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NBC News:
Some QAnon followers lose hope after Inauguration  —  Some QAnon conspiracy theorists, in public and private internet forums and chat rooms, were despondent Wednesday as their prophecy of an Inauguration Day coup to keep Donald Trump in power failed again as President Joe Biden was sworn into office.
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Kevin Roose / New York Times:
QAnon believers struggle with inauguration.  —  Followers of QAnon, the pro-Trump conspiracy theory, have spent weeks anticipating that Wednesday would be the “Great Awakening” — a day, long foretold in QAnon prophecy, when top Democrats would be arrested for running a global sex trafficking ring …
Jesselyn Cook / HuffPost:
'It's Over': Devastated QAnon Believers Grapple With President Joe Biden's Inauguration  —  A look inside QAnon's virtual inauguration watch party, which went horribly wrong.  —  Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday marks not only the historic beginning of a new presidency, but also …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Mother Jones and BuzzFeed News
Washington Post:
QAnon believers grapple with doubt, spin new theories as Trump era ends  —  The administrator of 8kun, the longtime Internet home of the mysterious Q, says it's time to move on, and a moderator on Wednesday wiped Q's ‘drops’ from the website  —  Followers of the extremist ideology QAnon saw …
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
‘A Total Failure’: The Proud Boys Now Mock Trump  —  Members of the far-right group, who were among Donald Trump's staunchest fans, are calling him “weak,” in a sign of fraying support.  —  After the presidential election last year, the Proud Boys, a far-right group, declared its undying loyalty to President Trump.
Discussion: HotAir
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Anna Merlan / VICE:
Trump Fails to Ascend as God Emperor, Leaving Diehard Fans Adrift  —  Some grieve and some insist all is going according to plan.  Others are enthused about forming a new political party.  It's a moment as dangerous as it is hilarious.  —  TORONTO, CA  —  As new President Joseph R. Biden took …
HuffPost:
Feds Arrest Proud Boy Member Joe Biggs Over Capitol Riot  —  The right-wing media figure denied to FBI agents that he was involved in any planning for the attack on the Capitol, but admitted entering the building.  —  Federal authorities on Wednesday arrested Joe Bigs …
Washington Post:
Joe Biden's inauguration speech transcript, annotated  —  Joe Biden pleaded for national unity in his inaugural address Wednesday after he was sworn in as the 46th president.  Below is a full transcript of his remarks, with analysis from The Fix team.  —  Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris.
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Washington Post:
Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president, pleads for unity in inaugural address to a divided nation
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Avril Haines confirmed as director of national intelligence  —  Avril Haines was quickly confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday as the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) in a vote of 84-10.  —  Why it matters: Haines is the first of President Biden's nominees to receive a full Senate confirmation …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
Avril Haines Becomes First Woman Director of National Intelligence
Discussion: Fox News and Political Wire
Nicole Narea / Vox:
Biden is ending Trump's travel ban  —  It's the beginning of the end for Trump's immigration policies.  —  SHARE All sharing options  —  On his first day in office, President Joe Biden is beginning the immense task of dismantling former President Donald Trump's nativist legacy on immigration …
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Transition / President-Elect Joe Biden:
FACT SHEET: President-elect Biden's Day One Executive Actions Deliver Relief for Families Across America Amid Converging Crises
Bo Erickson / CBS News:
On first day as president, Biden to issue 17 executive actions on COVID, climate change, immigration and more
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
On Day 1, Biden Moves to Undo Trump's Legacy
Talia Kaplan / Fox News:
Biden reversing travel ban for Muslim countries ‘very disappointing’: Chad Wolf
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
A look inside Biden's Oval Office  —  President Biden has filled the Oval Office with images of American leaders and icons, focusing the room around massive portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt that hangs across from the Resolute Desk.  It is a clear nod to a president who helped …
Bloomberg Law:
Biden Moves to Oust Top Labor Board Attorney Robb  —  Listen  —  The new Biden administration has asked for the resignation of the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel, Trump-appointee Peter Robb, according to four people familiar with the decision.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Departs Vowing,'We Will Be Back in Some Form'  —  Defeated and twice impeached, the 45th president used his farewell remarks before a sparse crowd to brag about his record and wish luck to the incoming administration.  —  JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. — President Donald J …
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Amazon Offers To Help Biden Administration With Vaccine Effort After Sitting On The Sidelines For A Month  —  Amazon offered to help the Biden administration on Wednesday, shortly after President Joe Biden was sworn into office, with efforts to distribute the coronavirus vaccine …
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Bloomberg:
Biden Team Fears Virus Surge Imperils Pledge to Curb Pandemic
Discussion: The Week
Politico:
‘Really quite shocking’: Inside the ugly transition at the Pentagon  —  The Pentagon blocked members of President Joe Biden's incoming administration from gaining access to critical information about current operations, including the troop drawdown in Afghanistan, upcoming special operations missions …
Raphael Satter / Reuters:
In hidden message on White House website, Biden calls for coders  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The recently updated website for President Joe Biden's White House carried an invitation for tech specialists savvy enough to find it.  —  Hidden in the HTML code on www.whitehouse.gov was an invitation …
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Reuters:   U.S. President Biden arrives safely at White House, protected by thousands of troops, barricades
fmprc.gov.cn:
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Announces Sanctions on Pompeo and Others  —  Over the past few years, some anti-China politicians in the United States, out of their selfish political interests and prejudice and hatred against China and showing no regard for the interests of the Chinese and American people …
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Biden swears in staffers and appointees — and threatens to fire anyone who is disrespectful  —  President Joe Biden swore in dozens of appointees and staffers on Wednesday evening, urging them to treat one another with respect or else “I will fire you on the spot.”
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The White House:
Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Executive Grants of Clemency  —  President Donald J. Trump granted pardons to 73 individuals and commuted the sentences of an additional 70 individuals.  —  Todd Boulanger - President Trump granted a full pardon to Todd Boulanger.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Kayleigh McEnany's cowardly exit  —  Seventeenth in an occasional series on White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, to prove the impossibility of speaking for President Trump.  —  The last time White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany appeared before the assembled press in the briefing room, she was well organized, as usual.
Bloomberg:
Twitter Locks Out Chinese Embassy in U.S. Over Post on Uighurs  — Account locked after tweet violated ‘dehumanization’ policy  — Chinese embassy hasn't posted anything new since Jan. 8  —  Twitter Inc. has locked the official account for the Chinese Embassy to the U.S. after a post …
The Pillar:
Updated: Vatican intervened to spike US bishops' Biden statement release  —  A Pillar Post special edition  —  The U.S. bishops' conference held back a statement on incoming President Joe Biden Wednesday morning, after officials from the Vatican Secretariat of State intervened before the statement could be released.
Washington Post:
Trump extended Secret Service protection to his adult children as he left office  —  In the days before he left office, President Donald Trump instructed that his family get the best security available in the world for the next six months, at no cost — the protection of the U.S. Secret Service.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Romney: Founders didn't intend pardons to be used for ‘cronies’  —  Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on Wednesday called for reforming the use of the president's pardon power after former President Trump granted clemency to 143 individuals as his final act of office, including Steve Bannon …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
 
 
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The Daily Beast:
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Transition / President-Elect Joe Biden:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Sends Immigration Bill to Congress as Part of His Commitment to Modernize our Immigration System
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