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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:
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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Wall Street Journal:
Covid-19 Vaccine Leaders Waited Months to Approve Distribution Plans  —  Holdup left states with little time to develop mass-vaccination plan; U.S. says it needed time for interagency clearance  —  Operation Warp Speed leaders waited more than two months to approve a plan to distribute …
Merrit Kennedy / NPR:
Biden Administration Will Rename ‘Operation Warp Speed,’ Citing Trump ‘Failures’
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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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Capitol Police intelligence report warned three days before attack that ‘Congress itself’ could be targeted  —  Three days before thousands of rioters converged on the U.S. Capitol, an internal Capitol Police intelligence report warned of a violent scenario in which “Congress itself” …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
A pillow salesman apparently has some ideas about declaring martial law  —  The galaxy of individuals who have orbited President Trump over the past five years is not lacking for unusual characters.  Few, though, have had quite the same trajectory as businessman Michael Lindell.
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:   Photos capture notes from Trump ally leaving the White House on Friday.
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 …
New York Times:
Atlanta Prosecutor Appears to Move Closer to Trump Inquiry  —  The Fulton County district attorney is weighing an inquiry into possible election interference and is said to be considering hiring an outside counsel.  —  ATLANTA — Prosecutors in Georgia appear increasingly likely to open …
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 …
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Politico:
Trump weighing a pardon for Steve Bannon  —  President Donald Trump is considering granting a pardon to Steve Bannon, his former White House chief strategist and top campaign aide, who was charged with swindling donors to a private crowdsourcing effort to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border …
Courtney Linder / Popular Mechanics:
Why Joe Biden Can't Bring His Peloton to the White House
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
John Weaver, former McCain aide, acknowledges “inappropriate” messages  —  John Weaver, a veteran Republican operative who co-founded the Lincoln Project, declared in a statement to Axios on Friday that he sent “inappropriate,” sexually charged messages to multiple men.
CNBC:
Biden to deploy FEMA, National Guard to set up Covid vaccine clinics across the U.S.  —  President-elect Joe Biden plans to use FEMA and the National Guard to build coronavirus vaccine clinics across the United States, according to new details of his Covid-19 vaccination plan released by his transition team on Friday.
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 …
Discussion: Trending Politics and HotAir
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Washington Post:
Post-ABC poll: Overwhelming opposition to Capitol attacks, majority support for preventing Trump from serving again
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Biden scolds Republicans for not wearing masks during Capitol attack
Alex Barker / Financial Times:
James Murdoch blasts US media for unleashing ‘insidious forces’  —  Comments from Rupert's son are his strongest rebuke of industry practices since leaving the family business  —  James Murdoch has castigated the US media for the “toxic politics” threatening American democracy …
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Oliver Darcy / CNN:   James Murdoch criticizes ‘media property owners’ who have ‘unleashed insidious’ forces with election denialism claims
NRA:
NRA Leaves New York to Reincorporate in Texas, Announces New Strategic Plan  —  NRA Plans to Exit New York to Pursue Opportunity, Growth and Progress in Texas; Plan Benefits Association, Its Millions of Members, and All Supporters of the Second Amendment  —  Fairfax, VA - The National Rifle Association …
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Wall Street Journal:
Kudlow Criticizes Trump for Handling of Riot, Treatment of Pence  —  President's top economic adviser faulted his boss for recent actions, praised administration policy legacy on taxes and trade  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump's top economic adviser criticized his boss's handling of the riot …
Discussion: Axios, Forbes, Mediaite and Raw Story
Oren Liebermann / CNN:
Trump's Pentagon chief says he ‘cannot wait to leave’ his job  —  (CNN)Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, who will leave office in less than a week. stated that he 'cannot wait to leave this job," according to a transcript released by the Department of Defense.
Discussion: HotAir
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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE:
Press Gaggle With Acting Secretary Miller En Route to Washington, D.C.
