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6:10 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 …
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: Raw Story and HotAir
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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.
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
CNN:
CNN Poll: Republican Party favorability dips as most want party to move on from Trump
Discussion: Mother Jones
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
Troops, Blockades and Eerie Quiet Pervade a Locked-Down Washington
Discussion: The Guardian
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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Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Giuliani associate told ex-CIA officer a Trump pardon would ‘cost $2m’ - report  —  John Kiriakou, who was jailed in 2012 for identity leak, said his pursuit of a pardon came up in a meeting with Giuliani last year  —  An associate of Rudy Giuliani told a former CIA officer a presidential pardon was …
Discussion: HotAir
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and UPI
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Fox News, Trending Politics and Twitchy
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
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 …
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 …
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
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
What does Josh Hawley think he's doing?  —  This is what some people have been afraid of: that Trumpism will not flame out, that it will instead change shape, that it will acquire perfect chestnut hair and blue suits that fit, that it will trade seething mania for intellectual finesse …
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 …
Jonathan Turley / Fox News:
Trump impeachment trial - why his best defense may be no defense  —  If American politics shows anything, it is that enmity, not necessity is the mother of invention  —  Sen. Graham on Trump's ‘Scarlet Letter’ impeachment: ‘This is insane at every level’  —  If American politics shows anything …
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 / 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
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.
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 …
 
 
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Miriam Berger / Washington Post:
U.S. pundits keep comparing Washington to a war zone. People who know war disagree.
Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:
Social-Media Algorithms Rule How We See the World. Good Luck Trying to Stop Them.
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
Oliver Milman / The Guardian:
'I'm facing a prison sentence': US Capitol rioters plead with Trump for pardons
Discussion: TMZ.com
Abraham Accords / Haaretz:
‘Very Fine People’: An Oral History of Trump and the Jews
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 Earlier Items: 
Parker Molloy / Media Matters for America:
Conservatives want everyone to know that they're the real victims of the January 6 insurrection
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Republicans call for unity but won't acknowledge Biden won fairly
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Three ways the media can vanquish the Big Lie that will linger even after Trump is gone
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Thousands of Covid-19 vaccines wind up in the garbage because of fed, state guidelines
Discussion: CNN and Balloon Juice
The Guardian:
Historians having to tape together records that Trump tore up
Joe Concha / The Hill:
AOC's Ministry of Truth
Discussion: Townhall
Helaine Olen / Washington Post:
Katie Porter is off the House Financial Services Committee. We're all worse off for it.