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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Democrats rebuff McConnell's filibuster demands  —  Senate Democrats are signaling they will reject an effort by Mitch McConnell to protect the legislative filibuster as part of a deal to run a 50-50 Senate, saying they have little interest in bowing to his demands just hours into their new Senate majority.
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CBS News:
McConnell proposing to Schumer that impeachment trial start in February  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to present a proposal to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to delay the start of the impeachment trial of former President Trump until February, multiple sources familiar with the plan tell CBS News.
Benjamin Din / Politico:
Trump did not provoke Capitol riots, McCarthy says
Discussion: HuffPost, National Review and Raw Story
Molly Ball / TIME:
Republicans Are Split Over Trump's Second Impeachment—and the Party's Future
MJ Lee / CNN:
Biden inheriting nonexistent coronavirus vaccine distribution plan and must start ‘from scratch,’ sources say  —  (CNN)Newly sworn in President Joe Biden and his advisers are inheriting no coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to speak of from the Trump administration, sources tell CNN …
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Laura Collins / Daily Mail:
Strange bedfellows!  MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell had secret romance with Jane Krakowski, wooing 30 Rock actress with flowers and champagne in relationship that baffled her friends  — MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell had a secret nine month romance with 30 Rock star Jane Krakowski, DailyMail.com can reveal
Oversight Board:
Oversight Board accepts case on former US President Trump's indefinite suspension from Facebook and Instagram  —  Today the Oversight Board accepted a case referral from Facebook to examine their decision to indefinitely suspend former US President Donald Trump's access to post content on Facebook and Instagram.
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Nick Clegg / About Facebook:
Referring Former President Trump's Suspension From Facebook to the Oversight Board
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook refers Trump ban to independent Oversight Board for review
Discussion: Politico
Andy Shain / Post and Courier:
Columbia lawyer to represent Trump at 2nd impeachment trial: report  —  COLUMBIA — A Columbia lawyer with a long history of representing Republican politicians and interests has become Donald Trump's attorney for the former president's second impeachment trial attorney, according to a published report.
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Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Legal scholars, including at Federalist Society, say Trump can be convicted
Laurie Moy / USAGM:
Biden Administration requests USAGM CEO Pack's resignation  —  United States Agency for Global Media CEO Michael Pack resigned yesterday after being informed by the Biden Administration that he would be removed.  President Biden designated longtime USAGM journalist Kelu Chao as acting CEO …
Discussion: NPR and The Hill, more at Mediagazer »
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Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Biden cleans house at VOA after revolt over Trump changes  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has moved quickly to remove a number of senior officials aligned with former President Donald Trump from the Voice of America and the agency that oversees all U.S.-funded international broadcasting.
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Judge Denies the NRA's Effort to Dismiss, Pause or Transfer the N.Y. Attorney General's Suit Seeking Its Dissolution  —  The National Rifle Association cannot transfer, stay or dismiss the New York Attorney General's lawsuit filed in Manhattan seeking its dissolution, a judge ruled on Thursday.
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Erin Durkin / Politico:
Judge refuses to dismiss New York AG's lawsuit against NRA
Corinne Ramey / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Tax Law Firm Ends Work for Ex-President
Discussion: Raw Story
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Biden selects Slaughter as acting chair of Federal Trade Commission, Rosenworcel as acting chair of Federal Communications Commission  —  President Biden on Thursday appointed Rebecca Kelly Slaughter as acting chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, a move that positions the Washington watchdog agency …
Discussion: UPI
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April Glaser / NBC News:
Biden picks Jessica Rosenworcel as acting FCC chief
HHS News releases:
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Remarks at the World Health Organization Executive Board Meeting  —  “Director-General Dr. Tedros, distinguished representatives, friends and colleagues:  —  It is an honor for me to be here, representing the United States of America, on behalf of the newly inaugurated …
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Cassidy Morrison / Washington Examiner:
Fauci back on center stage under Biden
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Democrats caught flat-footed by total control of Washington  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  The Democratic takeover of the White House and Congress is complete.  But the truth is that the party was caught flat-footed by it: Almost no one expected JON OSSOFF and RAPHAEL WARNOCK …
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Ezra Klein / New York Times:
Democrats, Repeat After Me: Help People Fast
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
Judge Refuses To Reinstate Parler After Amazon Shut It Down  —  A federal judge is refusing to restore the social media site Parler after Amazon kicked the company off of its web-hosting services over content seen as inciting violence.  —  The decision is a blow to Parler …
Erick-Woods Erickson / Erick Erickson's Confessions …:
You Can't Move On From This Without An Accounting  —  We were promised a storm and a kraken and all we got was Rudy's hair dye running down his sweaty face.  —  6 hr ago  —  I'm sorry.  Everyone keeps telling me I need to move on.  But I don't think we can.
