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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 …
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
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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Quint Forgey / Politico:
‘He has an obligation to them’: Attorney for ‘QAnon shaman’ asks Trump to pardon rioters
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 …
Discussion: CNBC, Business Insider, HotAir and Raw Story
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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 …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Live Updates: Mike Pence Calls Kamala Harris to Offer Aid and Congratulations
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.
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:
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:
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
Convict and Disqualify Trump  —  For the health of the Republican Party — and the nation — it is the right and just thing to do.  —  mpeaching Donald Trump a second time was a drastic step, but it was justified, no matter how shoddily and insincerely it was executed by House Democrats nor how selective was their outrage.
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The Hill:
GOP in bind over Trump as corporate donations freeze
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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 …
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
Wall Street Journal:
Officer in Pro-Trump Cap Claims He Rescued Endangered Colleagues  —  Capitol Police lieutenant was suspended for wearing MAGA hat during Jan. 6 riot  —  It was one of the images from the pro-Trump riot that shocked the country and outraged members of Congress: A police officer donning a red …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“Bring Some of the Old Playbook Back”: Politico's Juicing Up Its Morning Mainstay as Team Biden Comes to Town  —  Facing stiffer competition, a new crew of writers—Ben Shapiro not included—is promising more scoops and scene as the O.G. political tip sheet reboots to keep those early a.m. eyeballs (and big ad dollars).
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Pelosi tasks retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré with leading review of Capitol security  —  WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced Friday that she has tasked retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré with leading a review of the U.S. Capitol's security in the wake of the deadly Jan. 6 attack.
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Johnny Enlow Says the College Football National Championship Game Is Prophetic Confirmation Trump Will Remain President  —  Johnny Enlow, a right-wing pastor and QAnon conspiracy theorist, appeared on the Elijah Streams YouTube channel Thursday, where he declared that the outcome …
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.
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
Nathan Bernard / Mainer:
Chief of Maine's Capitol Police Radicalized by Far-Right Conspiracies  —  Maine Bureau of Capitol Police Chief Russ Gauvin, the law enforcement official directly in charge of protecting state government staff and buildings in Augusta against threats of right-wing violence in the coming days …
Paul Szoldra / Duffel Blog:
Critics warn National Guard lacks exit strategy for presidential inauguration  —  “We have no metric for what success looks like,” said one high ranking officer.  —  5 hr ago  —  WASHINGTON — More than 20,000 national guardsmen are expected to deploy to the nation's capital …
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: Washington Post, Axios and DNyuz
Sean Illing / Vox:
The GOP's existential crisis, explained by a former Republican Congress member  —  “There's no post-Trump plan.  And they all know it.”  —  What the hell happened to the Republican Party?  —  I've been asking myself this question since Donald Trump began his hostile takeover in 2015.
Discussion: New York Times, NPR and Raw Story
Josh Hawley / The Missouri Times:
Why I objected  —  Last week I objected during the Joint Session count of electoral votes in order to have a debate on the issue of election integrity.  My objection proceeded according to the letter of the statute, which specifically permits for objections and debate, and followed the traditions of Congress.
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.
Carter Sherman / VICE:
This Convicted Planned Parenthood Bomber Was at the Capitol ‘Fighting’ for Trump  —  Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox?  Sign up here.  —  A convicted abortion-clinic bomber live-streamed himself at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, as he put it, “fighting for our beloved President Donald J. Trump.”
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.
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
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.
Lois Beckett / The Guardian:
100 days of warning: inside the Boogaloo killings of US law enforcement  —  Extremism experts warned that the anti-government movement was planning attacks online.  Why didn't Facebook act?  —  One hundred days before Dave Patrick Underwood was murdered on 29 May, a group of analysts …
 
 
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The Daily Beast:
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Amy Lavalley / Chicago Tribune:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Larsen / TYT Network:
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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.
Fox Business:
Harvard students seek to revoke Trump graduates' diplomas after Capitol Hill violence
Discussion: Townhall
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Diminished Trump leaves a vacuum for 2024 hopefuls
CNN:
I've had it with interviewing Trump supporters who go off the deep end
Discussion: The Wrap
Politico:
Biden inauguration rehearsal is postponed due to security threats
Jake Bleiberg / Associated Press:
Prosecutor: Capitol rioter aimed ‘to take hostages’