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11:30 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
Bitter, Trump skips chance to say splashy, high-profile farewell  —  (CNN)A president's most valuable commodity is time and Donald Trump is out of it.  —  With a day remaining in his term, Trump is still consumed with grievance over Republicans he believes abandoned him and insistent …
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 …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Biden to attend Mass with congressional leaders  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden's presidential inauguration (all times local):  —  Joe Biden will strike a unity theme before his inauguration as president on Wednesday by worshipping with Congress' top four Republican and Democratic leaders.
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Biden to propose overhaul of immigration laws on first day in office
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.
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 …
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 …
Mary Jordan / Washington Post:
Melania Trump spends her last days in the White House focused on her future, while her husband rages about the past  —  In her final days as first lady, Melania Trump has largely stayed away from the West Wing.  While her husband spends his time there in anger — though aides said his dark mood …
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Trumps' snub of Bidens historic in its magnitude
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: and Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and The Week
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.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
Wyoming Republicans censure Cheney over Trump impeachment vote  —  Cheney is not the only Republican who voted for impeachment to face backlash  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for January 19  —  Wyoming's Carbon County Republican Party voted unanimously to censure Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. …
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
News Analysis: Liz Cheney voted to impeach Trump. Was she crazy or brave?
Discussion: Human Events and National Review
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Jeffrey Lowe and Tiger King LLC Ordered to Relinquish Big Cat Cubs to United States for Placement in Suitable Facilities  —  On Jan. 15, 2021, a federal court issued a preliminary injunction in favor of the United States and against Jeffrey and Lauren Lowe, Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park LLC …
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.
Arlette Saenz / CNN:
Brayden Harrington, who bonded with Biden over stuttering, to appear in prime-time inauguration special  —  (CNN)Brayden Harrington, the 13-year-old New Hampshire boy who bonded with President-elect Joe Biden over their shared experience with stuttering, will be part of the prime …
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.
Washington Post:
The Capitol mob's gleeful selfies are easy to mock.  They're also a warning sign.  —  Accused rioters didn't expect any consequences because they thought they were saving the nation  —  One person posted an image of himself on his Instagram story.  There he was among the crowd of rioters storming the Capitol on Jan. 6.
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 …
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David Robb / Deadline:
Donald Trump Faces Possible Expulsion From SAG-AFTRA As Union's Board Sets Special Session
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Virus, economy swamp other priorities for US
Discussion: Defense One and Political Wire
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
Wall Street Journal:
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How the First Day of the Trump Presidency Foreshadowed The Four Years to Come
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
 Earlier Items: 
John F. Harris / Politico:
Biden's Inaugural Speech Won't Unite the Country. Here's What Could.
Discussion: ABC7, Talking Points Memo and Bloomberg
5 things to watch at Trump's second impeachment trial
Washington Post:
Woman accused of taking laptop from Pelosi's office has been arrested, officials say
Clay Risen / New York Times:
Deborah Rhode, Who Transformed the Field of Legal Ethics, Dies at 68
Discussion: Althouse
New York Times:
Trump Prepares Pardon Wave for Final Hours