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8:40 AM ET, January 19, 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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Washington Post:
QAnon adherents discussed posing as National Guard to try to infiltrate inauguration, according to FBI intelligence briefing  —  The FBI privately warned law enforcement agencies Monday that far-right extremists have discussed posing as National Guard members in Washington and others …
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Washington Post:   House security chief said lawmaker wariness of military at Capitol drove his resistance to early request for National Guard
Missy Ryan / Washington Post:
‘No stone unturned’: Pentagon vows to vet National Guard for extremist ties ahead of inauguration
The White House:
1776 Commission Takes Historic and Scholarly Step to Restore Understanding of the Greatness of the American Founding  —  1776 Commission—comprised of some of America's most distinguished scholars and historians—has released a report presenting a definitive chronicle of the American founding …
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HuffPost:
127 Republicans Who Voted To Overturn The Election Results Are Now Praising MLK  —  By refusing to certify the Electoral College results, these GOP lawmakers were denying the voices of Black voters who turned out heavily for Joe Biden.  —  One hundred forty-seven Republicans in Congress voted …
Washington Post:
Biden selects transgender doctor, Rachel Levine, as assistant health secretary  —  President-elect Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he will nominate Pennsylvania's top health official, Rachel Levine, to be his assistant secretary of health.  Levine, a pediatrician, would become …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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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Nick Reynolds / Casper Star-Tribune:
Wyoming GOP chair: Western states ‘paying attention’ to Texas effort to secede
Associated Press:
Biden to propose 8-year citizenship path for immigrants  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden plans to unveil a sweeping immigration bill on Day One of his administration, hoping to provide an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status …
Discussion: The Hill, Axios, Fox News and CNN
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Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Biden to propose overhaul of immigration laws on first day in office
Washington Post:
Woman accused of taking laptop from Pelosi's office has been arrested, officials say  —  A witness who claimed to be a former partner of Riley June Williams told the FBI that friends of Williams played a video of her stealing a drive or computer  —  Federal authorities said they have arrested …
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 …
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
Texas man at Capitol riot allegedly threatened to kill his kids if they turned him in: ‘Traitors get shot’  —  Two days after Guy Reffitt joined the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, federal officials said, he returned home to Wylie, Tex., and proudly told his family of his escapade.
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Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
‘Traitors Get Shot’: Capitol Rioter Accused of Threatening Children if They Turned Him In
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 …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The Washington Trump leaves behind  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  We're new at this, but thought we'd start here ...  SPOTTED: GEORGE W. BUSH and TUCKER CARLSON having dinner at the private home of a neighbor on the exclusive Gasparilla Island, Fla., where they both have homes.
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Dominion Voting Systems threatens to sue Mike Lindell, MyPillow C.E.O., over false claims.
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
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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 …
Reuters:
Parler partially reappears with support from Russian technology firm  —  (Reuters) - Parler, a social media website and app popular with the American far right, has partially returned online with the help of a Russian-owned technology company.  —  Parler vanished from the internet when dropped …
Discussion: The Guardian
Axios:
Off the rails: Inside Air Force One ahead of Trump's last stand in Georgia  —  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: Raw Story
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Corporations expand donation freeze to members of Pennsylvania legislature  —  Over the last week, dozens of companies have announced that they are suspending donations to the 147 Republicans in Congress who objected to certifying the Electoral College vote.
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: The Hill, Raw Story and Political Wire
Business Insider:
The Justice Department promised the Trump White House that its hard drives won't be handed over to Joe Biden … - The Justice Department on Friday assured the Trump administration that its hard drives won't become Joe Biden's property on Inauguration Day.  — Records and hard drives left behind …
Discussion: New York Times, CNN and The Atlantic
Politico:
5 things to watch at Trump's second impeachment trial  —  In the shadow of Joe Biden's inauguration as the 46th president of the United States, the Senate is set to put his predecessor on trial for high crimes and misdemeanors — potentially barring him from holding federal office ever again.
John F. Harris / Politico:
Biden's Inaugural Speech Won't Unite the Country.  Here's What Could.  —  In his Inaugural Address Wednesday, Joe Biden will surely issue an appeal for unity—a plea that all Americans raise our sights and lower our voices, that we work together to restore faith in government, and in each other.
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
At Fox News, a post-election shake-up brings more opinion at the expense of news  —  With viewership faltering since November, last year's top-rated cable channel will try out pundits for a 7 p.m. slot once devoted to news.  In the running: Maria Bartiromo.
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 …
 
 
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Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
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John Steele Gordon / City Journal:
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Robbie Gramer / Foreign Policy:
Biden to Tap Seasoned Former Diplomat to Oversee Southern Border Policy
Joy Pullmann / The Federalist:
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Discussion: Fox News
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Wanted to Erase Obama's Legacy. He Failed.
John Hudson / Washington Post:
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Wall Street Journal:
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 Earlier Items: 
Clay Risen / New York Times:
Deborah Rhode, Who Transformed the Field of Legal Ethics, Dies at 68
Saul Cornell / Washington Post:
What today's Second Amendment activists forget: The right to not bear arms
Discussion: Washington Times
Carly Roman / Washington Examiner:
Lauren Boebert rebukes Democrat who suggested she gave tour to rioters before Capitol breach
Discussion: CNN and Crooks and Liars
Manu Raju / CNN:
McConnell, Schumer close in on power-sharing agreement in evenly divided Senate
Discussion: KIFI-TV
The White House:
Executive Order on Building the National Garden of American Heroes