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5:50 AM ET, January 18, 2021

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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 …
Discussion: Townhall and Political Wire
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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
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 …
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 …
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
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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 …
Wall Street Journal:   Far-Right Affiliations Seen Among Those Recently Charged in Capitol Riot
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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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: Business Insider, NPR and KIFI-TV
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 …
Discussion: Business Insider, Reuters and Bloomberg
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Politico:
Biden to yank Keystone XL permit on first day of presidency
Discussion: Al Jazeera and Breitbart
Timothy Puko / Wall Street Journal:   Keystone XL Oil Project Pledges Zero Carbon Emissions
Associated Press:
Records: Trump allies behind rally that ignited Capitol riot  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of President Donald Trump's failed presidential campaign played key roles in orchestrating the Washington rally that spawned a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol, according to an Associated Press review of records …
Andrew J. Goudsward / Asbury Park Press:
Colts Neck man, ‘an avowed white supremacist,’ charged with involvement in Capitol riot, feds say  —  A Colts Neck man who is a military contractor and an “avowed white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer” was part of the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol building earlier this month, according to federal authorities.
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CNN:   Army reservist with security-level clearance among the latest charged in connection with Capitol riot
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 …
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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New York Times:
N.S.A. Installs Trump Loyalist as Top Lawyer Days Before Biden Takes Office  —  The acting defense secretary ordered the spy agency to appoint Michael Ellis, who has been accused of having a hand in one of the Trump administration's most contentious legal decisions.
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
The NSA is ‘moving forward’ to install Michael Ellis, a former GOP operative, as its top lawyer, the agency said Sunday
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
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.
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 and KIFI-TV
NBC4 Washington:
Woman Arrested at Inauguration Checkpoint Said She Was Officer, Cabinet Member: Police  —  A woman was arrested at an inauguration checkpoint Saturday morning for impersonating a law enforcement officer and fleeing from police, officials say.  —  Linda Magovern, 63, of Stratford, Connecticut …
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Todd A. Heywood / Michigan Advance:
New: Michigan GOP Senate leader advised militias on messaging, says they've gotten ‘a bad rap’  —  Just a month before 13 men were charged by state and federal law enforcement for a far-right plot to allegedly kidnap and execute Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey …
CNN:
Twitter temporarily suspends Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for election misinformation  —  Washington (CNN)Twitter on Sunday temporarily suspended the account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for repeated violations of new rules the social media platform put in place following the violent US Capitol riot earlier …
David Goldman / CNN:
Blocked from social media, extremists discuss turning to radios to plan attacks, FCC warns  —  New York (CNN Business)The US government is warning that groups could rely on radio equipment as an alternative to social media to plan future criminal activities.
Discussion: KIFI-TV
U.S. Department of Justice:
New Mexico County Commissioner Charged for Breaching U.S. Capitol  —  Defendant Arrested in DC After Returning to Participate in Inauguration Protests  —  WASHINGTON— A New Mexico County commissioner was charged today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for breaching the U.S. Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, 2021.
Discussion: Axios and UPI
 
 
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Robert O'Harrow / Washington Post:
Rallies ahead of Capitol riot were planned by established Washington insiders
Adam Rawnsley / The Daily Beast:
Baseball Bat-Wielding Far-Right Militiaman Charged Over Capitol Riot
BuzzFeed News:
Park Police Officers Worried That Chronic Understaffing Could Endanger The Public. Then The Capitol Riot Happened.
National Review:
In Defense of Liz Cheney
Alec MacGillis / ProPublica:
Inside the Capitol Riot: What the Parler Videos Reveal
Discussion: Gizmodo
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Ky. man accused of smashing window Babbitt tried to breach; N.M. man vowed to return to D.C. — and was caught when he did
Washington Post:
Purges force extremists off social media sites. That can complicate investigators' work.
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Members of Trump campaign behind rally that ignited US Capitol riot, records show
Peter Lewis / AVL Watchdog:
Cawthorn Says Capitol Mob Was Paid by Democrats
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Times
Andrew A. Michta / National Review:
This Time, There May Not Be a Do-Over  —  America is at an inflection point.
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
What does Josh Hawley think he's doing?