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11:55 AM ET, January 16, 2021

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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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Wall Street Journal
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New York Times:
‘Hell, Yes,’ 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 …
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 …
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
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The Daily Beast:
MyPillow Guy Presents Trump With ‘China’ Election-Fraud Theory, Lawyers Send Him Packing
Discussion: Vox and Politico, more at Techmeme »
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
A pillow salesman apparently has some ideas about declaring martial law
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 …
Discussion: Business Insider and Althouse
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
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 and Fox News
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: Forbes, CNN, TheBlaze and The Daily Caller
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.
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 …
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
John Weaver, former McCain aide, acknowledges “inappropriate” messages  —  John Weaver, a veteran Republican operative who co-founded the Lincoln Project, declared in a statement to Axios on Friday that he sent “inappropriate,” sexually charged messages to multiple men.
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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Capitol Police intelligence report warned three days before attack that ‘Congress itself’ could be targeted  —  Three days before thousands of rioters converged on the U.S. Capitol, an internal Capitol Police intelligence report warned of a violent scenario in which “Congress itself” …
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New York Times:
Top Lawmakers Not Told of Police Request for Backup Before Riot, Aide and Others Say
Discussion: HuffPost
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: 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
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 …
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.
Washington Examiner:
Biden's stimulus plan will harm those who need the most help  —  If you thought help for the coronavirus was on the way, think again.  President-elect Joe Biden's plan to provide economic relief is going to cause a lot of pain and waste a lot of money on people who do not need it.
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CBS Dallas / Fort Worth:
North Texan Jenna Ryan Tells CBS 11 She Deserves Pardon After Arrest For Alleged Role In Capitol Riot  —  CARROLLTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) - North Texas realtor Jenna Ryan, who was seen in photos and video at the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot, arrived home Friday, Jan. 15 after turning herself in to authorities earlier in the day.
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.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
James Murdoch criticizes ‘media property owners’ who have ‘unleashed insidious’ forces with election denialism claims  —  New York (CNN Business)James Murdoch, the youngest son of billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch, assailed “media property owners” and outlets that have promoted disinformation …
Discussion: Deadline
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Susan M. Gordon / Washington Post:
A former president Trump won't ‘need to know.’ Cut off his intelligence.  —  Susan M. Gordon was the principal deputy director of national intelligence from 2017 to 2019.  —  Every former president in the modern era has benefited from a unique national security perk after leaving the White House …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
‘Destroy Trump’: Breitbart Staffers Seethe After Capitol Riot  —  “This is banana republic shit,” wrote one editor at the staunchly pro-Trump outlet, in response to colleagues downplaying or excusing the violence during last week's MAGA mob. … Editors and reporters at the staunchly pro …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Beast
Virginia Hume:
The Bobbsey Twins, The CIA, and Me  —  In first and second grade, I was OBSESSED with Bobbsey Twins books.  It was not enough to read every book in the series.  I wanted to BE a Bobbsey Twin.  (It wasn't just the Bobbsey Twins.  I did the same with Little House on the Prairie).
Joanna Weiss / Politico:
What TV Can Tell Us About How the Trump Show Ends  —  For years, struggling with how to think about this crazy presidency, people have compared the Donald Trump administration to reality TV.  The tropes showed up daily: the shameless overstatement, the manufactured conflict …
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: Political Wire
E. Jean Carroll / Vanity Fair:
“After Me, Baby, You're Gonna Be Ruined for Anyone Else”: Donald Trump Refused to Take ‘No’ From Women—And Then From America Itself  —  Donald Trump is leaving office with a reputation marred by two impeachments, multiple scandals, and a violent assault on the U.S. Capitol.
Associated Press:
Trump administration carries out 13th and final execution  —  TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The Trump administration early Saturday carried out its 13th federal execution since July, an unprecedented run that concluded just five days before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden — an opponent of the federal death penalty.
New York Times:
Inside Twitter's Decision to Cut Off Trump  —  Jack Dorsey, the chief executive, had reservations about locking the president's account.  But the calls for violence that his tweets provoked were too overwhelming.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Jack Dorsey, Twitter's chief executive …
Mara Liasson / NPR:
Republicans Wonder How, And If, They Can Pull The Party Back Together  —  Toggle more options  —  In a matter of hours on Jan. 6, the Republican Party went from shrugging off its loss of the White House to a party in crisis.  —  It was becoming clear just before the violent insurrection …
Washington Post:
Conspiracy theories and a call for patriots entice veterans at the Capitol  —  The day President Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol, Jeremy Michael Brown, a retired Special Forces soldier with multiple combat tours, was in Washington, D.C., dressed for battle in body armor, boots and a Kevlar helmet.
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 …
Jerry Barclay / al.com:
Dear Mo: An open letter to Alabama's controversial congressman  —  An open letter to Mo Brooks:  —  Mo,  —  You and I have known one another, personally and professionally, for four decades.  When you were a prosecutor in Madison County, and I was (as I continue to be) …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Russian Media Pushes the Lie That Capitol Rioters Were Antifa
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Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
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Associated Press:
NY prosecutors interview Michael Cohen about Trump finances
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
In Trump's last days, a spree of environmental rollbacks
New York Times:
Capitol Attack Could Fuel Extremist Recruitment For Years, Experts Warn
Discussion: Gizmodo
William March / Tampa Bay Times:
In Tampa Bay area, 2,000 Republicans switch parties in days after Capitol riot
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
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Ben Collins / NBC News:
Online far-right movements fracture in wake of Capitol riot
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