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3:55 PM ET, January 26, 2021

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Paul Sonne / Washington Post:
Pentagon restricted commander of D.C. Guard ahead of Capitol riot  —  The commander of the D.C. National Guard said the Pentagon restricted his authority ahead of the riot at the U.S. Capitol, requiring higher level sign-off to respond that cost time as the events that day spiraled out of control.
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New York Times:
Capitol Police chief apologizes for security failures during the assault, including a delay in calling for Guard troops.  —  The acting chief of the Capitol Police apologized to Congress on Tuesday for the agency's massive security failures on Jan. 6, acknowledging during a closed-door briefing …
CNN:
US Capitol officers debating no-confidence vote for leaders in charge during Capitol riots
Discussion: The Week
CREW:
Kayleigh McEnany's Financial Disclosure reveals agreement with Fox News … Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany is the latest official to take advantage of the revolving door between Fox News and the Trump administration.  According to her termination financial disclosure report …
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Fox Hires Larry Kudlow but Says Kayleigh McEnany Doesn't ‘Currently’ Work There
Discussion: The Wrap, Political Wire and TVNewser
Politico:
Most Republican senators vote to declare Trump impeachment trial unconstitutional  —  UPDATE:  —  Nearly every Senate Republican voted that putting a former president on trial for impeachment is unconstitutional, delivering an early but not fatal blow to the House's impeachment case against Donald Trump.
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Politico:
Trump sends a message to Senate Republicans ahead of his trial
Laura Meckler / Washington Post:
CDC finds with precautions in place, scant spread of coronavirus in schools  —  Schools operating in person have seen scant transmission of the coronavirus, particularly when masks and distancing are employed, but some indoor athletics have led to infections and should be curtailed if schools …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Kellyanne Conway Accused of Posting Topless Photo of Her 16-Year-Old Daughter on Twitter … Kellyanne Conway, ex-counselor to disgraced former President Trump, allegedly posted a topless picture of her daughter Claudia, 16, on Twitter on Monday.  —  Reached for comment …
Russell Contreras / Axios:
Biden signs executive order ending new DOJ contracts with private prisons  —  President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed executive orders on housing and ending the Justice Department's use of private prisons as part of what the White House is calling his “racial equity agenda.”
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Wall Street Journal:
Biden to Sign Executive Orders to Phase Out Federal Use of Private Prisons  —  President's actions are intended to advance racial equity agenda, officials say  —  WASHINGTON—President Biden on Tuesday will sign a series of executive orders that are intended to advance racial equity …
Discussion: Associated Press and Reuters
Ryan Brooks / BuzzFeed News:
Joe Biden Is Aiming To End The Federal Use Of Private Prisons
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron to retire at the end of February  —  Washington Post Publisher and CEO Fred Ryan today shared the following note with Post employees.  —  Dear Washington Post colleagues,  —  Although we have long known this day would come …
Ben Leonard / Politico:
On first call with Putin, Biden raises election interference, bounties, Navalny poisoning  —  President Joe Biden called Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday afternoon, expressing U.S. objections to a variety of Kremlin actions, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday.
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Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
In Israel, Infections Drop Sharply After One Shot of Vaccine  —  Initial studies show a significant drop in infections and hospitalizations after just one dose, and very few cases after two.  Experts caution that the results are preliminary.  —  JERUSALEM — Israel, which leads the world …
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Richard Fausset / New York Times:
Covid-19 Live Updates: As Borders Tighten Worldwide, Brazil-Based Variant Is Found in U.S.
Discussion: NBC4 Washington
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Shane Dixon Kavanaugh / Oregonian:
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler pepper sprays unmasked man who confronted him with video camera
Leyland Cecco / The Guardian:
Canadian mogul fined after getting Covid vaccine meant for Indigenous residents … The former head of a Canadian casino company and his actor wife have been fined after chartering a private plane to a remote community near the Alaska border and receiving coronavirus vaccines meant for vulnerable Indigenous residents.
David Wickert / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia lawmaker booted from chamber for failing to get COVID-19 test  —  A Georgia state representative was removed from the House chamber Tuesday for refusing to be tested for COVID-19.Rep. David Clark, R-Buford, had refused to comply with requirements that legislators be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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Ursula Perano / Axios:
McConnell defends filibuster: “You don't destroy the Senate for fleeting advantage”  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday condemned Democratic support for abolishing the legislative filibuster, arguing that it would create a “scorched-earth Senate.”
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Washington Post:
McConnell warns of ‘scorched-earth Senate’ if Democrats kill filibuster
HotAir:
Nikki Haley On Insurrection And Impeaching Trump: Come On, Give The Man A Break  —  I want to offer my sincere congratulations this morning to Trump and his supporters on having almost completely broken the “reasonable” wing of this collapsing party.  There are still a few pockets of resistance led …
Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
How the KGB Hooked Trump  —  ‘American Kompromat,’ a new book by Craig Unger, gets the lowdown from former Russian and U.S. spies … Red Dawn  —  There are boundaries in America's political discourse—or at least there were until Donald Trump's presidency.
