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12:30 AM ET, January 20, 2021

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Andrew Restuccia / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Has Discussed Starting a New Party  —  President Trump has talked in recent days with associates about forming a new political party, according to people familiar with the matter, an effort to exert continued influence after he leaves the White House.  —  Mr. Trump discussed the matter …
CNN:
Trump talked out of pardoning kids and Republican lawmakers  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump received an unsettling warning on his final Saturday night in the White House.  —  Huddled for a lengthy meeting with his legal advisers, Trump was warned the pardons he once hoped to bestow upon …
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Jim Small / Arizona Mirror:
Biggs and Gosar sought pardons for Capitol riot, but won't get them: report  —  Arizona Republican Congressmen Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar have asked President Donald Trump to preemptively pardon them for their roles in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, but the president has no plans to do so, CNN reported Tuesday.
Discussion: The Stranger and Associated Press
CNN:
Trump tells people he's decided to pardon Steve Bannon as one of his final acts in office  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump has decided to pardon his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, in a last-minute decision made only hours before he is scheduled to depart the White House for a final time.
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Obituary for a Failed Presidency  —  One last Letter from Trump's Washington.  —  Susan B. Glasser's column will continue as Letter from Biden's Washington.  Sign up for her newsletter to get her stories delivered to your in-box every week.  —  Precisely at noon on Wednesday …
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David Yaffe-Bellany / Bloomberg:
Trump Ends Where He Began, Fighting Release of His Tax Returns  —  President Donald Trump's lawyers made a preemptive move to stop congressional Democrats from obtaining his tax returns once President-elect Joe Biden takes power, asking a judge for an Inauguration Day hearing in a case …
Ron Johnson / JSOnline:
Senator Ron Johnson calls editorial about him ‘unhinged and uninformed.’ The Editorial Board responds.  —  Senator Johnson objects to the Editorial Board's call for him to resign over his actions after the presidential election. … In an unhinged and uninformed editorial …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
New York Times:
Fox News Fires a Key Player in Its Election Night Coverage  —  The politics editor who defended the network's accurate projection that Biden had won Arizona is out after a backlash from viewers, including President Trump.  —  Two senior leaders of Fox News's reporting division are exiting …
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
With hours left in office, Trump pardons Bannon.  —  President Trump has granted clemency to Stephen K. Bannon, the former White House chief strategist who was charged with defrauding people who supported building a border wall that Mr. Trump supported, White House officials said.
Discussion: USA Today and Washington Times
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Bloomberg:
Trump Likely to Pardon Bannon, Accused of Defrauding Donors
Discussion: The Hill, Deadline and Raw Story
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:
12 members of the National Guard removed from inauguration duty
Washington Post:
Trump's final day: A diminished and aggrieved president stays out of public view before exit  —  President Trump spent his final full day in office Tuesday the same way he spent many of his 1,460 prior days as president: brooding over imagined injustices, plotting retribution against perceived enemies …
Discussion: The Week
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
GOP leaders skip Trump send-off in favor of church with Biden
HuffPost:
Sen. Gary Peters Emerges As Key Prospect To Run DSCC  —  The low-key Midwesterner would be tasked with helping Democrats expand their majority in 2022.  —  Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) is considering tapping Sen. Gary Peters (Mich.) to run the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee …
Discussion: Axios
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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Live Updates: Ahead of Impeachment Trial, McConnell Says Capitol Assault Was ‘Provoked’ By Trump
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
McConnell, weighing impeachment vote, says mob that assaulted the Capitol was ‘provoked by the president.’
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
‘Are you QAnon?’:  One Trump official's brush with an internet cult gone horribly wrong  —  The deadly insurrection in the nation's capital this month brought intense public scrutiny to the online conspiracy theory QAnon and shock about its pervasiveness, but one prominent Trump administration official …
Ben Collins / NBC News:
Increasingly militant ‘Parler refugees’ and anxious QAnon adherents prep for doomsday  —  Liesa Norris received a panicked phone call on Monday from her brother.  He told her to buy a ham radio.  —  The radio, he explained, would be one of the few ways they could communicate once President Donald …
Kevin Quealy / New York Times:
The Complete List of Trump's Twitter Insults (2015-2021)  —  As a political figure, Donald J. Trump used Twitter to praise, to cajole, to entertain, to lobby, to establish his version of events — and, perhaps most notably, to amplify his scorn.  This list documents the verbal attacks …
Discussion: HuffPost
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Ends Stock Trade Inquiry Into Richard Burr Without Charges  —  Law enforcement officials told the senator that they would not pursue charges over his dumping of hundreds of thousands of dollars of stock after Senate coronavirus briefings early in the pandemic.
