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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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New York Times:
McConnell is said to be pleased about impeachment, believing it will be easier to purge Trump from the G.O.P.  —  Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, has told associates that he believes President Trump committed impeachable offenses and that he is pleased that Democrats are moving to impeach him …
Mark Weiner / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Rep. John Katko becomes first House Republican to back Trump impeachment  —  Washington - U.S. Rep. John Katko said today he will vote to impeach President Donald Trump for inciting a riot last week at the U.S. Capitol.  —  Katko, R-Camillus, is the first House Republican to acknowledge …
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Republicans protest, circumvent security checkpoint at Capitol  —  Several Republican lawmakers complained about the extra layer of security to enter the House floor on Tuesday, which was put in place by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after last week's deadly riot at the Capitol.
CNN:
McConnell believes impeachment push will help rid Trump from the GOP, but has not said if he will vote to convict
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
McConnell believes Trump committed impeachable offenses, supports Democrats' impeachment efforts: Report
Associated Press:
Fury at the shaken Capitol over the attack, security, virus
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 …
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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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” …
Washington Post:
FBI report warned of ‘war’ at Capitol, contradicting claims there was no indication of looming violence  —  A day before rioters stormed Congress, an FBI office in Virginia issued an explicit internal warning that extremists were preparing to travel to Washington to commit violence and “war …
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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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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: Forbes, New York Post and WXIA-TV
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 …
Discussion: Fox News, Business Insider and The Wrap
Washington Post:
Secret Service launches massive security operation to protect Biden inauguration  —  The Secret Service and federal law enforcement agencies are spending the final days of the Trump administration bracing for a possible violent assault against the Jan. 20 inauguration, launching a security mobilization …
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New York Times:   Pentagon to Arm National Guard Troops Deploying to Capitol for Inauguration
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 …
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 …
Congressman Mo Brooks:
Congressman Mo Brooks Rebuts Vicious & Scurrilous Fake News Media and Socialist Democrat Attacks  —  Washington, DC— Tuesday,Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) issued the below statement in response to scurrilous Fake News Media and Socialist Democrat attacks related to his January 6th “Save America” rally speech:
Grant Stern / Occupy Democrats:
Capitol Hill Trump rally organizer Ali Alexander goes into hiding, raises $20k on Christian crowdfunding site  —  The public face of Trump's Stop the Steal rallies is using a Christian crowdfunding website to try and raise $40,000 for his personal expenses in the wake of the insurrection …
J. Michael Luttig / Washington Post:
Once Trump leaves office, the Senate can't hold an impeachment trial  —  J. Michael Luttig served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit from 1991 to 2006.  —  It appears that even if the House of Representatives impeaches President Trump this week …
New York Times:
Olympic Gold Medalist Was Part of Crowd That Invaded Capitol  —  Klete Keller, who won swimming medals in three Summer Games, was captured on video inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda during last week's violent election protest.  —  Klete Keller, a champion swimmer who won two Olympic gold medals …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Luxembourg, EU snub Pompeo in final Europe trip, diplomats say  —  BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancelled his Europe trip at the last minute on Tuesday after Luxembourg's foreign minister and top European Union officials declined to meet him …
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
Francesca Bacardi / Page Six:
Bruce Willis asked to leave store for ‘refusing’ to wear a mask  —  He'd rather live free.  —  Bruce Willis was asked to leave a Los Angeles Rite Aid on Monday after he refused to wear a mask, a spy tells Page Six.  —  The spy says people inside the store became upset that Willis, 65 …
Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers Were Feet and Seconds Away From Confrontation With the Mob in the Capitol  —  The rioters shouted they were searching for lawmakers; some made a narrow escape  —  With rioters ransacking the Capitol, Rep. Jim Himes hunkered in the visitors' gallery overlooking the House chamber.
Discussion: HotAir
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 …
Discussion: HuffPost and Metro.co.uk
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
Gizmodo:
Parler Users Breached Deep Inside U.S. Capitol Building, GPS Data Shows  —  At least several users of the far-right social network Parler appear to be among the hoard of rioters that managed to penetrate deep inside the U.S. Capitol building and into areas normally restricted to the public …
Jordan Davidson / The Federalist:
The Biggest Gun Forum On The Planet Was Just Kicked Off The Internet Without Explanation  —  “ARFCOM IS DOWN.  We've been booted from GoDaddy and are looking for an alternative solution,” the site announced Monday afternoon on Twitter. … The swift termination by internet host GoDaddy …
Discussion: Axios and Big League Politics
Jessica Toomer / UPROXX:
John Fetterman Is Not Mincing Words About MAGA Coup-Enabler Josh Hawley, Whose Soul He Says Is ‘Dipped In Dogsh*t’  —  Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman is a verified Shakespeare when it comes to crafting articulate, downright eloquent takedowns of the worst GOP members.
Discussion: Raw Story
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
McConnell is already sabotaging Biden's presidency  —  The Senate hasn't held a single confirmation hearing on Biden's nominees.  That's not normal.  —  Traditionally, after a presidential election, the Senate spends the period between when new senators are sworn in on January 3 …
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
Fox Runs the GOP.  And Fox Wants War.  —  SICK PEOPLE … Republicans have a truly remarkable capacity to see themselves as victims even at the moment when they are beating people to death with flagpoles and fire extinguishers.  —  On Wednesday, Jan. 6, Donald Trump told the group gathered …
Sam Kiley / CNN:
Israel isn't a democracy, it's an ‘apartheid regime,’ rights group says  —  Jerusalem (CNN)Israel is no longer a democracy but an “apartheid regime” devoted to cementing the supremacy of Jews over Palestinians, the country's best-known human rights group said in a report published Tuesday.
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Biden inaugural returns cash from ex-senator-turned-foreign agent  —  President-elect Joe Biden's inaugural committee will refund a donation from former Sen. Barbara Boxer after the California Democrat registered as a foreign agent for a Chinese surveillance firm accused of abetting …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The President Deliberately Withheld Aid to Combat the Insurrection  —  There is a simple chain of events that even news outlets doing the best work are still tiptoeing around.  After President Trump gave his speech to the insurrectionists on Wednesday he returned to the White House …
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 …
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Public Radio Group Criticizes New York Times Over ‘Caliphate’ Correction  —  A letter signed by executives at 26 stations carrying “The Daily” accuses The Times of ethical lapses.  A high-level Times editor acknowledges mistakes.  —  Nearly a month after The New York Times announced that the 2018 podcast …
Molly McKew / Great Power:
Autocracy ascends the cracks of democracy  —  Enough already.  It's time to find a way ahead.  —  3 hr ago  —  This is the introduction to Order from Chaos: The Architecture of American Renewal Comes from a Mindset of Grey-Zone Superiority — a Great Power monograph which will be published in 5 parts between January 12-17.
The Hill:
Four things Democrats should do in Biden's first 100 days  —  With the special election in Georgia concluded, Democrats completed their unlikely journey to total control of the government in Washington.  Joe Biden soon will be sworn in as our next president, and Democrats have retained narrow control …
 
 
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