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2:15 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Mitch McConnell Needs To Go  —  The Senate Minority Leader no longer represents conservative voters.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.
Discussion: Politico
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: IJR, Roll Call, HotAir and Raw Story
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Republicans who impeached Trump are already on the chopping block
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.) …
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.
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
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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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.
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Axios:
House will transmit article of impeachment to Senate on Monday, Schumer says
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
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New York Times:
Can Someone Please Open the Door?
Discussion: The Week
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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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.
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
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
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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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.
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 …
Lia Eustachewich / New York Post:
Twitter suspends Antifa accounts with more than 71K followers  —  Twitter has suspended several popular Antifa accounts with more than 71,000 followers combined following Inauguration Day riots.  —  At least four accounts tied with the militant group have been yanked offline — @JewishWorker …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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?
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 …
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: Mediaite
Ben Leonard / Politico:
Fauci: Trump administration's Covid strategy ‘very likely did’ cost lives  —  The Trump administration's lack of candor and habitual breaks with scientific guidance in its pandemic response “very likely did” cost lives, Anthony Fauci said Friday morning.  —  “When you start talking about things …
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: BuzzFeed News
Elizabeth Drew / Washington Post:
Nixon rehabilitated his image.  Could Trump?  —  The path back to mainstream respectability  —  Presidents Donald Trump and Richard Nixon both left Washington in helicopters and ignominy, awash in financial problems and their customary self-pity.  Both were above-average paranoiacs who felt …
 
 
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BBC:
Trump ‘prank-called by Piers Morgan impersonator’
Discussion: The Hill
The White House:
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Meg O'Connor / The Appeal:
Members of Congress Call on Biden to Commute Everyone on Federal Death Row
Discussion: Slate
Wall Street Journal:
Covid-19 Testing Challenges Remain for Many Urban, Rural Communities
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Right on schedule, Republicans pretend to care about deficits again
Wall Street Journal:
Look Who's Still Rioting
Discussion: Raw Story
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
Biden cancels Keystone Pipeline, opens the border and shows who he really is
Discussion: Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Case for Biden Optimism
Maury Brown / Forbes:
After Curt Schilling Supports Capitol Insurrection, Numerous Voters Ask To Amend Hall Of Fame Ballot
Dion Rabouin / Axios:
Biden's centrist words, liberal actions
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
Susannah George / Washington Post:
U.S. to resume processing thousands of stalled visas for Afghans who aided Americans