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10:45 AM ET, January 19, 2021

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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: The Atlantic
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Politico:   How the First Day of the Trump Presidency Foreshadowed The Four Years to Come
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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NBC News:
Biden's first task is his most crucial and obvious: Vaccinate America  —  WASHINGTON — Facing a pessimistic public, holding middling poll numbers for an incoming president (higher than Trump's, lower than Obama's) and dealing with a predecessor who's yet to concede the election he lost, Joe Biden isn't getting much of a honeymoon.
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Nick Reynolds / Casper Star-Tribune:
Wyoming GOP chair: Western states ‘paying attention’ to Texas effort to secede
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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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 …
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
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
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Trump is historically unpopular, and it makes no sense for Republicans to tie their fortunes to him  —  As Republicans contemplate their future without Donald Trump as president, the party is still very much in his control.  A majority of House Republicans and several senators decided to follow …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Last Trump Job Approval 34%; Average Is Record-Low 41%
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
David Smith / The Guardian:
‘The Capitol riot was our Chernobyl’: James Comey on Trump, the ‘pee tape’ and Clinton's emails … As an investigator turned author, James Comey has developed a forensic eye for detail.  The colour of the curtains in the Oval Office.  The length of Donald Trump's tie.
Detroit News:
Michigan Republicans seek to replace GOP canvasser who certified election  —  Lansing — The Michigan Republican Party wants to replace the GOP member of the Board of State Canvassers who cast the pivotal vote to certify election results in favor of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.
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 …
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Ursula Perano / Axios:
Dominion sends cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell
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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
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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  As the Trump Presidency ends in the disgrace of the Capitol riot, an effort is already underway to erase everything in the last four years as disgraceful too.
 
 
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Washington Post:
The Capitol mob's gleeful selfies are easy to mock. They're also a warning sign.
Tyler Arnold / Washington Examiner:
West Virginia teachers union seeks to halt school reopening plan
Discussion: HotAir
European Council on Foreign Relations:
The crisis of American power: How Europeans see Biden's America
Discussion: Japan Times and Politico
Mark Murray / NBC News:
NBC News poll: Biden takes the helm of a polarized, pessimistic and pained nation
Discussion: The Hill, POLITICUSUSA and The Week
Peter Nickeas / CNN:
Inside the fight for the Capitol: US Capitol Police officers recount being unprepared and ‘betrayed’
Discussion: Washington Examiner and CBS News
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Corporations expand donation freeze to members of Pennsylvania legislature
John F. Harris / Politico:
Biden's Inaugural Speech Won't Unite the Country. Here's What Could.
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Manu Raju / CNN:
McConnell, Schumer close in on power-sharing agreement in evenly divided Senate
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