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6:35 PM ET, January 22, 2021

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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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David Marcus / The Federalist:
Mitch McConnell Needs To Go  —  The Senate Minority Leader no longer represents conservative voters.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has done very good service for the American people.  His Merrick Garland gambit was one of the riskiest and best political plays in congressional history.
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.
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Trump's Senate impeachment trial will start the week of Feb. 8, Schumer says
Marianne LeVine / Politico:   Delay in power-sharing pact leaves Senate in limbo
Axios:
House will transmit article of impeachment to Senate on Monday, Schumer says
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.) …
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
Politico:
‘Packed us together like sardines’: Guard deployed to Capitol struggles to contain Covid
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 …
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  —  Former President Donald Trump's presidential campaign aides played key roles orchestrating a rally protesting certification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election before hundreds …
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
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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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 …
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
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Biden Plans Executive Action to Expand Food Stamps and Speed Stimulus Checks  —  The president's latest executive orders include an effort to protect employees who fear for their safety from coronavirus infection at work.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden will issue an executive order …
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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 …
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.
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 Guardian and BuzzFeed News
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.
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.
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Revealed: Club for Growth is main donor to gun-toting Republican congressman … The Club for Growth, an anti-tax group funded by billionaires, has been the primary financial backer of Andy Harris, the Republican lawmaker who sought to bring a gun to the floor of the House of Representatives.
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Annie Grayer / CNN:
Capitol Police investigating after congressman discovered carrying a gun when attempting to go on the House floor
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
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.
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 … After President Joe Biden removed the permit of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, Sinclair Broadcast Group correspondent James Rosen aired …
Discussion: Fox News, nrdc.org and HEATED
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
Flashback Friday: Remember When A Trump Campaign Adviser Said He Would Eat His Shoe If Trump Lost?  —  Former Trump campaign adviser Harlan Hill said on Election Night back in November that he would eat his own shoe if President Donald Trump lost.  —  Significant time has now passed …
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 …
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 …
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Meet Your Local Republican Insurrectionist  —  A new HuffPost tally finds over 20 GOP state and local lawmakers or officials were at the D.C. rally that turned into a violent insurrection.  Here are their names.  —  At least 21 state and local Republican officials attended the Jan. 6 rally in Washington …
Discussion: Raw Story and Hackwhackers
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
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’
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
FEMA would operate up to 100 federally run mass vaccination sites under Biden plan  —  A draft document envisions different models for sites, with the largest capable of handling 6,000 doses a day.  —  PLEASE NOTE  —  The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free.
Discussion: Denver Post, Vanity Fair and COURIER
 
 
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Post and Courier:
Columbia lawyer to represent Trump at impeachment trial: 'It'll be interesting to watch'
Rob Crilly / Washington Examiner:
Trump plays cards close to his chest when asked about future plans
Discussion: New York Post and Political Wire
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Scorned and mistreated, Melania Trump deserved much better from the media
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
Oath Keeper Charged in Capitol Riots Was ‘Preparing for Literal War,’ Feds Say
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