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3:55 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Mitch McConnell Needs To Go  —  The Senate Minority Leader no longer represents conservative voters.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.
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: The Guardian and BuzzFeed News
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:
House will deliver Trump impeachment article to Senate on Monday
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
Bill Allison / Bloomberg:
Trump Campaign Paid Organizers of Pre-Riot Rally $2.7 Million  —  Former President Donald Trump's campaign paid more than $2.7 million to individuals and firms that organized the Jan. 6 rally that led to violent 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
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.) …
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 …
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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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.
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Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:   Revealed: Club for Growth is main donor to gun-toting Republican congressman
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Intellectualist
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 …
Discussion: The Intellectualist
Robert Z. Pearlman / Space.com:
A moon rock in the Oval Office: President Joe Biden's lunar display  —  Biden and lunar sample 76015,143 will now share the Oval Office.  —  Joe Biden was three weeks from taking office as a freshman U.S. senator when the moon rock that is now newly on display in the White House was collected by astronauts on the lunar surface.
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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.
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org and Mediaite
The White House:
Statement from President Biden and Vice President Harris on the 48th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade … Today marks the 48th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade.  —  In the past four years, reproductive health, including the right to choose, has been under relentless and extreme attack.
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Andrew Mark Miller / Washington Examiner:
Rand Paul mourns 62M ‘innocent lives lost’ on 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Discussion: National Review
Politico:
‘Packed us together like sardines’: Guard deployed to Capitol struggles to contain Covid  —  The National Guard has struggled to implement a plan to test troops flowing into and out of Washington, D.C., for Covid-19, with some Guard members being forced to find their own tests and others pressured …
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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: Raw Story and Hackwhackers
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.
MEL Magazine:
How a Pair of Pickup Artists Turned into Far-Right Extremists  —  Two men arrested in connection with the Capitol riot sold themselves as seduction experts  —  As we continue to piece together the chaotic U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, the day Congress was to certify Joe Biden's …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Scorned and mistreated, Melania Trump deserved much better from the media  —  It's safe to say that no president's wife has been treated more disrespectfully and disgracefully than Melania Trump, who exited the White House on Wednesday after four tumultuous years.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
How Biden Plans to Beat Republican Obstructionism  —  Joe Biden's team is planning a party.  His inauguration on Wednesday, held under threat from the coronavirus and pro-Trump extremists, wasn't much of a celebration.  But the Biden administration hopes that January 20, 2022—a year from now …
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 …
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Biden administration unveils plan to combat domestic extremism  —  White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced at a briefing on Friday that the Biden administration will roll out a three-pronged, interagency plan to assess and combat the threat posed by domestic violence extremism.
Discussion: NBC News, Fox News, CNBC, CNN, Townhall and Poynter
 
 
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A hidden feature of Biden's first big moves: Major outreach to Trump country
Discussion: Raw Story and HuffPost
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
Oath Keeper Charged in Capitol Riots Was ‘Preparing for Literal War,’ Feds Say
Discussion: Raw Story
PJ Randhawa / KSDK-TV:
Capitol rioters express regret for participating in unrest after not getting a pardon from former President Trump
Discussion: Raw Story, The Independent and UPROXX
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Intelligence Analysts Use U.S. Smartphone Location Data Without Warrants, Memo Says
BBC:
Trump ‘prank-called by Piers Morgan impersonator’
Discussion: The Hill
Elizabeth Drew / Washington Post:
Nixon rehabilitated his image. Could Trump?
 Earlier Items: 
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Right on schedule, Republicans pretend to care about deficits again
Discussion: Raw Story
Brent Orrell / The Bulwark:
Fragments of Rage  —  The neuroscience of how social media and fake news are hijacking our brains and fomenting violence.
USA Today:
Authorities found sniper rifle, handcuffs in home of accused ‘zip tie guy’ in Capitol riot
Maury Brown / Forbes:
After Curt Schilling Supports Capitol Insurrection, Numerous Hall Of Fame Voters Ask To Amend Ballots
The Times:
Japan looks for a way out of Tokyo Olympics because of Covid