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2:20 AM ET, January 15, 2021

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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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Bloomberg:
Trump Plans to Live at Mar-a-Lago, Employ Some Current Aides  — Some Palm Beach residents don't want him as permanent neighbor  — Bidens accept invitation to Blair House before inauguration  —  Donald Trump plans to fly to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida the morning of Joe Biden's inauguration …
Twitter:
What to expect on Twitter on US Inauguration Day 2021  —  President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will both be sworn into office during the United States' 59th Presidential Inauguration.  This year, multiple challenging circumstances will require that most people experience this historic ceremony virtually.
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
Biden Team Starts @PresElectBiden While Clashing With Twitter
Discussion: The Wrap, Political Flare and DNyuz
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
The $3,000-a-month toilet for the Ivanka Trump/Jared Kushner Secret Service detail  —  Many U.S. Secret Service agents have stood guard in Washington's elite Kalorama neighborhood, home over the years to Cabinet secretaries and former presidents.  Those agents have had to worry about death threats …
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.
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.
Washington Post:
Dozens of people on FBI terrorist watch list came to D.C. the day of Capitol riot  —  Dozens of people on a terrorist watch list were in Washington for pro-Trump events Jan. 6, a day that ended in a chaotic crime rampage when a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, according to people familiar …
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.
Discussion: New York Times, DNyuz, Forbes and Raw Story
Jenna McLaughlin / Yahoo News:
Exclusive: Large bitcoin payments to right-wing activists a month before Capitol riot linked to foreign account  —  WASHINGTON — On Dec. 8, someone made a simultaneous transfer of 28.15 bitcoins — worth more than $500,000 at the time — to 22 different virtual wallets …
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.
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
‘Mischief Making’: Politico Boss Defends Handing Over Playbook to Right-Wing Bombthrower Ben Shapiro  —  Several staffers expressed dismay over handing the keys to the outlet's influential newsletter product to a pundit with a “long history of bigoted and incendiary commentary.”
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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 …
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Wall Street Journal:   The Covid-19 Death Toll Is Even Worse Than It Looks
CBS 42:
Sen. Tommy Tuberville says President's impeachment ‘makes no sense’  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala (WIAT) — Newly sworn-in Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) is back in Alabama following the violent attack on the Capitol last week.  —  Tuberville visited the VA hospital in Montgomery on Wednesday.
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Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:   Alabama senator suggests delaying the inauguration — not realizing the date is in the Constitution: report
Politico:
Biden inauguration rehearsal is postponed due to security threats  —  A rehearsal for Joe Biden's inauguration scheduled for Sunday has been postponed because of security concerns, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.  —  After last week's riots in Washington …
Discussion: Fox News, Reuters and The Week
Mark Morales / CNN:
‘Kill him with his own gun’: Police describe facing the mob at the Capitol  —  Disturbing footage shows officer pinned as rioters rush Capitol door  —  Washington (CNN)As DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone lay on the ground at the US Capitol building, stunned and injured …
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Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:
Charges Leveled at Men Accused of Assaulting Police With Flag, Fire Extinguisher in Capitol Riot
ABC News:
Biden announces vaccination plan, economic rescue package in evening address  —  His plan includes sending the $2,000 relief payments he's proposed.  —  Vaccine Watch: Navigating signing up for the COVID-19 vaccine  —  ABC News' Bob Woodruff examines the process and potential improvements …
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New York Times:
After 2 Impeachments, Giuliani Vows to Continue His Fervor for Trump  —  White House officials are universally angry with Rudolph W. Giuliani and blame him for both of President Trump's impeachments.  But he remains one of few people still willing to join Mr. Trump in the foxhole.
