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8:40 AM ET, January 15, 2021

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CNN:
Trump explodes at Nixon comparisons as he prepares to leave office  —  (CNN)In his final days in office, President Donald Trump has found the parts of the job he loved replaced by cold legal warnings, forced video addresses and a shrinking circle of downtrodden aides, all anxiously wondering …
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Bloomberg:
Trump Plans to Live at Mar-a-Lago, Employ Some Current Aides  — Some Palm Beach residents don't want him as permanent neighbor  — Bidens accept invitation to Blair House before inauguration  —  Donald Trump plans to fly to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida the morning of Joe Biden's inauguration …
Cristina Cabrera / Talking Points Memo:
Report: Trump Aides Putting Together Goodbye Crowd For Outgoing POTUS On Inauguration Day
Discussion: Business Insider
Hans Nichols / Axios:   Scoop: Anita Dunn to join Biden White House as senior adviser
Randy Krehbiel / Tulsa World:
Sen. James Lankford apologizes to Black Tulsans for questioning presidential election results … U.S. Sen. James Lankford apologized to Black Tulsans on Thursday for not recognizing that his involvement in questioning presidential election results would offend them.
Discussion: The Hill, New York Times and Axios
Washington Post:
Post-ABC poll: Overwhelming opposition to Capitol attacks, majority support for preventing Trump from serving again  —  The vast majority of Americans say they oppose the actions of the rioters who stormed and ransacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, while smaller majorities say President Trump bears responsibility …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
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Gary Langer / ABC News:
With partial blame for the Capitol attack, majority favors barring Trump from office  —  Fifty-four percent also say Trump should be charged with inciting a riot.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  Drew Angerer/Getty Images, FILE
Reuters:
U.S. says Capitol rioters meant to ‘capture and assassinate’ officials-filing  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors offered an ominous new assessment of last week's siege of the U.S. Capitol by President Donald Trump's supporters on Thursday, saying in a court filing that rioters intended …
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Lawmakers who conspired with Capitol attackers in legal peril  —  Lawmakers who interacted with the pro-Trump protesters who rioted at the Capitol last week could face criminal charges and will almost certainly come under close scrutiny in the burgeoning federal investigation into the assault, former prosecutors said.
Discussion: The Hill
Reuters:   Arrested Capitol rioters had guns and bombs, everyday careers and Olympic medals
New York Magazine:
Ted Cruz's Former Staffers Are ‘Disgusted’ by His New Low for Trump  —  Ted Cruz h as long had a public reputation as an unctuous asshole.  Even so, his staffers have tended to hold him in high regard as a kind and geeky man who treated his underlings well even while his fellow senators loathed him.
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Diminished Trump leaves a vacuum for 2024 hopefuls  —  President Donald Trump's would-be Republican successors see an opening.  —  As the politically diminished president prepares to leave office following a deadly pro-Trump riot at the Capitol and an impeachment vote backed by 10 GOP House members …
New York Times:
400,000 More U.S. Deaths Than Normal Since Covid-19 Struck  —  U.S.A.WorldHealth  —  Latest Maps and Data Vaccine Doses Your Places Hospitals National Death Toll Colleges and Universities Restrictions  —  Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Washington …
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Wall Street Journal:   The Covid-19 Death Toll Is Even Worse Than It Looks
NBC News:
Confirmation hearing for Biden's national intelligence chief abruptly postponed  —  The first confirmation hearing for one of President-elect Joe Biden's crucial cabinet posts has been abruptly rescheduled, the ranking members of the Senate Intelligence Committee said on Thursday.
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
Senate postpones confirmation hearing for Biden intel pick Avril Haines
Discussion: Politico
Benjy Sarlin / NBC News:
Some Democrats in Congress are worried their colleagues might kill them  —  WASHINGTON — In the aftermath of last week's deadly assault on the Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump, members of Congress are expressing something once unthinkable: that some of their own colleagues may be endangering their lives.
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Alabama senator suggests delaying the inauguration — not realizing the date is in the Constitution: report  —  On Thursday, WKRG reported that Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) suggested pushing back the inauguration date for President-elect Joe Biden during an interview in which he also claimed …
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CBS 42:
Sen. Tommy Tuberville says President's impeachment ‘makes no sense’
Discussion: Washington Post and HuffPost
Trone Dowd / VICE:
The Guy Who Flew a Confederate Flag in the Capitol Has Predictably Surrendered  —  His son allegedly bragged about being part of the riot.  —  TD  —  The man who brought a confederate flag into the Capitol during the insurrection last week has, predictably, surrendered.
Jake Bleiberg / Associated Press:
Prosecutor: Capitol rioter aimed ‘to take hostages’  —  FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A retired Air Force officer who was part of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week carried plastic zip-tie handcuffs because he intended “to take hostages,” a prosecutor said in a Texas court on Thursday.
CNN:
I've had it with interviewing Trump supporters who go off the deep end  —  Alisyn Camerota is a CNN anchor and co-host of CNN's morning show, “New Day.”  The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.  View more opinion articles on CNN.
Business Insider:
Trump administration staffers are getting snubbed while hunting for jobs.  One recruiter tried to place six of them and couldn't land any interviews. … - Departing Trump White House communications staff are getting the cold shoulder from some corners of the job market.
Washington Examiner:
Schumer's left-wing Senate wish list should be dead on arrival  —  To hear incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tell it, the nation is crying out for $2,000 checks to stimulate the economy, on the one hand, and radical climate legislation that will cripple it, on the other.
