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4:45 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 …
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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Benjamin Din / Politico:
Trump did not provoke Capitol riots, McCarthy says
Discussion: HuffPost, National Review and Raw Story
CNN:
GOP senators warn McConnell could face backlash if he votes to convict Trump
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
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 …
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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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CNN:
As expected, Biden intends to keep FBI director in his post, an official says
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Biden selects Slaughter as acting chair of Federal Trade Commission, Rosenworcel as acting chair of Federal Communications Commission  —  President Biden on Thursday appointed Rebecca Kelly Slaughter as acting chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, a move that positions the Washington watchdog agency …
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April Glaser / NBC News:
Biden picks Jessica Rosenworcel as acting FCC chief  —  President Joe Biden has picked Jessica Rosenworcel to run the Federal Communications Commission in an interim position.  That makes Rosenworcel, the 49-year old lawyer, current FCC commissioner and podcast host from West Hartford …
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.
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Nick Clegg / About Facebook:
Referring Former President Trump's Suspension From Facebook to the Oversight Board
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.
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  —  The National Rifle Association cannot transfer, stay or dismiss the New York Attorney General's lawsuit filed in Manhattan seeking its dissolution, a judge ruled on Thursday.
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Erin Durkin / Politico:
Judge refuses to dismiss New York AG's lawsuit against NRA
Discussion: Raw Story, Bloomberg and Law & Crime
Brian Spegele / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Businesses See Sharp Revenue Decline at Key Properties  —  Pandemic-related financial challenges facing former president could intensify as clients seek to cut ties  —  Former President Donald Trump saw sharp revenue declines across his family businesses last year as the Covid-19 pandemic took …
Discussion: Raw Story
HHS News releases:
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Remarks at the World Health Organization Executive Board Meeting  —  “Director-General Dr. Tedros, distinguished representatives, friends and colleagues:  —  It is an honor for me to be here, representing the United States of America, on behalf of the newly inaugurated …
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:
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. …
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
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.
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Legal scholars, including at Federalist Society, say Trump can be convicted  —  Former President Donald Trump can be convicted in an impeachment trial for his role in inciting the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6 even though he is no longer in office, a bipartisan group of constitutional law scholars wrote in a letter Thursday.
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
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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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
NRSC head Scott to back GOP incumbents over Trump challengers  —  Sen. Rick Scott was among former President Donald Trump's closest allies the past two years.  But the Florida Republican pledged on Thursday to back GOP incumbents, even if Trump or his family get involved in the 2022 Senate races.
Liz Peek / The Hill:
Trump's greatest legacy: The GOP now represents America's workers  —  Joe Biden is now president, and Democrats are in charge.  Here's big news: This is not your grandfather's Democratic Party.  —  The most important and least acknowledged part of President Trump's legacy is that he has presided …
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
John Hudson / Washington Post:
Biden administration to seek five-year extension on key nuclear arms treaty in first foray with Russia  —  President Biden is seeking a five-year extension with Russia on the only remaining treaty limiting the world's two largest nuclear arsenals just days before it expires, said two senior U.S. officials.
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
Democrats, Repeat After Me: Help People Fast  —  You don't get re-elected for things voters don't know about.  —  President Biden takes office with a ticking clock.  The Democrats' margin in the House and Senate couldn't be thinner, and midterms typically raze the governing party.
Jack Shafer / Politico:
How About a Little Sobriety, Please?  —  Washington's public works department should have built an emergency system of drainage ditches, culverts and tunnels to divert into the Potomac River the torrents of praise, approval and adoration the press poured down on President Joe Biden on Inauguration Day.
Discussion: MSNBC and Fox News
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.
Discussion: Mediaite, Law & Crime and Raw Story
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.
Associated Press:
Twin suicide bombings rock central Baghdad, at least 32 dead  —  BAGHDAD (AP) — Twin suicide bombings ripped through a busy market in the Iraqi capital Thursday, killing at least 32 people and wounding dozens, officials said.  —  The rare suicide bombing hit the Bab al-Sharqi commercial area …
 
 
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Robert Tuttle / Bloomberg:
Keystone XL's Demise Prompts TC Energy to Slash 1,000 Jobs
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Bruno V. Manno / The Hill:
To the new administration: Declare détente in K-12 education wars
Discussion: Eduwonk
Petr Svab / theepochtimes.com:
Ideological Alignment Pushing America Toward Totalitarianism, Experts Warn
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 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Krouse / Wall Street Journal:
Fed-Up Executives Plot a Faster Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout
James Gorman / New York Times:
Is Mask-Slipping the New Manspreading?  —  Something about some men just makes it difficult to keep that mask where it should be.
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Trump's Parting Gift to Joe Biden
Diana Olick / CNBC:
Biden looks to give a big boost to homebuyers and builders
Discussion: Axios and Politico
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media can be glad for the Biden White House's return to normalcy. But let's not be lulled.
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Biden Has Already Fired Three of Trump's Worst Appointees