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8:35 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 …
Washington Post:
Trump jumps into a divisive battle over the Republican Party — with a threat to start a ‘MAGA Party’  —  PALM BEACH, Fla. — Former president Donald Trump threw himself back into politics this weekend by publicly endorsing a devoted and divisive acolyte in Arizona who has embraced …
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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 …
New York Times:
Arizona G.O.P. Censures Party Leaders Criticized by Trump Loyalists  —  The party rebuked Gov. Doug Ducey, former Senator Jeff Flake and Cindy McCain, all of whom have been criticized by some Trump supporters as insufficiently loyal to the former president.  —  PHOENIX — Arizona Republicans …
Discussion: Washington Post, Raw Story and VTDigger
Arizona Republic:
After Trump, will Arizona Republican Party stick with Kelli Ward, punish Cindy McCain, Doug Ducey, Jeff Flake?
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  —  The Republican Party of Kentucky's State Central Committee rejected a resolution Saturday that would have urged Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to fully support former President Donald Trump and condemn his second impeachment.
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
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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Pjotr Sauer / The Moscow Times:   McKinsey Bans Moscow Staff From Attending Pro-Navalny Protest
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.
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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Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Democrats Can Preach “Unity” and Still Kill the Filibuster
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 …
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Numerous Capitol Police officers who responded to riot test positive for coronavirus  —  Since the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, 38 U.S. Capitol Police employees have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the head of the officers' union said Saturday.  Cases are also climbing among members …
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Wall Street Journal:   Military and Police Investigate Members Charged in Capitol Riot
Danielle Marshall / Washington Post:
My wife guarded the Capitol.  My mom joined the horde surrounding it.  —  Politicians put democracy at risk by feeding conspiracy theories.  Capitol Police put themselves at risk to protect them.  —  My wife is an officer with the U.S. Capitol Police.  On Jan. 6, she clocked in to work her 4,710th day.
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Pressed to Change Justice Department Leadership to Boost His Voter Fraud Claims  —  The former president dropped the efforts to replace the acting attorney general after top DOJ officials agreed to resign en masse in protest if he succeeded, people familiar said
Discussion: The National Interest
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 …
Aamer Madhani / Associated Press:
Britain's Boris Johnson presses Biden for new trade deal  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made clear to President Joe Biden on Saturday that he's eager to forge a new U.S.-U.K. trade deal.  —  The push for a new deal came in a broad-ranging call between the two leaders …
Discussion: Axios, GOV.UK and The White House
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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: Townhall, Raw Story and Fox News
NBC News:
Larry King, television and radio journalism royalty, dies at 87 … Larry King, the radio and television personality whose breezy and conversational interviews with celebrities and world leaders made him a broadcasting icon for nearly half a century, has died, his TV production company Ora Media said in a statement Saturday.
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
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.
John Binder / Breitbart:
ICE Agents Ordered to Free All Illegal Aliens in Custody: ‘Release Them All’  —  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, tasked with enforcing federal immigration law, are being instructed to free all detainees in their custody, as President Joe Biden's administration halts deportations.
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 …
 
 
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Will Hurd / Washington Post:
If the GOP wants a future, it must look in the mirror
Discussion: Raw Story
Frank Cannon / The American Mind:
If Hawley and Cruz Are Cancelled, Conservatism Is Next
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Democrats eye bill providing permanent benefits of at least $3K per child
Discussion: Fox News
Nick Gillespie / Reason:
Glenn Greenwald: ‘Journalists Are Authoritarians’
The Hill:
Student loan forgiveness would be windfall for dentists, doctors and lawyers
Discussion: National Review
Alex Wigglesworth / Los Angeles Times:
Controversial El Monte church damaged by homemade bomb; FBI investigating
Discussion: KTLA
 Earlier Items: 
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Biden says his mask mandate is common sense. Republicans say ‘kiss my ass.’
Discussion: Daily Kos and POLITICUSUSA
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
Madeline Kenney / Chicago Sun-Times:
Chicago bars, restaurants officially cleared to reopen for indoor service: ‘It feels good to be back’
Discussion: Breitbart and Twitchy
Fenit Nirappil / Washington Post:
U.S. largely weathered Christmas coronavirus surge, but experts warn the threat could intensify
Washington Post:
Universities face pressure to vet ex-Trump officials before hiring them
Phil Helsel / NBC News:
Kenosha killing suspect Kyle Rittenhouse's bond terms changed after bar visit
Discussion: CONAN Daily and The Root
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
How Alvin the Beagle Helped Usher In a Democratic Senate
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