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8:40 AM ET, January 22, 2021


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Matt Fuller / HuffPost:
GOP Rep. Andy Harris Tries To Bring Gun Into House Chamber  —  Republicans keep complaining about the new metal detectors outside the House chamber.  Now we know why.  —  WASHINGTON ― New security measures outside the U.S. House chamber prevented a Republican lawmaker from bringing a gun onto the House floor Thursday.
‘We feel incredibly betrayed’: Thousands of Guardsmen forced to vacate Capitol  —  Thousands of National Guardsmen were allowed back into the Capitol Thursday night, hours after U.S. Capitol Police officials ordered them to vacate the facilities, sending them outdoors or to nearby parking garages …
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
‘This is absurd’: Scores of National Guard members banished to Senate parking garage, soldiers say  —  Hundreds of National Guard members were forced out of a U.S. Capitol cafeteria and into a parking garage nearby, putting them in close quarters with moving cars, exhaust fumes …
John Ismay / New York Times:   National Guard troops who protected the Capitol for Biden's Inauguration were told to sleep in a parking garage.
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Senate Republicans uniting behind impeachment defense  —  Senate Republicans are coalescing around a long-shot bid to dismiss the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump before it even begins, relying on a disputed legal argument that says putting an ex-president on trial is unconstitutional.
Trump starts taking his second impeachment seriously  —  Donald Trump appears to be finally getting serious about his upcoming impeachment trial.  —  The former president has hired Butch Bowers, a longtime Republican attorney with experience in election law, to represent him when the Senate considers …
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Senate Republicans throw cold water on Biden's immigration proposal
USA Today:
Trump Senate trial offers Republican Party an escape from his death grip on its future  —  Our View: Barring Donald Trump from holding public office again would save Republican values — and the service of having healthy, competing parties … The impending Senate impeachment trial of Donald …
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
After obsessive focus on Trump, White House reporters need to zoom way out  —  Covering Donald Trump's White House was easy.  All that mattered was Trump.  —  It might have been exhausting, given his manic and narcissistic proclivity to say absolutely whatever came to mind, whenever, and regardless of what he had said before.
New York Times:
Can Someone Please Open the Door?  —  The Bidens waited for an awkward moment in front of a closed door when they arrived at their new residence, a protocol breach that turned out to be a small but curious bit of disarray.  —  WASHINGTON — It was the culminating moment of a transfer of power …
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Biden Plans Executive Action to Expand Food Stamps and Speed Stimulus Checks  —  The president's latest executive orders include an effort to protect employees who fear for their safety from coronavirus infection at work.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden will issue an executive order …
Discussion: CNBC, Business Insider, CNN and WHTM-TV
Washington Post:
Trump steps out of the White House and into a company in crisis  —  Donald Trump returns to his company this week as it faces a deepening crisis, with key properties bleeding revenue and its bankers, lawyers and customers fleeing the company.  —  Financial disclosure forms …
Corinne Ramey / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Tax Law Firm Ends Work for Ex-President
Discussion: Raw Story
Rachelle Hampton / Slate:
“I Think My Gmail Has Crashed”: The Teacher Who Made Bernie Sanders' Mittens on Watching Them Go Viral  —  Joe Biden's inauguration doubled as a promenade of style, featuring thousand-dollar Dior Air Jordan 1s, monochromatic jewel-toned looks, and a skirt so wide it enforced its own sartorial social distancing.
Discussion: Fox News and Chicago Sun-Times
Jeremy Finley / WSMV-TV:
Agents find sniper rifle, stash of weapons in home of “Zip Tie Guy”  —  NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Federal agents claim the iPhone video Eric Munchel recorded of himself taking part in sacking the U.S. Capitol is being used as evidence against him, a federal detention memorandum shows.
The Times:
Japan looks for a way out of Tokyo Olympics because of Covid … The Japanese government has privately concluded that the Tokyo Olympics will have to be cancelled because of the coronavirus, and the focus is now on securing the Games for the city in the next available year, 2032.
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Biden's First Foreign Policy Blunder Could Be on Iran  —  The administration needs to send a consistent message to the regime about its misbehavior.  —  President Joe Biden has done a good job so far of calming the anxieties of allies that the U.S. will rush into negotiations to re-enter the flawed 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland:
Cardin, Murkowski, Speier, Reed Announce Bipartisan Resolution to Affirm Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment  —  The required 38 states have ratified the ERA.  Congress must not stand in the way of finally enshrining equality for women into our Constitution.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Enemies, a Love Story: Inside the 36-year Biden and McConnell Relationship  —  The last time Joe Biden and Mitch McConnell faced off, Biden blinked first.  —  It was the winter of 2012.  Then, as now, Democrats had just won a presidential election, had a narrow Senate majority …
Discussion: Raw Story
Tim Perry / CBS News:
Kamala Harris to move temporarily to Blair House  —  Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, second gentleman Doug Emhoff, will temporarily move to Blair House, which is near the White House, before moving to the vice president's residence at the Naval Observatory, according to an aide for Harris.