Discussion: Defense One
Susan M. Gordon / Washington Post:
A former president Trump won't ‘need to know.’ Cut off his intelligence.  —  Susan M. Gordon was the principal deputy director of national intelligence from 2017 to 2019.  —  Every former president in the modern era has benefited from a unique national security perk after leaving the White House …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Corinne Ramey / Wall Street Journal:
Manhattan Prosecutors Seek Records About Trump's Seven Springs Estate  —  District attorney's office sends subpoenas to officials in Westchester, N.Y., marking expansion of criminal probe  —  Manhattan prosecutors have subpoenaed records relating to President Trump's sprawling Seven Springs estate north …
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Kara Scannell / CNN:
Manhattan DA expands criminal investigation into Trump Organization finances to include family compound in Westchester County
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
The world will take away a tragic truth from Biden's inauguration  —  This was excerpted from the January 15 edition of CNN's Meanwhile in America, the daily email about US politics for global readers.  Click here to read past editions and subscribe.  —  (CNN)There'll be no arguments …
Discussion: Vox, Rolling Stone and Twin Cities
E. Jean Carroll / Vanity Fair:
“After Me, Baby, You're Gonna Be Ruined for Anyone Else”: Donald Trump Refused to Take ‘No’ From Women—And Then From America Itself  —  Donald Trump is leaving office with a reputation marred by two impeachments, multiple scandals, and a violent assault on the U.S. Capitol.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
‘Destroy Trump’: Breitbart Staffers Seethe After Capitol Riot  —  “This is banana republic shit,” wrote one editor at the staunchly pro-Trump outlet, in response to colleagues downplaying or excusing the violence during last week's MAGA mob. … Editors and reporters at the staunchly pro …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Ben Collins / NBC News:
Online far-right movements fracture in wake of Capitol riot  —  Online far-right movements are splintering in the wake of last week's Capitol riot, as some radical anti-government movements show signs of disillusionment with the relatively hands-off approach of some QAnon conspiracy theorists amid warnings of future violence.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
Politico:
Top FEMA official attended Trump's ‘Stop the Steal’ rally  —  A top official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has been assisting in preparations for the Inauguration next week, attended President Donald Trump's “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6.
Jason Proctor / CBC News:
B.C. billionaire given the green light to sue Twitter over ‘Pizzagate’ tweets  —  Judge says Frank Giustra's connections to province and Twitter's reach give B.C. court jurisdiction  —  West Vancouver billionaire Frank Giustra has been given the go-ahead to sue Twitter in a B.C. courtroom …
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 …
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Worst Secretary of State Ever  —  It's an open question whether Donald Trump will go down as the worst president in American history (James Buchanan and Andrew Johnson remain formidable contenders), but there's no question that Mike Pompeo, his most fervid lapdog, is the worst secretary of state.
Politico:
GOP freshman lawmakers splinter over Trump  —  The House GOP's high-profile freshman class is fracturing less than two weeks into the new Congress, and it's all over one man: Donald Trump.  —  Trump's failed gambit to overturn the election — and the deadly Capitol riots that followed …
Paul Campos / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
Lauren Boebert wants you to know that she's totally NOT GUILTY of that thing that she definitely didn't do  —  QAnon conspiracy nut and gun fetishist Lauren Boebert went off half-cocked (snicker) at Rep. Sean Patrick Mahoney (D-Reality), claiming that Mahoney had slandered her in the most base and vile way:
Tahir Hamut Izgil / Newlines Magazine:
A Form in Xinjiang  —  A poet from China's persecuted Uyghur community recalls filling out the government form  —  Tahir Hamut Izgil is a prominent modernist Uyghur poet, filmmaker, and activist  —  At 9 a.m. on June 28, 2017, in the city of Ürümchi in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region …
Discussion: National Review
 
 
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Sheren Khalel / Middle East Eye:
‘Jamal Khashoggi Way’: Washington DC may rename Saudi embassy street
Discussion: Washington Post
Alexander Sammon / American Prospect:
Prop 22 Is Here, and It's Already Worse Than Expected
Discussion: Payday Report
Mary Louise Kelly / NPR:
Outgoing CDC Director Warns Of Pandemic's Peak: 'We're About To Be In The Worst Of It'
Discussion: Axios, Forbes and CBS News
Lawfare:
A Proposal for a Commission on the Capitol Siege
Wall Street Journal:
FAA Approves First Fully Automated Commercial Drone Flights
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Ari Natter / Bloomberg:
Some Right-Wing Groups Warning Their Members Away From Protests
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Pelosi says any lawmaker who helped insurrectionists could face criminal prosecution
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
Convict and Disqualify Trump