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10:40 PM ET, January 17, 2021

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CNN:
Trump to issue around 100 pardons and commutations Tuesday, sources say  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump is preparing to issue around 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, according to three people familiar with the matter, a major batch of clemency actions …
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
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New York Times:
Prospect of Pardons in Final Days Fuels Market to Buy Access to Trump
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Giuliani associate told ex-CIA officer a Trump pardon would ‘cost $2m’ - report
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet …
Discussion: Political Wire
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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Adam Rawnsley / The Daily Beast:
Baseball Bat-Wielding Far-Right Militiaman Charged Over Capitol Riot  —  Robert Gieswein's now-deleted Facebook page showed him outside Rep. Lauren Boebert's gun-themed bar, making a sign associated with the Three Percenter militia.  —  Federal authorities have charged Robert Gieswein …
Wall Street Journal:   Far-Right Affiliations Seen Among Those Recently Charged in Capitol Riot
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Fox Agreed to Pay for Telling Lies.  But It Insisted on One Unusual Condition.  —  Why did the network insist its hyping of a conspiracy theory stay secret until after the election?  —  On Oct. 12, 2020, Fox News agreed to pay millions of dollars to the family of a murdered Democratic …
Discussion: Mediaite
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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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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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.
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
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 …
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.).
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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 …
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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Benjamin Parker / The Bulwark:
House Republicans Look Pathetic Compared to Navalny  —  Days after all but ten GOP representatives showed their spinelessness by opposing impeachment, Russia's opposition leader braves Putin's wrath to return home.  —  The ten Republicans in the House of Representatives who voted …
Discussion: Politico
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Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
Poison squad stalked Alexei Navalny on 40 flights, says Bellingcat investigator
Discussion: Associated Press
U.S. Department of Justice:
New Mexico County Commissioner Charged for Breaching U.S. Capitol  —  Defendant Arrested in DC After Returning to Participate in Inauguration Protests  —  WASHINGTON— A New Mexico County commissioner was charged today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for breaching the U.S. Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, 2021.
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Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Ky. man accused of smashing window Babbitt tried to breach; N.M. man vowed to return to D.C. — and was caught when he did
CNN:
Twitter temporarily suspends Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for election misinformation  —  Washington (CNN)Twitter on Sunday temporarily suspended the account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for repeated violations of new rules the social media platform put in place following the violent US Capitol riot earlier …
Eric Boodman / STAT:
Sharon Begley, path-breaking science journalist who spun words into gold, dies at 64  —  Trying to write a lede about the loss of Sharon Begley feels a little like being asked to sing a song at Aretha Franklin's grave.  Sharon would have hated that sentence.  She didn't settle for similes that needed qualifying.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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: The Hill and Fox News
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.
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 …
CNN:
CNN Poll: Trump's approval rating reaches new low as term ends  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump will leave office with the lowest approval rating of his presidency, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS, with more Americans than ever in support of removing him from office.
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Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Trump approval remains stable in new NBC poll, with Republicans unmoved after Capitol violence
 
 
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Robert O'Harrow / Washington Post:
Rallies ahead of Capitol riot were planned by established Washington insiders
Discussion: Common Dreams
David Goldman / CNN:
Blocked from social media, extremists discuss turning to radios to plan attacks, FCC warns
Discussion: KIFI-TV
Bill Whitaker / CBS News:
How did rioters breach the U.S. Capitol on January 6?
BuzzFeed News:
Park Police Officers Worried That Chronic Understaffing Could Endanger The Public. Then The Capitol Riot Happened.
Dan De Luce / NBC News:
Iran jails U.S. businessman, possibly jeopardizing Biden's plans for diplomacy with Tehran
National Review:
In Defense of Liz Cheney
Washington Post:
Purges force extremists off social media sites. That can complicate investigators' work.
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew A. Michta / National Review:
This Time, There May Not Be a Do-Over  —  America is at an inflection point.
Wall Street Journal:
Troops, Blockades and Eerie Quiet Pervade a Locked-Down Washington
Discussion: The Guardian
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
What does Josh Hawley think he's doing?
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Senate GOP Set to Argue Out-of-Office Trump Can't be Convicted in Impeachment