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5:50 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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Politico:
‘Dead on arrival’: Trump conviction unlikely after GOP votes to nix trial  —  Nearly every Senate Republican declared Tuesday that putting a former president on trial for impeachment is unconstitutional, indicating that the House's case against Donald Trump is almost certain to fail.
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Nearly all GOP senators vote against impeachment trial for Trump, signaling likely acquittal
Sen. Rand Paul / Washington Examiner:
The Senate's impeachment trial is illegal and a sham
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 …
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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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ABC News:
Pres. Biden talks racial equity | Full Speech
Discussion: Axios and National Review
Wall Street Journal:
Biden to Sign Executive Orders to Phase Out Federal Use of Private Prisons
Discussion: Associated Press
Wall Street Journal:
Administration to Buy Enough Doses to Vaccinate U.S. Population by End of Summer  —  Biden administration will also boost supply of coronavirus vaccines sent to states by about 16% for next three weeks  —  WASHINGTON—The Biden administration on Tuesday said it would boost the supply …
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United States Department of State:
G7 Foreign Ministers' Statement on Arrest and Detention of Alexey Navalny  —  The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union.
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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:
Democrats turn to quick action on Biden covid relief bill after power-sharing deal in Senate
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell last spoke to Trump on Dec. 15
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 …
New York Times:
Proud Boys Under Growing Scrutiny in Capitol Riot Investigation  —  Officials are trying to determine to what extent far-right groups planned the assault in advance.  —  The leadership of the Proud Boys has come under increased scrutiny as agents and prosecutors across the country try …
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Tess Owen / VICE:   Roger Stone Used Oath Keepers as Security on the Eve of the Capitol Riot
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 …
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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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 …
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: DOJ rescinds ‘zero tolerance’ immigration rule  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Tuesday rescinded a Trump-era memo that established a “zero tolerance” enforcement policy for migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, which resulted in thousands of family separations.
Discussion: Axios and The Guardian
Shawna Chen / Axios:
Texas judge temporarily halts Biden's 100-day deportation freeze  —  A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the Biden administration's 100-day freeze on deporting unauthorized immigrants.  —  Why it matters: Biden has set an ambitious immigration agenda, but could face pushback from the courts.
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Trump's Pardon of Bannon Could Raise Risk for 3 Co-Defendants  —  President Trump's former adviser Stephen K. Bannon may now be a witness against three other men accused in a border-wall swindle.  —  Of all the pardons former President Donald Trump granted in the hours before he left office …
Elvina Nawaguna / Business Insider:
SCOOP: Josh Hawley says he is not running for president in 2024 … - Sen. Josh Hawley is not running for president in 2024, the Republican lawmaker told Insider on Tuesday.  — His recent actions — fiery speeches, a new book, and strong defense of President Donald Trump …
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 …
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.
Andrea Salcedo / Washington Post:
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler pepper-sprayed a maskless man who accused him of disregarding coronavirus measures  —  On Sunday, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler was walking outside a craft brewery on the Oregon city's southwest side when a man walked up to him and shouted, “Thanks for ruining the city!”
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.
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.
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.
CNN:
Goya board silences its CEO after he tells Fox News the election was rigged  —  New York (CNN Business)Goya's board of directors had enough of CEO Robert Unanue's public comments in support of former President Donald Trump and his unfounded claims of voter fraud.  On Friday, it voted to muzzle him.
 
 
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ABC News:
DOJ has identified 400 suspects, charged 135 in Capitol riot
Discussion: Politico
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
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Biden Education Pick Is Leading Opponent of Return to Classrooms
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Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
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Discussion: The Crime Report and Politico
Thomas Franck / CNBC:
White House signals it could agree to more narrowly targeted stimulus checks
Discussion: Forbes and Washington Post
Dave Philipps / New York Times:
From Navy SEAL to Part of the Angry Mob Outside the Capitol
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Mayor Aims to Turn Small Town Into QAnon, USA
Discussion: Raw Story