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7:30 PM ET, January 15, 2021

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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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Reuters:
U.S. says Capitol rioters meant to ‘capture and assassinate’ officials-filing
Washington Post:
'QAnon Shaman's' note to Pence cited as evidence of ‘assassination’ plot before prosecutors walk back claim
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
US takes back its assertion that Capitol rioters wanted to ‘capture and assassinate’ officials
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
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:
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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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.
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.
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
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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 …
Discussion: CNN and The Hill, more at Mediagazer »
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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
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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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
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.
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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE:
Press Gaggle With Acting Secretary Miller En Route to Washington, D.C.
Discussion: Defense One
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: CNBC and NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
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Kara Scannell / CNN:   Manhattan DA expands criminal investigation into Trump Organization finances to include family compound in Westchester County
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.
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 …
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, Twin Cities and KVIA-TV
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.
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:
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Pelosi says any lawmaker who helped insurrectionists could face criminal prosecution  —  The speaker also wouldn't comment on when she would transmit the article of impeachment to the Senate.  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 15, 2021 in Washington, D.C.
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
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 …
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 …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Politico's revolt over Ben Shapiro guest-hosting Playbook went too far  —  Ben Shapiro once tweeted, “Israelis like to build.  Arabs like to bomb crap and live in open sewage.  This is not a difficult issue. #settlementsrock.”  He once belittled Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown as …
Ari Natter / Bloomberg:
Some Right-Wing Groups Warning Their Members Away From Protests  — Armed rallies at state capitols feared a trap by FBI, leftists  — National Guard being deployed in Washington and state capitals  —  Some far-right groups are warning members to avoid the armed rallies planned …
Wall Street Journal:
FAA Approves First Fully Automated Commercial Drone Flights  —  Small Massachusetts company granted permission to operate drones without hands-on piloting  —  U.S. aviation regulators have approved the first fully automated commercial drone flights, granting a small Massachusetts-based company permission …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
 
 
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Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Biden scolds Republicans for not wearing masks during Capitol attack
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
‘Destroy Trump’: Breitbart Staffers Seethe After Capitol Riot
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Jason Proctor / CBC News:
B.C. billionaire given the green light to sue Twitter over ‘Pizzagate’ tweets
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
United States Secret Service:
2021 Presidential Inaugural Subcommittees Announce Joint Transportation Plan
Discussion: Washingtonian and UPI
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Springsteen, Legend added to list of performers for Biden inauguration special
Discussion: Breitbart
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
The DHS Has Signed Unusual Agreements With States That Could Hamper Biden's Future Immigration Policies
Discussion: Roll Call
 Earlier Items: 
Angie Jackson / Detroit Free Press:
Washtenaw County will no longer prosecute consensual sex work
Discussion: WDIV-TV and Detroit Metro Times
Wall Street Journal:
Officer in Pro-Trump Cap Claims He Rescued Endangered Colleagues
Discussion: Business Insider and New York Post
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
Convict and Disqualify Trump
Nathan Bernard / Mainer:
Chief of Maine's Capitol Police Radicalized by Far-Right Conspiracies
Discussion: Bangor Daily News