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1:30 PM 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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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: BuzzFeed News, Raw Story and Lawfare
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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 …
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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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 …
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
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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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’
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 …
Steve Karnowski / Associated Press:
MyPillow Guy among the Trump acolytes picking up the torch  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Mike Lindell, better known to TV viewers as the MyPillow Guy, went to the White House last week to try to persuade President Donald Trump to keep pushing bogus theories about the election, he came away disappointed.
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The Daily Beast:
MyPillow CEO Hires Gawker-Killing Lawyer to Go After Daily Mail for Jane Krakowski Affair Story
Discussion: UPROXX and Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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.
Sebastian Herrera / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Seeks to Postpone Alabama Unionization Vote  —  Tech company pushes for in-person union ballot in place of mail-in option allowed due to pandemic  —  Amazon.com Inc. is seeking to postpone a unionization vote at a warehouse in Alabama and is asking federal labor authorities to reconsider …
Discussion: Breitbart and KIFI-TV
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.
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:
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.
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 …
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Democrats Can Preach “Unity” and Still Kill the Filibuster … “His position has not changed,” White House press secretary Jenn Psaki said Friday when asked whether the president thought the Senate should stop requiring supermajorities to pass most legislation—a practice commonly but mostly inaccurately referred to as the filibuster.
Washington Post:
Denmark is sequencing all coronavirus samples and has an alarming view of the U.K. variant  —  Like a speeding car whose brake lines have been cut, the coronavirus variant first spotted in Britain is spreading at an alarming rate and isn't responding to established ways of slowing the pandemic …
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 …
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.
Claudia Irizarry Aponte / THE CITY:
Hunts Point Produce Market Workers End Strike with a Raise  —  Workers at the Hunts Point Produce Market on Saturday morning approved a new three-year contract that will net them a raise and get them back to work Sunday.  —  Some 97% of workers voted in favor of the pact …
Discussion: New Republic and HuffPost
 
 
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Akbar Shahid Ahmed / HuffPost:
Iran Hawks Begin Effort To Undermine Joe Biden's Diplomacy
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