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7:45 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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Roll Call
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Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Census Bureau director stepping down after outcry over immigrant count
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 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.
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: Raw Story and Political Wire
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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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 …
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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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.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
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 …
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Appalling new video of the rioters is a big problem for Trump's GOP enablers  —  In the days after President Trump instigated a violent mob assault on the Capitol, his most craven enablers have frantically searched for a political sweet spot: They've tried to condemn the violence without retracting …
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
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 …
Carly Roman / Washington Examiner:
Lauren Boebert rebukes Democrat who suggested she gave tour to rioters before Capitol breach  —  Rep. Lauren Boebert issued a stinging rebuke of Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen, who suggested the Colorado Republican may have shown some of the rioters around Capitol Hill prior to the Jan. 6 attack.
Discussion: CNN and Crooks and Liars
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Snoop Dogg's Secret Push for Trump to Free Death Row Records Co-Founder  —  The rapper, who has never hidden his negative opinion of Trump, has teamed up with two activists in a bid for clemency for a friend—and it's gotten the president's attention.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
American Prospect:
Big Tech Critics Alarmed at Direction of Biden Antitrust Personnel  —  Renata Hesse, who has worked for Google and Amazon, is the leading candidate to run the Justice Department's Antitrust division.  —  Dayen-Grim-BigTechAntitrust-1  —  Former Big Tech lawyer Renata Hesse …
Jen BaldufThomas GnauKristen Spicker / springfield …:
2 Champaign County residents held on federal charges tied to Capitol riot  —  A man and woman held on preliminary unspecified federal charges in the Montgomery County Jail are connected to a riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, federal investigators allege.
 
 
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Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
One of Trump's worst legacies will be his transformation of the Supreme Court
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Associated Press:
Police command structure crumbled fast during Capitol riot
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Joe Kinsey / OutKick:
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Loeffler to donate final Senate paycheck to Capitol Police Memorial Fund after Capitol riot
Donald J. Trump / The White House:
Proclamation on National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2021
Discussion: Breitbart and Townhall
The White House:
Executive Order on Protecting Law Enforcement Officers, Judges, Prosecutors, And Their Families
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 Earlier Items: 
Tia Goldenberg / Associated Press:
Israel moves to rein in rights group over ‘apartheid’ use
Discussion: Al Jazeera and CBS News
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
Washington Post:
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Brian Flood / Fox News:
Parler CEO ‘confident’ platform will return by month's end after weekend of positive developments
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Why Rage Over the 2020 Election Could Last Well Past Trump
Discussion: spectator.us