Shawna Chen / Axios:
Senate confirms Antony Blinken as secretary of state  —  The Senate voted 78-22 on Tuesday to confirm Antony Blinken as secretary of state.  —  Why it matters: Blinken, a longtime adviser to President Biden, will lead the administration's diplomatic efforts to re-engage with the world …
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Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact-checking 7 statistical claims from Biden's (quite factual) economic speech  —  Biden: We cannot, will not let Americans go hungry  —  Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden recited a flurry of figures in a Friday speech in which he urged Congress to pass the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package he calls the American Rescue Plan.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: Hundreds of Biden staffers receive COVID vaccine  —  A week into the job, President Biden's White House medical team has administered the coronavirus vaccine to several hundred staffers — and aims to vaccinate all in-person staff over the next few weeks, officials tell Axios.
Dave Philipps / New York Times:
From Navy SEAL to Part of the Angry Mob Outside the Capitol  —  The presence in Washington of a longtime member of the Navy SEALs who was trained to identify misinformation reflects the partisan politics that helped lead to the assault.  —  In the weeks since Adam Newbold …
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Biden's Commerce nominee backs changes to Section 230  —  Biden said he wanted to revoke the law last year  —  In a hearing on her nomination for Commerce Department secretary on Tuesday, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo told lawmakers that she will pursue changes to Section 230 if confirmed.
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Giuliani wasn't just a Trump partisan but a shrewd marketer of vitamins, gold, lawsuit says  —  Trump's personal lawyer sought to turn conspiracy theories and voter fraud videos into online moneymakers, attorneys for Dominion say  —  As he outlined how “pervasive voter fraud” …
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Biden Will Lie to You  —  All presidents lie.  Even so, the Trump administration weaponized dishonesty to a remarkable degree.  —  Donald Trump did not merely lie to exaggerate his accomplishments, or smear his opponents.  For Trump and the Republican Party, lies were a loyalty test.
Tess Owen / VICE:
Roger Stone Used Oath Keepers as Security on the Eve of the Capitol Riot  —  Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox?  Sign up here.  —  On the eve of the riot at the U.S. Capitol, Roger Stone walked out on stage before hundreds of cheering Trump supporters in Washington, D.C. …
Brad Bannon / The Hill:
Can Joe Biden unify a divided nation?  —  The lights in America are bright now after the nation has been shrouded in darkness for four years.  The questions facing Joe Biden's presidency are how long his fragile honeymoon period lasts and whether he can unify a deeply divided nation.
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Cutting off stimulus checks to Americans earning over $75,000 could be wise, new data suggests  —  Biden is debating another round of $1,400 stimulus payments.  Some in Congress have urged the president to target aid to lower-income families only.  —  As President Biden pushes for another round …
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
Oregon Republican Party falsely calls U.S. Capitol riot a ‘false flag’ meant to ‘discredit President Trump’  —  Three weeks after hundreds of people stormed the U.S. Capitol in a violent rampage that left one police officer and four rioters dead and led to more than 100 arrests of the pro-Trump rioters …
Mina Kaji / ABC News:
All US-bound passengers now need a negative COVID-19 test before boarding  —  Here's what you need to know about the new travel rules.  —  COVID-19 travel ban  —  President Joe Biden reinstates a travel ban due to new COVID-19 variants currently spreading in various countries.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and TheBlaze
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Mayor Aims to Turn Small Town Into QAnon, USA  —  “I think we're a little microcosm of what's happening at the national level,” said Marsha Maguire, a resident of Sequim, Washington.  —  City council meetings don't often get heated in Sequim, Washington, a small town of roughly 7,000 people popular with retirees from Seattle.
Discussion: Raw Story
Thomas Franck / CNBC:
White House signals it could agree to more narrowly targeted stimulus checks  — Brian Deese, President Joe Biden's top economic advisor, suggested the administration could be open to tweaking eligibility for future stimulus checks.  — As written, the president's plan calls …
Discussion: Forbes, TheGrio and Washington Post
Adam Weidemann / The Keyword:
New campaign targeting security researchers  —  Over the past several months, the Threat Analysis Group has identified an ongoing campaign targeting security researchers working on vulnerability research and development at different companies and organizations.
 
 
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Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Trump's Pardon of Bannon Could Raise Risk for 3 Co-Defendants
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
How Joe Biden Can Reverse Republican Attacks on Democracy
Discussion: ABC News, New York Times and WITF
Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:
Telegram, Pro-Democracy Tool, Struggles Over New Fans From Far Right
Discussion: Big League Politics
Politico:
McCarthy claws his way back to Trump's good side
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Matthew Foldi / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Education Pick Is Leading Opponent of Return to Classrooms
Discussion: Commentary Magazine
Andrew Silverstein / Grub Street:
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MTA saved no money by closing overnight subway service, transit officials admit
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
A Tech Investor Is Raising Funds to Investigate San Francisco Prosecutor's Decarceral Approach
Discussion: The Crime Report and Politico
Troy Closson / New York Times:
The High-Risk Group Left Out of New York's Vaccine Rollout
Chris Rickert / Lincoln Journal Star:
Wisconsin priest conducted election-related exorcisms; now leaving post
Ann Marlowe / OCCRP:
Time for a Free Public Registry of Corporate Beneficial Ownership in the U.S.
Wall Street Journal:
Biden to Suspend New Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Pending Review
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Biden to reopen ACA insurance marketplaces as pandemic has cost millions of Americans their coverage
Discussion: CNN, Balloon Juice, The Root and KFF