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11:25 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 …
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 of Kentucky, the Republican leader, has told associates that he believes President Trump committed impeachable offenses and that he is pleased that Democrats …
Chris Hayes / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Your guide to impeachment day
Mark Weiner / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Rep. John Katko becomes first House Republican to back Trump impeachment
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Live updates: House poised to impeach Trump for ‘incitement of insurrection’
New York Times:
Lawmakers Have Begun Debate; Bipartisan Vote Is Expected
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” …
Sarah Mimms / BuzzFeed News:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Said 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: NPR, NBC News and Business Insider
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.
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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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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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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Ko Bragg / The 19th:
Lisa Montgomery becomes first woman to be executed by federal government since 1953
Discussion: Washington Post and The Intercept
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Kojo Nnamdi, long-running Washington radio host, is retiring from daily show after 23 years  —  Kojo Nnamdi, a fixture on Washington's radio airwaves and an influential factor in the region's politics, will retire from his daily program on WAMU-FM, the public station announced Wednesday.
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Elliot C. Williams / DCist:
Kojo Nnamdi Show To End Production This Spring After 23 Years On Air
Discussion: Washingtonian
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 …
Discussion: Financial Times and Foreign Policy
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Transition / President-Elect Joe Biden:
President-elect Biden Announces Ambassador Samantha Power as His Nominee for USAID Administrator
Discussion: NPR, The Daily Caller, Just Security and UPI
Jason L. Riley / Wall Street Journal:
This Time, Trump's Impeachment Is Warranted  —  Republicans should worry more about what's right for the country than their own electoral futures.  —  On a business trip down South some years ago, I checked into the hotel and emailed my wife, who was back in New York.
Discussion: Foreign Policy and USA Today
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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.
WAVY-TV:
Hampton Roads man who wore ‘Camp Auschwitz’ sweatshirt at Capitol riot arrested  —  HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY/NEXSTAR) — A man from Hampton Roads photographed wearing a sweatshirt with the words “Camp Auschwitz” during the U.S. Capitol insurrection last Wednesday is in custody.
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NBC New York:   Suspended MTA Worker Arrested by FBI For Role in Capitol Riot
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
Rebecca Tan / Washington Post:
A lone Black officer faced down a 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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
 
 
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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
Katie Meyer / WHYY:
Mastriano campaign spent thousands on buses ahead of D.C. insurrection
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: Google pausing all political ads following Capitol siege
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Dems want to bring down anyone who ever backed Trump
David Folkenflik / NPR:
After Deadly Capitol Riot, Fox News Stays Silent On Stars' Incendiary Rhetoric
 Earlier Items: 
Mickey Edwards / The Bulwark:
A Republican Journey  —  A longtime GOP member of Congress bids his party goodbye.  —  It was 1958.
Bari Weiss / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Names Impeachment Managers