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9:40 PM ET, January 21, 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.
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.
Washington Post:
Top Senate Republicans push to delay Trump impeachment trial
Benjamin Din / Politico:
Trump did not provoke Capitol riots, McCarthy says
Politico:
‘We feel incredibly betrayed’: Thousands of Guardsmen forced to vacate Capitol  —  Thousands of National Guardsmen were forced to vacate congressional grounds on Thursday and are now taking their rest breaks outside and in nearby parking garages, after two weeks of sleepless nights protecting …
Discussion: HotAir and Twitchy
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 …
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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.
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John Koblin / New York Times:
Biden's Inauguration Scores Bigger TV Ratings Than Trump's  —  The opening moments of both presidencies did not attract as large an audience as Barack Obama did in 2009.  —  President Biden's inaugural address on Wednesday attracted about a million and a half more viewers than tuned …
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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David Folkenflik / NPR:   Trump Ally At Voice of America Replaced By News Executive He Recently Demoted
USAGM:
Biden Administration requests USAGM CEO Pack's resignation
Discussion: The Hill and NPR, more at Mediagazer »
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
At Voice of America, a sweeping ouster of Trump officials on Biden's first full day
Washington Post:
In first full day in office, Biden faces multiple crises  —  President Biden raced Thursday to show he was addressing the array of crises awaiting him on his first day in office, issuing executive orders aimed at combating the coronavirus and preparing measures to take on the struggling economy and other problems.
Discussion: Politico, Vox, Raw Story and National Review
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Biden rolls out ‘full-scale, wartime’ coronavirus strategy, including requiring masks on some planes, trains and buses.
Discussion: Raw Story and IJR
Lexi Lonas / The Hill:
Fauci said second COVID-19 vaccine shot knocked him out for 24 hours
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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Brian Spegele / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Businesses See Sharp Revenue Decline at Key Properties
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
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
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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Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Fauci debunks CNN reporting, says Biden's vaccine rollout not ‘starting from scratch’
New York Times:
Biden Orders Sweeping Assessment of Russian Hacking, Even While Renewing Nuclear Treaty  —  There will be no “reset” of the American relationship with Moscow, administration officials say.  But in an era of constant confrontation in cyberspace, the president seeks to avoid a nuclear arms race.
Discussion: Associated Press and CyberScoop
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John Hudson / Washington Post:
Biden administration to seek five-year extension on key nuclear arms treaty in first foray with Russia
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 …
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
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.
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
China threw down the gauntlet to the Biden team on day one  —  Four minutes past noon on Wednesday, while President Biden was still delivering his inaugural address, the Chinese government announced sanctions against 28 former U.S. officials and their families.
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.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and IJR
Washington Post:
Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn denies relationship with brother Michael Flynn was a factor in military's response to Capitol attack  —  Army Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn, the brother of controversial former national security adviser Michael Flynn, on Thursday defended his actions in the U.S. military's deliberations …
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 …
New York Times:
The No. 2 official at the F.B.I. is departing.  —  The deputy director of the F.B.I. announced to the bureau's staff on Thursday that he was retiring, departing the bureau as the Biden administration takes over.  —  The exit of the official, David L. Bowdich, comes as the White House offered assurances …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Fake GOP rage over Biden's ‘unity’ speech is a sucker's game  —  President Biden declared in his inaugural address that our prospects for much-needed “unity” are threatened by various political forces.  Among them, he said, are racism, nativism, political extremism, white supremacy and domestic terrorism.
Nancy Levine / Rantt Media:
Legal Liability Looms For Orgs Behind Rally That Incited Insurrection  —  Last week, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), ranking member and soon-to-be chair of the Senate Finance Committee, called on IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig to investigate tax-exempt groups that helped organize a January 6th rally …
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.
Discussion: Missouri Independent and Raw Story
Miho Inada / Wall Street Journal:
Covid-19 Has Nearly Wiped Out the Flu—How Do We Keep It From Coming Back?  —  Mask-wearing and higher vaccination rates have contributed to historically low levels of seasonal influenza  —  Influenza, usually raging throughout the Northern Hemisphere this time of year, has become virtually invisible.
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
 
 
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Tim Perry / CBS News:
Kamala Harris to move temporarily to Blair House
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and New York Post
Senator Josh Hawley:
Hawley Responds to Senate Democrats' Ethics Complaint
NYU School of Law:
Judge Robert Katzmann joins NYU Law faculty as professor of practice
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Speak up, Bret Baier. Speak up, Chris Wallace.
The White House:
Memorandum to Extend Federal Support to Governors' Use of the National Guard to Respond to COVID-19 and to Increase Reimbursement and Other Assistance Provided to States
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Proud Boys organizer Joe Biggs arrested as FBI alleges more possible planning in U.S. Capitol breach
Washington Post:
Democratic presidents have traditionally hurt their parties. Joe Biden may be different.
Discussion: Fox News and Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Ward / Vox:
Biden will use the Defense Production Act in his anti-coronavirus effort
Discussion: The White House and The Verge
Tom Dreisbach / NPR:
Nearly 1 In 5 Defendants In Capitol Riot Cases Served In The Military
Steven Zeitchik / Washington Post:
An alleged Saudi troll campaign is targeting a movie about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
Democrats, Repeat After Me: Help People Fast
Oversight Board:
Oversight Board accepts case on former US President Trump's indefinite suspension from Facebook and Instagram
New York Times:
From Commander in Chief to Interloper in Palm Beach
Discussion: East Bay Times