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2:25 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 …
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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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 …
CBS News:
Americans see democracy under threat — CBS News poll
Discussion: Politico
CNN:
CNN Poll: Republican Party favorability dips as most want party to move on from Trump
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Hill
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.
Discussion: Politico and The Intellectualist
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Acting defense secretary orders NSA director to immediately install former GOP operative as the agency's top lawyer  —  Acting defense secretary Christopher C. Miller ordered the director of the National Security Agency to install on Saturday a former GOP political operative as the NSA's top lawyer …
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 …
Axios:
Off the rails: Conspiracy theorists commandeer Trump's legal operation  —  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: UPROXX, The Week, Raw Story and Instapundit
Ben Sasse / The Atlantic:
QAnon Is Destroying the GOP From Within  —  Eugene Goodman is an American hero.  At a pivotal moment on January 6, the veteran United States Capitol Police officer single-handedly prevented untold bloodshed.  Staring down an angry, advancing mob, he retreated up a marble staircase …
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Kevin Roose / New York Times:
A QAnon ‘Digital Soldier’ Marches On, Undeterred by Theory's Unraveling  —  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.
ABC News:
Giuliani says he's working on Trump's impeachment defense, would argue voter fraud claims  —  “If you can prove that it's true... they are no longer fighting words,” he said.  —  US Capitol riots: Tracking the insurrection  —  On Jan. 6, rioters coming from a pro-Trump rally broke into the U.S. Capitol …
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Senate GOP Set to Argue Out-of-Office Trump Can't be Convicted in Impeachment  —  New report suggests most scholars are on the other side; trial could start this week  —  WASHINGTON—The political fate of President Trump, and any ambitions he might have for reclaiming the White House in 2024 …
Tim Miller / Bulwark+:
The Republican Party's Final Humiliation  —  Even now, they're still covering for Trump.  —  2 hr ago  —  1. Argo America  —  Last week following the Capitol Riot, Susan Collins said “my first thought was that the Iranians had followed through on their threat to strike the Capitol.”
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Examiner
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 …
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
How Republicans Are Warping Reality Around the Capitol Attack  —  Loyalists to President Trump are increasingly relying on conspiracy theories and misinformation, drawing false equivalence with last summer's racial protests and blaming outside agitators.  —  Immediately after the attack …
Casper Star-Tribune:
Lawyers and judges: The rule of law matters  —  As lawyers, retired judges, and legal educators of all political parties, we share the shock felt by most Americans over the events of Jan. 6, in Washington, D.C. In the days, months, and years ahead the underlying causes will be debated, and accountability will be assigned.
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
After White House Meeting with Trump, Mike Lindell Calls for Military Coup on Facebook  —  NOTHING TO SEE HERE.  JUST A PILLOW SALESMAN BEING INVITED TO THE WHITE HOUSE TO ARGUE FOR THE IMPOSITION OF MARTIAL LAW AND THE OVERTURNING OF A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.  WE COOL.  (DREW ANGERER/GETTY IMAGES)
NBC4 Washington:
Woman Arrested at Inauguration Checkpoint Said She Was Officer, Cabinet Member: Police  —  The 63-year-old said she was an officer and “a part of the presidential cabinet,” and presented a military police challenge coin, D.C. police say  —  A woman was arrested at an inauguration checkpoint Saturday morning …
Jon Ralston / The Nevada Independent:
Adelson was a complex and polarizing figure in gaming, political worlds  —  Sheldon Adelson / Photo courtesy of East Coast Gambler under Creative Commons  —  We live, more than ever, in a world of caricatures.  —  Perceptions are fueled by partisan animus, economic dislocation and increasing alienation.
