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4:50 PM ET, January 19, 2021

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CNN:
Trump talked out of pardoning kids and Republican lawmakers  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump received an unsettling warning on his final Saturday night in the White House.  —  Huddled for a lengthy meeting with his legal advisers, Trump was warned the pardons he once hoped to bestow upon …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, emptywheel and The Root
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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ABC News:
Biden inauguration live updates: Biden departs for Washington ahead of inauguration
Discussion: Fox News, ABC7 and Twitchy
Washington Post:
QAnon adherents discussed posing as National Guard to try to infiltrate inauguration, according to FBI intelligence briefing
Arlette Saenz / CNN:
Brayden Harrington, who bonded with Biden over stuttering, to appear in prime-time inauguration special
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
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.”
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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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 …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Trump is historically unpopular, and it makes no sense for Republicans to tie their fortunes to him  —  As Republicans contemplate their future without Donald Trump as president, the party is still very much in his control.  A majority of House Republicans and several senators decided to follow …
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PBS NewsHour:
Trump will be remembered as one of the worst U.S. presidents, nearly half of Americans say
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Expect History to Judge Trump Harshly
Discussion: The Hill
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
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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 Wrap, The Daily Caller and Variety
Business Insider:
The Justice Department promised the Trump White House that its hard drives won't be handed over to Joe Biden … - The Justice Department on Friday assured the Trump administration that its hard drives won't become Joe Biden's property on Inauguration Day.  — Records and hard drives left behind …
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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 …
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Feds say Iran scholar was secret Tehran agent  —  A prominent Iranian-born scholar arrested Monday was secretly paid to write columns favorable to Tehran and lobby at least one U.S. lawmaker on its behalf, federal prosecutors say.  —  Why it matters: Kaveh Afrasiabi's writings showed …
Discussion: HotAir and The Daily Caller
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Guardian and Hackwhackers
Associated Press:
Federal court strikes down major Trump climate rollback  —  A federal appeals court has thrown out a rule that made one of the Trump administration's most momentous climate rollbacks  —  Climate crisis and how it can be stopped  —  ABC News' chief meteorologist Ginger Zee …
Discussion: Politico
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Timothy Puko / Wall Street Journal:
Appeals Court Vacates Trump Rules on Emissions at Power Plants
Discussion: New York Times and KTLA
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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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
The Pretend President: Pence handles tasks declined by Trump in final days  —  On Thursday, Vice President Pence visited the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a briefing on inauguration security.  On Sunday, he flew to Fort Drum, N.Y., where he thanked the troops for “the privilege of serving with you as vice president.”
Discussion: Deadline
Washington Post:
Georgia certifies Ossoff and Warnock victories, paving way for Democratic control of Senate  —  Georgia election officials on Tuesday certified the victories of two Democrats who won in the state's hard-fought U.S. Senate runoff elections earlier this month, paving the way for them to take office as early as Wednesday.
Graeme Wood / The Atlantic:
What to Do With Trumpists  —  At noon tomorrow, our four-year experiment in being governed by the political equivalent of the Insane Clown Posse will finally end.  It is ending in Juggalo style (some have called it “Trumpalo"), violently and pointlessly, with a handful of deaths …
Discussion: Althouse
 
 
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Ben Makuch / VICE:
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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Live Updates: Ahead of Impeachment Trial, McConnell Says Capitol Assault Was ‘Provoked’ By Trump
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
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Tracey McManus / Tampa Bay Times:
Trump commutes 40-year sentence of Clearwater Ponzi scheme operator
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Washington Post:
Biden selects transgender doctor Rachel Levine as assistant health secretary