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7:05 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
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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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
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 …
New York Times:
U.S. Says China's Repression of Uighurs Is ‘Genocide’  —  The finding by the Trump administration is the strongest denunciation by any government of China's actions and follows a Biden campaign statement with the same declaration.  —  WASHINGTON — The State Department declared on Tuesday …
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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Live Updates: Ahead of Impeachment Trial, McConnell Says Capitol Assault Was ‘Provoked’ By Trump
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
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Ron Kampeas / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
Josh Hawley blocks immediate confirmation of Alejandro Mayorkas as Homeland Security secretary  —  WASHINGTON (JTA) — Any hope of an immediate confirmation for Alejandro Mayorkas, the Homeland Security secretary nominee, ended on Tuesday when Sen. Josh Hawley expressed concerns about Mayorkas' answer …
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Josh Hawley will delay swift confirmation of Biden's DHS pick
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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
Matt Naham / Law & Crime:
Texas Lawyer Who Was Fired After Filming Himself at Capitol Files Lawsuit Declaring Trump's Impeachment ‘Null and Void’  —  A Texas lawyer who was fired from his job after posting videos of himself at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 filed a lawsuit on Monday declaring that the …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Big League Politics
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
Rosalind Erskine / Scotsman Food and Drink:
BrewDog troll Donald Trump by launching petition to rename Prestwick Airport ‘Joe Biden International’  —  The Scottish brewers have launched a petition to rename Prestwick Airport ahead of a potential visit from Donald Trump.  —  With reports that Donald Trump may fly to Scotland after he leaves office …
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:
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.
 
 
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ABC News:
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PBS NewsHour:
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