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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:
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 …
Arlette Saenz / CNN:   Brayden Harrington, who bonded with Biden over stuttering, to appear in prime-time inauguration special
Joshua Nelson / Fox News:
Army veteran calls out Dem lawmaker for ‘ridiculous’ remark about troops posing threat to Biden
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 …
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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 …
Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
‘A hack job,’ ‘outright lies’: Trump commission's ‘1776 Report’ outrages historians  —  Historians responded with dismay and anger Monday after the White House's “1776 Commission” released a report that it said would help Americans better understand the nation's history by “restoring patriotic education.”
Discussion: New York Times and Common Dreams
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The White House:
1776 Commission Takes Historic and Scholarly Step to Restore Understanding of the Greatness of the American Founding
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 …
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:
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:
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, CNN, WXIX-TV and The Week
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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
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
U.S. declares China's actions against Uighurs “genocide”  —  With just one day left in President Trump's term, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has officially determined that China's campaign of mass internment, forced labor and forced sterilization of over 1 million Muslim minorities in Xinjiang constitutes …
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 …
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: The Daily Beast and HuffPost
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 and Law & Crime
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 …
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 …
Khaleda Rahman / Newsweek:
MyPillow Products Will No Longer Be Sold by These Companies  —  Mike Lindell, the CEO of My Pillow, has said that several companies have stopped selling his products following his continued pushing of baseless allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election.
Jeff Flake / Washington Post:
What the Biden era will feel like, six months in  —  Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013 and in the U.S. Senate from 2013 to 2019.  He is a CNN contributor.  —  The Biden era is well underway by now.
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 …
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.
Jesse Paul / The Colorado Sun:
Two big-name Colorado Democrats are already exploring 2022 bids to unseat Lauren Boebert  —  State Sen. Kerry Donovan of Vail and state Rep. Dylan Roberts of Avon say they are in discussions to launch a campaign to oust the Republican next year  —  Two well-known Democratic state lawmakers …
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
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 …
Lara Seligman / Politico:
Biden taps former aide as top Pentagon adviser on China  —  The move potentially sets Ratner up to be nominated as the Pentagon's top official overseeing Indo-Pacific affairs.  —  Ratner is a longtime Biden aide, having served as a professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and in Biden's Senate office.
Tracey McManus / Tampa Bay Times:
Trump commutes 40-year sentence of Clearwater Ponzi scheme operator  —  Fred Davis Clark Jr. raised more than $300 million from investors, including for Clearwater's Grand Venezia on U.S. 19.  Condo owners are still paying for his crime.  —  Before the flurry of 100 pardons and commutations …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
GOP leaders skip Trump sendoff 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 …
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Chairman Simons Announces his Resignation and the Departure of Senior Staff  —  TAGS: - Government - Bureau of Competition - Bureau of Consumer Protection - Bureau of Economics - Commissioners - Office of Policy Planning - Office of the General Counsel - FTC Operations
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
Will the Tech ‘Wokeforce’ Be With Us If We Go to War?  —  Some in tech surely prefer this Jedi over the Pentagon's JEDI contract.  —  When Google-owned YouTube suspended Donald Trump's ability to post videos last week it joined Facebook and Twitter in blocking the president, and many Trump supporters, from their platforms.
 
 
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European Council on Foreign Relations:
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Peter Nickeas / CNN:
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Discussion: Washington Examiner
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.
Discussion: The Week
Washington Post:
Woman accused of taking laptop from Pelosi's office has been arrested, officials say
New York Times:
Trump Prepares Pardon Wave for Final Hours