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10:15 PM ET, January 19, 2021

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Andrew Restuccia / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Has Discussed Starting a New Party  —  President Trump has talked in recent days with associates about forming a new political party, according to people familiar with the matter, an effort to exert continued influence after he leaves the White House.  —  Mr. Trump discussed the matter …
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 …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Obituary for a Failed Presidency  —  One last Letter from Trump's Washington.  —  Susan B. Glasser's column will continue as Letter from Biden's Washington.  Sign up for her newsletter to get her stories delivered to your in-box every week.  —  Precisely at noon on Wednesday …
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David Yaffe-Bellany / Bloomberg:
Trump Ends Where He Began, Fighting Release of His Tax Returns  —  President Donald Trump's lawyers made a preemptive move to stop congressional Democrats from obtaining his tax returns once President-elect Joe Biden takes power, asking a judge for an Inauguration Day hearing in a case …
Wall Street Journal:   Justice Department Seeks to Limit Scope of Landmark LGBT Rights Decision
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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Washington Post:   Trump's final day: A diminished and aggrieved president stays out of public view before exit
Ron Johnson / JSOnline:
Senator Ron Johnson calls editorial about him ‘unhinged and uninformed.’ The Editorial Board responds.  —  Senator Johnson objects to the Editorial Board's call for him to resign over his actions after the presidential election. … In an unhinged and uninformed editorial …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
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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New York Times:
Fox News Fires a Key Player in Its Election Night Coverage  —  The politics editor who defended the network's accurate projection that Biden had won Arizona is out after a backlash from viewers, including President Trump.  —  Two senior leaders of Fox News's reporting division are exiting …
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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
McConnell, weighing impeachment vote, says mob that assaulted the Capitol was ‘provoked by the president.’  —  Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, said on Tuesday that the insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 had been “provoked by the president and other powerful people …
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HuffPost:
Sen. Gary Peters Emerges As Key Prospect To Run DSCC
Discussion: Axios
Ursula Perano / Axios:
McConnell: Trump “provoked” Capitol mob
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 …
Discussion: National Review
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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.
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 …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
‘Are you QAnon?’:  One Trump official's brush with an internet cult gone horribly wrong  —  The deadly insurrection in the nation's capital this month brought intense public scrutiny to the online conspiracy theory QAnon and shock about its pervasiveness, but one prominent Trump administration official …
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
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
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
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.
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Washingtonian:
Conspiracy Theorists Target Comet Ping Pong on Trump's Last Night in Office  —  The Trump era in DC ends in a very similar fashion to the way it began  —  In a fitting finale to the Trump years in hometown DC, a group of homophobic conspiracy theorists gathered to shout slogans outside Chevy …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Queens Man Arrested for Threatening to Murder Members of Congress  —  Defendant Posted Video Titled “KILL YOUR SENATORS” and Urged Violent Overthrow of Government  —  A criminal complaint was filed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging Brendan Hunt, also known as “X-Ray Ultra,” with threatening to murder United States officials.
New York Times:
The Financial Minefield Awaiting an Ex-President Trump  —  Baseless election fraud claims and the Capitol riot have compounded already-looming threats to his bottom line.  And the cash lifelines he once relied on are gone.  —  Not long after he strides across the White House grounds Wednesday morning …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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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Chris Vivlamore / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
WNBA's Atlanta Dream on verge of being sold  —  The Atlanta Dream are on the verge on being sold.  —  Co-owned by former U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, the team has been embroiled in conflict over her remarks about the Black Lives Matter movement.  Dream players were open in their support …
Discussion: CBS News and UPROXX
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia U.S. Senate results certified; Ossoff and Warnock set to take office Wednesday
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and NBC 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 and IJR
David Wickert / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
‘Kraken’ back on its leash: Georgia election lawsuit withdrawn  —  The “kraken” is back on its leash and licking its wounds.  —  After vowing to “unleash the kraken” — a mythical beast — on alleged election fraud and to overturn the presidential election in Georgia, attorney Sidney Powell quietly withdrew the lawsuit Tuesday.
Doug Emhoff / GQ:
I Might Be the First Second Gentleman, But I Don't Want to Be the Last  —  The moment I met Kamala, I knew I was in love.  Not just because of who she is—the warm, funny, and compassionate woman who grounds our family—but also because of the deep resolve with which she fights for the causes she believes in.
John Solomon / Just The News:
First Trump declassified Russia document: Christopher Steele's 2017 confessional to the FBI  —  Steele told FBI he leaked Russia collision story to help Clinton and Great Britain, and was connected to his primary dossier source by former NSC staffer and impeachment witness Fiona Hill
Katherine Eban / Vanity Fair:
“A Tsunami of Randoms”: How Trump's COVID Chaos Drowned the FDA in Junk Science  —  Over its 114-year history, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has become a global paragon when it comes to drug regulation.  In the most consequential year of its existence, however, the agency …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Biden to Announce Broad Plan to Reverse Trump Immigration Policies  —  Legislation he will propose on his first day as president will give undocumented immigrants the chance to become citizens and restore and expand programs for refugees and asylum seekers.  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Biden Peloton Raises Security Risks  —  It doesn't exactly comport with his “regular Joe from Scranton” persona, but beyond the politics of it, the bike could present cybersecurity risks.  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. moves into the White House on Wednesday facing many weighty issues: a global pandemic.
Discussion: New York Post
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
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.
 
 
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
Trump was the worst president ever. But his failures set up Biden for success.
Discussion: Newsweek and The Daily Caller
Seth Cotlar / USA Today:
Biden inauguration amid Trump COVID failure could end Republican era of bashing government
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Mark Shimabukuro / New York Times:
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Washington Post:
Exiled from social media mainstream, Trump and his followers will find life different at the extreme corners of the Web
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Matt Naham / Law & Crime:
Texas Lawyer Who Was Fired After Filming Himself at Capitol Files Lawsuit Declaring Trump's Impeachment ‘Null and Void’
Nick Wadhams / Bloomberg:
Biden Team Snubs Outgoing Pentagon Chief in Transition Spat
Sam Ozer-Staton / CAFE:
Note From Asha: The New Big Lie
Katie Rogers / Town & Country:
Where Do Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Go From Here?