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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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Lexi Lonas / The Hill:
Fauci said second COVID-19 vaccine shot knocked him out for 24 hours
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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Corinne Ramey / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Tax Law Firm Ends Work for Ex-President  —  Morgan Lewis has battled New York attorney general's office over its probe of Trump Organization  —  The law firm that handled the tax affairs of Donald Trump and his company during his presidency said it would stop representing him and his business.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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.
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
At Voice of America, a sweeping ouster of Trump officials on Biden's first full day
Laurie Moy / USAGM:
Biden Administration requests USAGM CEO Pack's resignation
Discussion: NPR and The Hill, more at Mediagazer »
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
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
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 …
April Glaser / NBC News:
Biden picks Jessica Rosenworcel as acting FCC chief  —  President Joe Biden has picked Jessica Rosenworcel to run the Federal Communications Commission in an interim position.  That makes Rosenworcel, the 49-year old lawyer, current FCC commissioner and podcast host from West Hartford …
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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Biden selects Slaughter as acting chair of Federal Trade Commission, Rosenworcel as acting chair of Federal Communications Commission
Discussion: UPI
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
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.
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
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Congress grants waiver for retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to lead Pentagon  —  Both chambers of Congress on Thursday voted to grant retired Gen. Lloyd Austin a waiver to lead the Pentagon, clearing the path to confirmation for President Biden's nominee for defense secretary.
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Seth J. Frantzman / Jerusalem Post:
Baghdad bombing could be the Biden administration's first challenge  —  The bombing was only four kilometers from the US embassy compound and occurred in an area where there have been protests over the last year and a half.  —  A twin suicide bombing in Baghdad's Tayaran square …
Discussion: Big League Politics
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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.
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.
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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 …
Business Insider:
SCOOP: Trump taps his former chief of staff and impeachment lawyers as the gatekeepers to his papers during his post-presidency … - Trump picked seven former aides to represent him in requests for his presidential records.  — Among them are his former chief of staff and lawyers who defended him in his first impeachment trial.
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
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.
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
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 …
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
The Apprentice  —  Josh Hawley made a cynical bet about the Republican Party's future.  He might not be wrong.  —  March+April 2021 Issue  —  Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.
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.
 
 
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Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Instacart is firing every employee who voted to unionize
Craig Unger / Vanity Fair:
“He's a Lot of Fun to Be With”: Inside Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump's Epic Bromance
Discussion: Raw Story
Tom Dreisbach / NPR:
Nearly 1 In 5 Defendants In Capitol Riot Cases Served In The Military
Discussion: Political Wire
Steven Zeitchik / Washington Post:
An alleged Saudi troll campaign is targeting a movie about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi
Issues & Insights:
Trump's Top-10 Triumphs: A Last Look At A Remarkable Presidency
Media Matters for America:
Ari Fleischer complains that the Biden administration hasn't thanked the Trump administration for what has been done on vaccines
Erin Durkin / Politico:
Judge refuses to dismiss New York AG's lawsuit against NRA
 Earlier Items: 
Liz Peek / The Hill:
Trump's greatest legacy: The GOP now represents America's workers
Discussion: Washington Post and BillMoyers.com
Jack Shafer / Politico:
How About a Little Sobriety, Please?
Discussion: Fox News and MSNBC
Sarah Krouse / Wall Street Journal:
Fed-Up Executives Plot a Faster Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout
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
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.
CNN:
As expected, Biden intends to keep FBI director in his post, an official says
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Top D.C. lobbying firm quietly hires controversial Trump advisor
Discussion: Raw Story