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4:55 PM ET, January 24, 2021

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Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
Fauci on What Working for Trump Was Really Like  —  From denialism to death threats, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci describes a fraught year as an adviser to President Donald J. Trump on the Covid-19 pandemic.  —  For almost 40 years, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci has held two jobs.
Discussion: Business Insider, Mediaite and CBS News
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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Axios:
GOP implosion: Trump threats, payback  —  The GOP is getting torn apart by a spreading revolt against party leaders for failing to stand up for former President Trump and punish his critics.  —  Why it matters: Republican leaders suffered a nightmarish two months in Washington.
Arizona Republic:
Ariz. GOP censures Cindy McCain, Jeff Flake, Doug Ducey; narrowly reelects Kelli Ward
Washington Post:
Trump jumps into a divisive battle over the Republican Party — with a threat to start a ‘MAGA Party’
Kansas City Star:
‘Bamboozled.’ Hawley mentors stunned by conduct, but early warning signs were there  —  Josh Hawley was a precocious 15-year-old in 1995, writing a regular column for his hometown paper, The Lexington News, when he was still in high school.  —  He used the early platform to opine on politics …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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 …
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
For Biden, urgency will matter more than unity  —  So much for unity.  —  Sure, we all want to hope that Washington will suddenly work differently, especially since President Biden is someone who — really, truly, deeply — loves to work with Republicans when he can.
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Reuters:
Senate Republican threatens impeachments of past Democratic presidents
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: The Wrap, IJR, Politico and Raw Story
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Joshua Zitser / Yahoo News:
Members are quitting Mar-a-Lago because it has become a ‘sad’ and ‘dispirited’ place since Trump moved in, author says  — Trump's Mar-a-Lago golf resort has become a ‘sad place’ since he moved in, an expert on the resort told  —  MSNBC.  — Members are quitting and want nothing to do with Trump …
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 …
Sen. Rand Paul / The Hill:
Boycott sham impeachment  —  Sometimes in Washington, the powers that be will embark in a little bit of political theater.  You can always spot it though if you look closely enough at what's real, and what is not.  —  In the last days of the presidency of Donald Trump …
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Jessica Sidman / Washingtonian:
Biden Makes First DC Restaurant Visit as President To Call Your Mother  —  The bagel spot is co-owned by his administration's Covid Czar.  —  A few days into the job, and President Joe Biden has already made his first restaurant visit.  After attending mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Sunday …
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.
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BET:
GOP Lawmaker, Who Questioned Black Hygiene In The Contraction Of COVID-19, To Lead Health Panel  —  Ohio State Sen. Stephen Huffman was appointed to chair the committee in Jan. 2021.  —  A white Ohio Republican lawmaker who questioned whether members of “the colored population” …
Discussion: Business Insider
CNN:
Army vet who tended bar accused by FBI of conspiring in Capitol insurrection   —  Woodstock, Ohio (CNN)In her Ohio hometown, she's known as an Army veteran who runs a bar and set up a small self-styled militia her boyfriend says she created to help neighbors if tornadoes hit.
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: The Hill and Althouse
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: New York Post and The Week
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.
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.  —  Two days after Joe Biden's inauguration, I got an email from a New York Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) …
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 …
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Undoing Trump will take more than executive orders  —  Joe Biden has a plethora of pens as he signs multiple executive orders in the opening days of his presidency, orders that likely will be a mainstay of his administration in the months ahead.  He should order those pens in bulk.
Discussion: Fox News, The Daily Wire and TMZ.com
David Shepardson / Reuters:
Exclusive: Biden to impose South Africa travel ban to combat new COVID-19 variant - CDC  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden will impose a ban on most non-U.S. citizens entering the country who have recently been in South Africa starting Saturday in a bid to contain the spread …
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.
Washington Post:
Biden is firing some top Trump holdovers, but in some cases, his hands may be tied  —  President Biden is trying to shake a Trump hangover in the federal government by acting to remove some holdovers and install his own appointees, but a quiet push to salt federal agencies with Trump loyalists …
Kelly Hooper / Politico:
Marco Rubio: It's ‘arrogant’ to impeach Trump  —  Sen. Marco Rubio on Sunday said the argument that former President Donald Trump should be impeached so that he can't seek public office again is “an arrogant statement for anyone to make.”  —  When “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace asked …
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 …
 
 
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CBS News:
Biden expected to repeal Trump's transgender military ban as soon as Monday
Laurie Moy / USAGM:
United States Agency for Global Media replaces leadership at its other networks sharing freedom of press principles
Ben Samuels / Haaretz:
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Andrew Osborn / Reuters:
Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny, on protest eve, says has no plans to commit suicide
New York Times:
Capitol Riot Puts Spotlight on ‘Apocalyptically Minded’ Global Far Right
 Earlier Items: 
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Trump Plan to Label pro-BDS Groups Antisemitic Is Off the Table
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
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Leslie Eastman / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Los Angeles District Attorney Gascon's “Reforms” Put Criminal Justice In Free Fall
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
Yaniv Kubovich / Haaretz:
Israel Allows U.S. to Deploy Iron Dome Missile Defense in the Gulf
Julie Tulbert / Media Matters for America:
Don't believe right-wing media — overturning Roe v. Wade is a big deal
Discussion: Fox News