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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.
Grant Stern / Byline Times:
Still Faces ‘We Build the Wall’ State Investigation  —  Joe Biden's presidency has just begun and the Donald Trump era has just come to an end - with its chief enabler the recipient of a last-minute pardon for federal felony charges.  But new reporting shows that Steve Bannon is still staring …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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 …
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
Trump's final insult to his supporters: Pardoning Bannon  —  For two months, President Trump lied to his own supporters that he had actually won the presidential election.  After feeding his following a saccharine diet of conspiracy theories involving midnight ballot theft and collusion with dead dictators …
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
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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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.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Inauguration Live Updates: Trump Leaves White House as Biden Prepares to Assume the Presidency  —  Having issued a raft of pardons overnight, President Trump defied convention by skipping his successor's swearing-in.  After taking the oath of office, President-elect Joe Biden plans …
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Politico:
Biden plans executive action blitz for Day One
BuzzFeed News:
Joe Biden Is Starting His Presidency With Tons Of Orders To Undo Trump
Associated Press:
Trump frees former aides from ethics pledge, lobbying ban
Discussion: The Hill
Erin Patterson / KUSA-TV:
‘We hope to work with you’: 17 House GOP freshmen write letter to Biden  —  Just before Joe Biden is sworn in as president, 17 House GOP freshmen wrote a letter congratulating him and encouraging unity.  —  WASHINGTON — The morning before Joe Biden takes the oath of office …
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Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
HISTORIC: Joe Biden to Be Sworn In on Jeffrey Epstein's Birthday
ABC News:
Unity themes will get early tests in flurry of Biden actions: The Note
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.
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CNN:
Trump talked out of pardoning kids and Republican lawmakers
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.
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 …
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
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:
Republicans take on Biden's Cabinet, but without the Trumpian fury  —  A series of low-key confirmation hearings may reflect a shift in Washington's political atmosphere.  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., listens during a confirmation hearing for Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken …
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Blinken appears to be sailing to confirmation as Biden's secretary of state
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
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.
Bernie Sanders / The Guardian:
Joe Biden must put an end to business as usual.  Here's where to start  —  In this time of unprecedented crises, Congress and the Biden administration must respond through unprecedented action  —  record-breaking 4,000 Americans are now dying each day from Covid-19, while the federal …
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
An Incompetent Authoritarian Is Still a Catastrophe  —  Trump leaves behind a wounded nation, and it will take time to heal.  —  Staff writer at The Atlantic  —  So what if he was bad at it?  —  The five years of the Trump era—which began with his descent down the gilded escalator …
Discussion: Salon and Daily Kos
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 …
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.
Bloomberg:
Jack Ma Emerges for First Time Since Ant, Alibaba Crackdown  — Billionaire addressed rural teachers live online Wednesday  — His emergence follows persistent rumors about his plight  —  Jack Ma has resurfaced after months out of public view that fueled intense speculation …
 
 
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CNN:
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