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7:40 AM ET, January 21, 2021

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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.
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Biden Has Already Fired Three of Trump's Worst Appointees  —  Many of Donald Trump's most notorious appointees, including his cabinet secretaries, resigned shortly before Joe Biden took office.  But myriad officials whom Trump installed in the executive branch remained in spite of their antagonism toward the new president's agenda.
Washington Post:
Biden fires Trump-appointed labor board general counsel who refused to resign  —  A standoff between the Biden administration and the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel ended Wednesday evening in the top lawyer's firing, according to a White House official.
Discussion: Common Dreams
Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Fires Labor Arbiter In ‘Unprecedented’ First Move
Discussion: The White House and POLITICUSUSA
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.
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Psaki says she will bring ‘truth and transparency back’ during first White House press briefing
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 …
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Washington Post:
Harris to delay move into vice-presidential residence  —  Vice President Harris and her husband Doug Emoff will not immediately be moving into the Naval Observatory while work is done on the 128-year-old home, according to two people familiar with the arrangement.
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Eugene Scott / Washington Post:
3 significant shifts that Vice President Harris cements
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
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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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.
Discussion: USA Today, Fox News and Slate
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Steve Israel / The Hill:   Joe Biden must usher in a new era
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: CNN, Business Insider and HotAir
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NBC News:
Proud Boys organizer Joe Biggs charged in Capitol riot
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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 …
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fmprc.gov.cn:
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Announces Sanctions on Pompeo and Others
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Washington Post:
Trump extended Secret Service protection to his adult children and three top officials as he left office
Washington Post:
‘Have a good life’: Trump leaves for Florida in low-key farewell
Discussion: The Independent and Breitbart
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 …
The White House:
Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation  —  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.
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Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
Biden Signs Executive Order Enhancing LGBTQ Protections On Day 1
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
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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
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.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media can be glad for the Biden White House's return to normalcy.  But let's not be lulled.  —  White House press secretary Jen Psaki was prepared.  She was professional.  She was noncombative.  —  And she didn't peddle a whopper of a lie, the way Sean Spicer did on Day One four years ago with his …
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
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.
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.
Discussion: ABC7
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Democrats poised to rebuff McConnell's filibuster demands  —  Senate Democrats are signaling they will reject an effort by Mitch McConnell to protect the legislative filibuster as part of a deal to run a 50-50 Senate, saying they have little interest in bowing to his demands just hours into their new Senate majority.
New York Times:
In Trump's Pardons, Disdain for Accountability  —  President Donald J. Trump's clemency actions underscored his animosity toward a justice system seeking to punish corruption and betrayals of public trust.  —  WASHINGTON — Randy “Duke” Cunningham maintained a “bribe menu” …
 
 
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The White House:
Proclamation on the Termination Of Emergency With Respect To The Southern Border Of The United States And Redirection Of Funds Diverted To Border Wall Construction 
Discussion: Business Insider
Jacob Shamsian / Business Insider:
Trump-ally media outlet OAN quietly deleted articles about Dominion despite publicly doubling down on election conspiracy theories
Stephen Moore / The Hill:
Donald Trump had an economic record that will be remembered
The White House:
Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government
Alexander Nieves / Politico:
‘Come with me if you want to live’: Schwarzenegger gets vaccinated
Discussion: Daily News
Bijan Stephen / The Verge:
Twitch has ‘indefinitely’ banned Donald Trump
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The Republican Future Starts Now
 Earlier Items: 
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Avril Haines confirmed as director of national intelligence
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Amazon Offers To Help Biden Administration With Vaccine Effort After Sitting On The Sidelines For A Month
Michael Weiss / Newlines Magazine:
Little Man, What Now?  —  MAGA should be properly understood as the product of a bored and restless middle class
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Kayleigh McEnany's cowardly exit