Washingtonian:
Conspiracy Theorists Target Comet Ping Pong on Trump's Last Night in Office  —  The Trump era in DC ends in a very similar fashion to the way it began  —  In a fitting finale to the Trump years in hometown DC, a group of homophobic conspiracy theorists gathered to shout slogans outside Chevy …
Jordan Fischer / wusa9.com:
Capitol rioter arrested after sending ‘selfie’ to girlfriend's brother - a federal agent  —  The DOJ says Thomas Fee, of Freeport, New York, sent a photo of himself in the Capitol Rotunda to a special agent for the State Department.  —  WASHINGTON — A New York man has now been charged …
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
New California Variant May Be Driving Virus Surge There, Study Suggests  —  Researchers found that the variant originated in California and showed up in more than half of samples tested last week by researchers in Los Angeles.  —  In late December, scientists in California began searching coronavirus samples …
Discussion: National Review
New York Times:
The Financial Minefield Awaiting an Ex-President Trump  —  Baseless election fraud claims and the Capitol riot have compounded already-looming threats to his bottom line.  And the cash lifelines he once relied on are gone.  —  Not long after he strides across the White House grounds Wednesday morning …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Tina Nguyen / Politico:
A big chunk of Trump's 1776 report appears lifted from an author's prior work  —  President Donald Trump's 1776 Commission was supposed to be the definitive “patriotic” rejoinder to the academic left for what conservatives view as a slanderous rendering of U.S. history.
Chris Vivlamore / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
WNBA's Atlanta Dream on verge of being sold  —  The Atlanta Dream are on the verge on being sold.  —  Co-owned by former U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, the team has been embroiled in conflict over her remarks about the Black Lives Matter movement.  Dream players were open in their support …
Discussion: CBS News, KIFI-TV and UPROXX
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia U.S. Senate results certified; Ossoff and Warnock set to take office Wednesday
CNN:
Some Trump supporters think he's about to declare martial law — and they're excited.  —  (CNN Business)Sometime Monday, some of the remaining dead-enders convinced that President Trump will remain in office for at least the next four years got a sign.  A Telegram account falsely purporting …
Discussion: Raw Story
nrdc.org:
Court Strikes Down Dirty Power Scheme  —  In a resounding win for climate and public health, a federal appeals court struck down the Trump administration's replacement of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan today, calling its do-nothing rule a clear violation of the Clean Air Act.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Queens Man Arrested for Threatening to Murder Members of Congress  —  Defendant Posted Video Titled “KILL YOUR SENATORS” and Urged Violent Overthrow of Government  —  A criminal complaint was filed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging Brendan Hunt, also known as “X-Ray Ultra,” with threatening to murder United States officials.
Discussion: NBC News
David Wickert / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
‘Kraken’ back on its leash: Georgia election lawsuit withdrawn  —  The “kraken” is back on its leash and licking its wounds.  —  After vowing to “unleash the kraken” — a mythical beast — on alleged election fraud and to overturn the presidential election in Georgia, attorney Sidney Powell quietly withdrew the lawsuit Tuesday.
John Solomon / Just The News:
First Trump declassified Russia document: Christopher Steele's 2017 confessional to the FBI  —  Steele told FBI he leaked Russia collision story to help Clinton and Great Britain, and was connected to his primary dossier source by former NSC staffer and impeachment witness Fiona Hill
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Incoming White House plans extraordinary steps to protect Biden from COVID-19  —  The incoming administration is planning extraordinary steps to protect its most prized commodity, Joe Biden, including requiring daily employee COVID tests and N95 masks at all times, according to new guidance sent to some incoming employees Tuesday.
Discussion: The Hill
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Blinken appears to be sailing to confirmation as Biden's secretary of state  —  Antony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to become secretary of state, deftly sidestepped Democratic invitations to sharply criticize the Trump administration, and Republican efforts to lure him into controversy …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Josh Hawley will delay swift confirmation of Biden's DHS pick  —  GOP Sen. Josh Hawley announced on Tuesday that he plans to object to swift consideration of President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security, a move that will delay the installment of Biden's national-security team.
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
If Trump Doesn't Keep You Up All Night, MyPillow Will  —  To watch Fox News is to accumulate reasons not to sleep as you hear from “the MyPillow Guy,” Mike Lindell, about how you might sleep better.  I watch a lot of Fox News.  In the six years since Donald Trump announced his campaign …
Discussion: Associated Press and Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
Doug Emhoff / GQ:
I Might Be the First Second Gentleman, But I Don't Want to Be the Last  —  The moment I met Kamala, I knew I was in love.  Not just because of who she is—the warm, funny, and compassionate woman who grounds our family—but also because of the deep resolve with which she fights for the causes she believes in.
Katherine Eban / Vanity Fair:
“A Tsunami of Randoms”: How Trump's COVID Chaos Drowned the FDA in Junk Science  —  Over its 114-year history, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has become a global paragon when it comes to drug regulation.  In the most consequential year of its existence, however, the agency …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Richard Winton / Los Angeles Times:
3 Beverly Hills residents, including a doctor, arrested in U.S. Capitol attack  —  Three Beverly Hills residents have been arrested on federal charges alleging they were part of the mob that stormed into the Capitol earlier this month.  —  Gina Bisignano, 52, was taken into custody …
Nick Wadhams / Bloomberg:
Biden Team Snubs Outgoing Pentagon Chief in Transition Spat  — Departing secretaries typically get temporary office space  — Biden's pick for defense secretary has been working from home  —  President-elect Joe Biden's team denied Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller's request …
 
 
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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Discussion: WTOP and New York Post
Matt Naham / Law & Crime:
Texas Lawyer Who Was Fired After Filming Himself at Capitol Files Lawsuit Declaring Trump's Impeachment ‘Null and Void’
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
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Ursula Perano / Axios:
Trump gives farewell address: “We did what we came here to do”
Discussion: Townhall
Katie Rogers / Town & Country:
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New York Times:
“What kind of message is that?”: How Republicans see the attack on the Capitol.
Discussion: Scripting News