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2:50 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 …
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 …
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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 …
Washington Post:
Trump prepares to offer clemency to more than 100 people in his final hours in office
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.
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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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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emptywheel:
The Recent Radicalization of the Woman Who Allegedly Stole the Pelosi Laptop  —  A number of outlets (Politico may have been the first) are reporting on the story of Riley June Williams, who was charged (but not arrested) yesterday in crimes related to the January 6 insurrection.
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.
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
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Justin Fenton / Baltimore Sun:
Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh among those seeking clemency from President Trump  —  Convicted former Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh is among those seeking clemency from President Donald Trump as he reportedly prepares to issue 100 pardons and sentence commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday.
Discussion: Fox News and Townhall
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 …
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:
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 …
Discussion: Business Insider
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 …
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 …
The White House:
Executive Order on Protecting Americans From Overcriminalization Through Regulatory Reform  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to improve transparency with respect to the consequences of violating certain regulations …
Lee Brown / New York Post:
German quarantine breakers to be held in refugee camps, detention centers  —  Germans who repeatedly refuse to quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 will be held in detention centers — and even under police guard, according to reports.  —  Officials in the state of Saxony …
Discussion: HotAir, Telegraph and The Daily Caller
Natalie Winters / The National Pulse:
EXC: Anti-Trump ‘Lincoln Project’ Funneled Over $10 Million To It's Own Founders' Companies  —  Financial records from The Lincoln Project - the anti-Trump group lauded by the establishment media - appear to reveal that the group funneled over $10,000,000 to enrich its own founders personally through …
Discussion: Florida Politics
The White House:
Executive Order on Protecting Law Enforcement Officers, Judges, Prosecutors, And Their Families  —  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.  Purpose.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
Damien McGuinness / BBC:
Nazi Ravensbrück camp: How ordinary women became SS torturers  —  “Healthy, female workers between the ages of 20 and 40 wanted for a military site,” reads the job advertisement from a 1944 German newspaper.  Good wages and free board, accommodation and clothing are promised.
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
 
 
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Tia Goldenberg / Associated Press:
Israel moves to rein in rights group over ‘apartheid’ use
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Emma Austin / Courier-Journal:
University of Kentucky student who was at US Capitol during riot now faces federal charges
Discussion: WV MetroNews and Raw Story
Jeff Stein / The Daily Beast:
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Don Lemon / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: An MLK Day challenge to the news media
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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
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First Lady / The White House:
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Tonya Riley / Washington Post:
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Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Capitol riot exposed flaws of Trump's DHS, focused on immigration and not extremists, say ex-officials
Eric Mack / Newsmax:
CNN Pushes to Close Down Newsmax TV
Discussion: Breitbart and RedState
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Maher: Don't Confuse 5,000 Rioters With 74 Million Voters
Discussion: RealClearPolitics
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
In Minnesota, a G.O.P. Lawmaker's Death Brings Home the Reality of Covid
Conrad Black / National Post:
Trump's incomparable presidency
CNN:
Army reservist with security-level clearance among the latest charged in connection with Capitol riot