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9:45 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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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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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
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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: Al Jazeera and 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 …
Washington Post:
Trump extended Secret Service protection to his adult children and three top officials 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.
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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 …
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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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.
Discussion: CBS San Francisco
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Eugene Scott / Washington Post:
3 significant shifts that Vice President Harris cements
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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.
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 …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Psaki says she will bring ‘truth and transparency back’ during first White House press briefing  —  Biden's inaugural address puts focus on uniting Americans  —  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that President Biden asked that she bring “truth and transparency back to the briefing room …
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Kayleigh McEnany's cowardly exit
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
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Writing a speech for Biden can be hell.  And that was before the inaugural.  —  Joe Biden paces as he dictates long portions of his speeches to aides, spinning out thoughts that quickly pile into six, seven or eight paragraphs of copy, only to later be scrapped.
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Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
United by Unity: President Biden Vows to Make Politics Boring Again
Discussion: Politico, TheBlaze and IJR
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 …
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Witless Ape Rides Helicopter  —  Goodbye to Donald J. Trump, the man who wanted to be Conrad Hilton but turned out to be Paris Hilton.  —  W  —  ell, that sucked.  —  Memo to MAGA and all its myriad fellow-travelers: Maybe Death of a Salesman as presented by Leni Riefenstahl …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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Reuters:
U.S. President Biden arrives safely at White House, protected by thousands of troops, barricades
Discussion: CBS Baltimore
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 …
Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
Biden Signs Executive Order Enhancing LGBTQ Protections On Day 1  —  The order tells federal agencies to apply discrimination protections to sexual orientation and gender identity, a stark reversal from the Trump administration.  —  On his first day in office, President Joe Biden issued …
Discussion: NBC News and Wall Street Journal
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.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The Republican Future Starts Now  —  How to keep working-class Trump voters while winning back support in the suburbs?  —  President Joe Biden's inauguration marks not only a new administration's beginning but also a new chapter for the loyal opposition.  —  The Grand Old Party lost …
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.”
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
Media Matters for America:
Reacting to the inauguration, Rush Limbaugh suggests Biden had “not legitimately won it”  —  Limbaugh also repeats conspiracy theory that “maybe 80 million people” voted for Donald Trump.  (The real number was 74 million.)  —  Limbaugh claimed that Democrats were “able to lie to themselves, they're able to tell themselves stories.”
The Daily Beast:
Feds Bust Conspiracy-Addled Pickup Artist Who Allegedly Brought Guns to D.C. Riot  —  Samuel Fisher was allegedly arrested on the Upper East Side Wednesday morning with an arsenal of ammunition, two machetes, and an American flag.  —  A New York City pickup artist accused of bringing firearms to Washington …
 
 
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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
The White House:
Regulatory Freeze Pending Review
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Townhall
Arielle Kass / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Calls grow for Gwinnett elections board chair to resign
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
On Day 1, Biden Moves to Undo Trump's Legacy
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Weiss / Newlines Magazine:
Little Man, What Now?  —  MAGA should be properly understood as the product of a bored and restless middle class
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Reverses on Change to U.S. Ambassador to Israel Twitter Name to Include West Bank and Gaza
The Daily Beast:
Trump Pardons Fox News Host's Ex-Husband With Minutes Left in Office
Discussion: Mediaite
Transition / President-Elect Joe Biden:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Sends Immigration Bill to Congress as Part of His Commitment to Modernize our Immigration System
Grant Stern / Byline Times:
Still Faces ‘We Build the Wall’ State Investigation
Transition / President-Elect Joe Biden:
FACT SHEET: President-elect Biden's Day One Executive Actions Deliver Relief for Families Across America Amid Converging Crises
The White House:
Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Executive Grants of Clemency