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4:35 PM ET, January 15, 2021

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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 …
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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 …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
US says Capitol rioters intended to ‘capture and assassinate’ elected officials
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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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Trump approval rating falls to new low after Capitol assault
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 …
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.
Discussion: CNBC, Axios, Reuters, Reason and Washington Times
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  —  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 …
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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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 …
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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 …
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.
Courtney Linder / Popular Mechanics:
Why Joe Biden Can't Bring His Peloton to the White House  — President-elect Joe Biden reportedly owns a Peloton bike, and it could become the  —  as his White House move-in day approaches.  — The  —  stationary bikes  —  come equipped with cameras and microphones.
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.
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Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Pelosi tasks retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré with leading review of Capitol security
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
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.
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 …
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
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE:
Press Gaggle With Acting Secretary Miller En Route to Washington, D.C.  —  Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller  —  ACTING SECRETARY OF DEFENSE CHRISTOPHER C. MILLER: Okay, are you guys ready?  My statement is just, I made some notes.  I went out, you know, met with the General VanHerck today, and his team.
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 …
Discussion: Business Insider and New York Post
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
Texas Real Estate Agent Who Took Private Jet to Capitol Riot Is Arrested  —  Texas broker and life coach Jenna Ryan boasted about “answering [Trump's] call” to head to the Capitol.  —  A Texas real estate agent who took a private jet to the Capitol last week to answer President Donald Trump's …
Angie Jackson / Detroit Free Press:
Washtenaw County will no longer prosecute consensual sex work  —  Washtenaw County's new prosecutor says his office will no longer pursue charges against adults who engage in consensual sex work, a move that national advocates praised as a win for marginalized people.
Discussion: Detroit Metro Times
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 …
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.
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).
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.
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: The Intercept and POLITICUSUSA
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Ex-McCaskill staffers launch PAC to block Hawley's electoral ambitions  —  Democrats are looking for revenge against Sen. Josh Hawley after he challenged the results of the presidential election last week.  —  A group of ex-staffers for former Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill …
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Sara Tabin / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah activist who allegedly rioted at U.S. Capitol has been arrested  —  John Sullivan has said he was there to “watch history” as a journalist but doesn't have press credentials.  —  Photo of John Sullivan.  Courtesy of the Tooele County Sheriff's Department.
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 …
 
 
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Fox Business:
Harvard students seek to revoke Trump graduates' diplomas after Capitol Hill violence
Discussion: Breitbart and Townhall
NBC News:
Confirmation hearing for Biden's national intelligence chief abruptly postponed
Discussion: Axios and Washington Post