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9:30 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 …
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
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 …
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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Washington Post:
12 members of the National Guard removed from inauguration duty
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
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
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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Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
‘A hack job,’ ‘outright lies’: Trump commission's ‘1776 Report’ outrages historians
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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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Live Updates: Ahead of Impeachment Trial, McConnell Says Capitol Assault Was ‘Provoked’ By Trump
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 …
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
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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Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Top Fox News managers depart amid Murdoch's concerns over controversial Arizona election night projection  —  The Fox News executive who oversaw its election night “decision desk” is retiring at the end of the month, a move due in part to what Rupert Murdoch and other top network leaders viewed …
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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
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump authorizes DOJ to declassify Russia probe documents  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday authorized the declassification of a set of documents connected to the investigation of his 2016 campaign's contacts with Russia.  —  Trump has long declared his intention to make public …
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 …
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
Richard Winton / Los Angeles Times:
3 Beverly Hills residents, including a doctor, arrested in U.S. Capitol attack  —  Three Beverly Hills residents have been arrested on federal charges alleging they were part of the mob that stormed into the Capitol earlier this month.  —  Gina Bisignano, 52, was taken into custody …
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump In Farewell Address to the Nation  —  THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans: Four years ago, we launched a great national effort to rebuild our country, to renew its spirit, and to restore the allegiance of this government to its citizens.
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
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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