Fox News Stays Silent On Stars' Incendiary Rhetoric
CBS News:
Majority back impeachment and are concerned about more D.C. violence — CBS News poll
Discussion: Washington Post and HotAir
Mickey Edwards / The Bulwark:
A Republican Journey  —  A longtime GOP member of Congress bids his party goodbye.  —  It was 1958.
Jeremy Redmon / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia man arrested following Capitol insurrection has died by suicide
Discussion: New York Post and Forbes