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3:00 PM ET, January 15, 2021

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Washington Post:
How the rioters who stormed the Capitol came dangerously close to Pence  —  The violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 came perilously close to Vice President Pence, who was not evacuated from the Senate chamber for about 14 minutes after the Capitol Police reported …
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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 …
Teo Armus / Washington Post:
Rioters wanted to ‘capture and assassinate’ lawmakers, prosecutors say.  A note left by the ‘QAnon Shaman’ is evidence.  —  As federal law enforcement officers sift through evidence tied to the attack on the U.S. Capitol, they have tried to determine what compelled rioters to force their way into the building.
Rnadeem / Pew Research Center:
Biden Begins Presidency With Positive Ratings; Trump Departs With Lowest-Ever Job Mark  —  68% of public does not want Trump to remain a major political figure in the future  —  Pew Research Center conducted this study to examine the public's reactions to the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election …
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Trump approval rating falls to new low after Capitol assault
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's GOP has an ugly authoritarian core.  A new poll exposes it.  —  In the wake of President Trump's incitement of a violent insurrectionist assault on our seat of government, a new Post-ABC News poll offers perhaps the most detailed look yet at public attitudes about the attack …
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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 …
Washington Post:
Vaccine reserve was already exhausted when Trump administration vowed to release it, dashing hopes of expanded access  —  States were anticipating a windfall after federal officials said they would stop holding back second doses.  But the approach had already changed, and no stockpile exists.
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New York Times:
The F.B.I. is investigating 37 in the killing of a Capitol Police officer by a pro-Trump mob.  —  The F.B.I. is investigating 37 people related to the killing of Officer Brian Sicknick, the Capitol Police officer who died after being injured during the pro-Trump riot on Jan. 6 …
Discussion: CNBC, Business Insider, HotAir and Raw Story
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New York Times:
Pence, occupying a leadership void, calls Harris to offer assistance — as Trump plans his Inauguration Day getaway.  —  Vice President Mike Pence telephoned Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Thursday to congratulate her and offer his belated assistance — filling a leadership role …
New York Times:
Live Updates: Police Investigating Whether Lawmakers Gave Mob Members Tour of Capitol Before Riot  —  The Capitol Police are looking into whether members of Congress inappropriately gave visitors access to the Capitol ahead of last week's assault.  Vice President Mike Pence called Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to offer assistance.
Thomas Lifson / American Thinker:
Statement  —  We received a lengthy letter from Dominion's defamation lawyers explaining why they believe that their client has been the victim of defamatory statements.  Having considered the full import of the letter, we have agreed to their request that we publish the following statement:
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.
Luke Mogelson / New Yorker:
Among the Insurrectionists  —  The Capitol was breached by Trump supporters who had been declaring, at rally after rally, that they would go to violent lengths to keep the President in power.  A chronicle of an attack foretold.  —  By the end of President Donald Trump's crusade against American democracy …
John Engel / KXAN-TV:
Sens. Ted Cruz, John Cornyn will attend President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration  —  AUSTIN (KXAN) — Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, will attend President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20, sources tell KXAN.  —  Cruz defended President Donald Trump's claim that the 2020 presidential election …
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Emily Brooks / Washington Examiner:
Pelosi says any Republicans who ‘aided and abetted’ rioters could face prosecution  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave fuel to the “inside job” theory that some Democrats are pushing that Republican members of Congress helped out some of the President Trump-supporting rioters who broke into the Capitol last week.
Discussion: Politico, Townhall and New York Post
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Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Pelosi tasks retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré with leading review of Capitol security
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
ABC News:
Longtime Trump advisers connected to groups behind rally that led to Capitol attack  —  Roger Stone, Steve Bannon and Michael Flynn all promoted the Jan. 6 rally.  —  US Capitol riots: Tracking the insurrection  —  On Jan. 6, rioters coming from a pro-Trump rally broke into the U.S. Capitol …
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
Convict and Disqualify Trump  —  For the health of the Republican Party — and the nation — it is the right and just thing to do.  —  mpeaching Donald Trump a second time was a drastic step, but it was justified, no matter how shoddily and insincerely it was executed by House Democrats nor how selective was their outrage.
