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8:30 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.
Politico:
Bipartisan group of senators pushes back on Biden Covid plan  —  A bipartisan group of senators told White House officials on Sunday that the stimulus spending in President Joe Biden's coronavirus relief plan provides too much money to high-income Americans, an opening setback …
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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.
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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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.”  —  Here's the transcript.  —  STEPHANOPOULOS: Senator Paul, let me begin with a threshold question for you.  This election was not stolen, do you accept that fact?
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 …
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: Raw Story
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, TheBlaze and Althouse
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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
Ronnie Reese / Chicago Teachers Union:
Educators overwhelmingly vote in favor of safety, continued remote learning
Discussion: The Hill, Bloomberg and OutKick
Kadia Goba / Axios:
Progressives pressure Schumer to end filibuster  —  A progressive coalition is pressuring Chuck Schumer on his home turf by running a digital billboard in Times Square urging the new majority leader to end the Senate filibuster.  —  Why it matters: Schumer is up for re-election in 2o22 …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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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: CNN, The Wrap and Mediaite
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
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Keith Griffith / Associated Press:
Trump ‘is drafting an enemies list of Republicans for his Patriot Party to challenge in primaries’ …
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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: Jewish Telegraphic Agency and UPI
Tyler Van Dyke / Washington Examiner:
Defense Chief Lloyd Austin's first directive orders review of military sexual assault program  —  Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issued his first directive since being confirmed on Friday, tackling the Defense Department's programs regarding sexual assault in the military.
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CBS News:
Biden expected to repeal Trump's transgender military ban as soon as Monday
Discussion: Rolling Stone
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 …
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 …
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 …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Trump Wants Back on Facebook.  This Star-Studded Jury Might Let Him.  —  A new kind of corporate supercourt is looking for legitimacy.  —  They meet mostly on Zoom, but I prefer to picture the members of this court, or council, or whatever it is, wearing reflective suits and hovering via hologram around a glowing table.
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.
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.
 
 
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Orion Rummler / Axios:
CDC director: “I can't tell you how much vaccine we have”
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The Biden administration's Saudi problem
Cole Waterman / MLive.com:
Allegan County Republicans censure Congressman Fred Upton for Trump impeachment vote
Discussion: Townhall and Breitbart
Wall Street Journal:
China Overtakes U.S. as World's Leading Destination for Foreign Direct Investment
Discussion: Forbes
Peter Fabricius / Daily Maverick:
Departing Trump lifted US sanctions against controversial Israeli businessman Dan Gertler
Norm Ornstein / New York Daily News:
A roadmap for the new Congress: From dysfunction to meaningful change
Sen. Rand Paul / The Hill:
Boycott sham impeachment
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Undoing Trump will take more than executive orders
 Earlier Items: 
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
Alex Yablon / Jacobin:
In Defense of Brunch  —  As socialists, we've rallied against brunch for too long.
Judy Maltz / Haaretz:
Trump Plan to Label pro-BDS Groups Antisemitic Is Off the Table
Azi Paybarah / New York Times:
Where Giuliani Still Routinely Offers False Claims of Election Fraud
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
How Democrats Planned for Doomsday
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Early indications show honeymoon period for Biden administration: POLL
Discussion: The Week and New York Post