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5:25 PM ET, January 19, 2021

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Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Inside Trump's Pathetic Final Weekend in Office
Alayna Treene / Axios:
GOP leaders skip Trump send-off in favor of church with Biden  —  Congressional leaders, including House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, will skip President Trump's departure ceremony in Maryland tomorrow morning in favor of attending mass …
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Ursula Perano / Axios:
McConnell: Trump “provoked” Capitol mob  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was “provoked by the president and other powerful people.”  —  Why it matters: Trump was impeached by the House last week for “incitement of insurrection.”
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Never Forget: Mitch McConnell Underwrote Trump's Big Lie
Discussion: Vox, National Review and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Georgia certifies Ossoff and Warnock victories, paving way for Democratic control of Senate
Associated Press:
The Latest: 3 new Dem senators to be sworn in after Biden  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden's presidential inauguration (all times local):  —  Three new Democratic senators are set to be sworn into office after President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.
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Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
If Trump Doesn't Keep You Up All Night, MyPillow Will  —  To watch Fox News is to accumulate reasons not to sleep as you hear from “the MyPillow Guy,” Mike Lindell, about how you might sleep better.  I watch a lot of Fox News.  In the six years since Donald Trump announced his campaign …
Discussion: Associated Press and Raw Story
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Tina Nguyen / Politico:
A big chunk of Trump's 1776 report appears lifted from an author's prior work  —  President Donald Trump's 1776 Commission was supposed to be the definitive “patriotic” rejoinder to the academic left for what conservatives view as a slanderous rendering of U.S. history.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Michael Crowley / New York Times:
Trump's ‘1776 report’ defends America's founding on the basis of slavery and blasts progressivism.
Washington Post:
U.S. files conspiracy charge against Oath Keeper leader in alleged plot against the Capitol  —  U.S. authorities have leveled the first conspiracy charge against an apparent leader of an extremist group in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol, arresting an alleged Oath Keeper who is accused …
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Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:
First Conspiracy Charges Filed Over Capitol Riot  —  FBI says communications among alleged Oath Keepers showed talk of ‘sticking together and sticking to the plan’; directions for making explosives with bleach found in one home  —  WASHINGTON—Prosecutors filed conspiracy charges related …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ben Collins / NBC News:
Increasingly militant ‘Parler refugees’ and anxious QAnon adherents prep for doomsday  —  Liesa Norris received a panicked phone call on Monday from her brother.  He told her to buy a ham radio.  —  The radio, he explained, would be one of the few ways they could communicate once President Donald …
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Trump gives farewell address: “We did what we came here to do”  —  President Trump will give a farewell video address on Tuesday, saying that his administration “did what we came here to do - and so much more.”  —  Why it matters, via Axios' Alayna Treene: The address is very different …
Discussion: Townhall
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New York Times:
“What kind of message is that?”:  How Republicans see the attack on the Capitol.  —  We spoke to fans of President Trump about the Capitol riot and their feelings before Joe Biden's inauguration.  —  Hosted by Michael Barbaro; produced by Alix Spiegel, Luke Vander Ploeg, Stella Tan …
Discussion: Scripting News
George Conway / Washington Post:
What I really believe  —  I believe in truth, democracy and the rule of law.  I believe in a lot of other things as well, but after the past four years, these seem most important now.  —  I believe truth isn't always easy to find, or to face.  I believe that, as human beings …
Discussion: The Hill
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Facebook in 2018: Parkland school shooting was a false flag planned event  —  In a previously unreported interaction, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) agreed with a 2018 Facebook comment that the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Twitter ‘actively working’ to support transition of White House accounts to Biden admin on Inauguration Day  —  Twitter will transfer current accounts to the National Archives and Records Administration  —  Biden seeks to reverse several Trump policies in first days in office
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ABC News:
Biden inauguration live updates: Biden departs for Washington ahead of inauguration
Discussion: Fox News, ABC7 and Twitchy
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
U.S. declares China's actions against Uighurs “genocide”  —  With just one day left in President Trump's term, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has officially determined that China's campaign of mass internment, forced labor and forced sterilization of over 1 million Muslim minorities in Xinjiang constitutes …
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David Robb / Deadline:
SAG-AFTRA Board Finds “Probable Cause” To Expel Donald Trump, Pending Trial, On Charges He Violated Union's Constitution  —  SAG-AFTRA took a major step Tuesday towards kicking Donald Trump out of the union.  Meeting in special session, the national board of directors voted overwhelmingly to find …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, The Wrap and Variety
Tim Naftali / The Atlantic:
The Worst President in History  —  President Donald Trump has long exulted in superlatives. … “No president has ever done what I've done,” he boasts.  “No president has ever even come close,” he says.  But as his four years in office draw to an end, there's only one title to which he can lay claim …
Deirdre Walsh / NPR:
Senate Begins Biden Cabinet Confirmation Hearings As Impeachment Trial Looms  —  The day before Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, five of his Cabinet nominees will answer questions from Senate panels handling their confirmations.
