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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 pardons Steve Bannon after ugly falling out early in his presidency  —  President Trump has pardoned Stephen K. Bannon, the firebrand architect of his 2016 campaign who was charged last year with defrauding donors to a private fundraising effort for construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border …
Discussion: Bloomberg and emptywheel
Washington Post:
Trump grants clemency to 143 people in late-night pardon blast
Discussion: Politico
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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Evan Semones / Politico:
Pelosi says Trump could be accessory to murder after Capitol riot  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump could be an accessory to murder after this month's deadly riots at the U.S. Capitol.  —  In an interview with MSNBC's Joy Reid that aired Tuesday night …
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Ben Feuerherd / New York Post:
Brendan Hunt threatened AOC, Schumer and Pelosi in unhinged rants
Discussion: Raw Story and Law & Crime
Alayna Treene / Axios:
GOP leaders skip Trump send-off in favor of church with Biden
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.
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  —  President Donald Trump's lawyers made a preemptive move to stop congressional Democrats from obtaining his tax returns once President-elect Joe Biden takes power, asking a judge for an Inauguration Day hearing in a case …
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: 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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Associated Press:
The Latest: 3 new Dem senators to be sworn in after Biden  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden's presidential inauguration (all times local):  —  Three new Democratic senators are set to be sworn into office after President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.
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Washington Post:
12 members of the National Guard removed from inauguration duty
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: HuffPost
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 …
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 …
Jordan Fischer / wusa9.com:
Capitol rioter arrested after sending ‘selfie’ to girlfriend's brother - a federal agent  —  The DOJ says Thomas Fee, of Freeport, New York, sent a photo of himself in the Capitol Rotunda to a special agent for the State Department.  —  WASHINGTON — A New York man has now been charged …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
Ben Collins / NBC News:
Increasingly militant ‘Parler refugees’ and anxious QAnon adherents prep for doomsday  —  Liesa Norris received a panicked phone call on Monday from her brother.  He told her to buy a ham radio.  —  The radio, he explained, would be one of the few ways they could communicate once President Donald …
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.
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
New California Variant May Be Driving Virus Surge There, Study Suggests  —  Researchers found that the variant originated in California and showed up in more than half of samples tested last week by researchers in Los Angeles.  —  In late December, scientists in California began searching coronavirus samples …
Discussion: National Review
CNN:
Some Trump supporters think he's about to declare martial law — and they're excited.  —  (CNN Business)Sometime Monday, some of the remaining dead-enders convinced that President Trump will remain in office for at least the next four years got a sign.  A Telegram account falsely purporting …
Discussion: Raw Story
Richard Winton / Los Angeles Times:
3 Beverly Hills residents, including a doctor, arrested in U.S. Capitol attack  —  Three Beverly Hills residents have been arrested on federal charges alleging they were part of the mob that stormed into the Capitol earlier this month.  —  Gina Bisignano, 52, was taken into custody …
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CBS Los Angeles:
Beverly Hills Salon Owner Gina Bisignano, 2 Others Arrested For Capitol Riots
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
The Financial Minefield Awaiting an Ex-President Trump  —  Baseless election fraud claims and the Capitol riot have compounded already-looming threats to his bottom line.  And the cash lifelines he once relied on are gone.  —  Not long after he strides across the White House grounds Wednesday morning …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Tina Nguyen / Politico:
A big chunk of Trump's 1776 report appears lifted from an author's prior work  —  President Donald Trump's 1776 Commission was supposed to be the definitive “patriotic” rejoinder to the academic left for what conservatives view as a slanderous rendering of U.S. history.
Chris Vivlamore / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
WNBA's Atlanta Dream on verge of being sold  —  The Atlanta Dream are on the verge on being sold.  —  Co-owned by former U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, the team has been embroiled in conflict over her remarks about the Black Lives Matter movement.  Dream players were open in their support …
Discussion: CBS News, UPROXX and KIFI-TV
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia U.S. Senate results certified; Ossoff and Warnock set to take office Wednesday
HuffPost:
Sen. Gary Peters Emerges As Key Prospect To Run DSCC  —  The low-key Midwesterner would be tasked with helping Democrats expand their majority in 2022.  —  Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) is considering tapping Sen. Gary Peters (Mich.) to run the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee …
Discussion: Axios
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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
McConnell, weighing impeachment vote, says mob that assaulted the Capitol was ‘provoked by the president.’
Washington Post:
Trump's final day: A diminished and aggrieved president stays out of public view before exit  —  President Trump spent his final full day in office Tuesday the same way he spent many of his 1,460 prior days as president: brooding over imagined injustices, plotting retribution against perceived enemies …
Discussion: The Week
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 …
David Wickert / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
‘Kraken’ back on its leash: Georgia election lawsuit withdrawn  —  The “kraken” is back on its leash and licking its wounds.  —  After vowing to “unleash the kraken” — a mythical beast — on alleged election fraud and to overturn the presidential election in Georgia, attorney Sidney Powell quietly withdrew the lawsuit Tuesday.
nrdc.org:
Court Strikes Down Dirty Power Scheme  —  In a resounding win for climate and public health, a federal appeals court struck down the Trump administration's replacement of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan today, calling its do-nothing rule a clear violation of the Clean Air Act.
Rosalind Erskine / Scotsman Food and Drink:
BrewDog troll Donald Trump by launching petition to rename Prestwick Airport ‘Joe Biden International’  —  The Scottish brewers have launched a petition to rename Prestwick Airport ahead of a potential visit from Donald Trump.  —  With reports that Donald Trump may fly to Scotland after he leaves office …
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Josh Hawley will delay swift confirmation of Biden's DHS pick  —  GOP Sen. Josh Hawley announced on Tuesday that he plans to object to swift consideration of President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security, a move that will delay the installment of Biden's national-security team.
George Conway / Washington Post:
What I really believe  —  I believe in truth, democracy and the rule of law.  I believe in a lot of other things as well, but after the past four years, these seem most important now.  —  I believe truth isn't always easy to find, or to face.  I believe that, as human beings …
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
If Trump Doesn't Keep You Up All Night, MyPillow Will  —  To watch Fox News is to accumulate reasons not to sleep as you hear from “the MyPillow Guy,” Mike Lindell, about how you might sleep better.  I watch a lot of Fox News.  In the six years since Donald Trump announced his campaign …
Discussion: Associated Press and Raw Story
 
 
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