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11:30 PM ET, January 14, 2021

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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.
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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Live Updates: Murkowski Is Latest G.O.P. Senator to Signal Possible Support for Convicting Trump  —  The timing of the Senate's impeachment trial remains unclear.  President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. will unveil plans this evening aimed at accelerating coronavirus vaccinations and healing the economy.
New York Times:
A man who carried a Confederate flag into the Capitol has been arrested.
Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:
Charges Leveled at Men Accused of Assaulting Police With Flag, Fire Extinguisher in Capitol Riot
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
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 …
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: Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: Reuters
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Twitter:
What to expect on Twitter on US Inauguration Day 2021  —  President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will both be sworn into office during the United States' 59th Presidential Inauguration.  This year, multiple challenging circumstances will require that most people experience this historic ceremony virtually.
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 …
ABC News:
Biden announces vaccination plan, economic rescue package in evening address  —  His plan includes sending the $2,000 relief payments he's proposed.  —  Vaccine Watch: Navigating signing up for the COVID-19 vaccine  —  ABC News' Bob Woodruff examines the process and potential improvements …
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Washington Post:
Biden unveils $1.9 trillion economic and health-care relief package
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
‘Mischief Making’: Politico Boss Defends Handing Over Playbook to Right-Wing Bombthrower Ben Shapiro  —  Several staffers expressed dismay over handing the keys to the outlet's influential newsletter product to a pundit with a “long history of bigoted and incendiary commentary.”
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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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: DNyuz, Forbes and Raw Story
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
Erin Durkin / Politico:
Catsimatidis mulls Democratic mayoral run as NYC Republicans weigh a post-Trump era  —  Billionaire John Catsimatidis — who Republicans have viewed as their best hope in the 2021 mayoral race — now says he's considering switching parties and jumping into the Democratic race instead.
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Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Reconciles With Ex-Strategist Steve Bannon in Talks on Election  — President sought advice on his bid to overturn election defeat  — Bannon has sought to get Trump back in good graces after rift  —  President Donald Trump has repeatedly spoken by phone with Steve Bannon …
New York Times:
After 2 Impeachments, Giuliani Vows to Continue His Fervor for Trump  —  White House officials are universally angry with Rudolph W. Giuliani and blame him for both of President Trump's impeachments.  But he remains one of few people still willing to join Mr. Trump in the foxhole.
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 …
Ronan Farrow / New Yorker:
A Former Marine Stormed the Capitol as Part of a Far-Right Militia  —  Last week's storming of the Capitol attracted a wide range of people, but at least some of the individuals who made it into the building's inner chambers appear to be members of militia groups, acting with a degree of coördination.
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.
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
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Pelosi endorses McAuliffe for Virginia governor  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is endorsing Terry McAuliffe's campaign in a very crowded Democratic primary that will winnow the field of those seeking to be the next governor of Virginia.  —  Why it matters: McAuliffe …
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
Murray Waas / The Guardian:
Revealed: White House liaison sought derogatory info on E Jean Carroll from DoJ official  —  Revelation raises prospect that president's allies were pressing DoJ to dig up potentially damaging info on Trump accuser  —  The White House liaison to the Department of Justice (DoJ), Heidi Stirrup …
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Harold N. Bornstein, Trump's Former Personal Physician, Dies at 73  —  He attested that President Trump would be the “healthiest president ever,” but he was later expelled from his orbit.  —  Dr. Harold N. Bornstein, who for a time was President Donald J. Trump's personal physician …
David Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
D.C. attorney general seeks to interview president's son in inauguration spending suit  —  The D.C. Attorney General's office has notified Donald Trump Jr. that it wishes to interview him as part of a lawsuit alleging that President Trump's 2017 inaugural committee improperly funneled money …
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Wisconsin justices skeptical of GOP redistricting proposal  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican-backed push to fast-track redistricting lawsuits in the Wisconsin Supreme Court met with skepticism during a Thursday hearing, with the court's conservative chief justice questioning why the proposal …
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell have disappeared from Fox airwaves  —  The Trump-affiliated attorneys were once a regular presence with baseless claims of election fraud.  That has changed since a legal pushback from voting-technology companies.  —  At one point, it was hard for Fox viewers …
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Senator Hawley Defends Himself  —  His self-defense sticks with the strategy that he was following before and on January 6 (and which I've criticized here).  He doesn't say that Biden stole the election; he doesn't say that Biden won the election fairly.  He doesn't spread baseless conspiracy theories …
Discussion: HotAir and Southeast Missourian
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A leaked intelligence memo suggests Trump's lies could incite more violence  —  Not long after President Trump earned the crowning distinction of becoming the first U.S. president to get impeached twice, he released a video in which he went further than ever in calling for an end to post-election violence.
Politico:
Trump wants billions cut from global Covid vaccine distributor  —  President Donald Trump has sent lawmakers a sweeping package of spending cuts to consider before he leaves office, including billions in funding for a global health and vaccine distribution program involved in the Covid fight …
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  —  A Scottsdale judge issued a warrant for the arrest Thursday of far-right social media personality Tim “Baked Alaska” Gionet after he said Gionet violated conditions …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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CBS 42:
Sen. Tommy Tuberville says President's impeachment ‘makes no sense’
Associated Press:
Michael Cohen writes foreword for Trump impeachment book
Discussion: The Hill
Jonathan Turley / USA Today:
Trump's post-presidential impeachment punishment may end up before the Supreme Court
Alex Kantrowitz / OneZero:
The Moderation War Is Coming to Spotify, Substack, and Clubhouse
Meg O'Connor / The Appeal:
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Discussion: US News
 Earlier Items: 
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
Wall Street Journal:
The Covid-19 Death Toll Is Even Worse Than It Looks
Kevin Baron / Defense One:
Pentagon Won't Throw Traditional Farewell Ceremony for Trump
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Moderate Voice
Justice News:
MIT Professor Arrested and Charged with Grant Fraud
Trinity Lewis / Wygop:
Wyoming Republican's Message to Representative Cheney
New York Times:
Jaime Harrison Is Biden's Pick for Next D.N.C. Chair