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11:45 PM ET, January 20, 2021

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Washington Post:
Army falsely denied Flynn's brother was involved in key part of military response to Capitol riot  —  The Army falsely denied for days that Lt. Gen. Charles A. Flynn, the brother of disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn, was involved in a key meeting during …
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 …
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Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Fires Labor Arbiter In ‘Unprecedented’ First Move  —  Ousted NLRB official: ‘The abrupt manner in which this is being done will cause unnecessary interference’  —  President Joe Biden fired an independent federal labor regulator within hours of taking office on Wednesday in an unprecedented move that was cheered by labor unions.
Discussion: The White House and POLITICUSUSA
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Psaki says she will bring ‘truth and transparency back’ during first White House press briefing
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: Business Insider, CNN and HotAir
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The White House:
Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States … BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  —  The United States was built on a foundation of religious freedom and tolerance, a principle enshrined in the United States Constitution.
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and Breitbart
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Nicole Narea / Vox:
Biden is ending Trump's travel ban
Bo Erickson / CBS News:
On first day as president, Biden to issue 17 executive actions on COVID, climate change, immigration and more
Talia Kaplan / Fox News:
Biden reversing travel ban for Muslim countries ‘very disappointing’: Chad Wolf
Discussion: Vox
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 …
CNN:
GOP senators warn McConnell could face backlash if he votes to convict Trump  —  Mitch McConnell: Capitol rioters were fed lies  —  (CNN)A faction of Senate Republicans has a warning for Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: Stick with former President Donald Trump during his impeachment trial.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Former GOP operative Michael Ellis placed on administrative leave from NSA top lawyer job  —  The director of the National Security Agency, who was ordered over the weekend to install a former GOP political operative as the agency's top lawyer, on Wednesday placed that individual on administrative leave …
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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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 …
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Bloomberg:
Twitter Locks Out Chinese Embassy in U.S. Over Post on Uighurs
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Bidens quickly fire White House chief usher installed by Trump  —  (CNN)The Bidens moved quickly on Wednesday to fire White House chief usher Timothy Harleth, who was installed by the Trumps, two sources with knowledge have confirmed to CNN.  —  Harleth was hired by Melania Trump in 2017 to fill the important role of chief usher.
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Raphael Satter / Reuters:
In hidden message on White House website, Biden calls for coders
Rich Lowry / Politico:
No, There Won't Be Unity  —  Inaugural addresses are meant to be aspirational, so President Joe Biden might as well have doubled down on his call for unity in his address on Wednesday.  —  Presidents have made such appeals going back to George Washington.  More recently, George W. Bush billed himself …
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Tim Perry / CBS News:
Kamala Harris won't be moving into vice president's residence at Naval Observatory immediately  —  Vice President Kamala Harris won't immediately move into the vice president's residence at the Naval Observatory that is traditionally used by vice presidents, an aide for Harris told CBS News.
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Eugene Scott / Washington Post:
3 significant shifts that Vice President Harris cements
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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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CNN:
Senate confirms Avril Haines as director of national intelligence, the first Biden Cabinet nominee confirmed
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
Obama, Bush and Clinton to Biden: “Your success is our country's success”  —  Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton wished President Biden well in a video released Wednesday.  —  What they're saying: “Your success is our country's success,” Bush said.
Discussion: Politico and NBC News
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Ronald J. Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Rep. Andy Biggs' brothers: ‘Andy spread election fraud lies’  —  Rep. Andy Biggs' two brothers have publicly castigated him for sowing doubt about President Joe Biden's election win and called for his removal from office.  —  In a letter to the editor at The Arizona Republic …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
The White House:
Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered:  —  Section 1.  Policy.
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The White House:
Regulatory Freeze Pending Review
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Townhall
The White House:
Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis … By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:  —  Section 1.  Policy.
Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
Words of Division  —  Cloaked in an appeal to unity, President Biden's inaugural speech hit all the expected themes of racial resentment and blame.  —  Politics and law  —  The Social Order  —  It's an odd way to seek national unity: call a significant portion of the American public white supremacists, racists, and nativists.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Media Statement from CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, on Extending the Eviction Moratorium  —  As a protective public health measure, I will extend the current order temporarily halting residential evictions until at least March 31, 2021.  The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a historic threat to our nation's health.
 
 
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Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
Biden Signs Executive Order Enhancing LGBTQ Protections On Day 1
Discussion: NBC News and Wall Street Journal
Alexander Nieves / Politico:
‘Come with me if you want to live’: Schwarzenegger gets vaccinated
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Twitch has ‘indefinitely’ banned Donald Trump
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The Republican Future Starts Now
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Romney: Founders didn't intend pardons to be used for ‘cronies’
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Calls grow for Gwinnett elections board chair to resign
Michael Weiss / Newlines Magazine:
Little Man, What Now?  —  MAGA should be properly understood as the product of a bored and restless middle class
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Kayleigh McEnany's cowardly exit
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Reverses on Change to U.S. Ambassador to Israel Twitter Name to Include West Bank and Gaza
The Pillar:
Updated: Vatican intervened to spike US bishops' Biden statement release