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2:12 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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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
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 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.
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 and The Verge
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook refers Trump ban to independent Oversight Board for review
Discussion: Politico
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
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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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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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Within hours of calling for unity, Biden smashes norms to reward Big Labor
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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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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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 …
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The White House:
Executive Order on Ethic Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel
Aishvarya Kavi / New York Times:
Biden's 17 Executive Orders and Other Directives in Detail
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.
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
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
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, USA Today, Breitbart and Fox News
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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 …
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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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.
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.  —  When I saw Bill Clinton's mask slip below his nose during the inaugural festivities, I figured, well, it could happen to any of us.
Gabrielle Fonrouge / New York Post:
Twitter refused to remove child porn because it didn't ‘violate policies’: lawsuit  —  Twitter refused to take down widely shared pornographic images and videos of a teenage sex trafficking victim because an investigation “didn't find a violation” of the company's “policies,” a scathing lawsuit alleges.
Discussion: Breitbart and Big League Politics
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 …
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Pelosi defends impeachment in face of Biden's call for unity: 'We must do it"  —  House will send over the article of impeachment “soon” to the Senate  —  White House pressed on Biden's unity message amid Trump impeachment  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday defended Democrats' pursuit …
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
Politico:
Biden ‘is planning to run again’ in 2024  —  Welcome to POLITICO's 2021 Transition Playbook, your guide to one of the most consequential transfers of power in American history.  —  President JOE BIDEN gave his first inaugural address today.  Will the 78-year-old try to deliver a second?
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Fox News rejects President Biden's call for unity  —  President Joe Biden called for “uniting our nation” and ending “this uncivil war that pits red against blue” during Wednesday's inauguration, while warning about the destructive potential of “lies told for power and for profit.”
 
 
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Sarah Krouse / Wall Street Journal:
Fed-Up Executives Plot a Faster Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
On Facebook in 2018, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene endorsed conspiracy theories that 9/11 was an inside job and that Sandy Hook was staged
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
Democrats, Repeat After Me: Help People Fast
 Earlier Items: 
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
Topher Sanders / THE CITY:
Still Can't Breathe: How NYPD Officers Continue to Use Chokeholds on Civilians
John F. Harris / Politico:
Biden Turns the Page On Trump in a Surprisingly Effective Inaugural Address
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media can be glad for the Biden White House's return to normalcy. But let's not be lulled.