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New York Times:
Post Trump, Republicans Are Headed for a Bitter Internal Showdown  —  G.O.P. leadership would like to blunt President Trump's influence over the party.  Mr. Trump and his allies want to punish those who have crossed him.  A series of clashes looms.  —  As President Trump prepares …
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Politico:
Trump blows up the Arizona GOP on his way out  —  The Trump era did more damage to the Republican Party in Arizona than almost anywhere else.  Over the past two years, Republicans lost both Senate seats.  In November, the state flipped Democratic in a presidential race for the first time since 1996.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate Republicans adrift ahead of Trump trial  —  Senate Republicans talk as a party as many as three times a week during normal times.  But these times are anything but normal.  —  The Senate GOP has not spoken as a conference for more than two weeks now, since Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asked …
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Donor backlash fuels GOP alarm about Senate fundraising  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are worried that a corporate backlash stirred by the deadly Capitol insurrection could crimp a vital stream of campaign cash, complicating the party's prospects of retaking the Senate in the next election.
Axios:
Episode 1: A premeditated lie lit the fire  —  Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term.
Discussion: Associated Press and Raw Story
Politico:
Ivanka's political future comes into sharper focus  —  When Donald Trump incited a mob riot on Capitol Hill last week, he didn't just complicate his own political future— he scrambled the political career arcs of his kids as well.  —  At least three Trump family members are either considering runs …
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Far-right personality ‘Baked Alaska’ arrested in riot probe  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Far-right media personality Tim Gionet, who calls himself “Baked Alaska,” has been arrested by the FBI for his involvement in the riot at the U.S. Capitol, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.
Discussion: New York Times, Axios, UPROXX and Variety
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
What Madison Cawthorn Saw at the Insurrection The youngest member of Congress is invigorated by the mob he helped incite.  —  Madison Cawthorn has a vision of a January 6 that did not happen.  One in which he does the noble thing for career and country.  He uses his MAGA celebrity for good.
Andrew Marantz / New Yorker:
The Importance, and Incoherence, of Twitter's Trump Ban  —  After Twitter permanently suspended Donald Trump's account, earlier this month, the reactions were quick, ubiquitous, and mostly predictable.  Many of the takes seemed canned, the way an obituary of a terminally ill celebrity is often pre-written.
Discussion: Human Events and spiked
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New York Times:
Inside Twitter's Decision to Cut Off Trump
Allison Schrager / City Journal:
Feel Good Now—Pay Later  —  The Biden stimulus is crammed with goodies but makes no economic sense.  —  Economy, finance, and budgets  —  Politics and law  —  If President-elect Joe Biden's economic-stimulus plan is a preview of what to look for over the next four years …
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Washington Examiner:   Biden's stimulus plan will harm those who need the most help
Brad Polumbo / Washington Examiner:
Biden COVID-19 relief plan is a Trojan horse for a sweeping liberal agenda
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Biden fills out State Department team with Obama veterans  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is filling out his State Department team with a group of former career diplomats and veterans of the Obama administration, signaling his desire to return to a more traditional foreign policy …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Fox News and UPI
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Gina Haspel threatened to resign over plan to install Kash Patel as CIA deputy  —  CIA Director Gina Haspel threatened to resign in early December after President Trump cooked up a hasty plan to install loyalist Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as her deputy …
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Comms director for gun-toting congresswoman quits  —  The communications director for Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, a firebrand Republican freshman who boasts about carrying a gun to work, has quit after less than two weeks on the job.  —  Why it matters: Ben Goldey's resignation cited …
New York Times:
Atlanta Prosecutor Appears to Move Closer to Trump Inquiry  —  The Fulton County district attorney is weighing an inquiry into possible election interference and is said to be considering hiring an outside counsel.  —  ATLANTA — Prosecutors in Georgia appear increasingly likely to open …
Wall Street Journal:
Solo Extremists Might Pose Higher Risk Than Organized Groups  —  Far-right leaders urge followers to stay away from capitals where law-enforcement presence will be high through the presidential inauguration  —  As Washington, D.C., and state capitals enact security measures …
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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Capitol Police intelligence report warned three days before attack that ‘Congress itself’ could be targeted
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Will Trump's mishandling of records leave a hole in history?  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The public won't see President Donald Trump's White House records for years, but there's growing concern the collection won't be complete, leaving a hole in the history of one of America's most tumultuous presidencies.
Washington Post:
Off-duty police were part of the Capitol mob.  Now police are turning in their own.  —  During the chaos at the Capitol, overwhelmed police officers confronted and combated a frenzied sea of rioters who transformed the seat of democracy into a battlefield.  Now police chiefs across the country …
Harry Enten / CNN:
Trump finishes with worst first term approval rating ever  —  (CNN)Poll of the week: A new Quinnipiac University poll finds that President Donald Trump's approval rating stands at 33%, while his disapproval is at 60%.  —  An average of recent polls finds Trump with a 38% approval rating and 59% disapproval rating.
