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4:25 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 …
Washington Post:
‘Not afraid’: Protesters across Russia defy Putin in marches for jailed opposition leader Navalny  —  MOSCOW — Protesters took to the streets Saturday in nearly 70 cities and towns across Russia calling for the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny — a massive show of defiance …
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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 …
Pjotr Sauer / The Moscow Times:
McKinsey Bans Moscow Staff From Attending Pro-Navalny Protest  —  The Moscow office of leading U.S. consultancy McKinsey & Company banned its staff from attending an unauthorized protest in the capital in support of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Saturday and warned them against voicing online support …
United States Department of State:   Protests in Russia  —  The United States strongly condemns the use of harsh tactics …
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 …
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Morgan Watkins / Courier-Journal:   Kentucky Republicans reject resolution urging Mitch McConnell to stand with Trump
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.
Discussion: USA Today and ABC7
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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 …
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Arizona Republic:
After Trump, will Arizona Republican Party stick with Kelli Ward, punish Cindy McCain, Doug Ducey, Jeff Flake?
Discussion: New York Times and Townhall
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
How Doug Ducey, Arizona's Republican Governor, Views His Party After Trump
Discussion: The Hill and VTDigger
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
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
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 …
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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New York Times:
Inside the Deadly Capitol Shooting  —  With a mob approaching, a police lieutenant fatally shot a woman trying to vault through a window near the House Chamber.  —  WASHINGTON — During the four-and-a-half-hour attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, one of the moments when the mob came closest …
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 …
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.
Phil Helsel / NBC News:
Kenosha killing suspect Kyle Rittenhouse's bond terms changed after bar visit … A Wisconsin judge has modified the release conditions for Kyle Rittenhouse, the teen charged with killing two men amid protests in Kenosha last year, after prosecutors alleged he drank beers and was “serenaded” …
Discussion: CONAN Daily and The Root
Reuters:
Macron says France will tighten legislation on incest  —  PARIS (Reuters) - France will tighten its laws on incest, President Emmanuel Macron said in a series of tweets on Saturday, after publication of a book accusing a top French political commentator of abusing his stepson sparked outrage across the country.
Discussion: Al Jazeera
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, Townhall and Fox News
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.
Chicago Sun-Times:
Chicago bars, restaurants officially cleared to reopen for limited indoor service Saturday  —  A day after officials said both regions were “on track” for limited reopening, the city and Cook County suburbs saw their coronavirus infection rates improve for a third straight day to officially move …
Discussion: CBS Chicago and Twitchy
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
Fenit Nirappil / Washington Post:
U.S. largely weathered Christmas coronavirus surge, but experts warn the threat could intensify  —  Hospitalizations and cases are stabilizing, but at ‘dangerously hot’ levels  —  The United States appears to have avoided the worst-case coronavirus scenarios that officials feared …
Washington Post:
Return of the technocrats: Biden aims for ‘normal’ after four years of tumult  —  President Biden and his team issued 17 executive actions and directives, fielded 28 questions during a news briefing and swore in more than 1,100 people to serve in his administration.  And that was just on Day 1.
New York Daily News:
Staten Island bar owner who flouted COVID restrictions indicted for illegal liquor sales, escapes assault charges for hitting deputy with his Jeep  —  The owner of a popular Staten Island bar that flouted COVID-19 restrictions — and became a flashpoint for anti-lockdown demonstrations …
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.
 
 
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