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4:55 PM ET, January 16, 2021

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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.
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Donor backlash fuels GOP alarm about Senate fundraising
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Common Dreams
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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New York Times:
Inside Twitter's Decision to Cut Off Trump
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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New York Times:   Capitol Attack Could Fuel Extremist Recruitment For Years, Experts Warn
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’
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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: UPI, Bloomberg and Fox News
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 Post:
‘Trump said to do so’: Accounts of rioters who say the president spurred them to rush the Capitol could be pivotal testimony  —  A man from Kentucky told the FBI that he and his cousin began marching toward the U.S. Capitol building last week because “President Trump said to do so.”
Discussion: Vox, New York Times and Reuters
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 …
Discussion: Law & Crime, UPROXX and The Verge
New York Times:
Capitol Police arrested a man with an ‘unauthorized’ inauguration credential and a gun at a security checkpoint.  —  The U.S. Capitol Police arrested a man at a security checkpoint in Washington on Friday after he flashed an “unauthorized” inauguration credential and a search of his truck found …
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: Raw Story and Bloomberg
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 …
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
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.
Cmte Intelligence (D) RSS Articles:
Committees Open Review of Insurrection at Capitol and Threats to Stop Peaceful Transition of Power  —  Committees Send Requests for Documents and Briefings to FBI, DHS, NCTC and ODNI  —  Washington, DC - Today, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on Homeland Security …
Discussion: The Hill, Axios and CNBC
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.
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 …
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 …
Politico:
Guardsmen stationed at U.S. Capitol building to get cots  —  The National Guardsmen providing security in the U.S. Capitol ahead of the inauguration are soon getting cots, after images went viral last week of troops sleeping on the floor in the halls of Congress, according to four people familiar with the decision.
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Vox, HuffPost, CNN and Slate
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Column: How Trump cheapened one of America's highest honors, the Medal of Freedom  —  Nothing makes sense anymore.  —  The party of “law and order” just rampaged through the Capitol, bludgeoning a police officer to death and calling for the lynching of the vice president.
 
 
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Bloomberg:
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Maura Judkis / Washington Post:
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BuzzFeed News:
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Associated Press:
Federal prisons on lockdown in run-up to Biden inauguration
Discussion: Axios
Josh Campbell / CNN:
Trump's ‘pro-law enforcement’ image crumbles in his final days
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Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
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Hundreds in publishing sign letter objecting to book deals for the Trump administration
Democrat and Chronicle:
Aquinas Institute grad charged in US Capitol riot, faces more than 20 years if convicted
Discussion: New York Post and Law & Crime
Associated Press:
NY prosecutors interview Michael Cohen about Trump finances
Discussion: The Hill
Joanna Weiss / Politico:
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Martyn McLaughlin / Scotsman:
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