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8:55 AM ET, January 21, 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 …
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Biden Has Already Fired Three of Trump's Worst Appointees  —  Many of Donald Trump's most notorious appointees, including his cabinet secretaries, resigned shortly before Joe Biden took office.  But myriad officials whom Trump installed in the executive branch remained in spite of their antagonism toward the new president's agenda.
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Washington Post:
Biden fires Trump-appointed labor board general counsel who refused to resign  —  A standoff between the Biden administration and the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel ended Wednesday evening in the top lawyer's firing, according to a White House official.
Discussion: Common Dreams
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.
Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Fires Labor Arbiter In ‘Unprecedented’ First Move
Discussion: The White House and POLITICUSUSA
MJ Lee / CNN:
Biden is inheriting a nonexistent Covid-19 vaccine plan from Trump administration, 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, posing a significant challenge for the new White House.
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Will Feuer / CNBC:
Biden to sign 10 executive orders and invoke Defense Production Act to combat Covid pandemic  — President Joe Biden released details of his Covid response plan, including 10 executive orders and his intent to use the Defense Production Act.  — The 23-page plan expands on initiatives outlined …
Discussion: Politico, UPI, Roll Call and NBC Los Angeles
Rich Lowry / Politico:
No, There Won't Be Unity  —  Inaugural addresses are meant to be aspirational, so President Joe Biden might as well have doubled down on his call for unity in his address on Wednesday.  —  Presidents have made such appeals going back to George Washington.  More recently, George W. Bush billed himself …
CNN:
GOP senators warn McConnell could face backlash if he votes to convict Trump  —  Mitch McConnell: Capitol rioters were fed lies  —  (CNN)A faction of Senate Republicans has a warning for Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: Stick with former President Donald Trump during his impeachment trial.
Washington Post:
Harris to delay move into vice-presidential residence  —  Vice President Harris and her husband Doug Emoff will not immediately be moving into the Naval Observatory while work is done on the 128-year-old home, according to two people familiar with the arrangement.
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Eugene Scott / Washington Post:
3 significant shifts that Vice President Harris cements
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Tim Perry / CBS News:
Kamala Harris won't be moving into vice president's residence at Naval Observatory immediately
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 …
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media can be glad for the Biden White House's return to normalcy.  But let's not be lulled.  —  White House press secretary Jen Psaki was prepared.  She was professional.  She was noncombative.  —  And she didn't peddle a whopper of a lie, the way Sean Spicer did on Day One four years ago with his …
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Bidens quickly fire White House chief usher installed by Trump  —  (CNN)The Bidens moved quickly on Wednesday to fire White House chief usher Timothy Harleth, who was installed by the Trumps, two sources with knowledge have confirmed to CNN.  —  Harleth was hired by Melania Trump in 2017 to fill the important role of chief usher.
Discussion: USA Today, Fox News and Slate
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Steve Israel / The Hill:   Joe Biden must usher in a new era
Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
Words of Division  —  Cloaked in an appeal to unity, President Biden's inaugural speech hit all the expected themes of racial resentment and blame.  —  Politics and law  —  The Social Order  —  It's an odd way to seek national unity: call a significant portion of the American public white supremacists, racists, and nativists.
Discussion: Power Line
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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Democrats poised to 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.
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 …
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
Obama, Bush and Clinton to Biden: “Your success is our country's success”  —  Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton wished President Biden well in a video released Wednesday.  —  What they're saying: “Your success is our country's success,” Bush said.
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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 …
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: CNN, Business Insider and HotAir
Ronald J. Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Rep. Andy Biggs' brothers: ‘Andy spread election fraud lies’  —  Rep. Andy Biggs' two brothers have publicly castigated him for sowing doubt about President Joe Biden's election win and called for his removal from office.  —  In a letter to the editor at The Arizona Republic …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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.
The White House:
Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:  —  Section 1.  Policy.
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
China Bids Good Riddance to Trump
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 and Breitbart
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
New York Times:
In Trump's Pardons, Disdain for Accountability  —  President Donald J. Trump's clemency actions underscored his animosity toward a justice system seeking to punish corruption and betrayals of public trust.  —  WASHINGTON — Randy “Duke” Cunningham maintained a “bribe menu” …
THE CITY:
Still Can't Breathe: How NYPD Officers Continue to Use Chokeholds on Civilians  —  This story is co-published with ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  —  The New York Police Department patrol guide is clear about chokeholds: They are prohibited …
Alan M. Dershowitz / Wall Street Journal:
No, You Can't Try an Impeached Former President  —  The Senate erroneously asserted jurisdiction once, but dissenting members forced an acquittal.  —  Now that Donald Trump is a private citizen, the Senate should dismiss the article of impeachment against him for lack of jurisdiction.
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Unity in Washington will be harder than Biden makes it sound  —  Good Thursday morning.  Tips, comments, recipes?  You know the drill.  It's the first full day of the Biden administration and this is the Power Up newsletter.  —  At the White House  —  UNITY?
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Biden's Agenda Depends on Success in Curbing Covid-19 Pandemic  —  President seeks to jump-start effort to slow the virus's spread with a series of executive orders  —  WASHINGTON—President Biden's success in achieving some of his biggest policy objectives—curbing climate change …
Discussion: NPR, USA Today and BuzzFeed News
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 …
 
 
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The Daily Beast:
‘Worse Than We Imagined’: Team Trump Left Biden a COVID Nightmare
Discussion: The Hill, Bloomberg and New York Times
New York Times:
Hours After Biden Inauguration, Federal Agents Use Tear Gas in Portland
Discussion: Fox News
John F. Harris / Politico:
Biden Turns the Page On Trump in a Surprisingly Effective Inaugural Address
Discussion: Instapundit and CBS New York
Washington Post:
Europe's growing mask ask: Ditch the cloth ones for medical-grade coverings
Discussion: The Guardian and Forbes
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Biden set to immediately ramp up federal pandemic response
Discussion: CBS News
The White House:
Proclamation on the Termination Of Emergency With Respect To The Southern Border Of The United States And Redirection Of Funds Diverted To Border Wall Construction 
Discussion: Business Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Moore / The Hill:
Donald Trump had an economic record that will be remembered
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Media Statement from CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, on Extending the Eviction Moratorium
Discussion: ABC7
The White House:
Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis
Alexander Nieves / Politico:
‘Come with me if you want to live’: Schwarzenegger gets vaccinated
Discussion: Daily News
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The Republican Future Starts Now
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Amazon Offers To Help Biden Administration With Vaccine Effort After Sitting On The Sidelines For A Month
Washington Post:
Trump extended Secret Service protection to his adult children and three top officials as he left office