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5:45 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Mitch McConnell Needs To Go  —  The Senate Minority Leader no longer represents conservative voters.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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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.) …
Alex Williams / New York Times:
Is That a Rolex on Biden's Wrist?  —  Recent presidents not named Trump have tended to wear Everyman timepieces such as Timex and Shinola.  —  President Biden may cast his arrival in the White House as a return to business as usual at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but there's at least …
Bill Allison / Bloomberg:
Organizers of Trump Rally Had Been on Campaign's Payroll  —  Former President Donald Trump's campaign paid more than $2.7 million over two years to individuals and firms that organized the Jan. 6 rally that led to 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
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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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: WHTM-TV and The Intellectualist
Priscilla Alvarez / CNN:
Texas attorney general sues Biden administration over deportation pause  —  (CNN)Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday sued the Biden administration over its 100-day deportation pause, citing an 11th-hour agreement between Texas and the Trump administration that required the Department …
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Texas Attorney General:
AG Paxton Sues Biden Administration, Demanding Immediate Halt to Unlawful Deportation Freeze
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 …
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
Andrew Sullivan / The Weekly Dish:
Biden's Culture War Aggression  —  He may have needlessly crippled his chances for lowering the temperature already.  —  2 hr ago  —  Chris Wallace of Fox News called Joe Biden's Inaugural address the best he had ever heard.  John Heilemann almost likened it to Lincoln's Second Inaugural.
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Revealed: Club for Growth is main donor to gun-toting Republican congressman … The Club for Growth, an anti-tax group funded by billionaires, has been the primary financial backer of Andy Harris, the Republican lawmaker who sought to bring a gun to the floor of the House of Representatives.
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Matt Fuller / HuffPost:
GOP Rep. Andy Harris Tries To Bring Gun Into House Chamber
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Politico:
‘Packed us together like sardines’: Guard deployed to Capitol struggles to contain Covid
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
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.
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Don't Worry About Joe Manchin  —  There is now a new most powerful person in the United States: Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.  With the Senate evenly split, Manchin, a Democrat representing a state in which nearly 70 percent of the votes cast in both the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections went …
Discussion: The Hill and Business Insider
Media Matters for America:
Sinclair dismisses environmental threats of the canceled Keystone XL Pipeline, pushes long-debunked claim that it would create thousands of jobs … After President Joe Biden removed the permit of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, Sinclair Broadcast Group correspondent James Rosen aired …
Discussion: Fox News, nrdc.org and HEATED
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 …
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
Rob Crilly / Washington Examiner:
Trump plays cards close to his chest when asked about future plans  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Florida — Former President Donald Trump gave nothing away about his plans for life after the White House as he dined with friends at his golf club on Friday.  —  “We'll do something, but not just yet …
Discussion: New York Post and Political Wire
The White House:
Fact Sheet: President Biden's New Executive Actions Deliver Economic Relief for American Families and Businesses Amid the COVID-19 Crises … The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the United States economy into an economic crisis.  Across the country, more than 10 million Americans are unemployed …
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A hidden feature of Biden's first big moves: Major outreach to Trump country  —  Republicans are running a giant scam that's designed to game the national debate over whether President Biden is genuinely trying to “unify the country.”  In this grift routine, Biden is being divisive if anyone …
Discussion: Raw Story and HuffPost
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.
PJ Randhawa / KSDK-TV:
Capitol rioters express regret for participating in unrest after not getting a pardon from former President Trump  —  “He regrets very very much having...just been duped by the president,” said Al Watkins, attorney for Jacob Chansley also known as the ‘Qanon Shaman’
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
FEMA would operate up to 100 federally run mass vaccination sites under Biden plan  —  A draft document envisions different models for sites, with the largest capable of handling 6,000 doses a day.  —  PLEASE NOTE  —  The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free.
Discussion: Vanity Fair and COURIER
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.
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 …
 
 
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Post and Courier:
Columbia lawyer to represent Trump at impeachment trial: 'It'll be interesting to watch'
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
Oath Keeper Charged in Capitol Riots Was ‘Preparing for Literal War,’ Feds Say
Discussion: Raw Story
BBC:
Trump ‘prank-called by Piers Morgan impersonator’
Discussion: The Hill
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
How Biden Plans to Beat Republican Obstructionism
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