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12:45 PM ET, January 21, 2021

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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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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: The Week, Politico, New York Post and UPI
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: New York Times and Bloomberg
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:   It's Day 2, And Joe Biden Has A Whole Bunch Of New COVID-19 Orders To Give
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 …
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. …
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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.
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Democrats shoot down McConnell's filibuster gambit  —  Democrats are shooting down an effort by GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to include protections for the legislative filibuster as part of a Senate power-sharing deal.  —  “We're not going to give him what he wishes.
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.
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Zack Budryk / The Hill:
The Lincoln Project co-founder says post-Trump he's going after Cruz  —  Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson said that now that former President Trump is out of office, he intends to turn the super-PAC's attention to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).  —  Wilson told the Texas politics-focused podcast …
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and Twitchy
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Trump Won't Start a Third Party — But He Might Break the GOP
CNN:
As expected, Biden intends to keep FBI director in his post, an official says  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden intends to keep FBI Director Christopher Wray in his post, a senior administration official tells CNN, a sign of confidence for the bureau's leader who has more than six years remaining in his term.
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Laura Tingle / ABC:
Donald Trump was a ‘demagogue president’ and ‘sociopath’, says former FBI director James Comey
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
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
Oversight Board:
Oversight Board accepts case on former US President Trump's indefinite suspension from Facebook and Instagram  —  Today the Oversight Board accepted a case referral from Facebook to examine their decision to indefinitely suspend former US President Donald Trump's access to post content on Facebook and Instagram.
Discussion: USA Today
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Nick Clegg / About Facebook:
Referring Former President Trump's Suspension From Facebook to the Oversight Board
Discussion: Protocol and Wired, more at Techmeme »
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.
Aishvarya Kavi / New York Times:
Biden's 17 Executive Orders and Other Directives in Detail  —  The moves aim to strengthen protections for young immigrants, end construction of President Donald J. Trump's border wall, end a travel ban and prioritize racial equity.  —  WASHINGTON — In 17 executive orders …
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The White House:
Executive Order on Ethic Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel
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.
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Top D.C. lobbying firm quietly hires controversial Trump advisor  —  Forbes Tate is one of the top ten lobbying firms in D.C., bringing in over $14 million in publicly reported lobbying fees last year.  Each month, the firm collects tens of thousands of dollars from A-list clients including Bayer …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
New York Times:
From Commander in Chief to Interloper in Palm Beach  —  If former President Donald J. Trump intends to live in South Florida full time, he is likely to encounter some friction.  (Though his fans are thrilled.)  —  PALM BEACH, Fla. — On Wednesday, Donald J. Trump did what many older New Yorkers do: He retired to Florida.
Discussion: Mercury News and Palm Beach Post
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
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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Reuters:
First big suicide attack in Baghdad for three years kills at least 32  —  BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two men blew themselves up in a crowded Baghdad market on Thursday, killing at least 32 people in Iraq's first big suicide bombing for three years, authorities said, describing it as a possible sign of the reactivation of Islamic State.
Discussion: New York Post
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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 …
Discussion: Business Insider
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Trump's Parting Gift to Joe Biden  —  Donald Trump's chaotic final days in the White House could present President Joe Biden with a historic opportunity to broaden his base of public support and splinter Republican opposition to his agenda.  —  Recent polls have repeatedly found …
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 …
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: Politico and Axios
 
 
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The White House:
President Joe Biden Announces Acting Federal Agency Leadership
Julie Zauzmer / Washington Post:
All overweight D.C. residents will get priority for the coronavirus vaccine. Experts are skeptical.
Discussion: Reason
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Charlottesville Inspired Biden to Run. Now It Has a Message for Him.
Discussion: Fox News
Topher Sanders / THE CITY:
Still Can't Breathe: How NYPD Officers Continue to Use Chokeholds on Civilians
 Earlier Items: 
John F. Harris / Politico:
Biden Turns the Page On Trump in a Surprisingly Effective Inaugural Address
The White House:
Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation
Discussion: Vox and Townhall
Washington Post:
Harris to delay move into vice-presidential residence
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
A look inside Biden's Oval Office