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The Hill:
GOP in bind over Trump as corporate donations freeze
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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Cristina Cabrera / Talking Points Memo:
Report: Trump Aides Putting Together Goodbye Crowd For Outgoing POTUS On Inauguration Day
KUSA-TV:
Letter from 68 Colorado elected officials requests investigation into Boebert's actions  —  The letter to House leaders says “there is deep concern about her actions leading up to and during the protests that turned into a violent and deadly mob.”  —  COLORADO, USA — In a letter …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Officer in Pro-Trump Cap Claims He Rescued Endangered Colleagues  —  Capitol Police lieutenant was suspended for wearing MAGA hat during Jan. 6 riot  —  It was one of the images from the pro-Trump riot that shocked the country and outraged members of Congress: A police officer donning a red …
Brian Riedl / The Dispatch:
Biden Proposal Hijacks Recession for Liberal Wishlist  —  His plan for economic relief would use the pandemic to enact large, unrelated, permanent expansions of the federal government.  —  4 hr ago  —  President-elect Joe Biden has unveiled his first major legislative push …
Jim Turner / Creative Loafing:
As of now, Publix is only offering vaccine in Florida counties won by Republicans  —  DeSantis said the initial rollout has focused on areas where hospital systems might need assistance and where there are large senior populations.  —  Photo via DeSantis/Twitter
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
CDC warns highly transmissible coronavirus variant to become dominant in U.S.  —  The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free.  For more free coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, sign up for our Coronavirus Updates newsletter where all stories are free to read.
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“Bring Some of the Old Playbook Back”: Politico's Juicing Up Its Morning Mainstay as Team Biden Comes to Town  —  Facing stiffer competition, a new crew of writers—Ben Shapiro not included—is promising more scoops and scene as the O.G. political tip sheet reboots to keep those early a.m. eyeballs (and big ad dollars).
U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon:
Following Bombshell Report Regarding Intentional Abuse of Migrant Children, Merkley Calls for Top Trump Administration Officials to Face Prosecution  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement today after the Department of Justice (DOJ) …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Nihal Krishan / Washington Examiner:
Conservatives accuse liberals and Big Tech of using Capitol assault as pretext for censorship  —  Conservatives say Big Tech companies, pressured by liberals, are using the Capitol attack to justify the unfair censorship of Republicans and the removal of platforms like Parler.
NBC News:
Confirmation hearing for Biden's national intelligence chief abruptly postponed  —  The first confirmation hearing for one of President-elect Joe Biden's crucial cabinet posts has been abruptly rescheduled, the ranking members of the Senate Intelligence Committee said on Thursday.
Discussion: Washington Post, Axios and DNyuz
The Daily Beast:
Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott's Job Is in Jeopardy, Insiders Say  —  OUTFOXED  —  Amid sagging ratings, Rupert Murdoch has taken a more hands-on role at Fox, perhaps portending the end of the road for the network's CEO since 2018.  —  Amid ongoing ratings struggles, Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott …
Discussion: Raw Story
Nathan Bernard / Mainer:
Chief of Maine's Capitol Police Radicalized by Far-Right Conspiracies  —  Maine Bureau of Capitol Police Chief Russ Gauvin, the law enforcement official directly in charge of protecting state government staff and buildings in Augusta against threats of right-wing violence in the coming days …
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
Biden launches new Twitter account ahead of inauguration  —  Joe Biden's transition team launched a new account for the president-elect Thursday night, @PresElectBiden.  —  That account will become @POTUS when Biden is inaugurated, while President Trump's @POTUS account will be archived as @POTUS45.
Paul Szoldra / Duffel Blog:
Critics warn National Guard lacks exit strategy for presidential inauguration  —  “We have no metric for what success looks like,” said one high ranking officer.  —  5 hr ago  —  WASHINGTON — More than 20,000 national guardsmen are expected to deploy to the nation's capital …
Carter Sherman / VICE:
This Convicted Planned Parenthood Bomber Was at the Capitol ‘Fighting’ for Trump  —  Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox?  Sign up here.  —  A convicted abortion-clinic bomber live-streamed himself at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, as he put it, “fighting for our beloved President Donald J. Trump.”
 
 
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Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
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Josh Hawley / The Missouri Times:
Why I objected  —  Last week I objected during the Joint Session count of electoral votes …
Amy Lavalley / Chicago Tribune:
Bond revoked for Hammond man seen at Capitol riot while awaiting federal sentencing
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Natalie Colarossi / Newsweek:
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Kate Bennett / CNN:
Already shunned from polite society, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner face new cold post-insurrection reality
Discussion: Political Flare and The Week
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
They've Been Calling for Bloodshed the Whole Time Some on the right have supported violence for years now; the party has built its power on them.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Diminished Trump leaves a vacuum for 2024 hopefuls