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1:45 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  —  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.
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.
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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
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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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.
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.
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
Dorany Pineda / Los Angeles Times:
Hundreds in publishing sign letter objecting to book deals for the Trump administration  —  More than 250 authors, editors, agents, professors and others in the American literary community signed an open letter this week opposing any publisher that signs book deals with President Donald Trump or members of his administration.
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.
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.
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 …
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).
Associated Press:
NY prosecutors interview Michael Cohen about Trump finances  —  NEW YORK (AP) — New York prosecutors conducted an hourslong interview Thursday of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, asking a range of questions about Trump's business dealings, according to three people familiar with the meeting.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
 
 
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New York Times:
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Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
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Politico:
Trump weighing a pardon for Steve Bannon
Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
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Jerry Barclay / al.com:
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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
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 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Conspiracy theories and a call for patriots entice veterans at the Capitol
William March / Tampa Bay Times:
In Tampa Bay area, 2,000 Republicans switch parties in days after Capitol riot
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Is on the Verge of Losing Everything
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Capitol Police intelligence report warned three days before attack that ‘Congress itself’ could be targeted
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
‘Destroy Trump’: Breitbart Staffers Seethe After Capitol Riot
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Beast
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