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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
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 …
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Washington Post:
Georgia certifies Ossoff and Warnock victories, paving way for Democratic control of Senate  —  Georgia election officials on Tuesday certified the victories of two Democrats who won in the state's hard-fought U.S. Senate runoff elections earlier this month, paving the way for them to take office as early as Wednesday.
Ursula Perano / Axios:
McConnell: Trump “provoked” Capitol mob
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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Michael R. Pompeo / United States Department of State:
Determination of the Secretary of State on Atrocities in Xinjiang  —  The United States of America has led the world in holding the perpetrators of the most heinous human rights abuses accountable.  From the Nuremberg Trials, to the creation of the Genocide Convention in 1948 …
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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
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 …
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 …
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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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Feds say Iran scholar was secret Tehran agent  —  A prominent Iranian-born scholar arrested Monday was secretly paid to write columns favorable to Tehran and lobby at least one U.S. lawmaker on its behalf, federal prosecutors say.  —  Why it matters: Kaveh Afrasiabi's writings showed …
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Political Scientist Author Charged With Acting As An Unregistered Agent Of The Iranian Government
Discussion: KIFI-TV
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.
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.
Maggie Miller / The Hill:
Former Trump intel chief Coats introduces Biden nominee Haines at hearing  —  Former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who served under President Trump, on Tuesday introduced Avril Haines, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to serve as DNI, at her Senate confirmation hearing.
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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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 and Law & Crime
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.
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.
Katie Bo Williams / Defense One:
Here's Who Will Be Running the Pentagon When Biden Takes Office  —  Dozens named in the most comprehensive roster published to date of who will be running DOD when the president-elect is sworn in.  —  There's a new team in the E-ring starting on Wednesday, newly detailed …
 
 
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Daniel Dale / CNN:
Reflections on four weird years fact checking every word from Donald Trump
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Man Charged with Threatening to Publicly Execute Democrats in Trump's Name
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Post
PBS NewsHour:
Trump will be remembered as one of the worst U.S. presidents, nearly half of Americans say
Discussion: Politico, NPR and Mock Paper Scissors
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: The new power players in Georgia's new politics
Discussion: The Hill
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Chairman Simons Announces his Resignation and the Departure of Senior Staff
Discussion: The Hill
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
Will the Tech ‘Wokeforce’ Be With Us If We Go to War?
Jesse Paul / The Colorado Sun:
Two big-name Colorado Democrats are already exploring 2022 bids to unseat Lauren Boebert
 Earlier Items: 
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
Wyoming Republicans censure Cheney over Trump impeachment vote
Washington Post:
The Capitol mob's gleeful selfies are easy to mock. They're also a warning sign.
European Council on Foreign Relations:
The crisis of American power: How Europeans see Biden's America
Discussion: Japan Times and Politico
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.
Politico:
How the First Day of the Trump Presidency Foreshadowed The Four Years to Come
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