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1:35 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.
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 …
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 …
Trump sends a message to Senate Republicans ahead of his trial  —  A top political aide to former President Donald Trump spent the weekend quietly reassuring Republican senators that the former president has no plans to start a third party — and instead will keep his imprint on the GOP.
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 …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Washington Post editor Marty Baron announces his retirement  —  New York (CNN Business)Marty Baron, the editor who transformed the Washington Post into an international powerhouse and led the news organization to win 10 Pulitzer Prizes, is retiring next month.
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 …
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
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Biden to issue executive orders promoting racial equity
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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.
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
Ursula Perano / Axios:
McConnell defends filibuster: “You don't destroy the Senate for fleeting advantage”
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
McConnell relents on Senate rules, signals power-sharing deal with Democrats
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!”
Shane Dixon Kavanaugh / Oregonian:
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler pepper sprays unmasked man who confronted him with video camera
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Senate confirms Biden confidant Antony Blinken as secretary of state  —  The Senate approved President Biden's choice to lead the State Department, Antony Blinken, in a fast-tracked vote to round out the top ranks of the new president's national security team.
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Blinken confirmed as secretary of State
Discussion: CNBC, USA Today, Associated Press and WABC
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
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.
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
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 …
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.
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” …
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
Stephen Fowler / Georgia Public Broadcasting:
Rep. David Clark Removed From Ga. House Chamber For Ignoring COVID Testing Rules  —  Georgia Rep. David Clark (above) was removed from the Georgia House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, for failure to comply with coronavirus testing rules.  —  Republican state Rep. David Clark (R-Buford) …
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 …
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.
Andrew Silverstein / Grub Street:
New York Loves Its Bodegas, But What Are They Officially?  —  On the morning of January 15, New York mayoral candidate Andrew Yang walked into a store to purchase two bottles of green tea and an entire bunch of bananas.  “New York City relies upon its 14,000 bodegas so much,” he said.  “I love bodegas.”
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 …
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, The Root and KFF
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 …
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
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 …
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: TheGrio
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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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
If You're Gushing about Non-Answers, You're Not Really a Journalist
Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
How the KGB Hooked Trump
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
Discussion: The Hill
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
 Earlier Items: 
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
U.S. Satisfaction at 11% in Early January
Discussion: The Hill and HotAir
Melissa Quinn / CBS News:
Trump opens “Office of the Former President” in Florida
Discussion: Political Wire
Erik Maulbetsch / Colorado Times Recorder:
Boebert Claimed Not To Know Anti-Govt Extremists She Posed With, But Photos Show Otherwise
Discussion: Raw Story
Marc Freeman / Sun-Sentinel:
Robert Kraft's sex videos from police sting should be destroyed, judge orders
Discussion:, TheGrio and Florida Politics