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7:25 PM ET, January 24, 2021

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Jack Arnholz / ABC News:
Sen. Rand Paul continues making false claims of 2020 election fraud  —  “(Impeachment) is constitutional.  We have precedent”: Sen. Amy Klobuchar  —  ‘Debate over whether or not there was (election) fraud should occur’: Sen. Paul  —  George Stephanopoulos interviews Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on “This Week.”
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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: Vox, The Wrap, IJR and Politico
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 …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Rand Paul versus George Stephanopoulos. A great confrontation, and I do not agree with the title on this video, that Rand Paul “melts down.”
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
Ronnie Reese / Chicago Teachers Union:
Educators overwhelmingly vote in favor of safety, continued remote learning  —  Chicago Teachers Union members have voted to authorize all rank-and-file educators in Chicago Public Schools to conduct remote work only, starting tomorrow, Jan. 25, 2021.  —  With 86 percent voter participation …
Discussion: The Hill, Bloomberg and OutKick
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Erica L. Green / New York Times:
Surge of Student Suicides Pushes Las Vegas Schools to Reopen
Discussion: The Hill and Althouse
Nader Issa / Chicago Sun-Times:   Chicago Teachers Union votes to refuse in-person work, defy Chicago Public Schools' reopening plan
Sophia Tareen / Associated Press:
Chicago teachers vote to teach from home, defying district
Discussion: Axios, WTOP and The Daily Caller
CNN:
Biden to reinstate Covid-19-related travel restrictions lifted by Trump  —  Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden on Monday will reinstate the Covid-19 travel restrictions on non-US citizens who have been in Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and much of Europe, a White House official confirmed to CNN.
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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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Kadia Goba / Axios:
Progressives pressure Schumer to end filibuster
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Kelly Hooper / Politico:
Marco Rubio: It's ‘arrogant’ to impeach Trump
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.
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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
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 …
Discussion: UPI and Jewish Telegraphic Agency
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 …
Discussion: The Wrap, CNN and Mediaite
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 …
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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Kate Murphy / New York Times:
America Has a GPS Problem  —  The system is essential but also vulnerable.  We need a backup.  —  Kate Murphy, a frequent contributor to The New York Times, is a commercial pilot and author of “You're Not Listening: What You're Missing and Why It Matters.”  —  Time was when nobody knew, or even cared, exactly what time it was.
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 …
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.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
McCarthy takes heat from every direction as House Republicans feud following the Capitol siege  —  Kevin McCarthy is learning you can get torched when you try to make everyone happy, especially after an insurrection.  —  Why it matters: The House Republican leader had been hoping to use …
New York Times:
Why Vaccines Alone Will Not End the Pandemic  —  The coronavirus pandemic in the United States has raged almost uncontrollably for so long that even if millions of people are vaccinated, millions more will still be infected and become ill unless people continue to wear masks …
Discussion: Deadline
Washington Post:
The Biden administration must go into overdrive to reclaim our courts  —  Derrick Johnson is president and chief executive of the NAACP.  Leslie Proll is its senior adviser for judicial nominations.  —  Four years of court-packing by President Donald Trump and then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell …
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 and New York Post
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) …
Peter Fabricius / Daily Maverick:
Departing Trump lifted US sanctions against controversial Israeli businessman Dan Gertler  —  Magnitsky Act pioneer Bill Browder says he will lobby the Biden Administration to reverse former president's Trump's decision to waive sanctions on Israeli businessman Dan Gertler who made hundreds …
 
 
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Howard Altman / Military Times:
In one of first actions, new defense secretary orders review of sexual misconduct programs
Wall Street Journal:
China Overtakes U.S. as World's Leading Destination for Foreign Direct Investment
Discussion: Forbes
CBS News:
Biden expected to repeal Trump's transgender military ban as soon as Monday
Discussion: Rolling Stone
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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