Abraham Accords / Haaretz:
‘Very Fine People’: An Oral History of Trump and the Jews  —  E … Donald Trump's term in the White House was a time of great turmoil for America - as well as for its millions of Jews.  The American Jewish community was courted by Trump with pro-Israel moves since his presidential campaign …
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
Deceptions in the time of the ‘alternative facts’ president  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Truth caught up with Donald Trump after years of giving chase.  —  The twice-impeached president painted a fantasy world in office, starring himself.  In this world, he did things bigger, better …
Discussion: Al Jazeera and Blue Virginia
Helaine Olen / Washington Post:
Katie Porter is off the House Financial Services Committee.  We're all worse off for it.  —  When Democrats took back the House of Representatives in 2018, a number of the freshman representatives quickly emerged as media stars.  One was Katie Porter, who used her platform …
Danielle Wallace / Fox News:
FBI arrest Florida ‘hardcore leftist’ who plotted armed attack on pro-Trump protesters at state Capitol  —  Daniel Baker was kicked out of the Army, fought with terrorists, and supported Antifa, prosecutors claim  —  FBI internal memo warns of plans for armed protests nationwide
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Three ways the media can vanquish the Big Lie that will linger even after Trump is gone  —  His administration is down to its last hours, but you can bet that the false belief held by millions of Americans that the election was rigged is not going away when President Trump does.
The Guardian:
Historians having to tape together records that Trump tore up  —  Implications for public record and legal proceedings after administration seized or destroyed papers, notes and other information  —  The public will not see Donald Trump's White House records for years …
Gideon Levy / Haaretz:
Not ‘Apartheid in the West Bank.’ Apartheid  —  For just six months of its 73 years was Israel a democracy.  Six months, and not one day more.  This shocking fact, which most Israelis and the wider world repress and truth-seekers have no way of denying, must resound in every civics lesson and every debate in Israel.
Parker Molloy / Media Matters for America:
Conservatives want everyone to know that they're the real victims of the January 6 insurrection  —  Rather than take any accountability for their actions, right-wing media are retreating to familiar territory: perpetual victimhood  —  In the days since a mob of Trump supporters waged an attack …
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Thousands of Covid-19 vaccines wind up in the garbage because of fed, state guidelines … A hospital Covid-19 vaccination team shows up at the emergency room to inoculate employees who haven't received their shots.  —  Finding just a few, the team is about to leave when an ER doctor suggests …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Joe Concha / The Hill:
AOC's Ministry of Truth  —  One of the more unsettling comments from influential lawmakers came on Wednesday with little fanfare despite being downright Orwellian in its perspective around “media literacy” and a congressional “truth and reconciliation” committee.
 
 
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New York Post:
The left's ‘urge to purge’ response to the Capitol assault
Dan Diamond / Politico:
The crash landing of ‘Operation Warp Speed’
Discussion: CNBC and Vox
Elliot Spagat / Associated Press:
Biden to prioritize legal status for millions of immigrants
Oliver Milman / The Guardian:
'I'm facing a prison sentence': US Capitol rioters plead with Trump for pardons
Discussion: TMZ.com
Beth Baumann / Townhall:
WATCH: Raskin Explains Why Dems Are Pursing Impeachment 2.0
The Times of Israel:
Report: Biden team already holding talks with Iran on US return to nuclear deal
Discussion: Breitbart
Robert Reich / The Guardian:
Biden cannot govern from the center - ending Trumpism means radical action
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 Earlier Items: 
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Twitter purge decimates GOP senators after Capitol riot, but Democrats gain
Washington Post:
We led a 50-50 Senate. Sharing power is so much harder now.
Jessica Bennett / New York Times:
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Discussion: Althouse
Axios:
Fringe right plots new attacks out of sight
Discussion: Raw Story
Benjamin Wermund / ExpressNews.com:
A new crop of Texas-led lawsuits awaits Joe Biden's White House
Discussion: CNN
San Francisco Chronicle:
California has nearly 2 million unused doses of vaccine even as demand soars. Here's why
Discussion: Kaiser Health News and Breitbart
Washington Post:
41 minutes of fear: A video timeline from inside the Capitol siege