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1:05 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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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.
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Senate Republicans uniting behind impeachment defense
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP senators say only a few Republicans will vote to convict Trump
Discussion: Roll Call, HotAir and Raw Story
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
House will deliver Trump impeachment article to Senate on Monday
CNN:
Schumer says House will send impeachment article to Senate on Monday
David Marcus / The Federalist:
Mitch McConnell Needs To Go
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.) …
Eric Boehm / Reason:
The Washington Post Memory-Holed Kamala Harris' Bad Joke About Inmates Begging for Food and Water  —  When The Washington Post published a 2019 campaign trail feature about then-presidential hopeful Kamala Harris' close relationship with her sister, it opened with a memorable anecdote …
Discussion: Twitchy
Matt Fuller / HuffPost:
GOP Rep. Andy Harris Tries To Bring Gun Into House Chamber  —  Republicans keep complaining about the new metal detectors outside the House chamber.  Now we know why.  —  WASHINGTON ― New security measures outside the U.S. House chamber prevented a Republican lawmaker from bringing a gun onto the House floor Thursday.
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.
Politico:
‘We feel incredibly betrayed’: Thousands of Guardsmen forced to vacate Capitol  —  Thousands of National Guardsmen were allowed back into the Capitol Thursday night, hours after U.S. Capitol Police officials ordered them to vacate the facilities, sending them outdoors or to nearby parking garages …
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Alex Horton / Washington Post:
‘This is absurd’: Scores of National Guard members banished to Senate parking garage, soldiers say
Discussion: Military Times
Politico:
Austin confirmed as first Black defense secretary  —  The Senate on Friday confirmed Lloyd Austin to be the new Defense secretary, making the retired Army general the first Black person to run the Pentagon.  —  Austin's nomination was approved in a 93-2 blowout despite concerns among Democrats …
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Amanda Macias / CNBC:
Senate confirms Lloyd Austin as America's first Black secretary of Defense
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 …
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New York Times:
Can Someone Please Open the Door?
Discussion: The Week
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: Hackwhackers and Raw Story
USA Today:
Authorities found sniper rifle, handcuffs in home of accused ‘zip tie guy’ in Capitol riot  —  Natalie Neysa Alund Mariah TimmsNashville Tennessean  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Federal agents recovered a sniper rifle and more than a dozen high-powered weapons from the home of Eric Munchel …
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Jeremy Finley / WSMV-TV:   Agents find sniper rifle, stash of weapons in home of “Zip Tie Guy”
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 …
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Alex Thompson / Politico:
Enemies, a Love Story: Inside the 36-year Biden and McConnell Relationship  —  The last time Joe Biden and Mitch McConnell faced off, Biden blinked first.  —  It was the winter of 2012.  Then, as now, Democrats had just won a presidential election, had a narrow Senate majority …
Washington Post:
Biden calls for LGBTQ protections in Day 1 executive order, angering conservatives  —  On his first day in office, President Biden issued a sweeping executive order making it clear that gay and transgender people are protected against discrimination in schools, health care, the workplace and other realms of American life.
Dion Rabouin / Axios:
Biden's centrist words, liberal actions  —  President Biden talks like a soothing centrist.  He promises to govern like a soothing centrist.  But early moves show that he is keeping his promise to advance a liberal agenda.  —  Why it matters: Never before has a president done …
Discussion: Morning Tick, CoinDesk and The Block
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Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Yellen nomination as Treasury secretary clears committee  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Finance Committee approved President Joe Biden's nomination of Janet Yellen to be the nation's 78th Treasury secretary on Friday, and supporters said they hoped to get the full Senate to approve it later in the day …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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Tyler Van Dyke / Washington Examiner:
Yellen cleared for Senate confirmation vote to be treasury secretary
Discussion: Politico and Wall Street Journal
The Times:
Japan looks for a way out of Tokyo Olympics because of Covid … The Japanese government has privately concluded that the Tokyo Olympics will have to be cancelled because of the coronavirus, and the focus is now on securing the Games for the city in the next available year, 2032.
Rachelle Hampton / Slate:
“I Think My Gmail Has Crashed”: The Teacher Who Made Bernie Sanders' Mittens on Watching Them Go Viral  —  Joe Biden's inauguration doubled as a promenade of style, featuring thousand-dollar Dior Air Jordan 1s, monochromatic jewel-toned looks, and a skirt so wide it enforced its own sartorial social distancing.
Wall Street Journal:
Covid-19 Testing Challenges Remain for Many Urban, Rural Communities  —  U.S. testing capacity has improved, but tests can still be hard to access for some  —  Access to Covid-19 testing remains limited in many lower-income areas of the U.S. nearly a year into the pandemic, complicating efforts to contain the spreading virus.
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
Ex-Houston police officer claimed he only breached the Capitol during riots to see ‘historical art’  —  When federal agents asked Houston police Officer Tam Dinh Pham why he was in Washington during the pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, he said he had traveled there on business …
Meg O'Connor / The Appeal:
Members of Congress Call on Biden to Commute Everyone on Federal Death Row  —  More than 35 members of Congress signed a letter asking Biden to commute the sentences of the remaining 50 people on federal death row.  —  Reps. Cori Bush and Ayanna Pressley released a letter today asking President Joe Biden …
Discussion: Slate
 
 
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Maury Brown / Forbes:
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U.S. Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland:
Cardin, Murkowski, Speier, Reed Announce Bipartisan Resolution to Affirm Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment
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Susannah George / Washington Post:
U.S. to resume processing thousands of stalled visas for Afghans who aided Americans
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. watchdog to examine abrupt departure of Atlanta U.S. attorney whom Trump appeared to criticize
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