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4:05 PM ET, January 25, 2021

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Jason Williams / Cincinnati.com:
Ohio's U.S. Sen. Rob Portman won't run for re-election; Republican cites ‘partisan gridlock’  —  Republican Rob Portman will not seek a third term in the U.S. Senate in 2022, he told The Enquirer - a move that will unsettle politics in both Greater Cincinnati and Washington D.C.
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Politico:
Portman's exit signals uncertainty for Senate GOP  —  Ohio Republican Rob Portman will not seek a third Senate term in 2022, a blow to both Republicans' hopes of taking back the Senate and the chamber's dwindling number of centrists.  —  The two-term senator is one of the most effective legislators …
Jessie Balmert / Cincinnati.com:   U.S. Sen. Rob Portman won't run for re-election. Which Republicans might run instead?
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Rudy Giuliani Sued by Dominion Voting Systems Over False Election Claims  —  The suit against Mr. Giuliani, a lawyer for former President Donald Trump who pushed to overturn the election results, accuses him of carrying out “a viral disinformation campaign.”
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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Dominion sues Giuliani for $1.3 billion over ‘Big Lie’ about election fraud  —  (CNN)Dominion Voting Systems has sued former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani for defamation after he pushed the “Big Lie” about election fraud on his podcast and TV appearances.
U.S. Department of Justice Office …:
Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General Announces Initiation of Investigation  —  Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz announced today that:  —  The DOJ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is initiating an investigation into whether any former …
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Washington Post:
Fight over the rules grinds the Senate to a halt, imperiling Biden's legislative agenda  —  When President Biden took office last week, he promised sweeping, bipartisan legislation to solve the coronavirus pandemic, fix the economy and overhaul immigration.  —  Just days later …
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Henry Rodgers / The Daily Caller:   Kyrsten Sinema Won't Support Eliminating Filibuster, ‘Not Open To Changing Her Mind’
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Supreme Court dismisses Trump emoluments lawsuits as moot  —  The Supreme Court on Monday ordered lower courts to dismiss two cases that alleged former President Donald Trump unlawfully profited from his businesses while in office, in violation of the Constitution's emoluments clauses.
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Politico:
Some Trump aides stuck with him till the end.  Now they're screwed.  —  Four days into his post-presidency life, Donald Trump has insulated himself from the outside world.  —  Unseen by the public and unusually quiet as key parts of his policy legacy are dismantled by the new administration …
Josh Hawley / New York Post:
It's time to stand up against the muzzling of America  —  Have you checked your social credit score lately?  You might want to.  Mine seems to have taken a nosedive this month.  You might want to see how yours is doing.  —  Everyone knows what a credit score is.  But social credit scores are new.
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Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Rupert Murdoch, Accepting Award, Condemns ‘Awful Woke Orthodoxy’
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Josh Hawley Believes Disliking Josh Hawley Is an Act of Censorship
Discussion: New York Post
Christian Vanderbrouk / The Bulwark:
Meet Trump's Pro-Insurrection “Intellectuals”  —  We should have known January 6 was coming, because Trumpism's “intellectual” wing called for it, for weeks.  —  Last December, Ross Douthat suggested that “there are two Republican Parties.”  One of them governs dutifully, “certifying elections …
Discussion: Raw Story
The Hill:
Leahy, not Roberts, to preside over impeachment trial  —  Chief Justice John Roberts will not preside over Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial, which is scheduled to begin in earnest on Feb. 8.  —  Instead, Senate President Pro Tempore, Pat Leahy (Vt.), the most senior member …
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Politico:
Newsom to lift stay-home orders across California  —  SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to lift stay-at-home orders statewide Monday, allowing restaurants to reopen for outdoor dining and salons to resume appointments indoors, according to two sources close to the governor and a restaurant industry email.
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Just Security:
“Fight for Trump”: Video Evidence of Incitement at the Capitol  —  How direct is the connection between what President Donald Trump communicated to his supporters and their actions in laying siege to the U.S. Capitol?  Videos recorded by many individuals over the course of the day provide some answers.
