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Katie Benner / New York Times:
Trump and Justice Dept. Lawyer Said to Have Plotted to Oust Acting Attorney General  —  Trying to find another avenue to push his baseless election claims, Donald Trump considered installing a loyalist, and had the men make their cases to him.  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department's top leaders listened …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
CNN:
McConnell privately says he wants Trump gone as Republicans quietly lobby him to convict  —  Mitch McConnell: Capitol rioters were fed lies  —  Washington (CNN)As the House prepares to send articles of impeachment to the Senate on Monday, CNN has learned that dozens of influential Republicans …
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CNN:
Prospects of convicting Trump erode as GOP grows vocal against Senate impeachment proceedings  —  Mitch McConnell: Capitol rioters were fed lies  —  (CNN)The path in the Senate to convict Donald Trump is extremely slim, with a growing number of Republicans expressing confidence that the party …
Adam Ciralsky / Vanity Fair:
“The President Threw Us Under the Bus”: Embedding With Pentagon Leadership in Trump's Chaotic Last Week  —  Throughout the final, frenzied days of the Trump administration, a reporter rode shotgun with the outgoing acting defense secretary, Christopher Miller, the man who …
Discussion: Raw Story
Eric Boehm / Reason:
The Washington Post Tried To Memory-Hole Kamala Harris' Bad Joke About Inmates Begging for Food and Water  —  UPDATE: As of 1:15 p.m. on January 22, The Washington Post has updated its website and URLs to restore the original version of the Kamala Harris profile detailed in Reason's post, below.
Sara Luterman / The Nation:
The Ignominious Deceits of Congressman Cawthorn  —  Representative Madison Cawthorn has misled the public about training for the Paralympics, just as he misrepresented his education and business history.  —  Before January 6, 25-year-old Representative Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) …
Alex Williams / New York Times:
Is That a Rolex on Biden's Wrist?  —  Recent presidents not named Trump have tended to wear Everyman timepieces such as Timex and Shinola.  —  President Biden may cast his arrival in the White House as a return to business as usual at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but there's at least …
The Daily Beast:
MyPillow CEO Hires Gawker-Killing Lawyer to Go After Daily Mail for Jane Krakowski Affair Story  —  The tabloid story “damaged my integrity as a Christian,” Lindell said to The Daily Beast in confirming he has retained the Trump lawyer most infamous for taking on media outlets.
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Deena Winter / Minnesota Reformer:   Mike Lindell's chaotic rise threatened by new adversity
Bill Allison / Bloomberg:
Organizers of Trump Rally Had Been on Campaign's Payroll  —  Former President Donald Trump's campaign paid more than $2.7 million over two years to individuals and firms that organized the Jan. 6 rally that led to rioters storming the U.S. Capitol, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Anna Massoglia / OpenSecrets.org:
Shell companies and ‘dark money’ may hide details of Trump ties to DC protests
Tim Kephart / WGCL-TV:
Hall of Famer Henry “Hank” Aaron dies at 86  —  Hall of Famer and one-time home run king Atlanta Braves legend Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron passed away this morning at the age of 86, CBS46 has learned.  He leaves behind an indelible legacy on and off the baseball diamond.  —  Aaron was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1934.
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Richard Goldstein / New York Times:
Hank Aaron, Home Run King Who Defied Racism, Dies at 86
Priscilla Alvarez / CNN:
Texas attorney general sues Biden administration over deportation pause  —  (CNN)Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday sued the Biden administration over its 100-day deportation pause, citing an 11th-hour agreement between Texas and the Trump administration that required the Department …
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Texas Attorney General:
AG Paxton Sues Biden Administration, Demanding Immediate Halt to Unlawful Deportation Freeze
New York Times:
Biden apologizes after some National Guard troops were told to sleep in a parking garage.  —  President Biden on Friday called the chief of the National Guard Bureau to apologize after troops who had been brought in to protect his inauguration were ordered to sleep in an unheated parking garage …
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Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Jill Biden visits Capitol to thank National Guard
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Biden administration weighs turning over Trump tax returns to House Democrats  —  House Democrats have renewed their long-stalled demand for former president Donald Trump's federal tax records, but the Biden administration has not decided whether it will drop its predecessor's objections …
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Toby Eckert / Politico:
Judge orders Treasury to notify Trump before giving up tax returns
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Senior Democrats drafting plan to give parents $3,000 per child in Biden stimulus  —  Senior Democratic lawmakers are moving to fulfill President Biden's desire to expand the child tax credit by drafting legislation that would direct the Internal Revenue Service to send recurring monthly payments …
New York Times:
Pfizer Will Ship Fewer Vaccine Vials to Account for ‘Extra’ Doses  —  After the surprise discovery of an extra dose in every vial, Pfizer executives successfully lobbied the F.D.A. to change the vaccine's formal authorization language.  The company charges by the dose.
