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8:40 PM ET, January 18, 2021

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Kate Bennett / CNN:
Trumps' snub of Bidens historic in its magnitude  —  (CNN)On the morning of January 20, Donald Trump and Melania Trump will depart the White House as President and first lady, but they will not invite their incoming counterparts, Joe and Jill Biden, inside before they do.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, Fox News and Mediaite
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CNN:
Melania Trump's disappointing break with tradition  —  Kate Andersen Brower is a CNN contributor and the author of “First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies,” “Team Of Five: The Presidents Club in the Age of Trump,” “First in Line: Presidents, Vice Presidents and the Pursuit of Power …
Mary Jordan / Washington Post:
Melania Trump spends her last days in the White House focused on her future, while her husband rages about the past
Annie Karni / New York Times:
They Prepare the White House for a New President. They Have 5 Hours.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Trump Prepares Pardon Wave for Final Hours  —  Among those under consideration for grants of clemency are the former New York Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver and the rapper Lil Wayne.  —  Those under consideration include such disparate figures as Sheldon Silver, the disgraced former …
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Justin Fenton / Baltimore Sun:
Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh among those seeking clemency from President Trump
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Wyoming GOP chairman floats secession after Cheney votes to impeach Trump  —  A top Republican official in Wyoming floated the idea of seceding from the United States after a high-profile member of his party from the Cowboy State embraced the impeachment of President Trump.
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S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
Liz Cheney censured in Wyoming for vote to impeach Trump: ‘Did not represent our voice’  —  The Republican Party Central Committee in Carbon County, Wyoming, has censured Rep. Liz Cheney for voting to impeach President Trump, as support for the one-time rising GOP star crumbles in her home state.
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Dominion sends cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell  —  Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election.  —  Why it matters: Trump and several of his allies …
Discussion: Law & Crime and Mediaite
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Dominion Voting Systems threatens to sue Mike Lindell, MyPillow C.E.O., over false claims.  —  Officials with Dominion Voting Systems has sent Mike Lindell, the C.E.O. of MyPillow, a legal letter warning of pending litigation over his baseless claims of widespread fraud involving their machines.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Last Trump Job Approval 34%; Average Is Record-Low 41%  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — As President Donald Trump prepares to leave the White House, 34% of Americans approve of the job he is doing as president, the worst evaluation of his presidency.  His 41% average approval rating throughout …
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
Biden's Covid-19 Plan Is Maddeningly Obvious  —  It is infuriating that the Trump administration left so many of these things undone.  —  I wish I could tell you that the incoming Biden administration had a genius plan for combating Covid-19, thick with ideas no one else had thought of and strategies no one else had tried.
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Tara Bahrampour / Washington Post:
Embattled Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham resigns  —  The embattled director of the U.S. Census Bureau is resigning in the wake of allegations that he had supported a partisan push to deliver data to President Trump before the president leaves office.
Discussion: Roll Call
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Wall Street Journal:
Biden Rejects Trump's Push to Lift Covid-19 Travel Restrictions  —  Biden's incoming press secretary said the president elect wouldn't lift travel bans, citing safety risks  —  President-elect Joe Biden rejected an effort by President Trump on Monday to lift bans on most travel into the U.S. from Europe …
Discussion: NBC News, CBS News and Bloomberg
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Donald J. Trump / The White House:
Proclamation Terminating Restrictions on Entry of Certain Travelers from the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and Brazil
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
Detroit News:
Michigan Republicans seek to replace GOP canvasser who certified election  —  Lansing — The Michigan Republican Party wants to replace the GOP member of the Board of State Canvassers who cast the pivotal vote to certify election results in favor of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.
CNN:
Rudy Giuliani voted with an affidavit ballot, which he bashed in failed effort to overturn election  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani personally voted in the 2020 election using a voting method he publicly disparaged and bashed in his attempts to overthrow …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Manu Raju / CNN:
McConnell, Schumer close in on power-sharing agreement in evenly divided Senate  —  Washington (CNN)The top two Senate leaders are nearing a power-sharing agreement to hash out how the evenly divided chamber will operate, with Democrats in charge of setting the schedule but both parties likely …
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Biden to propose overhaul of immigration laws on first day in office  —  President-elect Joe Biden will roll out a sweeping overhaul of nation's immigration laws the day he is inaugurated, including an eight-year pathway to citizenship for immigrants without legal status and an expansion …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Giuliani will not be part of Trump's defense in the Senate impeachment trial.  —  President Trump's personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, will not be taking part in the president's defense in the Senate trial for his second impeachment, a person close to Mr. Trump said on Monday.
