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10:25 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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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 …
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’
KASW-TV:   Arizona GOP censures Gov. Ducey, Jeff Flake, and Cindy McCain
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
Morgan Watkins / Courier-Journal:
Kentucky Republicans reject resolution urging Mitch McConnell to stand with Trump
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
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.
Discussion: Sputnik News and Raw Story
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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 …
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 …
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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: Outside the Beltway
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
 
 
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Zach Montellaro / Politico:
State Republicans push new voting restrictions after Trump's loss
Discussion: Brane Space
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
54 ZIP Codes in New York City Have Positive Test Rates Over 10%
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
Julie Tulbert / Media Matters for America:
Don't believe right-wing media — overturning Roe v. Wade is a big deal
Discussion: Fox News
Associated Press:
Trump shuns ‘ex-presidents club’ — and the feeling is mutual
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Capitol attack will spur broad crackdown on domestic extremists
Discussion: Business Insider
Danielle Marshall / Washington Post:
My wife guarded the Capitol. My mom joined the horde surrounding it.
Frank Cannon / The American Mind:
If Hawley and Cruz Are Cancelled, Conservatism Is Next
Discussion: Off the Kuff
Nick Gillespie / Reason:
Glenn Greenwald: ‘Journalists Are Authoritarians’
Reuters:
Macron says France will tighten legislation on incest
New York Times:
Inside the Deadly Capitol Shooting