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4:25 PM ET, January 17, 2021

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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 …
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Politico
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.
CNN:
CNN Poll: Republican Party favorability dips as most want party to move on from Trump
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Hill
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  —  The nation's capital has been turned into a secured encampment ahead of the inauguration  —  WASHINGTON—The scores of crisp American and District of Columbia flags sailing above Pennsylvania Avenue are a traditional sign of a coming presidential inauguration.
Discussion: The Guardian
Albert Hunt / The Hill:   The challenge of Biden's first days: staying focused and on message
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: HotAir
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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New York Times:
Capitol Protests Live Updates: Armed Protesters Gather in Ohio, Texas and Michigan  —  Washington remained mostly quiet while police officers and troops watch and wait outside the Capitol and statehouses across the country.  —  RIGHT NOW The police arrested a woman who they said impersonated an officer at an inauguration checkpoint.
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.
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 …
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:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Miriam Berger / Washington Post:
U.S. pundits keep comparing Washington to a war zone.  People who know war disagree.  —  A massive security operation is underway in Washington ahead of President-elect Biden's inauguration on Wednesday, two weeks after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.  —  As images of National Guard …
John Farmer Jr. / The Hill:
Why the Senate should not rush an impeachment trial  —  The most surprising aspect of the House vote to impeach President Trump was not the alacrity with which it acted — just one week from the events that triggered impeachment.  A strong immediate reaction could be expected.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Peter H. Lewis / AVL Watchdog:
Cawthorn Says Capitol Mob Was Paid by Democrats
Discussion: Fox News
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Parker Molloy / Media Matters for America:
Conservatives want everyone to know that they're the real victims of the January 6 insurrection
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: 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
ABC News:
Giuliani says he's working on Trump's impeachment defense, would argue voter fraud claims
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
After White House Meeting with Trump, Mike Lindell Calls for Military Coup on Facebook