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12:40 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 …
Discussion: The Independent
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite and Raw Story
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 …
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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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
Jaclyn Diaz / NPR:
McConnell Relents On Senate Filibuster Stalemate  —  • The Senate minority leader pointed to statements by two moderate Democrats who oppose ending the legislative maneuver.  Both sides claimed victory, but the truce could be short-lived.
Discussion: Raw Story, WITF, Vox and The Week
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
McConnell relents on Senate rules, signals power-sharing deal with Democrats
Ursula Perano / Axios:
McConnell defends filibuster: “You don't destroy the Senate for fleeting advantage”
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 …
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
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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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 …
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
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.
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” …
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
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
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 …
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 …
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
White House expected to tell governors they will get more coronavirus vaccine doses starting next week  —  Expected increase will be about 16 percent but will not fully alleviate shortages  —  Federal allocations of coronavirus vaccine doses to states and other jurisdictions are expected …
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Week and POLITICUSUSA
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.
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
Clayton Guse / New York Daily News:
MTA saved no money by closing overnight subway service, transit officials admit  —  MTA stands for “Money Thrown Away” during the overnight shutdown of the city's subways.  —  The cash-strapped agency has not saved a cent by closing the subway to passengers from 1-5 a.m. each night since May 6 …
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 …
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
Politico:
D.C. National Guard deployment extended through end of March  —  The deployment for the entire D.C. National Guard has been extended until March 31 in anticipation of “civil disturbance” throughout the nation's capital, according to a memo obtained by POLITICO on Tuesday.
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
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.
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 …
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: HuffPost, The Hill and USAGM
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
A Tech Investor Is Raising Funds to Investigate San Francisco Prosecutor's Decarceral Approach … A Silicon Valley angel investor is running a fundraiser to hire a journalist to investigate District Attorney Chesa Boudin's office and hold him “accountable to the people of San Francisco” …
Discussion: The Crime Report and Politico
Steven Greenhouse / The Guardian:
Bernie Sanders in new push for $15 minimum wage under Biden: 'For me, it's morally imperative'  —  Leftwing senator tells Guardian the chances of raising the federal minimum are better than ever with new president in White House  —  Senator Bernie Sanders says the widespread suffering caused …
Discussion: Axios, IJR, Data For Progress and Noahpinion
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
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.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The White House power map  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  We've done some digging and pieced together who occupies most of the offices on the first two floors of the West Wing.  While there are still a few gaps — and some people haven't been into work yet because of Covid-19 …
Troy Closson / New York Times:
The High-Risk Group Left Out of New York's Vaccine Rollout  —  Virus cases are surging among incarcerated people at prisons and jails.  But state officials have not announced when they will be vaccinated.  —  When New York announced new vaccine eligibility guidelines two weeks ago covering millions …
 
 
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Talia Kaplan / Fox News:
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Washington Post:
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Matt Bai / Washington Post:
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Zach Despart / Houston Chronicle:
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