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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 …
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Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Live Updates: Fractures in the G.O.P. Widen After Impeachment Vote  —  Some House Republicans have called on Representative Liz Cheney to resign from her leadership post after she voted to impeach President Trump.  President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. will unveil plans intended to expand coronavirus vaccinations and heal the economy.
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 …
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Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
Kyle Rittenhouse flashed hate symbols, posed with Proud Boys in a Wisconsin bar, prosecutors say
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
Justice officials respond to new report on family separation by blaming Trump, expressing regret  —  WASHINGTON — After a scathing new report from the Justice Department's watchdog blamed top department officials for being the “driving force” behind the Trump administration's 2018 migrant …
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Washington Post:
Trump's ‘zero tolerance’ border policy was pushed aggressively by Jeff Sessions, despite warnings, Justice Dept. review finds
Discussion: CBS News and DNyuz
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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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
‘Mischief Making’: Politico Boss Defends Handing Playbook Over 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.”
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 …
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Bloomberg:
Trump Struggles to Find Lawyers as Impeachment Trial Nears  — Past lawyers Cipollone, Sekulow have declined for second trial  — Senate trial will be held after Trump leaves the White House  —  President Donald Trump, on the eve of facing a historic second impeachment trial …
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JONATHAN TURLEY:
Georgia Rep Pledges To File Articles of Impeachment Against Joe Biden
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 …
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 …
Jonathan V. Last / Bulwark+:
Trump Owns the Republican Party  —  Populist power > Elite power.  —  2 hr ago  —  1. Trump Is Forever  —  Yesterday Axios ran a piece about the two different strategies elected Republican elites have been considering: … I have to admit: I actually laughed—out loud—when I read this yesterday.
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Charlie Sykes / MSNBC:
Trump's coup was foiled by key Republicans — but their ranks are shrinking
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.
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
Kevin Baron / Defense One:
Pentagon Won't Throw Traditional Farewell Ceremony for Trump  —  It's a shame, and a missed opportunity — not despite recent events but because of them.  —  The Pentagon, in a break with recent tradition, will not host an Armed Forces Farewell tribute to President Donald Trump.
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 …
Trinity Lewis / Wygop:
Wyoming Republican's Message to Representative Cheney  —  The wind in Wyoming has been horrendous today—with gusts up to 65 miles per hour.  That is nothing compared to the whirlwind created by Representative Cheney's announcement that she would be voting to impeach President Trump …
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Jordan Davidson / The Federalist:
MSNBC's Joy Reid Calls For ‘De-Baathification’ Of The GOP
Discussion: Newsbusters and Washington Times
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.
John Santucci / ABC News:
As New York dumps Trump, a Trump exodus to Florida is underway  —  Multiple investigations into Trump and his company are ongoing in New York.  —  NYC cuts ties with Trump organization following Capitol riots  —  New York City will cancel all its contracts and sever all ties with the company …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Investigations Regarding Violence at the Capitol  —  Below is a list of defendants charged in federal court in the District of Columbia related to crimes committed at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C, on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.  —  Every case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.
Discussion: TheBlaze
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.
Washington Post:
National Mall to close on Inauguration Day  —  The 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.
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: Townhall, Twitchy and HotAir
Justice News:
MIT Professor Arrested and Charged with Grant Fraud  —  Defendant allegedly failed to disclose his work for the People's Republic of China to U.S. Department of Energy  —  BOSTON - A professor and researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was charged and arrested today …
Jeffrey M. McCall / The Hill:
Abandoning free expression won't solve America's problems  —  Much has been said in these chaotic days about various threats to American democracy.  One particular threat to democracy, however, is largely ignored in the public outrage.  That threat is the abandonment of the principle of free expression.
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 …
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 …
Abraham Gutman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Bill McSwain's reign as U.S. attorney is ending.  Can Biden undo the damage?  —  As is customary when a Presidential administration changes, William McSwain announced his resignation on Thursday.  The soon-to-be former-U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania …
Discussion: WHYY
Richard J Evans / New Statesman:
Why Trump isn't a fascist  —  A number of prominent commentators, including the historians Timothy Snyder and Sarah Churchwell, the former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright and the Berkeley public policy professor Robert Reich have been arguing for some time that Donald Trump is a fascist.
Discussion: Vox
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.
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
The crowd outside the Capitol last week included Rep. Bob Good's district director  —  The district director for newly elected Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.) was in the crowd outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 after the building was invaded, but did not join those who pushed their way inside …
 
 
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Will Parker / Wall Street Journal:
New York City Renters Owe More Than $1 Billion in Unpaid Rent, Survey Finds
The Daily Poster:
The Slush Fund Bankrolling The Insurrectionist GOP
Discussion: InvestmentNews and Reuters
Dan De Luce / NBC News:
Voice of America journalists demand resignation of top officials, protest sidelining of two staffers
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
For some Christians, the Capitol riot doesn't change the prophecy: Trump will be president
Discussion: Raw Story
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Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson is making his play to be the post-Trump MAGA champion
Abram Brown / Forbes:
Meet The Billionaires Behind Signal And Telegram, Two New Online Homes For Angry Conservatives
Discussion: Fortune
Lois Beckett / The Guardian:
US police three times as likely to use force against leftwing protesters, data finds
Discussion: Mother Jones, UPI and Reason
Joe Patrice / Above the Law:
Rudy Giuliani Blames ‘Game Of Thrones’ For Accidentally Inciting Violent Insurrection
 

 
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