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10:45 PM ET, January 22, 2021

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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: CNN, The Hill, Mediaite and Raw Story
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Washington Post:
Trump entertained plan to install an attorney general who would help him pursue baseless election fraud claims  —  Then-President Donald Trump in early January entertained a plan to replace the acting attorney general with a different Justice Department lawyer who was more amenable to pursuing …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Toby Eckert / Politico:
Judge orders Treasury to notify Trump before giving up tax returns
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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
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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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.
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 …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Giuliani concedes that an associate did ask for $20,000 a day to help Trump post-election.  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani, former President Donald J. Trump's personal lawyer, conceded on Friday night that an associate had sent an email to campaign officials asking that Mr. Giuliani be paid $20,000 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: UPROXX, Raw Story and The Daily Caller
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Deena Winter / Minnesota Reformer:   Mike Lindell's chaotic rise threatened by new adversity
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.) …
New York Times:
Trump's Last-Minute Pardon Frees Man Still Facing Accusations of Violence  —  Jonathan Braun's 10-year sentence for running a drug ring was commuted by the departing president.  The White House did not mention that he faces separate accusations of violence and threats.
Discussion: Check Your Fact
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Biden administration ousts Victoria Coates, who was falsely accused of being ‘Anonymous’  —  Victoria Coates, who was hired as the president of the government-funded Middle East Broadcasting Networks in the waning days of Donald Trump's presidency, has been fired by the Biden administration, she told POLITICO.
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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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 …
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Sen. Tom Cotton campaigned on his “experience as an Army Ranger” — but he didn't have any  —  Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas has accrued a resume tailor-made for a Republican politician: He leapt from a small-town Arkansas cattle farm to Harvard University and then Harvard Law School …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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: Politico and Raw Story
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Josh Hawley's ludicrous clean-up act is in full swing  —  Sen. Josh Hawley has a problem.  The Missouri Republican thought he had cleverly spied an opening: He grabbed an early role as lead promoter of our former president's scheme to get his allies to overturn the election by objecting …
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.
Washington Post:
Biden sticks to vaccine goals nearly met by his predecessor  —  The accelerating pace of inoculations suggests he inherited a program poised to meet his target of 100 million doses in 100 days  —  When President Biden announced in early December that his administration would aim …
Discussion: CNN and TheBlaze
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 …
Abigail Shrier / Wall Street Journal:
Joe Biden's First Day Began the End of Girls' Sports  —  An executive order rigs competition by requiring that biological boys be allowed to compete against girls.  —  Amid Inauguration Day talk of shattered glass ceilings, on Wednesday President Biden delivered a body blow to the rights of women and girls …
Law & Crime:
‘Zip Tie Guy’ Who Invaded the Capitol with His Mom Ordered Released Before Trial  —  Spotted at the U.S. Capitol insurrection with his mother and hopping around the Senate while holding tactical restraints, so-called “zip tie guy” Eric Gavelek Munchel's image was blasted around the world on Jan. 6 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Jura Koncius / Washington Post:
Vice President Harris to stay at Blair House while official residence undergoes repairs  —  Although they've had to put off their move into the official vice president's residence, Vice President Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff are in very good hands.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Politico
Prime Minister of Canada:
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with the President of the United States of America Joe Biden  —  Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden.  The two leaders agreed to meet next month in order to advance the important work …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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 …
PJ Randhawa / KSDK-TV:
Capitol rioters express regret for participating in unrest after not getting a pardon from former President Trump  —  “He regrets very very much having...just been duped by the president,” said Al Watkins, attorney for Jacob Chansley also known as the ‘Qanon Shaman’
 
 
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Jeff Sessions impeded inquiry into role in Trump's family separation policy
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Partly hidden by isolation, many of the nation's schoolchildren struggle with mental health
Alene Tchekmedyian / Los Angeles Times:
California attorney general launches civil rights probe of L.A. County Sheriff's Department
Discussion: KTLA and East Bay Times
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Democrats to target IRS in probe of tax-exempt pro-Trump groups that organized rally before Capitol riot
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
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