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6:25 PM ET, January 20, 2021

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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 …
Jesselyn Cook / HuffPost:
'It's Over': Devastated QAnon Believers Grapple With President Joe Biden's Inauguration  —  A look inside QAnon's virtual inauguration watch party, which went horribly wrong.  —  Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday marks not only the historic beginning of a new presidency, but also …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Mother Jones
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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Anna Merlan / VICE:
Trump Fails to Ascend as God Emperor, Leaving Diehard Fans Adrift  —  Some grieve and some insist all is going according to plan.  Others are enthused about forming a new political party.  It's a moment as dangerous as it is hilarious.  —  TORONTO, CA  —  As new President Joseph R. Biden took …
HuffPost:
Feds Arrest Proud Boy Member Joe Biggs Over Capitol Riot  —  The right-wing media figure denied to FBI agents that he was involved in any planning for the attack on the Capitol, but admitted entering the building.  —  Federal authorities on Wednesday arrested Joe Bigs …
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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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.
Discussion: The Hill and GovExec.com
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
After four years of ‘American carnage,’ President Joe Biden gets it: Truth must come before healing  —  “The American carnage stops right here, right now.”  — Biden sworn in as 46th president; Democrats take control of Senate; Bucks County company a part of history
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump departs on final Air Force One flight
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Parting Words to U.S.: ‘Have a Nice Life. See You Soon’
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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Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
It's okay to feel hope
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Biden: ‘We Must End This Uncivil War.’ Here's What It Would Look Like.
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 …
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Barnini Chakraborty / Washington Examiner:
China slaps sanctions on Pompeo, Bannon, and other former Trump officials
Discussion: National Review
Transition / President-Elect Joe Biden:
FACT SHEET: President-elect Biden's Day One Executive Actions Deliver Relief for Families Across America Amid Converging Crises  —  Actions Address the COVID-19 Pandemic, Provide Economic Relief, Tackle Climate Change, and Advance Racial Equity  —  Today, hours after taking the oath of office …
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Politico:
Biden plans executive action blitz for Day One
Bo Erickson / CBS News:
On first day as president, Biden to issue 17 executive actions on COVID, climate change, immigration and more
Politico:
‘Really quite shocking’: Inside the ugly transition at the Pentagon  —  The Pentagon blocked members of President Joe Biden's incoming administration from gaining access to critical information about current operations, including the troop drawdown in Afghanistan, upcoming special operations missions …
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Chuck Schumer is now majority leader as 3 new Democratic senators are sworn in  —  Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is officially Senate majority leader after the inauguration of Vice President Kamala Harris and the swearing-in of new Sens. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) and Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.).
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James Arkin / Politico:
Peters poised to lead Senate Democrats' campaign arm
Discussion: Axios
The White House:
Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. … THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans.  —  This is America's day.  —  This is democracy's day.
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Washington Post:
Joe Biden's inauguration speech transcript, annotated
Washington Post:
Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president, pleads for unity in inaugural address to a divided nation
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 …
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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's swampiest pardons, ranked  —  President Trump came into office pledging to drain the swamp.  He exits having extracted a bunch of allies who were neck-deep in the muck from it.  —  As I've regularly noted with Trump's pardons, it's not unheard-of for a president to pardon an ally.
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Andrew Weissmann / Just Security:   Gaps in Trump's Pardons: How the Biden Administration Can Still Pursue Justice
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Kayleigh McEnany's cowardly exit  —  Seventeenth in an occasional series on White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, to prove the impossibility of speaking for President Trump.  —  The last time White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany appeared before the assembled press in the briefing room, she was well organized, as usual.
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.
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
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Trump extended Secret Service protection for 14 members of his family as he left office  —  In the days before he left office, then-President Donald Trump instructed that his extended 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.
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: Law & Crime and Crooks and Liars
Michael Weiss / Newlines Magazine:
Little Man, What Now?  —  MAGA should be properly understood as the product of a bored and restless middle class  —  Michael Weiss is a senior editor at Newlines  —  One of the strangest arguments to account for Donald Trump's presidency and the personality cult it engendered is one advanced …
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.”
 
 
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