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12:15 PM 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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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’
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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 …
Arizona Republic:
Ariz. GOP censures Cindy McCain, Jeff Flake, Doug Ducey; narrowly reelects Kelli Ward
KASW-TV:
Arizona GOP censures Gov. Ducey, Jeff Flake, and Cindy McCain
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 …
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.
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 …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Here are the executive actions Biden will take this week  —  Joe Biden will spend the second week of his presidency in much the same way he spent his first: signing a slew of executive actions intended to roll back certain Trump administration policies while implementing his own.
Azi Paybarah / New York Times:
Where Giuliani Still Routinely Offers False Claims of Election Fraud  —  A popular radio station in Manhattan has become a haven where conservative hosts like Rudolph Giuliani can defend Donald Trump.  —  His president and No. 1 client, Donald J. Trump, is no longer in office.
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
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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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 …
Judy Maltz / Haaretz:
Trump Plan to Label pro-BDS Groups Antisemitic Is Off the Table  —  Sources say the plan never materialized due to concerns surrounding free speech and the State Department's inability to complete the list and get it approved before the new administration stepped in
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 …
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 …
Alex Yablon / Jacobin:
In Defense of Brunch  —  As socialists, we've rallied against brunch for too long.  What we should really be demanding is brunch for all.  Consider this our apology.  —  Our new issue, “Biden Our Time,” will be out soon.  We'll discuss the last four chaotic years of US politics …
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.
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
CBS News:
Birx says there was no “full-time team” working on COVID response in Trump White House  —  Washington — Dr. Deborah Birx, the former White House coronavirus response coordinator under former President Donald Trump, revealed that she had no full-time team in the White House working on the response to COVID-19 under the former president.
David / Crooks and Liars:
'You're Saying We're All Liars': Rand Paul Has A Fit On ABC After He's Asked About Election ‘Lies’  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) became annoyed with an ABC host on Sunday over the suggestion that former President Donald Trump's defenders are all “liars” about the results of the 2020 election.
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Discussion: The Week
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Romney on Trump impeachment: 'If we're going to have unity,' there must be ‘accountability’  —  Romney, who voted to convict Trump at his first impeachment trial, showed support for the upcoming second trial  —  Sen. Mitt Romney: Need to have trial for Capitol riots, important steps toward unity
Discussion: The Hill
Andrew Osborn / Reuters:
Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny, on protest eve, says has no plans to commit suicide  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Friday he wanted it known that he had no plans to commit suicide in prison, as he issued a message of support to his followers on the eve of protests the authorities say are illegal.
New York Times:
Capitol Riot Puts Spotlight on ‘Apocalyptically Minded’ Global Far Right  —  Leaderless but united by racist ideology that has been supercharged by social media, extremists have built a web of real and online connections that worry officials.  —  BERLIN — When insurrectionists stormed …
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
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 …
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
 
 
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The Times of Israel:
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Greg Piper / The College Fix:
Music professor sues university for punishing him over defense of ‘racist’ composer
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Numerous Capitol Police officers who responded to riot test positive for coronavirus
Danielle Marshall / Washington Post:
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