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12:25 PM ET, January 15, 2021

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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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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 and NBC News
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: Detroit Metro Times
New York Magazine:
Ted Cruz's Former Staffers Are ‘Disgusted’ by His New Low for Trump
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors and Bulwark+
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Trump approval rating falls to new low after Capitol assault
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 …
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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
US says Capitol rioters intended to ‘capture and assassinate’ elected officials  —  (CNN)Federal prosecutors offered the most chilling description yet of rioters who seized the Capitol last week, writing in a new court filing that the intention was “to capture and assassinate elected officials.”
Discussion: USA Today and CBS Baltimore
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, Daily Kos and The Week
Quint Forgey / Politico:
‘He has an obligation to them’: Attorney for ‘QAnon shaman’ asks Trump to pardon rioters
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: CNBC, Raw Story and Mediaite
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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 …
The Hill:
Agency IGs to probe breakdown in response to Capitol riots
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Sheila Kaplan / New York Times:
Biden Picks Former F.D.A. Chief to Lead Federal Vaccine Efforts
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
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.
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 Geraghty / National Review:
Media Play Partisan Games with COVID-Vaccination Stats  —  On the menu today, probably nothing you expected this morning: three cheers for West Virginia, the AP misleads readers into thinking the Deep South is uniquely challenged in vaccinating people against COVID-19, more than I ever thought …
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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 …
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
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 …
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.
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:
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
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.
Nathan Bernard / Mainer:
Chief of Maine's Capitol Police Radicalized by Far-Right Conspiracies  —  Russ Gauvin spread racist hate and deadly lies on a since-deleted Facebook page  —  Maine Bureau of Capitol Police Chief Russ Gauvin, the law enforcement official directly in charge of protecting state government staff …
Discussion: PT News Network
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.
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: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
Amy Lavalley / Chicago Tribune:
Bond revoked for Hammond man seen at Capitol riot while awaiting federal sentencing  —  Federal authorities revoked bond Thursday for a Hammond man after a prosecutor said he has seen evidence that shows Kash Lee Kelly in Washington, D.C., and inside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection …
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: Axios and DNyuz
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.
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Already shunned from polite society, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner face new cold post-insurrection reality  —  (CNN)When Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner shared their decision to pick up and move their family to Washington from New York four years ago, multiple sources who know the couple …
Discussion: Political Flare and The Week
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.
Discussion: The Wrap
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
“Stop the Steal” organizer Ali Alexander's pre-January 6 calls for violence: “We've got to punch the left in the nose.”  “You must fight. ...  They will kill us.”  —  Alexander also said he spoke with Kimberly Guilfoyle the night before the pro-Trump insurrection
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 …
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.
 
 
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Todd A. Heywood / Michigan Advance:
Breaking: Whitmer activates Michigan National Guard in advance of Sunday protest
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.
The Hill:
GOP in bind over Trump as corporate donations freeze
Fox Business:
Harvard students seek to revoke Trump graduates' diplomas after Capitol Hill violence
Discussion: Townhall
Grace Segers / CBS News:
GOP Congressman Adam Kinzinger says Trump is “nuts” after impeachment vote
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Lawmakers who conspired with Capitol attackers in legal peril
Discussion: The Hill
Trone Dowd / VICE:
The Guy Who Flew a Confederate Flag in the Capitol Has Predictably Surrendered