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Tale of two briefings: Jen Psaki treated much differently by press than Sean Spicer  —  Biden press secretary faces mostly friendly questions from mainstream press  —  Biden WH press secretary takes mostly softball questions in first briefing  —  CNN pundit-turned-White House press secretary Jen Psaki held …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Biden Inauguration Captures Bigger Audience Than Donald Trump's … Approximately 39.87 million people watched the half-hour swearing-in ceremony over the nation's six major TV-news outlets, according to Nielsen, compared with 38.35 million viewers for the 2017 event.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Biden rolls out ‘full-scale, wartime’ coronavirus strategy, including requiring masks on some planes, trains and buses.  —  President Biden, pledging a “full-scale wartime effort” to combat the coronavirus pandemic, signed a string of executive orders and presidential directives on Thursday aimed …
Discussion: Raw Story and IJR
Brian Spegele / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Businesses See Sharp Revenue Decline at Key Properties  —  Pandemic-related financial challenges facing former president could intensify as clients seek to cut ties  —  Former President Donald Trump saw sharp revenue declines across his family businesses last year as the Covid-19 pandemic took …
Discussion: Raw Story
John Hudson / Washington Post:
Biden administration to seek five-year extension on key nuclear arms treaty in first foray with Russia  —  President Biden is seeking a five-year extension with Russia on the only remaining treaty limiting the world's two largest nuclear arsenals just days before it expires, said two senior U.S. officials.
Steven Zeitchik / Washington Post:
An alleged Saudi troll campaign is targeting a movie about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi  —  ‘The Dissident’ had received favorable audience scores on the Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb rating sites — until last week  —  Bryan Fogel made the investigative documentary “The Dissident” …
Felix Salmon / Axios:
Media trust hits new low  —  Trust in traditional media has declined to an all-time low, and many news professionals are determined to do something about it.  —  Why it matters: Faith in society's central institutions, especially in government and the media, is the glue that holds society together.
Axios:
Biden unveils “wartime” COVID strategy  —  President Biden on Thursday signed a slew of executive orders to address the coronavirus pandemic, including an interstate face mask mandate and an order to renew supplies of PPE, testing materials and vaccines through the Defense Production Act.
Discussion: Fox News, ABC7 and Wall Street Journal
New York Times:
Hours After Biden Inauguration, Federal Agents Use Tear Gas in Portland  —  Protesters who spent months in the streets over racial injustice and inequality said they don't expect immediate change from President Biden, who they declared “will not save us.”  —  PORTLAND, Ore. …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Top D.C. lobbying firm quietly hires controversial Trump advisor  —  Forbes Tate is one of the top ten lobbying firms in D.C., bringing in over $14 million in publicly reported lobbying fees last year.  Each month, the firm collects tens of thousands of dollars from A-list clients including Bayer …
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
From Commander in Chief to Interloper in Palm Beach  —  If former President Donald J. Trump intends to live in South Florida full time, he is likely to encounter some friction.  (Though his fans are thrilled.)  —  PALM BEACH, Fla. — On Wednesday, Donald J. Trump did what many older New Yorkers do: He retired to Florida.
Discussion: East Bay Times
Sarah Krouse / Wall Street Journal:
Fed-Up Executives Plot a Faster Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout  —  Honeywell CEO and other leaders say their operational know-how can help jump-start America's vaccine administration  —  Executives from an industrial conglomerate, a health system and a professional sports ownership group met …
Liz Peek / The Hill:
Trump's greatest legacy: The GOP now represents America's workers  —  Joe Biden is now president, and Democrats are in charge.  Here's big news: This is not your grandfather's Democratic Party.  —  The most important and least acknowledged part of President Trump's legacy is that he has presided …
James Gorman / New York Times:
Is Mask-Slipping the New Manspreading?  —  Something about some men just makes it difficult to keep that mask where it should be.  —  When I saw Bill Clinton's mask slip below his nose during the inaugural festivities, I figured, well, it could happen to any of us.
Issues & Insights:
Trump's Top-10 Triumphs: A Last Look At A Remarkable Presidency  —  President Donald Trump became an ex-president on Wednesday, as Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States.  We wish him nothing but the best.  But before we let Trump go, we thought we'd review …
 
 
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Media Matters for America:
Ari Fleischer complains that the Biden administration hasn't thanked the Trump administration for what has been done on vaccines
Jack Shafer / Politico:
How About a Little Sobriety, Please?
Discussion: MSNBC and Fox News
Petr Svab / theepochtimes.com:
Ideological Alignment Pushing America Toward Totalitarianism, Experts Warn
Discussion: alicublog
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
On Facebook in 2018, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene endorsed conspiracy theories that 9/11 was an inside job and that Sandy Hook was staged
Discussion: The Hill and The Intellectualist
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Trump's Parting Gift to Joe Biden
CNN:
As expected, Biden intends to keep FBI director in his post, an official says
Diana Olick / CNBC:
Biden looks to give a big boost to homebuyers and builders
Discussion: Axios and Politico