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8:35 AM ET, January 18, 2021

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CNN:
Trump to issue around 100 pardons and commutations Tuesday, sources say  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump is preparing to issue around 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, according to three people familiar with the matter, a major batch of clemency actions …
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Washington Post:
Trump prepares to offer clemency to more than 100 people in his final hours in office  —  President Trump is preparing to pardon or commute the sentences of more than 100 people in his final hours in office, decisions that are expected to be announced Monday or Tuesday, according …
Discussion: Business Insider, The Guardian and CNN
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet …
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Thomas Fuller / New York Times:
After Capitols Become Fortresses, Far-Right Protesters Are Mostly a No-Show
Discussion: KIFI-TV and NPR
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Fox Agreed to Pay for Telling Lies.  But It Insisted on One Unusual Condition.  —  Why did the network insist its hyping of a conspiracy theory stay secret until after the election?  —  On Oct. 12, 2020, Fox News agreed to pay millions of dollars to the family of a murdered Democratic …
Axios:
Off the rails: Trump mainlines election conspiracies as Oval Office descends into madness  —  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: Mediaite
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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.
Discussion: The Hill, emptywheel and Raw Story
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
FBI investigating whether woman stole laptop from Pelosi's office to sell it to Russia  —  The FBI is investigating evidence that a woman who entered the Capitol on Jan. 6 stole a laptop or hard drive from Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office and intended to sell it to Russians.
Discussion: CNN, NPR and Business Insider
Kyle Bakx / CBC News:
Biden indicates plans to cancel Keystone XL pipeline permit on first day in office, sources confirm  —  ‘Rescind Keystone XL pipeline permit’ appears on transition briefing note list of executive actions  —  U.S. president-elect Joe Biden has indicated plans to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline …
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Politico:
Biden to yank Keystone XL permit on first day of presidency
Discussion: Breitbart
CNN:
Army reservist with security-level clearance among the latest charged in connection with Capitol riot  —  (CNN)An Army reservist who federal investigators say has secret-level security clearance and a long record of posting his extremist views online was among the latest wave of rioters charged …
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Andrew J. Goudsward / Asbury Park Press:
Colts Neck man, ‘an avowed white supremacist,’ charged with involvement in Capitol riot, feds say
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 …
Discussion: Rolling Stone
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 …
Discussion: The Verge
Politico:
Biden taps Warren ally Chopra to lead Consumer Bureau  —  President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Rohit Chopra to be the next director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to four sources familiar with the decision, choosing a strong consumer advocate aligned with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
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Washington Post:
FBI moves on alleged members of extremist groups Oath Keepers, Three Percenters  —  A heavy-metal guitarist and the alleged leader of a Colorado paramilitary training group have been charged with allegedly taking part in the riot at the Capitol last week, as the FBI ratchets up its investigation …
Discussion: emptywheel and NBC News
CBS News:
“Cowboys for Trump” founder, who vowed to return with guns to Capitol for inauguration, arrested by FBI  —  Santa Fe, New Mexico — A New Mexico county official and founder of the group Cowboys for Trump, who vowed to return to Washington after last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol to place …
Discussion: Raw Story
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U.S. Department of Justice:
New Mexico County Commissioner Charged for Breaching U.S. Capitol
Discussion: UPI and Axios
Laura J. Nelson / Los Angeles Times:
Another new coronavirus variant found across California, including L.A. County  —  As the total number of coronavirus infections in California approaches 3 million, health officials said Sunday that a new strain — different from a highly contagious variant first identified in the United Kingdom …
Discussion: New York Post and KTLA
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
Eric Boodman / STAT:
Sharon Begley, path-breaking science journalist who spun words into gold, dies at 64  —  Trying to write a lede about the loss of Sharon Begley feels a little like being asked to sing a song at Aretha Franklin's grave.  Sharon would have hated that sentence.  She didn't settle for similes that needed qualifying.
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
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Benjamin Parker / The Bulwark:
House Republicans Look Pathetic Compared to Navalny
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Elle:
Four Years in the Front Row  —  The country's best female political reporters go on the record about what it was really like covering Trump's America.  —  Savannah Guthrie was in downward dog when it hit her: QAnon.  The  —  anchor was 48 hours away from her famous election townhall-turned-grilling …
New York Times:
One Year, 400,000 Coronavirus Deaths: How the U.S. Guaranteed Its Own Failure  —  After the White House declined to pursue a unified national strategy, governors faced off against lobbyists, health experts and a restless public consumed by misinformation.  —  The path to beating the coronavirus …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Conrad Black / National Post:
Trump's incomparable presidency … Many readers have asked that I comment on the American political scene and President Trump, most noisily veteran Toronto Star plagiarist Bob Hepburn, who for 40 years has been intermittently snorting out of the undergrowth foaming biliously about some alleged turpitude of mine.
 
 
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McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Republicans Will Try to Pretend Like Trump Never Happened
Discussion: Raw Story and Vox
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Trump Remade the GOP Into the Doomed Party of White Identity
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Covid-19 Vaccines Are Getting Stuck at the Last Step
Kadia Goba / Axios:
Members of House and Senate fear for their safety away from a hardened Capitol
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
New York Post:
Former NYS Dem Party head gets vaccinated — in Florida
New York Times:
Behind a Secret Deal Between Google and Facebook
Robert O'Harrow / Washington Post:
Rallies ahead of Capitol riot were planned by established Washington insiders
Discussion: The Guardian
David Goldman / CNN:
Blocked from social media, extremists discuss turning to radios to plan attacks, FCC warns
Discussion: KIFI-TV
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Rawnsley / The Daily Beast:
Baseball Bat-Wielding Far-Right Militiaman Charged Over Capitol Riot
Dan De Luce / NBC News:
Iran jails U.S. businessman, possibly jeopardizing Biden's plans for diplomacy with Tehran
Alec MacGillis / ProPublica:
Inside the Capitol Riot: What the Parler Videos Reveal
Discussion: Gizmodo
CNN:
Twitter temporarily suspends Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for election misinformation
Andrew A. Michta / National Review:
This Time, There May Not Be a Do-Over  —  America is at an inflection point.
Todd A. Heywood / Michigan Advance:
New: Michigan GOP Senate leader advised militias on messaging, says they've gotten ‘a bad rap’