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2:35 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.
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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 …
Politico:
Rand Paul to force vote on constitutionality of Trump impeachment trial  —  GOP Sen. Rand Paul will force a vote Tuesday on whether putting a former president on trial for impeachment charges is constitutional.  —  Paul's effort reflects the widespread belief among Republicans that the Senate …
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Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Biden tells CNN Trump's impeachment trial ‘has to happen’
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
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Biden to issue executive orders promoting racial equity
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Biden to order DOJ to end private prison contracts as part of racial equity push
Discussion: NPR, The Hill, Vox and KRON4
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 …
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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
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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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
McConnell relents on Senate rules, signals power-sharing deal with Democrats
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) …
Discussion: Law & Crime
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David Wickert / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia lawmaker booted from chamber for failing to get COVID-19 test
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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
Melissa Quinn / CBS News:
Trump opens “Office of the Former President” in Florida  —  Washington — Former President Donald Trump announced Monday the official opening of the “Office of the Former President” in Palm Beach County, Florida, which is tasked with overseeing the 45th president's official activities in his post-presidency life.
Discussion: Political Wire
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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. …
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Blinken confirmed as secretary of State  —  Antony Blinken was confirmed as secretary of State on Tuesday, taking the reins of U.S. foreign policy amid major global challenges and following years of turmoil at the State Department.  —  Blinken won bipartisan approval in the Senate, with a vote of 78-22.
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.”
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Biden's Commerce nominee backs changes to Section 230
Matthew Foldi / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Education Pick Is Leading Opponent of Return to Classrooms
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Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Arms deal, hacking complicate Joe Biden's approach to Russia
Discussion: Axios, The National Interest and HotAir
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
If You're Gushing about Non-Answers, You're Not Really a Journalist
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
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Chris Rickert / Lincoln Journal Star:
Wisconsin priest conducted election-related exorcisms; now leaving post
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
Ann Marlowe / OCCRP:
Time for a Free Public Registry of Corporate Beneficial Ownership in the U.S.
Thomas Franck / CNBC:
White House signals it could agree to more narrowly targeted stimulus checks
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
U.S. Satisfaction at 11% in Early January
Discussion: The Hill and HotAir
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
Marc Freeman / Sun-Sentinel:
Robert Kraft's sex videos from police sting should be destroyed, judge orders
Discussion: NPR, TheGrio, TMZ.com and Florida Politics