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3:35 AM ET, January 17, 2021

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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 …
Discussion: CNN and Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Business Insider and Raw Story
New York Times:
Biden Seeks Quick Start With Executive Actions and Aggressive Legislation  —  In an effort to mark a clean break from the Trump era, the president-elect plans to roll out dozens of executive orders in his first 10 days on top of a big stimulus plan and an expansive immigration bill.
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Tyler Pager / Politico:
Biden plans dozens of executive orders for early days of presidency  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — Joe Biden is planning to sign dozens of executive orders in his first days in office, as he aims to roll back some of President Donald Trump's signature policies on immigration and climate change …
Melissa Repko / CNBC:   So long, Peloton: Joe Biden may need new exercise equipment when he moves to White House
Dan Merica / CNN:   Biden to sign executive orders rejoining Paris climate accord and rescinding travel ban on first day
Los Angeles Times:
Biden plans early legislation to offer legal status to 11 million immigrants without it
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Biden plans a flurry of executive orders, new legislation for first days as president
Discussion: CNN, New York Magazine and Raw Story
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Washington Post:
Virginia man arrested at inauguration security checkpoint in possession of gun, 500 rounds ammo and non-government issued credential, police say  —  A Virginia man has been arrested after law enforcement found at least one firearm and more than 500 rounds of ammunition in his truck as he tried …
Politico:
Guardsmen stationed at U.S. Capitol building to get cots
Discussion: Raw Story
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)
Washington Post:
Trump to flee Washington and seek rehabilitation in a MAGA oasis: Florida  —  President Trump will leave Washington this week politically wounded, silenced on social media and essentially unwelcome in his lifelong hometown of New York.  —  By migrating instead to Palm Beach, Fla. …
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Eli Stokols / Los Angeles Times:
Trump retreats from his job, and Pence fills the void as ‘acting’ president
Discussion: New York Post and Associated Press
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:
41 minutes of fear: A video timeline from inside the Capitol siege  —  At 2:12 p.m. on Jan. 6, supporters of President Trump began climbing through a window they had smashed on the northwest side of the U.S. Capitol.  “Go!  Go!  Go!” someone shouted as the rioters, some in military gear, streamed in.
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 …
Katie Bo Williams / Defense One:
Troops at Inauguration Pre-Screened for Extremism, Says DC Guard Commander  —  “We will use the minimum force required to protect ourselves,” said Maj. Gen. William Walker, in an exclusive interview.  —  The roughly 25,000 National Guardsmen deployed to the U.S. capital to ensure President-elect Joe Biden …
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.
Discussion: Mediaite, UPROXX, Variety and Axios
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Isabella Grullón Paz / New York Times:
Far-right activist ‘Baked Alaska’ is among the latest Capitol rioters to be arrested.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Deadline
Elaina Plott / New York Times:
Trump's ‘Law and Order’: One More Deceptive Tactic Is Exposed  —  The president's response to the riot at the Capitol underscored the ways he has twisted the phrase “law and order” over the past four years.  —  WASHINGTON — For years, the phrase rolled off his tongue in times of strife, a rallying cry to his predominantly white base.
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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 …
San Francisco Chronicle:
California has nearly 2 million unused doses of vaccine even as demand soars.  Here's why  —  Across California, a vast number of coronavirus vaccine doses are locked up in cold storage.  But last week, when Santa Clara County asked for 100,000 doses to ramp up vaccine distribution …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Breitbart
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
The House and Senate GOP are operating in different political universes  —  It is normal for a party's House and Senate caucuses to have different temperaments.  —  But in recent weeks, congressional Republicans have seemed to be operating in different political universes.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and WHYY
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: Fox News and Outside the Beltway
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
Major NRA donor to challenge gun group's bankruptcy over alleged fraud  —  Complaint could stop top NRA executives from discharging a substantial portion of the organisation's debts  —  A major donor to the National Rifle Association is poised to challenge key aspects of the gun group's bankruptcy filing …
Discussion: New York Times
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.
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
The Trial of Donald Trump Must Tell the Full Story of the Capitol Insurrection  —  One of the most quoted lines in American nonfiction is Joan Didion's “we tell ourselves stories in order to live.”  It's the first sentence of “The White Album,” an essay in which Didion recounts some facts …
Julia Musto / Fox News:
Manchin says 14th Amendment ouster should be ‘consideration’ for Sens. Hawley, Cruz  —  The senator says Hawley and Cruz's election objections after the siege of the Capitol were ‘totally outside the realm of our responsibilities’  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for January 16<br>
Discussion: RedState and Mediaite
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Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Manchin: Removing Hawley, Cruz with 14th Amendment ‘should be a consideration’
Discussion: Business Insider
Kevin Collier / NBC News:
Selfies, social media posts making it easier for FBI to track down Capitol riot suspects  —  They posted that they were storming the Capitol to Facebook.  They livestreamed it on YouTube and made Instagram stories of their fellow rioters as they broke in.  —  As the FBI continues to round …
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
FBI probing if foreign governments, groups funded extremists who helped execute Capitol attack  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI is investigating whether foreign governments, organizations or individuals provided financial support to extremists who helped plan and execute the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
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.”
 
 
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Maura Judkis / Washington Post:
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