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9:20 AM ET, January 19, 2021

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Kate Bennett / CNN:
Trumps' snub of Bidens historic in its magnitude  —  (CNN)On the morning of January 20, Donald Trump and Melania Trump will depart the White House as President and first lady, but they will not invite their incoming counterparts, Joe and Jill Biden, inside before they do.
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Washington Post:
Biden selects transgender doctor, Rachel Levine, as assistant health secretary  —  President-elect Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he will nominate Pennsylvania's top health official, Rachel Levine, to be his assistant secretary of health.  Levine, a pediatrician, would become …
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Washington Post:
QAnon adherents discussed posing as National Guard to try to infiltrate inauguration, according to FBI intelligence briefing  —  The FBI privately warned law enforcement agencies Monday that far-right extremists have discussed posing as National Guard members in Washington and others …
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Washington Post:   House security chief said lawmaker wariness of military at Capitol drove his resistance to early request for National Guard
Missy Ryan / Washington Post:
‘No stone unturned’: Pentagon vows to vet National Guard for extremist ties ahead of inauguration
The White House:
1776 Commission Takes Historic and Scholarly Step to Restore Understanding of the Greatness of the American Founding  —  1776 Commission—comprised of some of America's most distinguished scholars and historians—has released a report presenting a definitive chronicle of the American founding …
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S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
Liz Cheney censured in Wyoming for vote to impeach Trump: ‘Did not represent our voice’  —  The Republican Party Central Committee in Carbon County, Wyoming, has censured Rep. Liz Cheney for voting to impeach President Trump, as support for the one-time rising GOP star crumbles in her home state.
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Nick Reynolds / Casper Star-Tribune:
Wyoming GOP chair: Western states ‘paying attention’ to Texas effort to secede
Associated Press:
Biden to propose 8-year citizenship path for immigrants  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden plans to unveil a sweeping immigration bill on Day One of his administration, hoping to provide an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status …
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Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Biden to propose overhaul of immigration laws on first day in office
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
Texas man at Capitol riot allegedly threatened to kill his kids if they turned him in: ‘Traitors get shot’  —  Two days after Guy Reffitt joined the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, federal officials said, he returned home to Wylie, Tex., and proudly told his family of his escapade.
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Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
‘Traitors Get Shot’: Capitol Rioter Accused of Threatening Children if They Turned Him In
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 …
Discussion: New York Times, CNN and The Atlantic
New York Times:
Trump Prepares Pardon Wave for Final Hours  —  Among those under consideration for grants of clemency are the former New York Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver and the rapper Lil Wayne.  —  Those under consideration include such disparate figures as Sheldon Silver, the disgraced former …
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.
Axios:
Off the rails: Inside Air Force One ahead of Trump's last stand in Georgia  —  Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term.
Discussion: Metro.co.uk and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Woman accused of taking laptop from Pelosi's office has been arrested, officials say  —  A witness who claimed to be a former partner of Riley June Williams told the FBI that friends of Williams played a video of her stealing a drive or computer  —  Federal authorities said they have arrested …
Donald Trump / ITV:
Former US attorney general William Barr tells ITV News questioning election legitimacy ‘precipitated Capitol riots’ … Video report by ITV News Security Editor Rohit Kachroo  —  Former US attorney general William Barr has told ITV News that questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election result …
Politico:
The ‘deep state’ of loyalists Trump is leaving behind for Biden  —  Donald Trump spent four years railing against a “deep state” of career federal workers he claimed was undermining his administration from the inside.  —  When Joe Biden takes office next week, he may actually have one.
