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9:50 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.
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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 …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
They Prepare the White House for a New President.  They Have 5 Hours.  —  Inauguration Day brings with it an awkward transition when one family moves in and another moves out, made all the more so this year by the coronavirus and President Trump's stormy departure.
Discussion: Raw Story
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  —  In her final days as first lady, Melania Trump has largely stayed away from the West Wing.  While her husband spends his time there in anger — though aides said his dark mood …
Discussion: The White House, The Wrap and Breitbart
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.
Discussion: War Room: Pandemic and Raw Story
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Nick Reynolds / Casper Star-Tribune:
Wyoming GOP chair: Western states ‘paying attention’ to Texas effort to secede
Discussion: The Intellectualist
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.
Donald Trump / ITV:
Former US attorney general William Barr tells ITV News questioning election legitimacy ‘precipitated Capitol riots’ … Video report by ITV News Security Editor Rohit Kachroo  —  Former US attorney general William Barr has told ITV News that questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election result …
Discussion: Breitbart
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Off the rails: Inside the disintegration of Trump's relationship with Bill Barr
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 …
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 …
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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: Politico, 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, Sputnik News 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.
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 …
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
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
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 …
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
Missy Ryan / Washington Post:
‘No stone unturned’: Pentagon vows to vet National Guard for extremist ties ahead of inauguration  —  More than 21,000 National Guard troops assumed positions across the heart of the nation's capital on Monday as military and law enforcement officials took new steps to head off any insider threats among …
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.
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
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
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Snoop Dogg's Secret Push for Trump to Free Death Row Records Co-Founder  —  The rapper, who has never hidden his negative opinion of Trump, has teamed up with two activists in a bid for clemency for a friend—and it's gotten the president's attention.
Washington Post:
House security chief said lawmaker wariness of military at Capitol drove his resistance to early request for National Guard  —  After nearly a decade working for the House of Representatives, the chamber's top security official thought he knew how its political leadership would react if asked …
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 …
Ashe Schow / The Daily Wire:
Biden's Climate Team: “Systemic Racism” Is To Blame For Climate Change  —  Two aides named by President-elect Joe Biden to handle environmental issues claim “systemic racism” is partially to blame for climate change.  —  The Washington Free Beacon reported that Maggie Thomas has been tapped …
springfield-news-sun:
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.
 
 
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Project Syndicate:
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Reuters:
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Discussion: Breitbart
Lara Jakes / New York Times:
Pompeo, Who Led Trump's Mission at State Dept., Leaves With a Dubious Legacy
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Institute Won't Disclose Donors
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
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The White House:
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Brian Flood / Fox News:
Parler CEO ‘confident’ platform will return by month's end after weekend of positive developments
Karen Heller / Washington Post:
Attorney Roberta Kaplan is about to make Trump's life extremely difficult
Discussion: Reason, Raw Story and The Guardian