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6:10 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.
Discussion: Fox News and Mediaite
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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 …
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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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 …
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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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.
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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Ursula Perano / Axios:
Dominion sends cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
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.
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New York Times:
As Washington Prepares for an Inauguration, an Impeachment Trial Looms
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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: The Intellectualist and Raw Story
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
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
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 …
Joe Kinsey / OutKick:
Nashville School Board Chair Enjoyed St. Lucia Before Closing Schools … The school system has been closed to in-person learning for pre-K through fourth grade classes since Thanksgiving.  Middle school and high school students haven't been in a classroom since COVID closures began in the spring of 2020.
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Institute Won't Disclose Donors  —  University of Delaware has refused transparency for years  —  The Biden Institute, a policy research center founded by Joe Biden at the University of Delaware, has no plans to disclose its donors after the president-elect takes office, Politico reported on Monday.
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 …
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
Police command structure crumbled fast during Capitol riot  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — As the rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, many of the police officers had to decide on their own how to fight them off.  There was no direction.  No plan.  And no top leadership.
Discussion: New York Post
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
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 …
 
 
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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
One of Trump's worst legacies will be his transformation of the Supreme Court
Discussion: The Bulwark
Rosa Goldensohn / THE CITY:
State Prison COVID-19 Wave Grows as Inmates Wait for Vaccines
Donald J. Trump / The White House:
Proclamation on National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2021
Discussion: Townhall and Breitbart
The White House:
Executive Order on Protecting Law Enforcement Officers, Judges, Prosecutors, And Their Families
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
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:
Can U.S. Spy Agencies Stop White Terror?
Discussion: CTVNews and Twitchy
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Parler CEO ‘confident’ platform will return by month's end after weekend of positive developments
Mike Levine / ABC News:
The Trump letter his lawyers said should never see ‘light of day’
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Why Rage Over the 2020 Election Could Last Well Past Trump
Discussion: spectator.us