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Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Trump's 11th-hour assault on the civil service by stripping job protections runs out of time
Discussion: Breitbart
Mina Kimes / ESPN:
New York Mets GM Jared Porter acknowledges sending explicit images to female reporter when he worked for Chicago Cubs  —  New York Mets general manager Jared Porter sent explicit, unsolicited texts and images to a female reporter in 2016, culminating with a picture of an erect, naked penis …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Corporations expand donation freeze to members of Pennsylvania legislature  —  Over the last week, dozens of companies have announced that they are suspending donations to the 147 Republicans in Congress who objected to certifying the Electoral College vote.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Last Trump Job Approval 34%; Average Is Record-Low 41%  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — As President Donald Trump prepares to leave the White House, 34% of Americans approve of the job he is doing as president, the worst evaluation of his presidency.  His 41% average approval rating throughout …
John F. Harris / Politico:
Biden's Inaugural Speech Won't Unite the Country.  Here's What Could.  —  In his Inaugural Address Wednesday, Joe Biden will surely issue an appeal for unity—a plea that all Americans raise our sights and lower our voices, that we work together to restore faith in government, and in each other.
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Dominion sends cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell  —  Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election.  —  Why it matters: Trump and several of his allies …
Reuters:
Parler partially reappears with support from Russian technology firm  —  (Reuters) - Parler, a social media website and app popular with the American far right, has partially returned online with the help of a Russian-owned technology company.  —  Parler vanished from the internet when dropped …
Discussion: The Guardian, The Wrap and Fox News
Peter Nickeas / CNN:
Inside the fight for the Capitol: US Capitol Police officers recount being unprepared and ‘betrayed’  —  (CNN)The day before the US Capitol was attacked, Capitol Police officers were ordered to report to the department's equipment depot to pick up helmets, an officer who was there that day told CNN.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and CBS News
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
At Fox News, a post-election shake-up brings more opinion at the expense of news  —  With viewership faltering since November, last year's top-rated cable channel will try out pundits for a 7 p.m. slot once devoted to news.  In the running: Maria Bartiromo.
Clay Risen / New York Times:
Deborah Rhode, Who Transformed the Field of Legal Ethics, Dies at 68  —  A Stanford professor, she pushed the legal profession to confront the ways it failed clients and to be more inclusive of women.  —  Deborah L. Rhode, a law professor who transformed the field of legal ethics from little …
Politico:
How the First Day of the Trump Presidency Foreshadowed The Four Years to Come  —  Donald Trump's presidency was always going to be ... atypical.  But few, if anyone, outside his orbit got as early a taste of what was to come as Brian Mosteller.  —  Described by colleagues as fastidious almost …
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Inside Trump's Pathetic Final Weekend in Office  —  It's ending as it began.  All about Trump.  —  “Everyone knows I won.”  —  That's a phrase that Donald Trump, the twice-impeached former game show host and soon-to-be former president, repeated to different advisers and confidants …
Manu Raju / CNN:
McConnell, Schumer close in on power-sharing agreement in evenly divided Senate  —  Washington (CNN)The top two Senate leaders are nearing a power-sharing agreement to hash out how the evenly divided chamber will operate, with Democrats in charge of setting the schedule but both parties likely …
Discussion: HotAir and KIFI-TV
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
They Did Their Jobs Well  —  Pence, Kudlow, Rao, Pai and more: Here are the Trump appointees and policies that served the country.
David Smith / The Guardian:
‘The Capitol riot was our Chernobyl’: James Comey on Trump, the ‘pee tape’ and Clinton's emails
Discussion: Business Insider
Mark Murray / NBC News:
NBC News poll: Biden takes the helm of a polarized, pessimistic and pained nation
Discussion: The Hill and The Week
John Steele Gordon / City Journal:
What King and Others Wrought
Discussion: Instapundit
Robbie Gramer / Foreign Policy:
Biden to Tap Seasoned Former Diplomat to Oversee Southern Border Policy
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Wanted to Erase Obama's Legacy. He Failed.
 Earlier Items: 
John Hudson / Washington Post:
Pompeo clings to Trump's legacy with an eye toward inheriting the MAGA base
Saul Cornell / Washington Post:
What today's Second Amendment activists forget: The right to not bear arms
Discussion: Washington Times
Carly Roman / Washington Examiner:
Lauren Boebert rebukes Democrat who suggested she gave tour to rioters before Capitol breach
Discussion: CNN and Crooks and Liars
The White House:
Executive Order on Building the National Garden of American Heroes