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12:15 PM ET, January 14, 2021

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Washington Post:
Trump is isolated and angry at aides for failing to defend him as he is impeached again  —  When Donald Trump on Wednesday became the first president ever impeached twice in a bipartisan rebuke, he did so as a leader increasingly isolated, sullen and vengeful.
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New York Times:
Under Heavy Pressure, Trump Releases Video Condemning Capitol Siege  —  The video was made public after President Trump was impeached a second time and after he told his followers in the hours following the riot a week ago that “we love you.”  —  Under heavy pressure from his advisers …
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Trump Rants in Near-Empty White House: I'll ‘Never’ Say Biden Won  —  While the president rages at his second impeachment, his staff has lost the will to fight.  —  Late afternoon on Wednesday, President Donald Trump made history, yet again.  For his role in instigating …
Christopher Vondracek / INFORUM:
South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds says Trump could be criminally prosecuted for his role in the ‘insurrection’  —  U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, a South Dakota Republican, joined a growing bipartisan chorus repudiating President Donald Trump's role in inciting a mob that invaded the Capitol a week ago.
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Joshua Jamerson / Wall Street Journal:
Republican Voters Stick by Trump as Some Lawmakers Seek Distance  —  GOP lawmakers such as Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina oppose impeachment while criticizing president  —  MONCKS CORNER, S.C.—Republican elected officials who have criticized President Trump following a mob attack …
Eddie Scarry / Washington Examiner:
Republicans are falling into an impeachment trap
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Nikki Haley's new PAC steers clear of Trump brand
Axios:
It's still Trump's party
Discussion: Opinion Today
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 …
Ben Shapiro / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The real reason most Republicans opposed impeachment  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Howdy from Nashville, y'all!  I'm BEN SHAPIRO, and I host the conservative podcast and radio show “The Ben Shapiro Show”; I'm also editor emeritus of the Daily Wire, husband to a medical doctor …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republicans Oppose Impeachment Because It Makes Them Look Pro-Riot
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Harold N. Bornstein, Trump's Former Personal Physician, Dies at 73  —  He attested that Trump would be the ‘healthiest president ever,’ but was later expelled from the Trump orbit.  —  Dr. Harold N. Bornstein, who for a time was President Donald J. Trump's personal physician and who had attested …
New York Times:
Jaime Harrison Said to Be Pick for Next D.N.C. Chair  —  Mr. Harrison, a veteran of South Carolina politics, was the Democratic nominee against Senator Lindsey Graham and shattered fund-raising records in the race.  —  President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. plans to name Jaime Harrison as his pick …
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Entire National Mall to close on Inauguration Day  —  The entire National Mall will be closed for Inauguration Day, only accessible by media and security personnel, according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive security issues.
Ann Coulter:
Most Disloyal Man in History Finally Finds a Cause Worth Fighting For  —  Why, in the last 12 days of his presidency, did Donald Trump suddenly become the authoritarian of liberal fantasies?  He sure wasn't an authoritarian for the past four years — he was a spineless wonder.
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson is making his play to be the post-Trump MAGA champion
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Election deniers in state Senate stripped of chairmanships
John C. Eastman / The American Mind:
John Eastman's Statement on His Retirement from Chapman University's Fowler School of Law  —  In recent days John Eastman has been the subject of many defamatory and scurrilous attacks regarding his actions as an advisor and attorney for President Donald Trump.
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Amstevens / Chapman Newsroom:
Statement from the Office of the President … “After discussions over the course of the last week, Dr. John Eastman and Chapman University have reached an agreement pursuant to which he will retire from Chapman, effective immediately.  Dr. Eastman's departure closes this challenging chapter …
Greg Hilburn / The News Star:
Julia Letlow, widow of U.S. Rep.-elect Luke Letlow, will run for Congress  —  Julia Letlow, the widow of U.S. Rep.-elect Luke Letlow, will run for the 5th Congressional District seat her husband was unable to fill because of his COVID-19 death Dec. 29.  —  “Everything in my life and in my marriage …
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Wall Street Journal:
