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7:15 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
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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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
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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Kelly Hooper / Politico:
Marco Rubio: It's ‘arrogant’ to impeach Trump
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 and CNN
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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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.
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
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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Howard Altman / Military Times:
In one of first actions, new defense secretary orders review of sexual misconduct programs  —  Newly sworn-in Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, carrying through on a promise he made during his confirmation hearing, isn't wasting time tackling military sexual misconduct.
Norm Ornstein / New York Daily News:
A roadmap for the new Congress: From dysfunction to meaningful change  —  As Joe Biden assumes the presidency, there is an urgency to responding to the crises Chief of Staff Ron Klain put in a memo to the senior White House staff and the president emphasized in his inaugural address …
Wall Street Journal:
China Overtakes U.S. as World's Leading Destination for Foreign Direct Investment  —  Flows into America nearly halved as Covid-19 dragged on the economy in 2020  —  China overtook the U.S. as the world's top destination for new foreign direct investment last year, as the Covid-19 pandemic amplifies …
Discussion: Forbes
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
Far-right movements including QAnon, virus skeptics linked to Newsom recall
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:
Democratic Lawmakers Slam Israel for Not Vaccinating Palestinians in Occupied West Bank
Washington Post:
Biden is firing some top Trump holdovers, but in some cases, his hands may be tied
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