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NBC News:
Texas realtor on Capitol riot: 'I'm glad I was there' … Jenna Ryan says it all began with an invitation from a “very cute guy” on Facebook: Would she join him on a private plane to the Jan. 6 Trump rally in Washington, D.C.?  —  The decision was easy.  Ryan, a Dallas-area real estate agent …
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Trump couldn't have incited sedition without the help of Fox News  —  It is hard to overstate the enormity of what occurred on Jan. 6, 2021 — a date that will live in infamy alongside Dec. 7, 1941, and Sept. 11, 2001.  This was the first time the U.S. Capitol had been ransacked since the War …
The White House:
Executive Order on Building the National Garden of American Heroes  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:  —  Section 1.  Background.  In Executive Order 13934 of July 3, 2020 …
Carly Roman / Washington Examiner:
Lauren Boebert rebukes Democrat who suggested she gave tour to rioters before Capitol breach  —  Rep. Lauren Boebert issued a stinging rebuke of Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen, who suggested the Colorado Republican may have shown some of the rioters around Capitol Hill prior to the Jan. 6 attack.
Discussion: CNN and Crooks and Liars
WPTV:
Moving trucks arrive at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club on Palm Beach  —  Police expect Trump to arrive in South Florida on Inauguration Day  —  PALM BEACH, Fla. — Several large moving trucks arrived at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club on Palm Beach Monday morning …
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Off the rails: Inside the disintegration of Trump's relationship with Bill Barr  —  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.
Kamala D. Harris / San Francisco Chronicle:
Serving as California's senator has been an honor.  But this is not a goodbye  —  The first time I came to work in the United States Senate was not as a United States senator but as an intern.  —  A college sophomore, I believed the Senate was a place to turn activism into action.
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The Coming Republican Amnesia  —  As Donald Trump lurches through the disastrous final days of his presidency, Republicans are just beginning to survey the wreckage of his reign.  Their party has been gutted, their leader is reviled, and after four years of excusing every presidential affront to …
Saul Cornell / Washington Post:
What today's Second Amendment activists forget: The right to not bear arms  —  As militias gather and march, they exercise a super-sized version of a right invented by gun advocates, not the Founders.  —  A radical vision of gun rights and the Second Amendment unites broad swaths of the Trump coalition.
Discussion: Washington Times
Jen BaldufThomas GnauKristen Spicker / springfield …:
2 Champaign County residents held on federal charges tied to Capitol riot  —  A man and woman held on preliminary unspecified federal charges in the Montgomery County Jail are connected to a riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, federal investigators allege.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Appalling new video of the rioters is a big problem for Trump's GOP enablers  —  In the days after President Trump instigated a violent mob assault on the Capitol, his most craven enablers have frantically searched for a political sweet spot: They've tried to condemn the violence without retracting …
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Trump's 11th-hour assault on the civil service by stripping job protections runs out of time  —  President Trump's last-ditch effort to remove civil service protections from tens of thousands of career federal employees appears to have lost steam, facing time constraints and legal hurdles …
Washington Post:
America on edge: Covid lockdowns, protests and election strife led to record gun sales  —  At gun shops across the country, 2020 was a year of wild spikes in sales, especially to new customers anxious about the pandemic and a summer of protests.  More firearms were sold last year than in any previous year on record.
Discussion: HotAir
Karen Heller / Washington Post:
Attorney Roberta Kaplan is about to make Trump's life extremely difficult  —  On the other side of Donald Trump's turbulent presidency, the lawyers are waiting.  —  Leaving aside his Senate impeachment trial, mounting government investigations include a civil probe by New York Attorney General Letitia James …
Discussion: Reason, Raw Story and The Guardian
 
 
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Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Institute Won't Disclose Donors
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
One of Trump's worst legacies will be his transformation of the Supreme Court
Discussion: The Bulwark
Associated Press:
Police command structure crumbled fast during Capitol riot
Discussion: New York Post
Joe Kinsey / OutKick:
Nashville School Board Chair Enjoyed St. Lucia Before Closing Schools
Donald J. Trump / The White House:
Proclamation on National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2021
Discussion: RedState, Breitbart and Townhall
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Snoop Dogg's Secret Push for Trump to Free Death Row Records Co-Founder
The White House:
Executive Order on Protecting Law Enforcement Officers, Judges, Prosecutors, And Their Families
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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The White House:
Executive Order on Protecting Americans From Overcriminalization Through Regulatory Reform
Washington Post:
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Discussion: The Intellectualist
Jenny Gross / New York Times:
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Brian Flood / Fox News:
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