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9:47 PM ET, January 16, 2021

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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Acting defense secretary orders NSA director to immediately install former GOP operative as the agency's top lawyer  —  Acting defense secretary Christopher C. Miller ordered the director of the National Security Agency to install on Saturday a former GOP political operative as the NSA's top lawyer …
Discussion: Political Wire
Ben Sasse / The Atlantic:
QAnon Is Destroying the GOP From Within … Eugene goodman is an American hero.  At a pivotal moment on January 6, the veteran United States Capitol Police officer single-handedly prevented untold bloodshed.  Staring down an angry, advancing mob, he retreated up a marble staircase …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Washington Post:
Virginia man arrested at inauguration security checkpoint in possession of gun, 500 rounds ammo and non-government issued credential, police say  —  A Virginia man has been arrested after law enforcement found at least one firearm and more than 500 rounds of ammunition in his truck as he tried …
Politico:
Guardsmen stationed at U.S. Capitol building to get cots
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Biden Seeks Quick Start With Executive Actions and Aggressive Legislation  —  In an effort to mark a clean break from the Trump era, the president-elect plans to roll out dozens of executive orders in his first 10 days on top of a big stimulus plan and an expansive immigration bill.
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Los Angeles Times:
Biden plans early legislation to offer legal status to 11 million immigrants without it
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 …
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
After White House Meeting with Trump, Mike Lindell Calls for Military Coup on Facebook  —  NOTHING TO SEE HERE.  JUST A PILLOW SALESMAN BEING INVITED TO THE WHITE HOUSE TO ARGUE FOR THE IMPOSITION OF MARTIAL LAW AND THE OVERTURNING OF A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.  WE COOL.  (DREW ANGERER/GETTY IMAGES)
Washington Post:
Misinformation dropped dramatically the week after Twitter banned Trump  —  Zignal Labs charts 73 percent decline on Twitter and beyond following historic action against the president  —  Online misinformation about election fraud plunged 73 percent after several social media sites suspended President Trump …
Washington Post:
Trump to flee Washington and seek rehabilitation in a MAGA oasis: Florida  —  President Trump will leave Washington this week politically wounded, silenced on social media and essentially unwelcome in his lifelong hometown of New York.  —  By migrating instead to Palm Beach, Fla. …
Discussion: The Guardian
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Eli Stokols / Los Angeles Times:
Trump retreats from his job, and Pence fills the void as ‘acting’ president
Discussion: Fox News and New York Post
Washington Post:
41 minutes of fear: A video timeline from inside the Capitol siege  —  At 2:12 p.m. on Jan. 6, supporters of President Trump began climbing through a window they had smashed on the northwest side of the U.S. Capitol.  “Go!  Go!  Go!” someone shouted as the rioters, some in military gear, streamed in.
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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Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Donor backlash fuels GOP alarm about Senate fundraising
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.
Julia Musto / Fox News:
Manchin says 14th Amendment ouster should be ‘consideration’ for Sens. Hawley, Cruz  —  The senator says Hawley and Cruz's election objections after the siege of the Capitol were ‘totally outside the realm of our responsibilities’  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for January 16<br>
Discussion: Mediaite, RedState, Townhall and TheBlaze
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Melissa Repko / CNBC:
So long, Peloton: Joe Biden may need new exercise equipment when he moves to White House  — President-elect Joe Biden may have to ditch his Peloton or modify some of its features, according to a Popular Mechanics report.  — The popular stationary bike connects to the internet and includes …
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.
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
Major NRA donor to challenge gun group's bankruptcy over alleged fraud  —  Complaint could stop top NRA executives from discharging a substantial portion of the organisation's debts  —  A major donor to the National Rifle Association is poised to challenge key aspects of the gun group's bankruptcy filing …
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Times
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
FBI probing if foreign governments, groups funded extremists who helped execute Capitol attack  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI is investigating whether foreign governments, organizations or individuals provided financial support to extremists who helped plan and execute the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
The Trial of Donald Trump Must Tell the Full Story of the Capitol Insurrection  —  One of the most quoted lines in American nonfiction is Joan Didion's “we tell ourselves stories in order to live.”  It's the first sentence of “The White Album,” an essay in which Didion recounts some facts …
Discussion: The Hill and Trending Politics
Alex Wigglesworth / Los Angeles Times:
More contagious coronavirus strain detected in L.A. County as total cases top 1 million  —  Los Angeles County on Saturday surpassed 1 million coronavirus cases since reporting its first infection nearly a year before and also recorded its first instance of a new, more contagious variant …
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.
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Amanda Lee Myers / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Selena Gomez: Big Tech ‘cashing in from evil’
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and The Week
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.
New York Times:
A First for an American President, and a First for Donald Trump  —  In the final moments of his presidency, Mr. Trump is confronting an unfamiliar fate: He is being held to account as never before for things he has said.  —  When President Trump faced (and overcame) the gravest crisis of his first campaign …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Raw Story
Katie Bo Williams / Defense One:
Troops at Inauguration Pre-Screened for Extremism, Says DC Guard Commander  —  “We will use the minimum force required to protect ourselves,” said Maj. Gen. William Walker, in an exclusive interview.  —  The roughly 25,000 National Guardsmen deployed to the U.S. capital to ensure President-elect Joe Biden …
Discussion: TheGrio and Fox News
Washington Post:
Dating apps are using images from the siege to ban rioters' accounts  —  Bumble, Tinder and others are freezing out rioters with help from law enforcement — and, in some cases, their own photos.  Other app users have taken matters into their own hands by striking up conversations …
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.
Emily Birnbaum / Protocol:
Trump officials and conservatives are quietly meeting in Las Vegas to discuss ‘woke tech’  —  Conservative investors, political operatives, right-wing writers and Trump administration officials are quietly meeting in Las Vegas this weekend to discuss topics including China, “woke tech” and …
Washington Post:
Man who shot video of fatal Capitol shooting is arrested, remains focus of political storm  —  John Earle Sullivan joined the rampage through the Capitol, and some cited his past as evidence of liberal involvement in the siege  —  He's a speed skater.  He organizes protests …
 
 
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
The House and Senate GOP are operating in different political universes
Discussion: The Hill, The Daily Caller and WHYY
John Irish / Reuters:
France says Iran is building nuclear weapons capacity, urgent to revive 2015 deal
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
When Biden Becomes ... Rooseveltian!
Jamil Smith / Rolling Stone:
American Unity Is a Fantasy
Aaron Davis / Washington Post:
Timeline: How law enforcement and government officials failed to head off the U.S. Capitol attack
Maura Judkis / Washington Post:
The insurrectionist next door: A new source of suburban unease
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Before he stormed the Capitol, ex-W.Va. lawmaker harassed women at an abortion clinic
Daniel Dale / CNN:
The 15 most notable lies of Donald Trump's presidency
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Biden fills out State Department team with Obama veterans