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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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CNN:
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 …
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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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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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.
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, WXIX-TV and The Week
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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 …
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Kate Bennett / CNN:
Trumps' snub of Bidens historic in its magnitude
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.
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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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
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 …
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. …
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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
WCCO | CBS Minnesota:
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell Says Bed Bath And Beyond, Kohl's To Drop His Products; Dominion Voting Systems Threatens To Sue  —  MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell said in an interview Saturday that Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohl's are among the retailers that will stop selling …
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: HuffPost
Washington Post:
Lawmakers who objected to election results have been cut off from 20 of their 30 biggest corporate PAC donors  —  U.S. executives continue to grapple with political bloodshed and its ripple effects on the corporate landscape  —  The 147 Republican lawmakers who opposed certification …
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.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Political Scientist Author Charged With Acting As An Unregistered Agent Of The Iranian Government  —  Defendant Lobbied U.S. Officials, Published Books and Articles Advancing Iranian Viewpoints While Secretly Employed by the Iranian Mission to the United Nations
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.
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.
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 …
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Issuance of Counter Terrorism General Licenses and related FAQs; Counter Terrorism Designations; Venezuela-related Designations; CAATSA - Russia-related Designations; Yemen-related Designations Updates  —  Today, on January 19th, the U.S. Department of State designated Ansarallah …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Мед …
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 …
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
 
 
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