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9:25 AM ET, January 20, 2021

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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.
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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.
Washington Post:
Trump grants clemency to 143 people in late-night pardon blast  —  President Trump on Tuesday granted clemency to 143 people, using a final act of presidential power to extend mercy to former White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon, well-connected celebrities and nonviolent drug offenders …
New York Times:
With Hours Left in Office, Trump Grants Clemency to Bannon and Other Allies  —  The president continued using his power to help his supporters, including his former chief strategist and one of his top 2016 fund-raisers.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump used his final hours in office …
Washington Post:
Trump pardons Steve Bannon after ugly falling out early in his presidency
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 …
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Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
Trump Discussed Forming ‘Patriot Party’ and Ditching GOP in Final Days: WSJ  —  BITTER SPLIT  —  As his presidential term ends, Donald Trump has discussed creating a new independent political party with several close aides, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Politico:
Biden plans 15 executive actions on his first day in office  —  President-elect Joe Biden is planning a blitz of unilateral action shortly after taking office on Wednesday that will mark his first extensive effort to undo the last four years under President Donald Trump.
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BuzzFeed News:
Joe Biden Is Starting His Presidency With Tons Of Orders To Undo Trump
Associated Press:
Biden's first act: orders on pandemic, climate, immigration
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
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.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump departs on final Air Force One flight  —  President Trump and his family took off on Air Force One at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning for the final time en route to Florida.  —  The big picture: Trump's final hours as president were punctuated by his decisions to snub his successor's inauguration …
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Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
HISTORIC: Joe Biden to Be Sworn In on Jeffrey Epstein's Birthday  —  Coincidence?  The late Democratic pedophile would have been 68  —  Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, bringing to a close one of the most successful administrations in American history.
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Associated Press:
Trump frees former aides from ethics pledge, lobbying ban
Discussion: The Hill
ABC News:
Unity themes will get early tests in flurry of Biden actions: The Note
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Biden to ask Surgeon General Adams to resign  —  Ouster is regarded as a break with the Trump administration's covid-19 response, which the president-elect has called a failure  —  The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free.
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Biden to rescind 1776 commission via executive order  —  (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden will issue an executive order to dissolve the 1776 commission, a panel stood up by President Donald Trump as a rebuttal to schools applying a more accurate history curriculum around slavery in the US, Biden's transition team announced Wednesday.
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Tina Nguyen / Politico:
A big chunk of Trump's 1776 report appears lifted from an author's prior work
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: Bulwark+, 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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Politico:
‘Like a Ghost’ in the White House: The Last Days of the Trump Presidency  —  During his last days in the White House, Donald Trump spent a lot of time thinking about the one and only election he ever lost, plotting every way he could to try to change the results.  —  He thought about when to leave Washington.
Washington Post:
Biden is ‘inheriting a disaster’ as coronavirus continues to grip nation amid chaotic vaccine rollout  —  On Jan. 20, 2020, a 35-year-old man who had recently returned to the United States from Wuhan, China, was admitted to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash., suffering from fever, cough and general fatigue.
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Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
New California Variant May Be Driving Virus Surge There, Study Suggests
Discussion: KFOR-TV and National Review
Axios:
Off the rails: Inside Trump's campaign to coerce Pence into overturning the election  —  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.
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 …
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
Court Voids a ‘Tortured’ Trump Climate Rollback  —  The ruling strikes down weak rules for coal-burning power plants and gives the Biden administration a freer hand to impose tighter restrictions.  —  WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down the Trump administration's plan …
Discussion: Reuters, KTLA and Wall Street Journal
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nrdc.org:   Court Strikes Down Dirty Power Scheme
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: Tortoise and HuffPost
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 …
Ben Feuerherd / New York Post:
Brendan Hunt threatened AOC, Schumer and Pelosi in unhinged rants  —  A Queens man arrested by the FBI this morning for threatening politicians posted unhinged and anti-Semitic rants on social media — and threatened to kill Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi …
Discussion: Raw Story and Law & Crime
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Queens Man Arrested for Threatening to Murder Members of Congress
Discussion: NBC News
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.
Washington Examiner:
It's no time for Biden to be California dreamin'  —  We did a double take at the report this week that Joe Biden, once inaugurated as president, would treat California as the administration's “de facto think tank,” placing it “center stage again in Washington's policy arena.”
 
 
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Jordan Fischer / wusa9.com:
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