David Goldman / CNN:
Jim Acosta: I've never seen Trump this alone  —  New York (CNN Business)Donald Trump spent his last moments as President sad and alone, according to Jim Acosta, who led CNN's coverage of Trump during his presidency.  —  In his farewell to Washington on Wednesday morning …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
White House condemns riots in Portland, Seattle: ‘Smashing windows is not protesting and neither is looting’  —  ‘President Biden condemns ... any violence in the strongest possible terms,’ Psaki says  —  Protesters smash police vehicle windows in Tacoma  —  White House press secretary Jen Psaki …
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Robby Soave / Reason:
Twitter Unveils ‘Birdwatch,’ a New Platform Where Users Fact-Check Tweets
Discussion: The Verge
Kate Bennett / CNN:
White House staff welcomes new first family: ‘The residence has life again’  —  (CNN)The new President and first lady settled in at the White House this weekend, and did so with extended Biden family members.  —  “The residence has life in it again,” a White House source told CNN of the energy inside.
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Ed O'Keefe / CBS News:
The Bidens' dogs arrive at White House
Discussion: NBC News and CNN
Moderna, Inc.:
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Retains Neutralizing Activity Against Emerging Variants First Identified in the U.K. and the Republic of South Africa  —  Out of an abundance of caution, Moderna launches clinical program to boost immunity to emerging variants  —  Manuscript posted to preprint server …
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Olivia Goldhill / STAT:
Undercounting of Covid-19 deaths is greatest in pro-Trump areas, analysis shows  —  Tens of thousands of Covid-19 deaths are going unreported in the U.S., with far more missed in counties that strongly supported former President Trump, according to new research.
Discussion: Gothamist
Politico:
MAGA media looks to turn White House briefing room into a battlefield  —  Eric Bolling, the conservative host of Sinclair Broadcast Group's “America This Week,” would travel regularly to Donald Trump's White House, interviewing the former president seven times and occasionally attending press briefings.
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Liz Cheney Should Step Away From Leadership For The Sake Of GOP Voters  —  There is no reason to leave Cheney in her leadership position.  In fact, it's negligence for Republican leaders to keep her there.  —  Liz Cheney's problems are piling up, according to Politico.
Sam Dunklau / WITF:
Rep. Scott Perry confirms election fraud talks with Trump, DOJ lawyer amid president's effort to overturn Georgia results  —  (Harrisburg) — U.S. Rep. Scott Perry (R-York, Dauphin and Cumberland) said he introduced former President Donald Trump to Department of Justice lawyer Jeffrey Clark …
emptywheel:
Some Key Gaps in the January 6 Story  —  DOJ continues to roll out arrests of people involved in the January 6 coup attempt.  —  But there are some obvious gaps in the (public) story so far.  —  Arrests relating to over 100 police assaults  —  In a filing submitted over the weekend …
Tyler Fleming / Post and Courier:
How growing up in Aynor prepared one of the nation's top reporters to cover Trump  —  AYNOR — Often when the former Trump Administration made international news, a byline recognizable to many in Aynor ran atop The Washington Post's coverage.  —  From big breaks like the former president calling …
Torey Van Oot / Axios:
Mike Lindell moves the goalposts on a run for Minnesota governor  —  The will-he-or-won't-he speculation surrounding a possible gubernatorial run by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is destined to continue at least a bit longer.  —  What he's saying: Lindell told Axios that his focus is currently on proving his …
Discussion: Star Tribune
Don Lewis / Medium:
Trump Lawyers Lin Wood & Marc Mukasey Had *My Name* in Their Mouths  —  Yahoo called Marc Mukasey — who, as far as we know, had nothing to do with the Capitol or Lin Wood's related musings — the “l awyer at the center of the Trump Universe” over a year ago.
 
 
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Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
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Liz Crampton / Politico:
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David Gilbert / VICE:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Majority Support Trump Impeachment
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and IJR
NBC News:
Inside Jim Clyburn's Biden election endorsement — and how Biden almost blew it
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Isabella Kwai / New York Times:
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Discussion: Raw Story and TheGrio
American Greatness:
The River of Forgetfulness  —  Before we are all reprogrammed, remember for a bit longer …
Discussion: RedState
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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Jared S. Hopkins / Wall Street Journal:
Merck Scraps Covid-19 Vaccine Candidates
Discussion: NPR