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12:35 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
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
House will deliver Trump impeachment article to Senate on Monday  — The House will send the impeachment article against former President Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.  — The action will start the process …
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.) …
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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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
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
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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”
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
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
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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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
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.
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?
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
 
 
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Right on schedule, Republicans pretend to care about deficits again
Melissa Nann Burke / Detroit News:
UM prof Bagenstos hired as White House budget office lawyer
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
Biden cancels Keystone Pipeline, opens the border and shows who he really is
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Case for Biden Optimism
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Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Dem's New Bill Aims to Bar QAnon Followers From Security Clearances
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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
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Susannah George / Washington Post:
U.S. to resume processing thousands of stalled visas for Afghans who aided Americans
Garry Kasparov / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP Hit Rock Bottom. Can Conservatives Recover?
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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