ABC News:
Harris to be sworn in by Justice Sonia Sotomayor at inauguration  —  Justice Sonia Sotomayor is another historic female first.  —  Kamala Harris calls teen artist who struggled with bullying  —  The story behind the artist who earned a phone call from Vice President-elect Kamala Harris after he painted a portrait of her.
Mary Margaret Olohan / The Daily Caller:
Twitter Says ‘Bug’ Prevented Users From Searching Lincoln Project Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations  — A “bug” prevented Twitter users from searching the Lincoln Project on Friday, Twitter told the Daily Caller News Foundation.  — Twitter did not immediately address why the bug seemed …
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
John Weaver, former McCain aide, acknowledges “inappropriate” messages
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Alex Azar resigns as Health and Human Services Secretary, citing Capitol mob  —  Alex Azar, the Health and Human Services Secretary, resigned earlier this week, citing the violent Capitol riot inflamed by President Donald Trump in his resignation letter obtained by NBC News.
Los Angeles Times:
Biden plans early legislation to offer legal status to 11 million immigrants without it  —  During his first days in office, President-elect Joe Biden plans to send a groundbreaking legislative package to Congress to address the long-elusive goal of immigration reform, including what's certain …
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Manchin: Removing Hawley, Cruz with 14th Amendment ‘should be a consideration’  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said that the Senate should consider removing Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) via the 14th Amendment over their objections last week to the Electoral College results.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
We're Just Finding Out How Bad the Riot Really Was  —  As terrifying as it was to watch the attempted coup unfold on January 6, the news that afternoon offered some cause for relief.  Although the U.S. Capitol was overrun, few injuries were initially reported.  At first, it appeared that only one woman died in the melee.
Discussion: HuffPost, CNN, Slate and TheBlaze
Daniel Dale / CNN:
The 15 most notable lies of Donald Trump's presidency  —  Washington (CNN)Trying to pick the most notable lies from Donald Trump's presidency is like trying to pick the most notable pieces of junk from the town dump.  —  There's just so much ugly garbage to sift through before you can make a decision.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Democrat and Chronicle:
Aquinas Institute grad charged in US Capitol riot, faces more than 20 years if convicted  —  Justin Murphy Will ClevelandRochester Democrat and Chronicle  —  Federal prosecutors announced Friday that Dominic Pezzola, 43, of Rochester, has been charged with entering the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6.
Discussion: New York Post and Law & Crime
David French / TIME:
The Right's Message to Silicon Valley: “Free Speech for Me, But Not for Thee”  —  French is a senior editor at The Dispatch and a columnist for Time.  His new book is Divided We Fall: America's Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation.  He is a former major in the United States Army Reserve.
Washington Post:
Before he stormed the Capitol, ex-W.Va. lawmaker harassed women at an abortion clinic  —  Derrick Evans walked with his phone out in front of him, camera facing forward, as he advanced on the patient in the abortion clinic parking lot.  Surrounding the car, clinic volunteers tried to shield …
Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
White Army vet charged in shooting Black girl at Trump rally  —  IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A white military veteran shot and wounded a 15-year-old girl when he fired his gun into a car carrying four Black teenagers during a tense confrontation at a rally in support of President Donald Trump near the Iowa Capitol last month.
Discussion: The Root and New York Post
Bloomberg:
Selfie-Snapping Rioters Leave FBI a Trail of Over 140,000 Images  — Citizens and police sift online trove to find Capitol mob  — Facial recognition software used by one police department  —  The FBI arrested one man after a co-worker at a western Maryland restaurant reported seeing …
Discussion: Mediaite and Political Wire
Martyn McLaughlin / Scotsman:
Leading QC says Scottish ministers can seek ‘McMafia’ order into Donald Trump's finances  —  One of Scotland's leading QCs has directly contradicted First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's claims that the Scottish Government is not responsible for the decision on whether to seek an Unexplained Wealth Order …
New York Times:
How Pro-Trump Rioter Rosanne Boyland Died During the Capitol Attacks  —  Rosanne Boyland died after losing consciousness in the crush of a pro-Trump mob as it surged against the police.  Here's how it happened.  —  Rosanne Boyland, a 34-year-old Trump supporter from Georgia who died during …
 
 
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Associated Press:
Federal prisons on lockdown in run-up to Biden inauguration
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New York Times:
New Warnings of Violence as Security Tightens for Inauguration
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Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
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Dorany Pineda / Los Angeles Times:
Hundreds in publishing sign letter objecting to book deals for the Trump administration
Mara Liasson / NPR:
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Associated Press:
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Jerry Barclay / al.com:
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Joanna Weiss / Politico:
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New York Times:
Capitol Attack Could Fuel Extremist Recruitment For Years, Experts Warn
Discussion: Gizmodo
Washington Post:
Conspiracy theories and a call for patriots entice veterans at the Capitol
Virginia Hume:
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