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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
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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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:
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.
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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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.
Morgan Watkins / Courier-Journal:
Kentucky Republicans reject resolution urging Mitch McConnell to stand with Trump
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
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 …
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
By repealing Trump's census order on unauthorized immigrants, Biden just gave Texas GOP an extra House seat, or two  —  Republicans control Texas redistricting and are likely to keep the spoils from counting 1.7M or so noncitizens Trump wanted excluded from apportionment.
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Early indications show honeymoon period for Biden administration: POLL  —  President Joe Biden is held in high regard by most Americans in a new poll.  —  Biden signs 2 more executive orders as another cabinet member makes history  —  The president signed more than 30 actions in his first three days …
Michael Levenson / New York Times:
Man Threatened to Assassinate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Officials Say  —  Garret Miller, who was among those who stormed the Capitol, also threatened the officer who fatally shot a Trump supporter, saying he would “hug his neck with a nice rope,” prosecutors said.
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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
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
Politico:
Impeachment trial to keep National Guard troops at Capitol  —  Former President Donald Trump's upcoming Senate impeachment trial poses a security concern that federal law enforcement officials told lawmakers last week requires as many as 5,000 National Guard troops to remain in Washington through mid-March …
Discussion: Business Insider
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.
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 …
Leslie Eastman / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Los Angeles District Attorney Gascon's “Reforms” Put Criminal Justice In Free Fall  —  Fallout over “justice reforms” are so bad that LA County prosecutors file lawsuit against their boss.  —  I noted that billionaire George Soros is behind the team that helped elect Los Angeles county's …
Discussion: HotAir and Fox News
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
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
How Democrats Planned for Doomsday  —  A huge coalition of activist groups had been working together since the spring to make sure that Joe Biden won and that the “election stayed won” amid Donald Trump's subterfuge.  —  The video call was announced on short notice, but more than 900 people quickly joined …
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 …
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 …
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
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
54 ZIP Codes in New York City Have Positive Test Rates Over 10%  —  As the focus turns to vaccinations, the virus continues to spread, leaving health experts to wonder if officials will mull new steps and restrictions.  —  Even as New York City officials focus on vaccinating millions of residents …
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
State Republicans push new voting restrictions after Trump's loss  —  Republican legislators across the country are preparing a slew of new voting restrictions in the wake of former President Donald Trump's defeat.  —  Georgia will be the focal point of the GOP push to change state election laws …
 
 
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Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
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New York Times:
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The Times of Israel:
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Discussion: Sputnik News
Associated Press:
Trump shuns ‘ex-presidents club’ — and the feeling is mutual
Washington Post:
Capitol attack will spur broad crackdown on domestic extremists
Discussion: Business Insider
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Frank Cannon / The American Mind:
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Nick Gillespie / Reason:
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Reuters:
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