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11:40 AM ET, January 23, 2021

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Katie Benner / New York Times:
Trump and Justice Dept. Lawyer Said to Have Plotted to Oust Acting Attorney General  —  Trying to find another avenue to push his baseless election claims, Donald Trump considered installing a loyalist.  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department's top leaders listened in stunned silence this month …
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Washington Post:
Trump entertained plan to install an attorney general who would help him pursue baseless election fraud claims  —  Then-President Donald Trump in early January entertained a plan to replace the acting attorney general with a different Justice Department lawyer who was more amenable to pursuing …
George T. Conway III / Washington Post:
Former president, private citizen and, perhaps, criminal defendant: … The question came out of the blue and has haunted me ever since.  It was Jan. 17, 2017, three days before Donald Trump's swearing-in, and my wife and I sat with him in the near-empty main cabin aboard …
Discussion: Raw Story, BuzzFeed News and Lawfare
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Kevin McCarthy: ‘Everybody Across This Country’ Is To Blame For Capitol Attack  —  Donald Trump is responsible for the Jan. 6 riot, but so are you, according to the House Republican leader.  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) attracted attention last week when he said in a floor speech …
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Tom Balmforth / Reuters:
Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny's supporters to rally for his release despite warnings
Discussion: Cyprus Mail
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Sen. Tom Cotton campaigned on his “experience as an Army Ranger” — but he didn't have any  —  Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas has accrued a resume tailor-made for a Republican politician: He leapt from a small-town Arkansas cattle farm to Harvard University and then Harvard Law School …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Giuliani concedes that an associate did ask for $20,000 a day to help Trump post-election.  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani, former President Donald J. Trump's personal lawyer, conceded on Friday night that an associate had sent an email to campaign officials asking that Mr. Giuliani be paid $20,000 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
How Alvin the Beagle Helped Usher in a Democratic Senate  —  Senator Raphael Warnock was sworn in this week as Georgia's first Black senator, and he arrived with a canny canine assist.  —  The dog had a lot of work to do.  —  He was co-starring in a political ad that had to showcase the candidate's good-natured warmth.
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Larry King, Breezy Interviewer of the Famous and Infamous, Dies at 87  —  Over five decades, he chatted with an estimated 50,000 people from all walks of life, from presidents and pundits to swindlers and U.F.O. “experts.”  —  Larry King, who shot the breeze with presidents and psychics …
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Meryl Kornfield / Washington Post:
Criticized by science community and Trump, Deborah Birx said she ‘always’ considered quitting  —  Facing criticism from the administration she worked for and some in the scientific community, Deborah Birx, coordinator of the Trump White House's coronavirus response, “always” considered quitting her job …
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Emily Tillett / CBS News:
Trump COVID task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx says she “always” considered quitting
Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Birx: I always considered quitting Trump's White House Covid task force
Discussion: Politico
Archie Bland / The Guardian:
Rolling Stone seeks ‘thought leaders’ willing to pay $2,000 to write for them  —  Emails from ‘best-known entertainment media outlet’ invite ‘Culture Council’ to pay for chance to publish on website  —  Rolling Stone magazine is offering “thought leaders” the chance to write for its website …
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
Why McConnell Dumped Trump  —  After the Capitol assault—and after losing his perch as Majority Leader—the senator finally denounced the outgoing President.  Was it a moral reckoning or yet another act of political self-interest?  —  On the afternoon of January 6th …
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
Texas Supreme Court Silently Denies Alex Jones All Forms of Relief: Sandy Hook Families and Others Can Now Sue Conspiracy Theorist and InfoWars into the Ground  —  An empire built on conjecture, conspiracy and a series of fake homeopathic cures for various ailments stands to be sued into oblivion …
Amy S. Rosenberg / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
In Cape May County, questions over a local chapter of the Oath Keepers  —  CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. — The question posed at the Cape May County commissioners meeting Jan. 12 over Zoom by a lone member of the public took Commissioner Gerald Thornton by surprise.
