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9:10 PM ET, January 17, 2021

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New Yorker:
A Reporter's Footage from Inside the Capitol Siege  —  When Luke Mogelson attended President Donald Trump's speech on the National Mall, in Washington, D.C., on January 6th, he was prepared for the possibility that violence might erupt that day.  Mogelson, a veteran war correspondent …
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Wall Street Journal:
Proud Boys, Seizing Trump's Call to Washington, Helped Lead Capitol Attack  —  Far-right group invoked the president's rhetoric to build momentum toward violent showdown, a Wall Street Journal review shows  —  On Jan. 3, three days before the attack on the Capitol, Enrique Tarrio …
Discussion: Rolling Stone
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Wall Street Journal:   Far-Right Affiliations Seen Among Those Recently Charged in Capitol Riot
Wall Street Journal:
Troops, Blockades and Eerie Quiet Pervade a Locked-Down Washington
Discussion: The Guardian
Axios:
Off the rails: Trump mainlines election conspiracies as Oval Office descends into madness  —  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: Mediaite
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Kyle Bakx / CBC News:
Biden indicates plans to cancel Keystone XL pipeline permit on first day in office, sources confirm  —  ‘Rescind Keystone XL pipeline permit’ appears on transition briefing note list of executive actions  —  U.S. president-elect Joe Biden has indicated plans to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Reuters
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Timothy Puko / Wall Street Journal:   Keystone XL Oil Project Pledges Zero Carbon Emissions
Associated Press:
Records: Trump allies behind rally that ignited Capitol riot  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of President Donald Trump's failed presidential campaign played key roles in orchestrating the Washington rally that spawned a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol, according to an Associated Press review of records …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
The NSA is ‘moving forward’ to install Michael Ellis, a former GOP operative, as its top lawyer, the agency said Sunday  —  The National Security Agency is “moving forward” to install Michael Ellis, a former GOP political operative and White House official, as the agency's top lawyer, the agency said Sunday.
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New York Times:
N.S.A. Installs Trump Loyalist as Top Lawyer Days Before Biden Takes Office  —  The acting defense secretary ordered the spy agency to appoint Michael Ellis, who has been accused of having a hand in one of the Trump administration's most contentious legal decisions.
ProPublica:
What Parler Saw During the Attack on the Capitol  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.  —  As supporters of President Donald Trump took part in a violent riot at the Capitol …
NBC4 Washington:
Woman Arrested at Inauguration Checkpoint Said She Was Officer, Cabinet Member: Police  —  A woman was arrested at an inauguration checkpoint Saturday morning for impersonating a law enforcement officer and fleeing from police, officials say.  —  Linda Magovern, 63, of Stratford, Connecticut …
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Todd A. Heywood / Michigan Advance:
New: Michigan GOP Senate leader advised militias on messaging, says they've gotten ‘a bad rap’  —  Just a month before 13 men were charged by state and federal law enforcement for a far-right plot to allegedly kidnap and execute Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey …
CNN:
Melania Trump departing White House with lowest favorability of her tenure  —  (CNN)Melania Trump will be exiting the White House with the lowest favorability rating of her tenure as first lady, according to a new CNN poll.  —  At 47%, more people have an unfavorable view of the first lady …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Trump's approval rating reaches new low as term ends
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Trump approval remains stable in new NBC poll, with Republicans unmoved after Capitol violence
New York Times:
Prospect of Pardons in Final Days Fuels Market to Buy Access to Trump  —  The president's allies have collected tens of thousands of dollars — and potentially much more — from people seeking pardons.  —  WASHINGTON — As President Trump prepares to leave office in days …
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Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Giuliani associate told ex-CIA officer a Trump pardon would ‘cost $2m’ - report
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors and HotAir
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Incoming Biden administration to migrant caravan: Don't come, you won't get in immediately  —  WASHINGTON — As thousands of Honduran migrants make their way to the U.S. border, the incoming Biden administration, just days from taking office, has a message: Don't come now.
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New York Times:
Migrant Caravan, Now in Guatemala, Tests Regional Resolve to Control Migration
Discussion: Breitbart and HotAir
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
Poison squad stalked Alexei Navalny on 40 flights, says Bellingcat investigator  —  As Russian opposition leader returns to Moscow, flight records show how Kremlin agents have been following him for years  —  Less than five months after an apparent novichok poisoning put him in a coma …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Benjamin Parker / The Bulwark:
House Republicans Look Pathetic Compared to Navalny
Discussion: Politico
Peter H. Lewis / AVL Watchdog:
Cawthorn Says Capitol Mob Was Paid by Democrats  —  Calls Intensify for Congressman to Resign  —  In the middle of the siege of the Capitol on Jan. 6, while a mob of insurrectionists still roamed the halls and ransacked offices, leaving five dead and dozens injured, Madison Cawthorn called …
Discussion: Fox News
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John Farmer Jr. / The Hill:
Why the Senate should not rush an impeachment trial
Politico:
Biden taps Warren ally Chopra to lead Consumer Bureau  —  President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Rohit Chopra to be the next director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to four sources familiar with the decision, choosing a strong consumer advocate aligned with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
QAnon's ‘Meme Queen’ Marches On  —  Valerie Gilbert posts dozens of times a day in support of an unhinged conspiracy theory.  The story of this “meme queen” hints at how hard it will be to bring people like her back to reality.  —  Every morning, Valerie Gilbert, a Harvard-educated writer and actress …
Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon / Florida Today:
DOH whistleblower Rebekah Jones ‘turning herself in’ to face new charge  —  Rebekah Jones, fired Florida Department of Health data scientist-turned-whistleblower, on Saturday afternoon said she will be “turning herself in” to Florida police on Sunday after a warrant was issued for her arrest.
Alec MacGillis / ProPublica:
Inside the Capitol Riot: What the Parler Videos Reveal … ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.  —  The man's smartphone camera pans the crowd on the east side of the U.S. Capitol.
Associated Press:
Members of Trump campaign behind rally that ignited US Capitol riot, records show  —  By ANNA MONEYMAKER/THE NEW YORK TIMES “,sourceId: “https://www.nytsyn.com/images/feed_ support/photos/download/4f22a852-0f60- 42b1-93e6-05d3d5910ec5.jpg”,shareUrl: “https%3A%2F%2Fwww.chicagotribune.com%2 Fnation- world%2Fct-nw …
CBS News:
Americans see democracy under threat — CBS News poll  —  Americans see President-elect Joe Biden taking office amid both the health crisis of the pandemic — and what they decry as a confusing vaccine rollout that is far too slow — then more broadly, they voice deep concern about the health of democracy itself.
Dan De Luce / NBC News:
Iran jails U.S. businessman, possibly jeopardizing Biden's plans for diplomacy with Tehran  —  WASHINGTON — Only weeks after the U.S. election, and three days after an Iranian nuclear scientist was assassinated, Iranian authorities convicted an American businessman on spying charges, a family friend told NBC News.
Andrew A. Michta / National Review:
This Time, There May Not Be a Do-Over  —  America is at an inflection point.  The next few years will determine if its hegemony fades or flourishes anew.  —  istorically, great civilizations self-immolate before they suffer external defeat.  Often the seeds of decline are planted …
 
 
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National Review:
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U.S. charges man accused of smashing glass at Capitol just before fatal shooting
Washington Post:
Purges force extremists off social media sites. That can complicate investigators' work.
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Not ‘Apartheid in the West Bank.’ Apartheid
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Parker Molloy / Media Matters for America:
Conservatives want everyone to know that they're the real victims of the January 6 insurrection
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
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