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10:50 AM ET, January 15, 2021

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Politico:
Feds edge closer to sedition charge in Capitol riot aftermath  —  Federal prosecutors on Thursday for the first time described last week's assault on the U.S. Capitol as a “violent insurrection that attempted to overthrow the United States Government” — and one they consider to still be underway.
Discussion: HotAir
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.
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:   US says Capitol rioters intended to ‘capture and assassinate’ elected officials
Quint Forgey / Politico:   ‘He has an obligation to them’: Attorney for ‘QAnon shaman’ asks Trump to pardon rioters
KMOV-TV:
‘QAnon Shaman’ hires St. Louis attorney Al Watkins, seeks pardon for following Trump's ‘invitation’
Discussion: TheGrio and Washington Times
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  —  President Donald Trump's aides are putting together plans for him to enjoy the adoration of his supporters one last time before he leaves office on the day of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, according to CNN.
Discussion: Business Insider and HuffPost
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.
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.
Discussion: The Hill, NBC News and CBS News
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Sheila Kaplan / New York Times:
Biden Picks Former F.D.A. Chief to Lead Federal Vaccine Efforts
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 …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Bulwark+
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Diminished Trump leaves a vacuum for 2024 hopefuls
Greg Garrison / al.com:
Tuberville says delay inauguration, but date is set by Constitution  —  U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama suggested in a TV interview on Thursday that President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration should be delayed - even though the date is set in the U.S. Constitution.
Discussion: Twitchy, CBS 42 and HuffPost
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Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:   Alabama senator suggests delaying the inauguration — not realizing the date is in the Constitution: report
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.
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Associated Press:
Capitol rioters included highly trained ex-military and cops
Discussion: Washington Examiner and CNBC
Priscilla Alvarez / CNN:
Rehearsal for Biden inauguration ceremony pushed back a day amid security concerns  —  What the Capitol looks like ahead of impeachment vote  —  Washington (CNN)The rehearsal for the inauguration ceremony will be delayed a day amid heightened security concerns, acting Homeland Security …
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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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and The New Neo
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.
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
For those who quit Trump after riot, critics say it's too little — and four years too late
Discussion: DNyuz
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.
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
Senate postpones confirmation hearing for Biden intel pick Avril Haines
Discussion: Politico
Jim VandeHei / Axios:
The post-Trump Republican Party has been gutted in almost every way imaginable  —  Republicans will emerge from the Trump era gutted financially, institutionally and structurally.  —  The big picture: The losses are stark and substantial.  — They lost their congressional power.
CNN:
I've had it with interviewing Trump supporters who go off the deep end  —  Alisyn Camerota is a CNN anchor and co-host of CNN's morning show, “New Day.”  The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.  View more opinion articles on CNN.
Washington Post:
Inspectors general of several federal agencies open sweeping review of security, intelligence surrounding Capitol attack  —  Internal investigators for the departments of Justice, Defense, Interior, and Homeland Security will investigate how security officials prepared for and responded …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
Discussion: The Hill
Jonathan Larsen / TYT Network:
Prayer Breakfast Leaders Backed Trump's Election Lies  —  Leaders of the National Prayer Breakfast donated to Pres. Trump, and to Republican candidates who supported Trump, even after he began claiming that the election had been stolen, campaign filings show.
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
The latest ‘national crisis’ and the coming crackdown  —  After the Capitol Hill riot, our leaders refuse to learn the lessons from this summer's violence  —  Tucker: Radicals are using threats, fear to control Americans  —  Last week's deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol was not an act of racism, nor was it an insurrection.
Discussion: RedState and Twitchy
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
New York Times:
400,000 More U.S. Deaths Than Normal Since Covid-19 Struck  —  U.S.A.WorldHealth  —  Latest Maps and Data Vaccine Doses Your Places Hospitals National Death Toll Colleges and Universities Restrictions  —  Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Washington …
Todd A. Heywood / Michigan Advance:
Breaking: Whitmer activates Michigan National Guard in advance of Sunday protest  —  A spokeswoman for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer confirmed Friday morning the Michigan National Guard has been activated in advance of expected right-wing protests in downtown Lansing this weekend.
Grace Segers / CBS News:
GOP Congressman Adam Kinzinger says Trump is “nuts” after impeachment vote  —  Washington — Congressman Adam Kinzinger, one of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach President Trump on Wednesday, has been a frequent critic of the president.  He believes that Mr. Trump incited violence on January 6 …
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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