Luke Mogelson / New Yorker:
Among the Insurrectionists  —  The Capitol was breached by Trump supporters who had been declaring, at rally after rally, that they would go to violent lengths to keep the President in power.  A chronicle of an attack foretold.  —  By the end of President Donald Trump's crusade against American democracy …
Jenna McLaughlin / Yahoo News:
Exclusive: Large bitcoin payments to right-wing activists a month before Capitol riot linked to foreign account  —  WASHINGTON — On Dec. 8, someone made a simultaneous transfer of 28.15 bitcoins — worth more than $500,000 at the time — to 22 different virtual wallets …
Politico:
Online extremists are ignoring Trump's call for calm  —  President Donald Trump has instructed his followers to not engage in political violence following the deadly riots on the Capitol on Jan 6.  But the video in which he made the plea has barely made a dent in the groundswell of extremism …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Dozens of people on FBI terrorist watch list came to D.C. the day of Capitol riot  —  Dozens of people on a terrorist watch list were in Washington for pro-Trump events Jan. 6, a day that ended in a chaotic crime rampage when a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, according to people familiar …
Politico:
Biden inauguration rehearsal is postponed due to security threats  —  A rehearsal for Joe Biden's inauguration scheduled for Sunday has been postponed because of security concerns, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.  —  After last week's riots in Washington …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Orders U.S. Military Reorganization Favored by Pro-Israel Groups  —  Defense policy move is latest step by administration to shape Middle East agenda for Biden  —  President Trump has ordered that the major U.S. military command for the Middle East be expanded to include Israel …
Discussion: Hamodia
Amos Harel / Haaretz:
Analysis |  A Massive Syria Strike, and an Israeli Message to Biden  —  Besides an apparent renewed effort to disrupt Iran's attempt to move arms and militias through Iraq and Syria, there's the message that Israel will continue to strike regardless of the new president's Iran policy
Discussion: Middle East Monitor
USA Today:
Joe Biden is putting a bunch of retreads in his Cabinet.  That's a massive relief.  —  Our View: President-elect is picking a White House team that will have to undo the floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall havoc Donald Trump's leaving behind.  —  The Editorial Board … Some presidents hire teams of rivals.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Seth Rich conspiracy theorists retract and apologize for false statements as they settle lawsuit  —  New York (CNN Business)A businessman and a fringe internet activist who each played key roles in the conspiracy theory about Seth Rich, the slain Democratic National Committee staffer whose death …
KMOV-TV:
‘QAnon Shaman’ hires St. Louis attorney Al Watkins, seeks pardon for following Trump's ‘invitation’  —  PHOTOS: Jacob Anthony Chansley, aka Jake Angeli … Jake Angeli, whose legal name is Jacob Anthony Chansley, was taken into custody Saturday in Arizona.
Discussion: Washington Times
Mark Morales / CNN:
‘Kill him with his own gun’: Police describe facing the mob at the Capitol  —  Disturbing footage shows officer pinned as rioters rush Capitol door  —  Washington (CNN)As DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone lay on the ground at the US Capitol building, stunned and injured …
Washington Post:
The $3,000-a-month toilet for the Ivanka Trump/Jared Kushner Secret Service detail  —  Many U.S. Secret Service agents have stood guard in Washington's elite Kalorama neighborhood, home over the years to Cabinet secretaries and former presidents.  Those agents have had to worry about death threats …
Christopher Spata / Tampa Bay Times:
Tampa Bay singer used voice for screaming during Capitol riot  —  Audrey Ann Southard spent years helping kids find their creative voices and strengthening her own.The Spring Hill vocal coach and piano teacher sang like an angel when she posted videos of herself crooning Norah Jones …
Discussion: New York Post
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
Politico brought Ben Shapiro on as a ‘Playbook’ guest author to bring balance.  It brought a backlash instead.  —  The platform given to the right-wing pundit enraged Politico staffers, forcing a top editor to defend the choice.  —  Top editors at Politico thought they would mix things …
Associated Press:
Capitol rioters included highly trained ex-military and cops  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump's supporters massed outside the Capitol last week and sang the national anthem, a line of men wearing olive-drab helmets and body armor trudged purposefully up the marble stairs in a single-file line …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
 
 
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Scott Detrow / NPR:
With Impeachment Trial And Relief Plan On Deck, Harris Stresses Need To ‘Multitask’
Tobias Hoonhout / National Review:
Jacob Blake Himself Blows Up ‘Unarmed’ Media Narrative
Discussion: ABC News and HotAir
boebert.house.gov:
Rep. Boebert Calls Out Rep. Maloney's Lies
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Attacks ‘Vacuous Little Totalitarian Moron’ AOC, Mocks Her Fears During Deadly Capitol Assault
Discussion: HuffPost
Washington Post:
Experts warn of vaccine stumbles ‘out of the gate’ because Trump officials refused to consult with Biden team
Jessica Jerreat / Voice of America:
Whistleblowers Demand VOA Director Resign Over Pompeo Speech, Staff Moves
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Wisconsin justices skeptical of GOP redistricting proposal
 Earlier Items: 
Politico:
Trump wants billions cut from global Covid vaccine distributor
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell have disappeared from Fox airwaves
Dave Levinthal / Business Insider:
Leaked documents show White House blocked a critical government website to recruit election workers during the COVID pandemic and while Trump railed against voter fraud