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3:15 PM ET, January 21, 2021

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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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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.
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 …
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
Democrats, Repeat After Me: Help People Fast
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, Bloomberg and CBS News
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 …
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: Bloomberg, USA Today and The Verge
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Nick Clegg / About Facebook:
Referring Former President Trump's Suspension From Facebook to the Oversight Board
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook refers Trump ban to independent Oversight Board for review
Discussion: Politico
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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David Rutz / Fox News:
‘Impeachment is totally wrong,’ flies against Biden's unity message: McCarthy
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
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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Aishvarya Kavi / New York Times:
Biden's 17 Executive Orders and Other Directives in Detail
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 …
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
Sarah Krouse / Wall Street Journal:
Fed-Up Executives Plot a Faster Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout  —  Honeywell CEO and other leaders say their operational know-how can help jump-start America's vaccine administration  —  Executives from an industrial conglomerate, a health system and a professional sports ownership group met …
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.
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.
Bruno V. Manno / The Hill:
To the new administration: Declare détente in K-12 education wars  —  COVID-19 began a tumultuous period for K-12 education, especially for millions of vulnerable parents and students, and created a daunting challenge for the incoming Biden administration and Education Secretary-nominee Miguel Cardona.
Discussion: Eduwonk
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
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
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.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Biden's targeting of racist extremism is being portrayed as an attack on the right itself  —  President Biden's words during his inaugural address were straightforward in their targets.  —  “The cry for survival comes from the planet itself, a cry that can't be any more desperate or any more clear,” he said.
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
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 and Politico
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 …
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.
 
 
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Michael Levenson / New York Times:
A Boy Who Bonded With Biden Over Stuttering Will Write a Children's Book
Discussion: The Week and CBS News
Petr Svab / theepochtimes.com:
Ideological Alignment Pushing America Toward Totalitarianism, Experts Warn
Discussion: alicublog
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
Discussion: The Intellectualist
 Earlier Items: 
Politico:
Biden ‘is planning to run again’ in 2024
Julie Zauzmer / Washington Post:
All overweight D.C. residents will get priority for the coronavirus vaccine. Experts are skeptical.
Discussion: Reason
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media can be glad for the Biden White House's return to normalcy. But let's not be lulled.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Former GOP operative Michael Ellis placed on administrative leave from NSA top lawyer job
Discussion: CNN and Business Insider