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Focus group: Former Trump voters say he should never hold office again  —  “Relief” is the top emotion some swing voters who used to support Donald Trump say they felt as they watched President Biden's swearing-in, followed by “hope.”  —  Why it matters: For voters on the bubble between parties …
Mike Sabo / The American Mind:
The 1776 Commission Report Reinvigorates the American Mind  —  Despite hostility from the Biden Administration, the report stands as a guiding light for future generations.  —  Editors' Note  —  Former President Trump's 1776 Commission has issued a report that summarizes …
The Daily Beast:
MyPillow CEO Hires Gawker-Killing Lawyer to Go After Daily Mail for Jane Krakowski Affair Story  —  The tabloid story “damaged my integrity as a Christian,” Lindell said to The Daily Beast in confirming he has retained the Trump lawyer most infamous for taking on media outlets.
Discussion: UPROXX and Raw Story
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Deena Winter / Minnesota Reformer:
Mike Lindell's chaotic rise threatened by new adversity
Discussion: Associated Press
Alicia Smith / Washington Examiner:
Operation Warp Speed's success  —  On April 27, 2020, in the throes of coronavirus-induced shutdowns across the globe, the Wall Street Journal ran a little-remarked piece titled “The Secret Group of Scientists and Billionaires Pushing a Manhattan Project for Covid-19: They are working to cull …
Discussion: KIFI-TV and Geller Report News
Kevin R. Brock / The Hill:
Should the FBI investigate Trump's claims of voter fraud?  —  An FBI investigation of whether fraudulent votes were cast in the 2020 election might be the only way to help placate a bitterly divided nation.  —  Joe Biden is president and that won't be overturned.
Will Wilkinson / Model Citizen:
A New Era of Unity  —  Interested in penetrating, good-faith discourse and not misinterpreting jokes?  Here's a great newsletter option for you!  —  7 hr ago  —  In light of recent events, I've decided to spend more time with my family.  —  Seriously, though, can you spend …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Biden administration ousts Victoria Coates, who was falsely accused of being ‘Anonymous’  —  Victoria Coates, who was hired as the president of the government-funded Middle East Broadcasting Networks in the waning days of Donald Trump's presidency, has been fired by the Biden administration, she told POLITICO.
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: Sputnik News, emptywheel and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Biden sticks to vaccine goals nearly met by his predecessor  —  The accelerating pace of inoculations suggests he inherited a program poised to meet his target of 100 million doses in 100 days  —  When President Biden announced in early December that his administration would aim …
Discussion: CNN and TheBlaze
Virginia Kruta / The Daily Caller:
‘I Was Lied To’: Meghan McCain Lashes Out At Biden, Fauci And Amazon Over COVID Hypocrisy  —  Meghan McCain lashed out Friday at President Joe Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Amazon, saying that everyone was sending mixed messages with regard to COVID-19.  —  McCain began a segment of ABC's …
Discussion: Instapundit and Breitbart
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Microsoft President Brad Smith explains how political contributions really work  — Brad Smith, Microsoft's president, said the company needs the Microsoft Political Action Committee.  — The company is looking at whether to stop giving money to politicians who opposed the vote …
New York Times:
Trump's Last-Minute Pardon Frees Man Still Facing Accusations of Violence  —  Jonathan Braun's 10-year sentence for running a drug ring was commuted by the departing president.  The White House did not mention that he faces separate accusations of violence and threats.
Discussion: Check Your Fact
Keith E. Whittington / Wall Street Journal:
Yes, the Senate Can Try Trump  —  Impeachment for former officials was the norm at the time of the founding.  —  One of the first questions the Senate will face in Donald Trump's impeachment trial is whether the chamber has jurisdiction to hear a case against a former official.  The correct answer is yes.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Josh Hawley's ludicrous clean-up act is in full swing  —  Sen. Josh Hawley has a problem.  The Missouri Republican thought he had cleverly spied an opening: He grabbed an early role as lead promoter of our former president's scheme to get his allies to overturn the election by objecting …
CNN:
Here's why protesters say they're gathering in Portland  —  Portland, Oregon (CNN)Protesters again took to the streets of Portland, Oregon, on Thursday — the first full day of Joe Biden's presidency — to let the Democratic establishment know they are still fighting for racial justice, some told CNN.
Discussion: Power Line and New York Post
 
 
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Jura Koncius / Washington Post:
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Law & Crime:
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Toby Eckert / Politico:
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