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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.
Politico:
‘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 …
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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 …
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.
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Politico:
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 …
republicanleader.senate.gov:
McConnell Statement on Proposed Trial Schedule
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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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 …
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Corinne Ramey / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Tax Law Firm Ends Work for Ex-President
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: NBC Los Angeles
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
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: Fox News and The Verge
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The White House:   National Security Directive on United States Global Leadership to Strengthen the International COVID-19 Response and to Advance Global Health Security and Biological Preparedness
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
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.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Trump Ally At Voice of America Replaced By News Executive He Recently Demoted  —  The Biden administration continued its swift sweep of the leadership at the Voice of America and its parent agency on Thursday.  It pushed out VOA's director, a Trump ally named Robert R. Reilly who had been appointed just last month.
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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: CNN and The Hill
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Just Security and The Atlantic
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 …
Politico:
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 …
Discussion: TIME, Townhall and Washington Times
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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: IJR, Washington Examiner and CNN
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:
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 …
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
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 …
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, VICE, Townhall, Power Line and The New Neo
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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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Elena Schneider / Politico:
Trump leaves behind diminished GOP
Discussion: Washington Times
David Davenport / Washington Examiner:
Elites battle over history while students fail basic civics
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
Hail to the Thief  —  Democrats celebrate a “victory for democracy” with barbed wire, soldiers, and political terror.
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
CNN:
The White House's dog days haven't returned just yet
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.
Discussion: American Greatness
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Fauci debunks CNN reporting, says Biden's vaccine rollout not ‘starting from scratch’
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
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
The Apprentice  —  Josh Hawley made a cynical bet about the Republican Party's future.
Discussion: Missouri Independent and Raw Story
Steven Zeitchik / Washington Post:
An alleged Saudi troll campaign is targeting a movie about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi
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