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11:55 AM ET, January 26, 2021

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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
McConnell relents on Senate rules, signals power-sharing deal with Democrats  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday night signaled he would step back from an ultimatum over Senate rules that sparked a partisan showdown and threatened to obstruct President Biden's early legislative agenda.
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Jaclyn Diaz / NPR:
McConnell Relents On Senate Filibuster Stalemate
CNN:
McConnell allows Senate power-sharing deal to advance after fight with Democrats over filibuster
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Biden tells CNN Trump's impeachment trial ‘has to happen’  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden on Monday offered his most extensive comments since taking office on former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, telling CNN, “I think it has to happen.”  —  Biden made the comment during a brief …
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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.
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 …
Discussion: TheGrio, The Sun, New York Post and Twitchy
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.
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Bloomberg:   CEO Who Jumped Vaccine Line Lost Job Amid Apollo Casino Deal
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 …
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!”
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Shane Dixon Kavanaugh / Oregonian:
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler pepper sprays unmasked man who confronted him with video camera  —  Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler blasted with pepper spray an unmasked man who confronted him and former Mayor Sam Adams with a video camera as the two left a pub Sunday night, the two men told police.
Holmes Lybrand / CNN:
Fact check: Hawley makes misleading denial on post-election efforts  —  Hawley's mentor says backing him was worst decision of his life  —  Washington (CNN)One of the few US senators who led the effort to object to the electoral college results on January 6, Josh Hawley is now claiming …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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 …
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 …
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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Biden to Suspend New Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Pending Review  —  Orders would boost conservation, setting up a confrontation with the oil industry  —  WASHINGTON—President Biden is planning on Wednesday to halt new oil and gas leasing on federal territory, people familiar with the matter said …
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has been banned from Twitter  —  (CNN Business)Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow, was banned from Twitter Monday night, according to a Twitter spokesperson.  —  Twitter made its decision based on a new policy it enacted after the Capitol insurrection whereby people …
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Politico:
Twitter bans MyPillow CEO
Discussion: Political Wire
Celine Castronuovo / The Hill:
Google suspends donations to lawmakers who voted against certifying election  —  Google late Monday announced that its political action committee will not make donations this election cycle to members of Congress who voted against certifying the 2020 presidential election results.
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New York Times:
As Trump Seeks to Remain a Political Force, New Targets Emerge  —  As Donald Trump surveys the political landscape, there is a sudden Senate opening in Ohio, an ally's bid for Arkansas governor, and some scores to settle elsewhere.  —  Former President Donald J. Trump …
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
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” …
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Biden to reopen ACA insurance marketplaces as pandemic has cost millions of Americans their coverage  —  President Biden is scheduled to take executive actions as early as Thursday to reopen federal marketplaces selling Affordable Care Act health plans and to lower recent barriers to joining Medicaid.
Discussion: CNN, Balloon Juice and KFF
Frank Newport / Gallup:
U.S. Satisfaction at 11% in Early January  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Before the Jan. 20 inauguration of Joe Biden as the nation's 46th president, 11% of Americans said they are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S. This is down from 16% in December and marginally lower than readings …
Discussion: The Hill and HotAir
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Marc Freeman / Sun-Sentinel:
Robert Kraft's sex videos from police sting should be destroyed, judge orders  —  Sex videos of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft are set to be destroyed under a court order.  —  It's been two years since the 79-year-old billionaire was among more than two dozen people secretly videotaped …
Discussion: TheGrio, TMZ.com and Florida Politics
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Former Voice of America overseer hired two law firms to $4 million no-bid contracts.  —  The former head of Voice of America's parent agency hired two law firms to open-ended, no-bid contracts, including one specifying that top lawyers would earn $1,470 per hour, according to documents and people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: The Hill and USAGM
Ann Marlowe / OCCRP:
Time for a Free Public Registry of Corporate Beneficial Ownership in the U.S.  —  In the tumult of recent weeks, a major legislative milestone in the American fight against kleptocracy has sneaked by almost unnoticed.  It demands our attention, especially because its work is only half done.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
'It's a shot at my reputation': Lauren Wolfe reacts to NYT's statement about her dismissal  —  Lauren Wolfe made no ripples last May when she started as a freelance editor at the New York Times.  She worked three to six days a week as part of the paper's “live updates” team …
Emily Bazelon / New York Times:
Why Is Big Tech Policing Speech?  Because the Government Isn't  —  Deplatforming President Trump showed that the First Amendment is broken — but not in the way his supporters think.  —  In the months leading up to the November election, the social media platform Parler attracted millions …
Chris Rickert / Lincoln Journal Star:
Wisconsin priest conducted election-related exorcisms; now leaving post  —  A conservative Madison priest and blogger has left the Madison Catholic Diocese after performing live-streamed exorcisms aimed at rooting out what he, former President Donald Trump and other Trump supporters …
Discussion: The Hill
Erik Maulbetsch / Colorado Times Recorder:
Boebert Claimed Not To Know Anti-Govt Extremists She Posed With, But Photos Show Otherwise  —  Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-CO) claimed she “didn't know” the anti-government extremists she posed with on the steps of the Colorado Capitol in 2019, but it turns out she's known some of them for over a year.
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Trying Mr. Trump, Private Citizen  —  Democrats want to punish the ex-President but may revive him.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Democrats can't let go of Donald Trump even as a former President, so on Monday House managers walked their article of impeachment to the Senate for a trial.
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.
 
 
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Steven Greenhouse / The Guardian:
Bernie Sanders in new push for $15 minimum wage under Biden: 'For me, it's morally imperative'
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Washington Post:
One coal state senator holds the key to Biden's ambitious climate agenda. And it's not McConnell.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Matt Bai / Washington Post:
Teachers are vital public servants. Time for them to start acting like it.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Many Republicans are choosing collective amnesia of Jan. 6. That would be disastrous.
Discussion: IJR
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Examiner:
Biden's politically correct assault on girls sports
Discussion: The Federalist
Dean DeChiaro / Roll Call:
After Capitol riot, a call to protect veterans from disinformation
Dan Hannan / Washington Examiner:
A genocide, by any other name  —  How are we to describe the abominations being carried …
Zach Despart / Houston Chronicle:
Harris County judge dismisses vaccine theft charge against doctor, blasts DA for bringing the case
Discussion: New York Post
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Biden to tap nurse as acting surgeon general
Discussion: The Hill