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11:45 PM ET, January 18, 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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
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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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S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
Liz Cheney censured in Wyoming for vote to impeach Trump: ‘Did not represent our voice’  —  The Republican Party Central Committee in Carbon County, Wyoming, has censured Rep. Liz Cheney for voting to impeach President Trump, as support for the one-time rising GOP star crumbles in her home state.
Nick Reynolds / Casper Star-Tribune:
Wyoming GOP chair: Western states ‘paying attention’ to Texas effort to secede  —  The chairman of the Wyoming Republican Party on Friday said Western states are “paying attention” to the effort by some in Texas' far-right to try to secede from the United States.
Discussion: The Intellectualist
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 …
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Justin Fenton / Baltimore Sun:
Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh among those seeking clemency from President Trump
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 …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Breitbart
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Off the rails: Inside the disintegration of Trump's relationship with Bill Barr
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Dominion sends cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell  —  Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election.  —  Why it matters: Trump and several of his allies …
Discussion: Law & Crime, TheBlaze and Mediaite
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Dominion Voting Systems threatens to sue Mike Lindell, MyPillow C.E.O., over false claims.  —  Officials with Dominion Voting Systems has sent Mike Lindell, the C.E.O. of MyPillow, a legal letter warning of pending litigation over his baseless claims of widespread fraud involving their machines.
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 …
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
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Biden to propose overhaul of immigration laws on first day in office  —  President-elect Joe Biden will roll out a sweeping overhaul of nation's immigration laws the day he is inaugurated, including an eight-year pathway to citizenship for immigrants without legal status and an expansion …
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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 …
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.
Manu Raju / CNN:
McConnell, Schumer close in on power-sharing agreement in evenly divided Senate  —  Washington (CNN)The top two Senate leaders are nearing a power-sharing agreement to hash out how the evenly divided chamber will operate, with Democrats in charge of setting the schedule but both parties likely …
Wall Street Journal:
Biden Rejects Trump's Push to Lift Covid-19 Travel Restrictions  —  Biden's incoming press secretary said the president elect wouldn't lift travel bans, citing safety risks  —  President-elect Joe Biden rejected an effort by President Trump on Monday to lift bans on most travel into the U.S. from Europe …
Discussion: Politico, NBC News, CBS News and Bloomberg
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Donald J. Trump / The White House:
Proclamation Terminating Restrictions on Entry of Certain Travelers from the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and Brazil
Discussion: Axios, Sputnik News and Raw Story
CNN:
Fired Florida data scientist Rebekah Jones turns herself in to jail and tests positive for Covid-19  —  (CNN)The former Florida data analyst who has accused state officials of covering up the extent of the pandemic has turned herself in, days after a warrant was issued for her arrest …
Discussion: The Hill
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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 …
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
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
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 …
Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
‘Traitors Get Shot’: Capitol Rioter Accused of Threatening Children if They Turned Him In  —  A member of a right-wing militia group who is accused of taking part in the attack on the Capitol allegedly threatened to shoot his children if they turned him in to authorities.
Clay Risen / New York Times:
Deborah Rhode, Who Transformed the Field of Legal Ethics, Dies at 68  —  A Stanford professor, she pushed the legal profession to confront the ways it failed clients and to be more inclusive of women.  —  Deborah L. Rhode, a law professor who transformed the field of legal ethics from little …
US Census / The United States Census Bureau:
Director's Blog: Farewell  —  To the Outstanding Women and Men of the U.S. Census Bureau:  —  A little over two years ago, I took an oath to serve you as the 25th Director of the U.S. Census Bureau.  At that time, we knew we had great challenges ahead of us, especially in conducting the most complex …
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Tara Bahrampour / Washington Post:
Embattled Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham resigns
Discussion: Roll Call
The White House:
Executive Order on Building the National Garden of American Heroes  —  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.  Background.  In Executive Order 13934 of July 3, 2020 …
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Biden to ban special bonuses for appointees, expand lobbying prohibitions in new ethics rules  —  President-elect Joe Biden will ban his senior presidential appointees from accepting special bonuses akin to “golden parachutes” from former employers for joining government …
Robbie Gramer / Foreign Policy:
Biden to Tap Seasoned Former Diplomat to Oversee Southern Border Policy  —  Roberta Jacobson, a former U.S. ambassador to Mexico, will join the NSC and help oversee an anticipated U-turn in U.S. policy on migration and asylum.  —  This article is part of The Biden Transition …
Saul Cornell / Washington Post:
What today's Second Amendment activists forget: The right to not bear arms  —  As militias gather and march, they exercise a super-sized version of a right invented by gun advocates, not the Founders.  —  A radical vision of gun rights and the Second Amendment unites broad swaths of the Trump coalition.
Discussion: Washington Times
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.
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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Ashe Schow / The Daily Wire:
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Washington Post:
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 Earlier Items: 
Carly Roman / Washington Examiner:
Lauren Boebert rebukes Democrat who suggested she gave tour to rioters before Capitol breach
Discussion: CNN and Crooks and Liars
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Institute Won't Disclose Donors
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Snoop Dogg's Secret Push for Trump to Free Death Row Records Co-Founder
The White House:
Executive Order on Protecting Americans From Overcriminalization Through Regulatory Reform
WPTV:
Moving trucks arrive at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club on Palm Beach
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Giuliani will not be part of Trump's defense in the Senate impeachment trial.