Man Who Allegedly Threw Fire Extinguisher at Police Arrested on Federal Charges  —  A retired firefighter from Pennsylvania was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly throwing a fire extinguisher that hit three police officers at the pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol as captured on video, U.S. officials said.
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Mark Konkol / Chicago, IL Patch:   Trolls Wrongly Accused Retired Firefighter Of Capitol Riot Murder
ProPublica:
“No One Took Us Seriously”: Black Cops Warned About Racist Capitol Police Officers for Years  —  Allegations of racism against the Capitol Police are nothing new: Over 250 Black cops have sued the department since 2001.  Some of those former officers now say it's no surprise white nationalists were able to storm the building.
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
A Preordained Coda to a Presidency  —  The impeachment of President Trump for a second time — in a Capitol ringed by troops — seemed like the almost inevitable culmination of four years that left the nation fractured, angry and losing its sense of self.  —  WASHINGTON — Not since …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Feds Charge 2 Trump-Loving Cops Who Took A Selfie During Attack On U.S. Capitol
New York Times:
F.B.I. Urges Police Chiefs Across U.S. to Be on High Alert for Threats  —  A joint intelligence bulletin warned that the deadly breach at the Capitol would be a “significant driver of violence” ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Garrett M. Graff / Politico:
The Gutted, ‘Unnerving’ State of the Agencies Supposed to Keep the U.S. Safe  —  As the federal government girds against threatened riots in Washington this weekend and possible violence at the inauguration and state capitals across the country, it's dealing with an unprecedented gap at the top …
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Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
ICE's Latest Leader Has Resigned After Just Two Weeks On The Job
Scott Wartman / Cincinnati.com:
‘I support him more than I ever did.’ Loyal Trump supporters in suburban Cincinnati gather to relive Jan. 6 rally that turned violent  —  A few hours after President Trump was impeached for inciting an insurrection Wednesday, a group of Republicans gathered at a suburban Cincinnati movie theater.
Discussion: Raw Story
Abram Brown / Forbes:
Meet The Billionaires Behind Signal And Telegram, Two New Online Homes For Angry Conservatives  —  In 2018, Brian Acton, the billionaire WhatsApp cofounder, committed several fateful actions.  He had quit Facebook a few months earlier, and in March, he took his rift with the company public …
Discussion: Fortune
Joe Patrice / Above the Law:
Rudy Giuliani Blames ‘Game Of Thrones’ For Accidentally Inciting Violent Insurrection  —  And he seems to think the HBO show was a documentary, so there's that.  —  There's a colorable argument that Donald Trump's speech before his followers launched a violent assault on the U.S. Capitol …
Kate Sullivan / CNN:
Biden to outline vaccination and economic rescue legislative package Thursday  —  (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday evening will outline a legislative package proposal for Congress to fund his incoming administration's efforts to vaccinate the country against Covid-19 and provide immediate …
Elizabeth Thompson / Dallas Morning News:
Dan Crenshaw votes by proxy against impeachment, despite his prior criticism of remote voting as ‘cowardly’  —  The Houston representative was not present at the vote for ‘personal reasons,’ according to a spokesman.  —  Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Houston voted against the impeachment …
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Silent Melania Trump plods toward end of her husband's tumultuous term  —  (CNN)Two days after his supporters rioted on Capitol Hill last week, President Donald Trump informed the world he would not be attending President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.  —  “To all of those who have asked …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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Steve Israel / The Hill:
How do we rebuild our democracy?  —  There is a framed picture on the wall of the House …
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The left's bare-faced hypocrisy
Discussion: Washington Post and ABC7
Lois Beckett / The Guardian:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Amid Riot Chaos, Some National Security Leaders Are Absent From View
ABC News:
Trump angrily watched impeachment proceedings while asking about path forward: Sources
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Financial Times:
Sources: Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner and KKR are in talks to break Axel Springer in two, separating media assets from its digital classifieds business

Phil Lewis / What I'm Reading:
CNN says it has integrated its Race and Equality team of reporters in other areas across its platforms, instead of the team existing in an “organizational silo”

Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
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