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12:15 PM ET, January 22, 2021

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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Senate Republicans uniting behind impeachment defense  —  Senate Republicans are coalescing around a long-shot bid to dismiss the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump before it even begins, relying on a disputed legal argument that says putting an ex-president on trial is unconstitutional.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP senators say only a few Republicans will vote to convict Trump  —  Republicans say the chances that former President Trump will be convicted in an impeachment trial are plummeting, despite lingering anger among some Republicans over his actions.  —  Only five or six Republican senators …
Discussion: Roll Call, HotAir and Raw Story
Axios:
House will transmit article of impeachment to Senate on Monday, Schumer says  —  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that the House will deliver the article of impeachment against former President Trump for “incitement of insurrection” on Monday.
CNN:
Schumer says House will send impeachment article to Senate on Monday
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
House will deliver Trump impeachment article to Senate on Monday
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.) …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Intellectualist
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
Tyler Van Dyke / Washington Examiner:
Yellen cleared for Senate confirmation vote to be treasury secretary  —  The Senate Finance Committee voted unanimously Friday morning to move Janet Yellen's confirmation as Treasury secretary out of committee, clearing the way for a vote in the full Senate.
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Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Yellen nomination as Treasury secretary clears committee
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:   Right on schedule, Republicans pretend to care about deficits again
Eric Boehm / Reason:
The Washington Post Memory-Holed Kamala Harris' Bad Joke About Inmates Begging for Food and Water  —  At a time when legacy publications are increasingly seen as playing for one political “team” or the other, this type of editorial decision will not do anything to fix that perception.
Discussion: Twitchy
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”
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 …
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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
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 …
Discussion: Trending Politics and Raw Story
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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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:
Look Who's Still Rioting  —  Trump is gone, but in Seattle and Portland the violence continues.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  President Trump has left office, but peace and harmony have not descended upon the land.  Left-wing rioters rampaged in the streets of Portland, Ore. …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Brent Orrell / The Bulwark:
Fragments of Rage  —  The neuroscience of how social media and fake news are hijacking our brains and fomenting violence.  —  We're drowning in debates about banning violence-inciting speech and its authors from social media platforms, but what if that's only half the story?
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 …
New York Times:
Can Someone Please Open the Door?  —  The Bidens waited for an awkward moment in front of a closed door when they arrived at their new residence, a protocol breach that turned out to be a small but curious bit of disarray.  —  WASHINGTON — It was the culminating moment of a transfer of power …
Discussion: The Week
KLRT-TV:
President Biden has button used to order Diet Coke removed from Oval Office's Resolute Desk  —  (NEXSTAR) - The furniture and artwork may be largely the same, but one ornament has apparently quickly disappeared from the White House Oval Office following the inauguration of President Joe Biden.
Maury Brown / Forbes:
After Curt Schilling Supports Capitol Insurrection, Numerous Voters Ask To Amend Hall Of Fame Ballot  —  The fallout of the Capitol insurrection on January 6th that left five dead, numerous Baseball Hall of Fame voters have asked to amend their ballots after controversial QAnon supporter Curt Schilling supported the insurrection.
USA Today:
Trump Senate trial offers Republican Party an escape from his death grip on its future  —  Our View: Barring Donald Trump from holding public office again would save Republican values — and the service of having healthy, competing parties … The impending Senate impeachment trial of Donald …
The Economist:
The world must not accept the jailing of Alexei Navalny  —  It takes courage to expose the corruption of Vladimir Putin's regime  —  In a democracy the battle for power involves elections, media skirmishes and the occasional metaphorical stab in the back.  In Russia it is literally a matter of life and death.
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
Biden cancels Keystone Pipeline, opens the border and shows who he really is  —  You can tell a lot about what people value on their first day in any job, and the presidency is no different.  —  Tucker Carlson: How will Joe Biden's policies unite America?  —  Thursday was Joe Biden's first day in office.
Discussion: Washington Post
 
 
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David Brooks / New York Times:
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Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
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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
Catherine E. Shoichet / CNN:
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Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
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