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Josh Hawley will delay swift confirmation of Biden's DHS pick
Jordan Fischer / wusa9.com:
Capitol rioter arrested after sending ‘selfie’ to girlfriend's brother - a federal agent  —  The DOJ says Thomas Fee, of Freeport, New York, sent a photo of himself in the Capitol Rotunda to a special agent for the State Department.  —  WASHINGTON — A New York man has now been charged …
Jonathan V. Last / Bulwark+:
History Will Crush Trump  —  Donald Trump's presidency is over.  Next comes judgment.  —  1 hr ago … ― Ilya Kaminsky, Deaf Republic  —  1. Our Long National Nightmare Is Over  —  History judges Gerald Ford kindly.  Ford did not have any great accomplishments as president, but he did two important things:
Katie Rogers / Town & Country:
Where Do Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Go From Here?  —  Their reputations torched after the Capitol insurrection and four years of turmoil, Javanka's post-White House fate may be much worse than they once expected.  —  In the spring of 2013, Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump held court …
David Lat / Original Jurisdiction:
The Federalist Society And The Capitol Attack: What Is To Be Done?  —  Will all the behind-the-scenes drama and soul-searching take FedSoc to a better place?  —  The January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has prompted some long-overdue soul-searching in many quarters, as well as some changes of heart.
The Daily Beast:
Fox News Launches ‘Purge’ to ‘Get Rid of Real Journalists’  —  Fox laid off at least 16 employees, including Chris Stirewalt, who oversaw the election projection that pissed off Trump.  Insiders say the firings are part of an ideological purge.  —  Fox News on Tuesday fired the political editor …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The Washington Trump leaves behind  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  We're new at this, but thought we'd start here ...  SPOTTED: GEORGE W. BUSH and TUCKER CARLSON having dinner at the private home of a neighbor on the exclusive Gasparilla Island, Fla., where they both have homes.
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Biden administration ‘to declassify report’ into Khashoggi murder  —  Decision would mean US could assign blame for death on to Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman  —  The Biden administration will declassify an intelligence report into the murder by the Saudi government of journalist Jamal Khashoggi …
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
Even Though Biden Won, Republicans Enjoyed The Largest Electoral College Edge In 70 Years.  Will That Last?  —  Going into the presidential election, we expected President Trump to have an advantage in the Electoral College because the key battleground states were more Republican-leaning than the country as a whole.
Sam Ozer-Staton / CAFE:
Note From Asha: The New Big Lie … - Show Notes  —  Two days after the insurrection at the Capitol building, President-elect Joe Biden slammed Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, stating, “They're part of the big lie, the big lie.”  His statement is a reference to a quote often attributed …
Washington Post:
Lawmakers who objected to election results have been cut off from 20 of their 30 biggest corporate PAC donors  —  U.S. executives continue to grapple with political bloodshed and its ripple effects on the corporate landscape  —  The 147 Republican lawmakers who opposed certification …
Discussion: The Intellectualist
 
 
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Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
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Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
The Pretend President: Pence handles tasks declined by Trump in final days
Discussion: Fox News, The Week and Deadline
Andrew Mark Miller / Washington Examiner:
Democrats who opposed waiver to let Mattis serve as defense secretary now support one for Biden's pick
Discussion: Politico and Townhall
Associated Press:
Federal court strikes down major Trump climate rollback
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Ben Makuch / VICE:
Russia-Based Neo-Nazi Terror Leader Offers Training To American Far Right
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Expect History to Judge Trump Harshly
Discussion: The Hill
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Live Updates: Ahead of Impeachment Trial, McConnell Says Capitol Assault Was ‘Provoked’ By Trump
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Graeme Wood / The Atlantic:
What to Do With Trumpists  —  At noon tomorrow, our four-year experiment in being governed …
Discussion: Althouse
Tracey McManus / Tampa Bay Times:
Trump commutes 40-year sentence of Clearwater Ponzi scheme operator
Discussion: Raw Story
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Trump is historically unpopular, and it makes no sense for Republicans to tie their fortunes to him
Washington Post:
The Capitol mob's gleeful selfies are easy to mock. They're also a warning sign.
Discussion: Raw Story
Mina Kimes / ESPN:
New York Mets GM Jared Porter acknowledges sending explicit images to female reporter when he worked for Chicago Cubs