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8:20 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 …
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, Axios and New York Times
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
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
The Daily Beast:
Trump Spends Last Days Self-Soothing With MAGA-Happy Polls
Discussion: Raw Story, The Guardian and Axios
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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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.
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
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.
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.
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Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
Eyes on Pelosi as Trump impeachment trial timing up in the air
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 …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Senate postpones confirmation hearing for Biden intel pick Avril Haines  —  The Senate Intelligence Committee has postponed a confirmation hearing — originally scheduled for Friday — for President-elect Biden's nominee for director of national intelligence, Avril Haines, until next week.
Discussion: Politico
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NBC News:   Confirmation hearing for Biden's national intelligence chief abruptly postponed
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
boebert.house.gov:
Rep. Boebert Calls Out Rep. Maloney's Lies  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Contact: Boebert.Press@mail.house.gov  —  Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (CO-03) called out U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney:  —  “Yesterday, on national television …
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
Tobias Hoonhout / National Review:
Jacob Blake Himself Blows Up ‘Unarmed’ Media Narrative  —  In his first television interview since being shot in the back by police, Jacob Blake admitted that he not only had a knife in his possession at the time of the shooting, but also “dropped” it before picking it up again.
Discussion: ABC News and HotAir
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.
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
Jessica Jerreat / Voice of America:
Whistleblowers Demand VOA Director Resign Over Pompeo Speech, Staff Moves  —  WASHINGTON - Twenty-six journalists have demanded that Voice of America's director resign after a series of alleged retaliatory measures and firewall violations culminated in the reassignment of one of VOA's most high-profile reporters.
 
 
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Scott Detrow / NPR:
With Impeachment Trial And Relief Plan On Deck, Harris Stresses Need To ‘Multitask’
Matt Bruenig / People's Policy Project:
Now Is the Time for an American Child Benefit
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
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
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Orders U.S. Military Reorganization Favored by Pro-Israel Groups
Discussion: Hamodia
Meg O'Connor / The Appeal:
THEY TOOK UMBRELLAS TO A BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTEST. THE D.A. HIT THEM WITH GANG CHARGES
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell have disappeared from Fox airwaves
Anne Ryman / Arizona Republic:
Warrant issued for arrest of far-right streamer Tim ‘Baked Alaska’ Gionet after he violates release conditions, fails to show in court
Discussion: Raw Story
Ronan Farrow / New Yorker:
A Former Marine Stormed the Capitol as Part of a Far-Right Militia