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9:55 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 …
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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Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Professionalism Returns to the White House With Biden  —  Policy expertise and political savvy are already on display.  That's a welcome contrast to Trump, but no guarantee of success.  —  The professionals are back.  —  If there's one thing that's going to be obvious about the brand …
Will Feuer / CNBC:
Biden to sign 10 executive orders and invoke Defense Production Act to combat Covid pandemic
Discussion: Politico, New York Post, UPI and Roll Call
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:   It's Day 2, And Joe Biden Has A Whole Bunch Of New COVID-19 Orders To Give
Caitlin Owens / Axios:   Biden set to immediately ramp up federal pandemic response
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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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.
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.
New York Times:
Hours After Biden Inauguration, Federal Agents Use Tear Gas in Portland  —  Protesters who spent months in the streets over racial injustice and inequality said they don't expect immediate change from President Biden, who they declared “will not save us.”  —  PORTLAND, Ore. …
Discussion: Fox News
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The White House:
Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States
Aishvarya Kavi / New York Times:
Biden's 17 Executive Orders and Other Directives in Detail
Jen Kirby / Vox:
President Biden's international restoration project has begun
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, Politico and NBC News
Stephen Moore / The Hill:   Donald Trump had an economic record that will be remembered
Tim Perry / CBS News:
Kamala Harris won't be moving into vice president's residence at Naval Observatory immediately
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: Slate, Fox News and USA Today
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Niall McCarthy / Statista Infographics:
Pets Return To The White House Under President Biden  —  By not having a pet, President Trump broke with a long White House tradition and he was the first American commander-in-chief without one since the 1800s.  He was consistently pressured into adopting a furry companion but he eventually told …
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
Discussion: HotAir
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.
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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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 …
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
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 …
Julie Zauzmer / Washington Post:
All overweight D.C. residents will get priority for the coronavirus vaccine.  Experts are skeptical.  —  The District plans to give priority for coronavirus vaccines to the broadest possible swath of people with preexisting health conditions — a decision that will make hundreds of thousands eligible …
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 …
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.
Diana Olick / CNBC:
Biden looks to give a big boost to homebuyers and builders  — Biden is proposing a $15,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit, which could be accessed immediately by the buyer, thereby serving as down payment assistance.  — The FHA could also reduce its monthly insurance premiums under the new leadership.
Discussion: Axios
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
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.
Discussion: Reason and The Independent
The Daily Beast:
‘Worse Than We Imagined’: Team Trump Left Biden a COVID Nightmare  —  SOLD AS IS  —  The systems to manufacture, distribute, and track vaccine doses set up by the Trump administration are even more broken than Biden's COVID team feared.  —  Twelve minutes before noon on Wednesday …
Discussion: Bloomberg and New York Times
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Unemployment Claims Remained Elevated Last Week  —  About 900,000 workers filed for jobless benefits as a Covid-19 surge slows economic recovery  —  About 900,000 workers filed for unemployment benefits last week as the labor market struggles to recover this winter.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Clare Foran / CNN:
House to vote on waiver for Biden defense secretary pick Lloyd Austin  —  Biden nominates Gen. Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense  —  (CNN)The House is expected to vote Thursday on a waiver to permit retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to serve as secretary of defense in the Biden administration.
Michael Oren / The Atlantic:
The Case Against the Iran Deal  —  Proponents of the Iran nuclear agreement are sounding the alarm.  In 2018, the United States withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and since then, Iran has increased the quality and quantity of its uranium enrichment well beyond what the deal allows.
 
 
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Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
For Conservatives, a Break from the Trump Monopoly
Karen Attiah / Washington Post:
The media had a role to play in the rise of Trump. It's time to hold ourselves accountable.
Discussion: Reason and Washington Examiner
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Washington Breathes an Uneasy Sigh of Relief
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Charlottesville Inspired Biden to Run. Now It Has a Message for Him.
Discussion: Fox News
John F. Harris / Politico:
Biden Turns the Page On Trump in a Surprisingly Effective Inaugural Address
Washington Post:
Europe's growing mask ask: Ditch the cloth ones for medical-grade coverings
Discussion: The Guardian and Forbes
 Earlier Items: 
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
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The Republican Future Starts Now