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Instacart is firing every employee who voted to unionize  —  The layoffs are hitting 10 unionized workers in Skokie, Illinois, in addition to other Instacart employees  —  Instacart is laying off every employee who voted to unionize, Motherboard reports.  The news comes as the company shuts …
U.S. Department of Justice:
ADT Technician Pleads Guilty to Hacking Home Security Footage  —  A home security technician has pleaded guilty to repeatedly hacking into customers' video feeds, announced Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Prerak Shah.  —  Telesforo Aviles, a 35-year-old former ADT employee …
Tom Dreisbach / NPR:
Nearly 1 In 5 Defendants In Capitol Riot Cases Served In The Military  —  As a violent mob descended on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, lawmakers and aides hid wherever they could, waiting for military and police to arrive.  But many of those who stormed the Capitol were military veterans themselves …
Garry Kasparov / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP Hit Rock Bottom.  Can Conservatives Recover?  —  If reasonable Republicans want to hold off the far left, they will have to stop the rise of the far right.  —  We have a new year and a new administration, but America's crisis hasn't yet passed.  The dangerous forces unleashed …
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Dem's New Bill Aims to Bar QAnon Followers From Security Clearances  —  “It's really dangerous for individuals who hold these types of views to receive a security clearance and access to classified information,” said congresswoman Stephanie Murphy.  —  Among the MAGA flags and “Stop the Steal” …
Discussion: Raw Story
Senator Josh Hawley:
Hawley Responds to Senate Democrats' Ethics Complaint  —  Today U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) issued the following statement regarding calls from Senate Democrats for an ethics investigation into his objection to certifying Pennsylvania's electoral votes:
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
For Prosecutors, Trump's Clemency Decisions Were a ‘Kick in the Teeth’  —  Commutations in high-profile Medicare fraud cases have elicited anger among those who spent years pursuing complex prosecutions.  —  MIAMI BEACH — It was New Year's Eve, and dance music was pulsating from the backyard …
Discussion: Kaiser Health News
Billy Ball / Cardinal & Pine:
For Once, This Isn't About Donald Trump.  It's About the Rest of Us.  —  Joe Biden Sworn In As 46th President Of The United States At U.S. Capitol Inauguration Ceremony  —  As Joe Biden and Kamala Harris take the oath of office, a plea for a better America.  —  Joe Biden has been sworn into office.
Discussion: CNN, Townhall, VICE and Power Line
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Biden poised to break with Brown, progressives in picking top bank cop  —  President Joe Biden's expected nomination of a former Obama Treasury Department official to regulate national banks is triggering fierce opposition from progressive activists, who say the president's choice is too closely tied to the finance industry.
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
The huge stakes of Biden's new Covid-19 plan  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden is so far as good as his word to “manage the hell” out of the pandemic, driven by urgency to revive a sickened, struggling nation and the certainty that his entire presidency rests on eradicating Covid-19.
The Economist:
The world must not accept the jailing of Alexei Navalny  —  It takes courage to expose the corruption of Vladimir Putin's regime  —  In a democracy the battle for power involves elections, media skirmishes and the occasional metaphorical stab in the back.  In Russia it is literally a matter of life and death.
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Signal
White House dog days haven't returned just yet  —  Washington (CNN)The new administration is working doggedly in its first days in office, but President Joe Biden's four-legged companions aren't joining in just yet.  —  Biden's dogs have not yet moved into the White House, a source familiar told CNN …
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.
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. watchdog to examine abrupt departure of Atlanta U.S. attorney whom Trump appeared to criticize  —  The Justice Department inspector general has begun examining the abrupt departure this month of the U.S. attorney in Atlanta after then-President Donald Trump complained officials …
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
For flight attendants, getting people to wear masks is now one of the hardest parts of the job  —  Up next  —  (CNN) — Masks have become a matter of course on airplane flights, and unfortunately, so have ugly confrontations about wearing them.  Since the pandemic started …
Discussion: The White House, Fox News and The Verge
Liz Cheney's problems pile up  —  Liz Cheney was once considered the future of the GOP.  Now she's fighting to keep her political career alive.  —  After voting to impeach Donald Trump last week, the highest-ranking woman in the House GOP finds herself at risk of losing her leadership post …
Corinne Heller / E! Online:
President Joe Biden's Oval Office Now Features a Sweet Photo of Late Son Beau Biden  —  Newly inaugurated President Joe Biden's Oval Office has been redecorated and now includes framed photos showing his family, including late son Beau Biden.  —  Newly sworn in President Joe Biden starts work …
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Michael Sean Winters / National Catholic Reporter:
Bishops throw cold water on the most Catholic inauguration in history
David Davenport / Washington Examiner:
Elites battle over history while students fail basic civics
Susannah George / Washington Post:
U.S. to resume processing thousands of stalled visas for Afghans who aided Americans
Catherine E. Shoichet / CNN:
Biden wants to remove this controversial word from US laws
New York Times:
Biden Orders Sweeping Assessment of Russian Hacking, Even While Renewing Nuclear Treaty
Discussion: Associated Press and CyberScoop
 Earlier Items: 
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Speak up, Bret Baier. Speak up, Chris Wallace.
Nancy Levine / Rantt Media:
Legal Liability Looms For Orgs Behind Rally That Incited Insurrection
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Trump Ally At Voice of America Replaced By News Executive He Recently Demoted
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
Judge Refuses To Reinstate Parler After Amazon Shut It Down
Erick-Woods Erickson / Erick Erickson's Confessions …:
You Can't Move On From This Without An Accounting