Discussion: Raw Story
Robby Soave / Reason:
Cancel Culture Comes for Will Wilkinson  —  Will Wilkinson is a vice president at the left-leaning Niskanen Center, a contributing writer at The New York Times, and someone who has frequently quarreled with me about so-called cancel culture.  (I think it's generally bad when people are fired …
Tom DeFrank / National Journal:
Trumps dismissed ushers before Bidens' arrival  —  The chief usher was sacked, and the staff was sent home early Wednesday, which may explain why the Bidens arrived to find the doors to the North Portico closed.  —  One of Donald and Melania Trump's final small acts in a presidential …
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Trump ally Matt Schlapp got $750k in unsuccessful pardon push  —  The lobbying firm run by Trump ally Matt Schlapp brought in $750,000 in the final two weeks of 2020 from a former top Trump fundraiser and convicted fraudster who retained Schlapp to lobby — unsuccessfully — for a presidential pardon.
George T. Conway III / Washington Post:
Former president, private citizen and, perhaps, criminal defendant: … The question came out of the blue and has haunted me ever since.  It was Jan. 17, 2017, three days before Donald Trump's swearing-in, and my wife and I sat with him in the near-empty main cabin aboard …
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
Emily Tillett / CBS News:
Trump COVID task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx says she “always” considered quitting  —  Dr. Deborah Birx, the former coordinator of the Trump White House's Coronavirus Task Force, says nothing in her four decades of public service prepared her for the chaotic Trump White House …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Maybe Joe Biden can rescue Saturdays  —  President Biden and his new appointees are trying to restore a lot these days.  Restore trust in government.  Restore decency and adult behavior in the White House.  Restore the truth.  —  How about one more: Restore Saturdays.
Business Insider:
CEOs are steering clear of Fox News' Maria Bartiromo and denying her interviews, sources say … - Some CEOs are denying interviews to Maria Bartiromo as she gets ready to try out on Fox News' opinion lineup.  — Sources say Bartiromo's noncritical Trump interview and controversial political statements …
Andrew Sullivan / The Weekly Dish:
Biden's Culture War Aggression  —  He may have needlessly crippled his chances for lowering the temperature already.  —  2 hr ago  —  Chris Wallace of Fox News called Joe Biden's Inaugural address the best he had ever heard.  John Heilemann almost likened it to Lincoln's Second Inaugural.
Joe Patrice / Above the Law:
Hobbit Law Cited In Wacky Trump-Loving Lawsuit To Overturn Election  —  This may fly in the Shire, but not in Waco, sir. … How has the age of 2021 gone for Paul Davis?  Let's recap: … So it's been an eventful year so far.  —  And now he's filed an amended TRO motion in the Western District …
David Weissman / DemCast:
An Open Letter to Sen. Mitch McConnell From an Army Veteran … Two weeks ago, I wrote a letter to the Speaker of the House expressing my belief that President Trump must be impeached.  I am now writing to you, Sen. Mitch McConnell, to let you know why I, a United States Army veteran …
Discussion: Medium, The Root and BuzzFeed News
Don Thompson / Associated Press:
California keeps key virus data out of public sight  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has from the start said his coronavirus policy decisions would be driven by data shared with the public to provide maximum transparency.  —  But with the state starting to emerge …
Reuters:
Special Report: How U.S. CDC missed chances to spot COVID's silent spread  —  (Reuters) - In early February, 57 people arrived at a Nebraska military base, among the first Americans evacuated from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak.  U.S. health officials knew …
Joe Sonka / Courier-Journal:
Breonna Taylor grand jurors file petition to impeach Attorney General Daniel Cameron  —  Three grand jurors in the Breonna Taylor case filed a petition with the state House of Representatives Friday, objecting to the conduct of Attorney General Daniel Cameron and calling for his impeachment.
Rob Crilly / Washington Examiner:
Trump plays cards close to his chest when asked about future plans  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Florida — Former President Donald Trump gave nothing away about his plans for life after the White House as he dined with friends at his golf club on Friday.  —  “We'll do something, but not just yet …
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
An FAA Employee And QAnon Follower Was On The FBI's Radar.  Then He Stormed The Capitol.  —  Kevin Strong reportedly believed that the insurrection on Jan. 6 would lead to World War III.  —  A Federal Aviation Administration employee who subscribed to the QAnon conspiracy theory …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Raw Story
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Don't Worry About Joe Manchin  —  There is now a new most powerful person in the United States: Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.  With the Senate evenly split, Manchin, a Democrat representing a state in which nearly 70 percent of the votes cast in both the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections went …
Discussion: The Hill and Business Insider
Burgess Everett / Politico:
‘No way’: Murkowski rules out switching parties  —  Lisa Murkowski has made no secret of her distaste for former President Donald Trump's takeover of the Republican Party.  But she said there is “no way” she would caucus with the Senate Democrats and give Chuck Schumer an outright Senate majority.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A hidden feature of Biden's first big moves: Major outreach to Trump country  —  Republicans are running a giant scam that's designed to game the national debate over whether President Biden is genuinely trying to “unify the country.”  In this grift routine, Biden is being divisive if anyone …
Discussion: Raw Story and HuffPost
Post and Courier:
Columbia lawyer to represent Trump at impeachment trial: 'It'll be interesting to watch'  —  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.
 
 
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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE:
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Media Matters for America:
Sinclair dismisses environmental threats of the canceled Keystone XL Pipeline, pushes long-debunked claim that it would create thousands of jobs
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