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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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CBS News:
McConnell proposing to Schumer that impeachment trial start in February  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to present a proposal to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to delay the start of the impeachment trial of former President Trump until February, multiple sources familiar with the plan tell CBS News.
Benjamin Din / Politico:
Trump did not provoke Capitol riots, McCarthy says
Discussion: HuffPost, National Review and Raw Story
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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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
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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
Corinne Ramey / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Tax Law Firm Ends Work for Ex-President
Discussion: Raw Story
Erin Durkin / Politico:
Judge refuses to dismiss New York AG's lawsuit against NRA
Discussion: Raw Story and Bloomberg
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
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.
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Laurie Moy / USAGM:
Biden Administration requests USAGM CEO Pack's resignation
Discussion: The Hill and NPR, more at Mediagazer »
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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Cassidy Morrison / Washington Examiner:
Fauci back on center stage under Biden
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: UPI
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 …
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.
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Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Legal scholars, including at Federalist Society, say Trump can be convicted
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
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 …
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Ezra Klein / New York Times:
Democrats, Repeat After Me: Help People Fast
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.
Axios:
Biden unveils “wartime” COVID strategy  —  President Biden on Thursday signed a slew of executive orders to address the coronavirus pandemic, including an interstate face mask mandate and an order to renew supplies of PPE, testing materials and vaccines through the Defense Production Act.
Discussion: Fox News, Wall Street Journal and ABC7
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. …
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
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Biden Inauguration Captures Bigger Audience Than Donald Trump's … Approximately 39.87 million people watched the half-hour swearing-in ceremony over the nation's six major TV-news outlets, according to Nielsen, compared with 38.35 million viewers for the 2017 event.
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 …
Joshua Nelson / Fox News:
Graham rips Amazon for offering vaccine help to Biden: 'It's disgusting' if they refused to help Trump  —  ‘If they had this capability, they should have shared it with the Trump administration,’ Graham tells ‘America Reports’  —  Graham on Amazon offering vaccine help to Biden: 'It's disgusting' if they refused to help Trump
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Media Matters for America:
Ari Fleischer complains that the Biden administration hasn't thanked the Trump administration for what has been done on vaccines  —  Fleischer: “the President as he talks about unity has not been able to bring himself to say those words, to thank Donald Trump.”
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.
 
 
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Trump's Top-10 Triumphs: A Last Look At A Remarkable Presidency
Discussion: Power Line and Real Clear Politics
Molly Ball / TIME:
Republicans Are Split Over Trump's Second Impeachment—and the Party's Future
Robert Tuttle / Bloomberg:
Keystone XL's Demise Prompts TC Energy to Slash 1,000 Jobs
Discussion: Townhall
Bruno V. Manno / The Hill:
To the new administration: Declare détente in K-12 education wars
Discussion: Eduwonk
Jack Shafer / Politico:
How About a Little Sobriety, Please?
Discussion: MSNBC and Fox News
 Earlier Items: 
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 Hill and The Intellectualist
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.