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8:25 AM ET, January 24, 2021

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New York Times:
Pennsylvania Lawmaker Played Key Role in Trump's Plot to Oust Acting Attorney General  —  The involvement of Representative Scott Perry underlined how far the former president was willing to go in using the government to subvert the election, turning to more junior and relatively unknown figures for help.
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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 …
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
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 …
Wall Street Journal:   Military and Police Investigate Members Charged in Capitol Riot
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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Arizona Republic:
Ariz. GOP censures Cindy McCain, Jeff Flake, Doug Ducey; narrowly reelects Kelli Ward  —  Ronald J. Hansen Yvonne Wingett SanchezArizona Republic  —  Kelli Ward, the fractious leader of the Arizona Republican Party, narrowly beat back significant competition on Saturday to win another …
KASW-TV:
Arizona GOP censures Gov. Ducey, Jeff Flake, and Cindy McCain  —  PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, former Senator Jeff Flake, and Cindy McCain have all been censured by the Republican party during the party's annual GOP meeting on Saturday.
Keith Griffith / Associated Press:
Trump ‘is drafting an enemies list of Republicans for his Patriot Party to challenge in primaries’ - and ‘already has $70M in campaign cash on hand’ as he plots to squeeze GOP senators to avoid impeachment conviction  — Trump is reportedly pushing forward with his plan to create a new ‘Patriot Party’
Arizona Republic:
After Trump, will Arizona Republican Party stick with Kelli Ward, punish Cindy McCain, Doug Ducey, Jeff Flake?
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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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.
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Fox News is a hazard to our democracy.  It's time to take the fight to the Murdochs.  Here's how.  —  I happened to be watching Fox News on election night when the network startled the political world by calling Arizona for Joe Biden.  —  It was a weird moment, without the fanfare …
John Anderson / New York Times:
Walter Bernstein, Celebrated Screenwriter, Is Dead at 101  —  His movies included “Fail Safe,” “Paris Blues” and, perhaps most notably, “The Front,” based on his own experience of being blacklisted.  —  Walter Bernstein, whose career as a top film and television screenwriter was derailed …
Emily Flitter / New York Times:
Progressives Are Seething Over Biden's Likely Pick for Banking Regulator  —  A former Obama administration official is the front-runner to be comptroller of the currency.  The prospect has angered groups hoping for more dramatic reform.  —  The internal fight among Democrats about how far left …
Julie Tulbert / Media Matters for America:
Don't believe right-wing media — overturning Roe v. Wade is a big deal  —  Right-wing media — and Trump — also used this strategy during the run-up to Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation … RESEARCH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ZACHARY PLEAT & ALEX WALKER  —  As President Donald Trump prepares …
Discussion: Fox News
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Greg Piper / The College Fix:
Music professor sues university for punishing him over defense of ‘racist’ composer  —  ‘Almost all’ his colleagues defamed him, too  —  Timothy Jackson followed through on his threat to sue the University of Northern Texas for investigating him in response to his defense of a 19th century composer.
Washington Examiner:
Biden's return to the Paris accord is a gift to China  —  President Biden's decision to rejoin the Paris climate accord immediately delivered on a campaign promise, fulfilled a top priority of the Left, and delighted our European allies.  But most of all, it was a gift to China.
Discussion: Fox News
Elizabeth Dias / New York Times:
In Biden's Catholic Faith, an Ascendant Liberal Christianity  —  President Biden, perhaps the most religiously observant commander in chief in half a century, speaks of how his Catholic faith grounds his life and his policies.  —  Hours before President Biden took the oath of office …
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.
Bobby Burack / OutKick:
Jeff Bezos, Amazon Refuting Mail-In Votes For Unionization  —  Jeff Bezos — a strong Democratic supporter — and Amazon are aiming to postpone a unionization vote at one of its warehouses in Alabama, the Wall Street Journal reports.  Interestingly, Amazon is requesting that the National …
Washington Post:
Capitol attack will spur broad crackdown on domestic extremists  —  The storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 crystallized for national security officials that violent extremism is not a threat exclusively imported from foreign shores; it is made in America.
Discussion: Business Insider
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.
The Times of Israel:
TV: Mossad chief to meet Biden, set out terms for overhaul of Iran nuclear deal  —  Key Netanyahu colleague will be 1st top Israeli to meet US president, report says; will specify what Israel believes are core commitments Iran must make if US to reenter accord
Discussion: Sputnik News
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.
United States Department of State:
PRC Military Pressure Against Taiwan Threatens Regional Peace and Stability  —  The United States notes with concern the pattern of ongoing PRC attempts to intimidate its neighbors, including Taiwan.  We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan …
Discussion: Sputnik News and Bloomberg
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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Trump shuns ‘ex-presidents club’ — and the feeling is mutual
Frank Cannon / The American Mind:
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Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
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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
Morgan Watkins / Courier-Journal:
Kentucky Republicans reject resolution urging Mitch McConnell to stand with Trump
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
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
New York Times:
Inside the Deadly Capitol Shooting
Phil Helsel / NBC News:
Kenosha killing suspect Kyle Rittenhouse's bond terms changed after bar visit
Discussion: CONAN Daily and The Root
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Imperiling quick $1,400 checks, moderate Republicans push back on Biden's economic plan
Discussion: Washington Post and New Republic