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Reconciles With Ex-Strategist Steve Bannon in Talks on Election  — President sought advice on his bid to overturn election defeat  — Bannon has sought to get Trump back in good graces after rift  —  President Donald Trump has repeatedly spoken by phone with Steve Bannon …
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 …
boebert.house.gov:
Rep. Boebert Calls Out Rep. Maloney's Lies  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Contact: Boebert.Press@mail.house.gov  —  Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (CO-03) called out U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney:  —  “Yesterday, on national television …
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Seth Rich conspiracy theorists retract and apologize for false statements as they settle lawsuit  —  New York (CNN Business)A businessman and a fringe internet activist who each played key roles in the conspiracy theory about Seth Rich, the slain Democratic National Committee staffer whose death …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Live Updates: Murkowski Is Latest G.O.P. Senator to Signal Possible Support for Convicting Trump  —  The timing of the Senate's impeachment trial remains unclear.  President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. will unveil plans this evening aimed at accelerating coronavirus vaccinations and healing the economy.
KMOV-TV:
‘QAnon Shaman’ hires St. Louis attorney Al Watkins, seeks pardon for following Trump's ‘invitation’  —  PHOTOS: Jacob Anthony Chansley, aka Jake Angeli … Jake Angeli, whose legal name is Jacob Anthony Chansley, was taken into custody Saturday in Arizona.
Discussion: Washington Times
Christopher Spata / Tampa Bay Times:
Tampa Bay singer used voice for screaming during Capitol riot  —  Audrey Ann Southard spent years helping kids find their creative voices and strengthening her own.The Spring Hill vocal coach and piano teacher sang like an angel when she posted videos of herself crooning Norah Jones …
Discussion: New York Post
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Orders U.S. Military Reorganization Favored by Pro-Israel Groups  —  Defense policy move is latest step by administration to shape Middle East agenda for Biden  —  President Trump has ordered that the major U.S. military command for the Middle East be expanded to include Israel …
Discussion: Hamodia
Ronan Farrow / New Yorker:
A Former Marine Stormed the Capitol as Part of a Far-Right Militia  —  Last week's storming of the Capitol attracted a wide range of people, but at least some of the individuals who made it into the building's inner chambers appear to be members of militia groups, acting with a degree of coördination.
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Attacks ‘Vacuous Little Totalitarian Moron’ AOC, Mocks Her Fears During Deadly Capitol Assault: 'Sandy's Heart Is Still Beating Fast'  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson viciously mocked Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) for sharing she feared for her life during the Capitol insurrection …
Amos Harel / Haaretz:
Analysis |  A Massive Syria Strike, and an Israeli Message to Biden  —  Besides an apparent renewed effort to disrupt Iran's attempt to move arms and militias through Iraq and Syria, there's the message that Israel will continue to strike regardless of the new president's Iran policy
Discussion: Middle East Monitor
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.
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell have disappeared from Fox airwaves  —  The Trump-affiliated attorneys were once a regular presence with baseless claims of election fraud.  That has changed since a legal pushback from voting-technology companies.  —  At one point, it was hard for Fox viewers …
Jessica Jerreat / Voice of America:
Whistleblowers Demand VOA Director Resign Over Pompeo Speech, Staff Moves  —  WASHINGTON - Twenty-six journalists have demanded that Voice of America's director resign after a series of alleged retaliatory measures and firewall violations culminated in the reassignment of one of VOA's most high-profile reporters.
Politico:
Online extremists are ignoring Trump's call for calm  —  President Donald Trump has instructed his followers to not engage in political violence following the deadly riots on the Capitol on Jan 6.  But the video in which he made the plea has barely made a dent in the groundswell of extremism …
Discussion: Raw Story
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Wisconsin justices skeptical of GOP redistricting proposal  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican-backed push to fast-track redistricting lawsuits in the Wisconsin Supreme Court met with skepticism during a Thursday hearing, with the court's conservative chief justice questioning why the proposal …
 
 
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Associated Press:
Michael Cohen writes foreword for Trump impeachment book
Discussion: The Hill and Alaska Public Media
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Pelosi endorses McAuliffe for Virginia governor
Politico:
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Anne Ryman / Arizona Republic:
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David Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
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Murray Waas / The Guardian:
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New York Times:
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