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2:35 PM ET, January 23, 2021

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Washington Post:
Justice Department, FBI debate not charging some of the Capitol rioters  —  Federal law enforcement officials are privately debating whether they should decline to charge some of the individuals who stormed the U.S. Capitol this month — a politically loaded proposition but one alert …
Discussion: Raw Story and Slate
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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 …
George T. Conway III / Washington Post:
Former president, private citizen and, perhaps, criminal defendant:
Discussion: Raw Story, BuzzFeed News and Lawfare
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New York Times:
Navalny Protests: Live Updates as Mass Rallies Sweep Across Russia  —  The poisoning and arrest of Aleksei A. Navalny set off nationwide protests, beginning in the Far East, where people braved temperatures of minus 60 degrees Fahrenheit.  Thousands gathered in central Moscow …
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Pjotr Sauer / The Moscow Times:   McKinsey Bans Moscow Staff From Attending Pro-Navalny Protest
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Imperiling quick $1,400 checks, moderate Republicans push back on Biden's economic plan  —  WASHINGTON — Key moderate Republicans in the Senate dismissed quick action on President Joe Biden's top priority of a $1.9 trillion economic package, indicating that the $1,400 stimulus payments he requested could take months, or never arrive.
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Washington Post:
Turned off by Biden's approach, GOP opposition to stimulus relief intensifies
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
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Biden under pressure to deliver more COVID-19 shots  —  President Biden is facing pressure to aim even higher with his administration's vaccine distribution goals, with experts noting his early push to deliver 100 million shots in 100 days does not differ dramatically from the current pace.
Discussion: Townhall, RedState and Washington Post
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Washington Post:
Biden sticks to vaccine goals nearly met by his predecessor
Discussion: CNN
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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republicans Have Decided Not to Rethink Anything  —  For a few days, the Republican party appeared to be undergoing a crisis of confidence, if not an outright crack-up.  First, Donald Trump lost an election, then tried to negate the outcome throughout a series of threats and increasingly absurd lawsuits …
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
An old arrest can follow you forever online.  Some newspapers want to fix that.  —  The Boston Globe has joined a handful of newsrooms around the country doing something once unthinkable: changing old articles because they are ruining a person's life.  —  The newspaper on Friday launched …
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Capitol rioter charged with threatening to ‘assassinate’ Rep. Ocasio-Cortez  —  (CNN)The Justice Department revealed new charges against a Texas man who allegedly participated in the Capitol attack and posted online death threats against Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a US Capitol Police officer.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
USAGM Chief Fires Trump Allies Over Radio Free Europe And Other Networks  —  The acting CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media continued her sweep of federally funded international broadcasters to remove leaders linked to former President Donald Trump.  —  On Friday evening …
Discussion: New York Times
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:   Biden administration ousts Victoria Coates, who was falsely accused of being ‘Anonymous’
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.
Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
A Trump Holdout in Atlanta  —  L. Lin Wood, a Georgia defamation attorney who cried when Nixon resigned, still believes that the former President won the election, and he wants Mike Pence to be charged with treason.  —  Two weeks before Joe Biden's Inauguration, L. Lin Wood answered his telephone.
Arizona Republic:
After Trump, will Arizona Republican Party stick with Kelli Ward, punish Cindy McCain, Doug Ducey, Jeff Flake?  —  Yvonne Wingett Sanchez Ronald J. HansenArizona Republic  —  As Arizona Republicans prepare to decide who will lead the party into the 2022 midterm elections …
Discussion: New York Times and Townhall
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
10 Republicans Voted to Impeach Trump.  The Backlash Has Been Swift.  —  The House Republicans who voted to charge President Donald J. Trump with inciting the Capitol riot are facing a fleet of primary challengers, censures and other rebukes from their party.
 
 
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CNN:
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New York Times:
Trump's Last-Minute Pardon Frees Man Still Facing Accusations of Violence
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