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2:00 PM ET, January 18, 2021

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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 …
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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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 …
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.
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Axios:
Off the rails: Trump mainlines election conspiracies as Oval Office descends into madness
Discussion: Mediaite
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
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Get ready for reality-grounded White House press briefings
Discussion: CBS News
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.
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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.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
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.
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, The Guardian and Raw Story
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 …
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.
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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 …
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.
Discussion: USA Today, KIFI-TV and CNN
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: Talking Points Memo
Jenny Gross / New York Times:
Regnery Publishing picks up Senator Hawley's book after it was dropped by Simon & Schuster.  —  Regnery Publishing, a conservative publishing house, said Monday that it had picked up a book by Senator Josh Hawley, Republican of Missouri, after Simon & Schuster ended its contract to publish it in the wake of assault on the Capitol.
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 …
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News launches new opinion show with Bartiromo, Gowdy and Pavlich among the hosts  —  Fox News has lined up six rotating hosts for its new 7 p.m. opinion program aimed at feeding the appetite of conservative viewers in the hour.  —  The new show called “Fox News Primetime” launches tonight with …
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Parler CEO ‘confident’ platform will return by month's end after weekend of positive developments  —  EXCLUSIVE — Parler chief executive officer John Matze is “confident” that his social media platform will be back online in the near future after his team was able to launch a static website …
Mike Levine / ABC News:
The Trump letter his lawyers said should never see ‘light of day’  —  The president's draft was scrapped by White House legal counsel.  —  James Comey calls threat of riots on Inauguration Day ‘very concerning’  —  The former FBI chief says President Donald Trump is to blame for attacks …
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 …
Washington Post:
‘A place to fund hope’: How Proud Boys and other fringe groups found refuge on a Christian fundraising website  —  Henry “Enrique” Tarrio had already publicized his plans to participate in the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally.  The 36-year-old Miami resident and national chairman of the Proud Boys posted …
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 …
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 …
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
In Minnesota, a G.O.P. Lawmaker's Death Brings Home the Reality of Covid  —  Minnesota Republicans celebrated election victories with a gala party.  A state senator's death from Covid-19 underlined the consequences of the G.O.P.'s rejection of health experts' guidance.
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed News:
The Trump Movement's Break With Reality Will Outlive His Presidency  —  In December, I wrote that Trump supporters I spoke to were increasingly “comfortable with the idea of a bloody uprising against their fellow citizens.”  Whipped up by President Trump's ceaseless torrent of lies about the election …
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and The Gateway Pundit
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Why Rage Over the 2020 Election Could Last Well Past Trump  —  The vast majority of Americans do not approve of the riot at the Capitol.  But experts warn that the widespread belief there was election fraud, while false, could have dangerous, lasting effects.
Discussion: spectator.us
Gergely Szakacs / Reuters:
Hungary mulls sanctions against social media giants  —  BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga on Monday raised the prospect of sanctioning social media firms over what she called “systematic abuses” of free speech.  —  The minister said she would meet …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Eric Mack / Newsmax:
CNN Pushes to Close Down Newsmax TV  —  CNN “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter (Dennis Van Tine/AP)  —  CNN is making no mistake about it: It wants to censor and close Newsmax from broadcasting as a cable news channel.  —  Apparently jolted by the fact Newsmax has skyrocketed to become …
Discussion: Breitbart and RedState
Washington Post:
The Trump administration bailed out prominent anti-vaccine groups during a pandemic  —  Five groups got more than $850,000 in PPP loans to help small businesses through the pandemic.  —  Five prominent anti-vaccine organizations that have been known to spread misleading information …
Emma Austin / Courier-Journal:
University of Kentucky student who was at US Capitol during riot now faces federal charges  —  A University of Kentucky student is facing federal charges in connection to the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, including theft of government property.  —  An affidavit in support …
Discussion: WV MetroNews and Raw Story
 
 
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Jeff Stein / The Daily Beast:
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The Economist:
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Don Lemon / Politico:
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Jose Del Real / Washington Post:
The Trump presidency was marked by battles over truth itself. Those aren't over.
First Lady / The White House:
Honoring American Craftsmanship in the People's House by First Lady Melania Trump
Discussion: Breitbart
David Sommerstein / Natural Selections:
VP Pence thanks troops - and Rep. Stefanik - at Fort Drum
Tonya Riley / Washington Post:
The Cybersecurity 202: Biden has options to remove former GOP operative as NSA top lawyer
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Maher: Don't Confuse 5,000 Rioters With 74 Million Voters
Discussion: RealClearPolitics
Nathaniel Fischer / The American Mind:
The Life of Sasse  —  The Republican congressman plays politics but avoids ruling.
Conrad Black / National Post:
Trump's incomparable presidency
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Trump Remade the GOP Into the Doomed Party of White Identity
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Army reservist with security-level clearance among the latest charged in connection with Capitol riot
Eric Boodman / STAT:
Sharon Begley, path-breaking science journalist who spun words into gold, dies at 64
Kyle Bakx / CBC News:
Biden indicates plans to cancel Keystone XL pipeline permit on first day in office, sources confirm