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12:50 PM ET, January 14, 2021

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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 …
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 …
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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Eddie Scarry / Washington Examiner:
Republicans are falling into an impeachment trap
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
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: Bloomberg and Political Wire
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 …
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  —  CHICAGO — David Quintavalle didn't do it.  —  The retired Chicago firefighter from Mount Greenwood — whom social media trolls called a “terrorist” and accused of fatally wielding a fire extinguisher that killed a cop …
Discussion: Twitchy and HotAir
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.
New York Times:
A man who carried a Confederate flag into the Capitol has been arrested.  —  A man who was photographed holding a Confederate battle flag inside the U.S. Capitol last week during the riot was arrested Thursday in Delaware, two law enforcement officials said.
Discussion: Raw Story
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New York Times:
Live Updates: Biden Keeps Focus on the Future as Trump Is Impeached Again  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  As Trump is impeached for a second time, Biden tries to stay above the fray.  —  The House on Wednesday voted for a historic second impeachment of President Trump …
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 …
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Nikki Haley's new PAC steers clear of Trump brand  —  Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is starting a new political action committee and, so far, conspicuously avoiding any mention of President Trump.  —  Why it matters: Haley is widely considered a contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination …
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Axios:
It's still Trump's party
Discussion: Opinion Today
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.
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
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 …
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
Kyle Rittenhouse flashed hate symbols, posed with Proud Boys in a Wisconsin bar, prosecutors say  —  Shortly after pleading not guilty to murder and weapons charges earlier this month, Kyle Rittenhouse showed up at a bar in Mount Pleasant, Wis., clad in a T-shirt that said “Free as F—,” prosecutors said.
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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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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 …
Aaron Mehta / Defense News:
Norquist to serve as acting defense secretary; acting service secretaries named  —  WASHINGTON — David Norquist will serve as acting secretary of defense for the start of the Biden administration, Defense News has learned.  —  The Biden team has decided that Norquist …
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.
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
Dan De Luce / NBC News:
Voice of America journalists demand resignation of top officials, protest sidelining of two staffers … WASHINGTON — A group of Voice of America journalists has signed a letter demanding the resignation of the director of VOA and his deputy, accusing them of using the network …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Axios Wants to Help Companies Write Like Its Reporters—for $10,000 a Year, or More  —  AxiosHQ communications platform to launch with Delta Air Lines and AT&T among early customers  —  Punchy news startup Axios is betting that companies will pay big bucks to write like its reporters.
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
New York Times:
A Republican Lawmaker for Whom the Spectacle Is the Point  —  Rep. Lauren Boebert represents an increasingly clamorous faction of the party that carries Mr. Trump's anti-establishment message and is ready to break all norms in doing so.  —  WASHINGTON — As lawmakers entered the Capitol …
Washington Post:
2020 rivals hottest year on record, pushing Earth closer to a critical climate threshold  —  Escalating temperatures poise planet to breach 1.5 C for the first time, possibly later this decade  —  The year 2020, which witnessed terrifying blazes from California to Siberia and a record number …
Discussion: Bloomberg
The Guardian:
Revealed: walkie-talkie app Zello hosted far-right groups who stormed Capitol … Audio and chat logs reveal that at least two insurrectionists who broke into the Capitol on 6 January used Zello, a social media walkie-talkie app that critics say has largely ignored a growing far-right user base.
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 …
 
 
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Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
For some Christians, the Capitol riot doesn't change the prophecy: Trump will be president
Discussion: Raw Story
Sydney Page / Washington Post:
Upset by veterans who stormed the Capitol, these vets decided to clean up trash the mob left on the streets of D.C.
Discussion: VICE
Murray Waas / The Guardian:
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The left's bare-faced hypocrisy
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Lois Beckett / The Guardian:
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Discussion: Reason
Elizabeth Thompson / Dallas Morning News:
Dan Crenshaw votes by proxy against impeachment, despite his prior criticism of remote voting as ‘cowardly’
New York Times:
Amid Riot Chaos, Some National Security Leaders Are Absent From View