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6:30 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 …
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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
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Never Forget: Mitch McConnell Underwrote Trump's Big Lie
Discussion: Vox, National Review, CNN and Bulwark+
Washington Post:
Georgia certifies Ossoff and Warnock victories, paving way for Democratic control of Senate
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.
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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.
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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CNN:
12 Army National Guard members removed from inauguration duty  —  (CNN)Twelve Army National Guard members have been removed from inauguration duty in Washington, DC, as part of the security vetting process initiated, in part, to ensure troops tasked with securing Wednesday's ceremony …
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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Khaleda Rahman / Newsweek:
MyPillow Products Will No Longer Be Sold by These Companies
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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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Live Updates: Ahead of Impeachment Trial, McConnell Says Capitol Assault Was ‘Provoked’ By Trump  —  Senator Mitch McConnell said the mob that stormed the Capitol “was fed lies,” referring to attempts by President Trump to overturn the election based on bogus claims of voter fraud.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Nick Wadhams / Bloomberg:
Biden Team Snubs Outgoing Pentagon Chief in Transition Spat  — Departing secretaries typically get temporary office space  — Biden's pick for defense secretary has been working from home  —  President-elect Joe Biden's team denied Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller's request …
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Katie Bo Williams / Defense One:
Here's Who Will Be Running the Pentagon When Biden Takes Office
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 and IJR
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
The Daily Beast:
Fox News Launches ‘Purge’ to ‘Get Rid of Real Journalists,’ Insiders Say  —  Fox laid off at least 16 staffers, including Chris Stirewalt, who defended the election-night call that pissed off Trump.  Insiders say the firings are part of an ideological purge.
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
New California Variant May Be Driving Virus Surge There, Study Suggests  —  Researchers found that the variant originated in California and showed up in more than half of samples tested last week by researchers in Los Angeles.  —  In late December, scientists in California began searching coronavirus samples …
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 …
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:
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Josh Hawley will delay swift confirmation of Biden's DHS pick  —  GOP Sen. Josh Hawley announced on Tuesday that he plans to object to swift consideration of President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security, a move that will delay the installment of Biden's national-security team.
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
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.
Kevin Quealy / New York Times:
The Complete List of Trump's Twitter Insults (2015-2021)  —  As a political figure, Donald J. Trump used Twitter to praise, to cajole, to entertain, to lobby, to establish his version of events — and, perhaps most notably, to amplify his scorn.  This list documents the verbal attacks …
Discussion: HuffPost and The National Interest
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 …
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 …
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.
Marc Thiessen / Washington Post:
Joe Biden is my president  —  After the 2016 election, violent protests erupted across the country and the cry went up on the left: Donald Trump is “not my president.”  So, I want to say this is clearly as I possibly can: Joe Biden is my president.  —  I didn't vote for Biden.
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
 
 
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Biden Peloton Raises Security Risks
Discussion: New York Post
Transition / President-Elect Joe Biden:
President-elect Joe Biden Announces Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services
Alexander Heffner / The Independent:
How can Biden undo Trump's damage? With a lot of new anti-corruption laws
Discussion: Washington Examiner and KIFI-TV
Matt Naham / Law & Crime:
Texas Lawyer Who Was Fired After Filming Himself at Capitol Files Lawsuit Declaring Trump's Impeachment ‘Null and Void’
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
The Pretend President: Pence handles tasks declined by Trump in final days
Discussion: Fox News, The Week and Deadline
Associated Press:
Federal court strikes down major Trump climate rollback
Discussion: Politico, Associated Press and KTLA
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Makuch / VICE:
Russia-Based Neo-Nazi Terror Leader Offers Training To American Far Right
Graeme Wood / The Atlantic:
What to Do With Trumpists  —  At noon tomorrow, our four-year experiment in being governed …
Discussion: Althouse
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Trump is historically unpopular, and it makes no sense for Republicans to tie their fortunes to him
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The Washington Trump leaves behind