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9:40 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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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
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 …
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:   Numerous Capitol Police officers who responded to riot test positive for coronavirus
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 …
Reuters:
Senate Republican threatens impeachments of past Democratic presidents … The Texas Republican senator John Cornyn warned on Saturday that Donald Trump's second impeachment could lead to the prosecution of former Democratic presidents if Republicans retake Congress in two years' time.
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’
Discussion: Brane Space
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.
Morgan Watkins / Courier-Journal:
Kentucky Republicans reject resolution urging Mitch McConnell to stand with Trump
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
David Rothkopf / USA Today:
Let's get real.  Joe Biden, Democrats and America need results much more than unity.  —  It's time to give Biden's 81 million voters a chance to be heard and Biden a chance to carry out the plans he ran on, even if he has to play hardball.  —  The January 2021 nominee for most abused word in the English language must be “unity.”
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Meredith Deliso / ABC News:
Capitol rioter who allegedly tweeted he wanted to ‘assassinate’ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez faces 5 charges  —  The man's lawyer said his actions were a “misguided effort” to support Trump.  —  New charges in Capitol riot … A man who allegedly made an online threat to “assassinate” …
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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 …
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Biden must act to save Navalny's life — and hopes of freedom in Russia  —  I am in awe of dissidents in police states who risk their lives and freedom to fight for democracy and human rights.  Their courage stands as a searing rebuke to all those — including, most recently …
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Washington Post:
‘Not afraid’: Protesters across Russia defy Putin in marches for jailed opposition leader Navalny
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.
Erica L. Green / New York Times:
Surge of Student Suicides Pushes Las Vegas Schools to Reopen  —  Firmly linking teen suicides to school closings is difficult, but rising mental health emergencies and suicide rates point to the toll the pandemic lockdown is taking.  —  The reminders of pandemic-driven suffering among students …
Discussion: Althouse
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
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 …
Yaniv Kubovich / Haaretz:
Israel Allows U.S. to Deploy Iron Dome Missile Defense in the Gulf  —  Israeli officials are refusing to reveal in which countries the Iron Dome interceptors will be deployed and deny this was part of the normalization agreements with the Gulf states  —  The United States is expected …
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
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
 
 
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Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Kevin McCarthy: ‘Everybody Across This Country’ Is To Blame For Capitol Attack
New York Times:
Biden Seeks to Define His Presidency by an Early Emphasis on Equity
United States Department of State:
PRC Military Pressure Against Taiwan Threatens Regional Peace and Stability
Discussion: Sputnik News and Bloomberg
Associated Press:
Trump shuns ‘ex-presidents club’ — and the feeling is mutual
Danielle Marshall / Washington Post:
My wife guarded the Capitol. My mom joined the horde surrounding it.
 Earlier Items: 
Frank Cannon / The American Mind:
If Hawley and Cruz Are Cancelled, Conservatism Is Next
Discussion: Off the Kuff
Wall Street Journal:
Military and Police Investigate Members Charged in Capitol Riot
Nick Gillespie / Reason:
Glenn Greenwald: ‘Journalists Are Authoritarians’
The Hill:
Student loan forgiveness would be windfall for dentists, doctors and lawyers
Discussion: National Review
Reuters:
Macron says France will tighten legislation on incest
New York Times:
Inside the Deadly Capitol Shooting