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3:05 PM ET, January 27, 2021

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Aram Roston / Reuters:
Exclusive: Proud Boys leader was ‘prolific’ informer for law enforcement  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys extremist group, has a past as an informer for federal and local law enforcement, repeatedly working undercover for investigators after he was arrested in 2012 …
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New York Times:
Proud Boys Under Growing Scrutiny in Capitol Riot Investigation
Discussion: The Week and Politico
Department of Homeland Security:
Duration  —  Details  — Throughout 2020, Domestic Violent Extremists (DVEs) targeted individuals with opposing views engaged in First Amendment-protected, non-violent protest activity.  DVEs motivated by a range of issues, including anger over COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results …
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Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Homeland security bulletin warns Americans about violence by grievance-fueled domestic extremists  —  The Department of Homeland Security issued a warning Wednesday to alert the public about a growing risk of attacks by “ideologically-motivated violent extremists” agitated …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Social Media Influencer Charged with Election Interference Stemming from Voter Disinformation Campaign  —  Defendant Unlawfully Used Social Media to Deprive Individuals of Their Right to Vote  —  A Florida man was arrested this morning on charges of conspiring with others in advance …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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NBC Bay Area:
San Francisco Board of Education Votes to Rename 44 Schools  —  The San Francisco School Board voted to rename 44 public schools Tuesday, a debate and decision that's being followed across the country.  —  Those 44 schools' namesakes are thought, by many, to have dishonorable legacies.
Discussion: The Hill
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Jill Tucker / San Francisco Chronicle:
Washington and Lincoln are out.  S.F. school board tosses 44 school names in controversial move  —  The names of presidents, conquistadors, authors and even a current U.S. senator will be removed from 44 San Francisco school sites after the city's school board Tuesday deemed the iconic figures unworthy of the honor.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: The revolution devours all before it
Discussion: Fox News and HotAir
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: GOP to stay neutral should Trump run again  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the Republican National Committee on Wednesday declined to encourage former President Donald Trump to run for the White House in 2024, saying the GOP would stay “neutral” in its next presidential primary.
James Surowiecki / Marker:
The GameStop Fiasco Proves We're in a ‘Meme Stock’ Bubble  —  What the new dynamic between Redditors and Wall Street reveals about the stock market in 2021  —  Money Talks is a column that explores what happens when business, the economy, and culture collide.
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Michael Brendan Dougherty / National Review:
The GameStop Squeeze Will End Badly
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Warren P. Strobel / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Freezes U.S. Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE  —  The administration is reviewing weapons transactions approved by former President Trump  —  The Biden administration has imposed a temporary freeze on U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as it reviews billions …
Tyler Pager / Politico:
Biden starts staffing a commission on Supreme Court reform  —  The Biden administration is moving forward with the creation of a bipartisan commission to study reforms to the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary.  —  The commission will be housed under the purview of the White House Counsel's office …
Discussion: HotAir, The Daily Caller and Townhall
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: McConnell retreats as Trump dominates the GOP civil war  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  There are two big arguments dominating American politics right now.  Democrats are currently in disarray trying to figure out the future.  The questions they have are about how bold …
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Marjorie Taylor Greene QAnon-adjacent conspiracy theory comments resurface
Politico:
Lawmakers demand answers on Covid outbreak, Guard deployments  —  Frustrated lawmakers on Wednesday demanded a better accounting of the scope of a Covid outbreak among the National Guard members deployed to the Capitol, and answers on why thousands of troops are being forced to remain on duty in Washington …
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Julia Marcus / The Atlantic:
Vaccinated People Are Going to Hug Each Other  —  When Americans began receiving coronavirus vaccines last month, people started fantasizing about the first thing they'd do when the pandemic ends: go back to work, visit family, hug friends.  But the public discussion soon shifted.
Jennifer Barnett / Medium:
I Left My Career in Prestige Media Because of the Shitty Men in Charge and They Are Still In Charge and Still Fucking Up  —  I had the plum job.  The top of the masthead of one of the most prestigious and respected publications with more than a 150-year-old history.
Christopher Bedford / The Federalist:
The Occupation Of Washington Is Pure Panic Porn — And You Are The Target  —  Just this week, we learned that thousands of Guardsmen could remain in Washington DC ‘indefinitely.’ Certainly through President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.  —  WASHINGTON, DC — The National Guard have been in D.C. for three weeks now.
Discussion: Stars & Stripes
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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Senate Democrats reintroduce DC statehood bill  —  A group of Senate Democrats led by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) reintroduced legislation to give Washington, D.C., statehood on Wednesday, marking the first major efforts to push toward statehood since the Capitol riots earlier this month.
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Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:   Democrats introduce bill to make Washington, D.C., the 51st state
Ellen McCarthy / Washington Post:
Anti-Trump Republican Adam Kinzinger accepts his fate, whatever it is  —  One thing to understand about Adam Kinzinger is that he knows how this will end.  —  “The only hope you have is to accept the fact that you're already dead,” the Republican congressman from Illinois says.
Politico:
Biden administration replaces top immigration court official  —  The Biden administration on Wednesday made its first move to set the nation's immigration courts in a new direction, announcing plans to replace the official who has overseen the system for nearly four years.
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Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
The Director Of The Nation's Immigration Courts Has Stepped Down
Discussion: CBS News and ImmigrationProf Blog
Kristine Owram / Bloomberg:
Bankrupt Blockbuster Remnant Joins Reddit-Inspired Retail Rally  —  The latest nostalgia stock to jump on the Reddit rally is BB Liquidating Inc., the final remnant of bankrupt video-rental company Blockbuster.  —  The penny stock surged 774% Tuesday to just under 5 cents a share …
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
How Anthony Fauci Got Through the ‘Bullshit’  —  You couldn't have blamed Anthony Fauci if at any point over the past year he'd told Donald Trump he'd had enough, thank you, and quit.  Everyone has a breaking point.  There was the time the former president called him “a disaster” on a call with Trump-campaign staff.
Discussion: Mediaite and CNN
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
Militiaman Who Plotted to Kidnap Gretchen Whitmer Pleads Guilty, Turns on His Pals  —  Ty Garbin, 25, has agreed to co-operate with agencies investigating the wild plot to overthrow the Michigan government and execute the governor for treason.  —  One of the Michigan militiamen accused …
Washington Post:
Millions earmarked for public health emergencies were used to pay for unrelated projects, says inspector general  —  Staff referred to agency as the ‘bank of BARDA’ and said research and development funds were regularly tapped for unrelated projects, from salaries to the removal of office furniture, the report finds
Politico:
Senate GOP braces for more retirements after Portman stunner  —  Republicans need to flip just one seat next year to win back the Senate majority.  But retirements are already complicating their path back to power.  —  Two of the three toughest GOP defensive states on the 2022 Senate map …
The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Takes Executive Actions to Tackle the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, Create Jobs, and Restore Scientific Integrity Across Federal Government … Biden-Harris Administration Commits on Climate Change - Creating Jobs, Building Infrastructure, and Delivering Environmental Justice
David Siders / Politico:
The GOP's answer to its post-Trump blues: More Trump  —  For a moment, it looked like Donald Trump might be losing his iron grip on the GOP.  In the wake of the deadly Capitol riot, 10 House Republicans joined Democrats in their vote to impeach him.  Several other Republicans openly suggested at least censuring the president.
Tom Rogan / Washington Examiner:
Biden must not remove Huawei from the entities list  —  Let's state the facts: Huawei is not a 5G telecommunications firm in the vein of Ericsson and Nokia.  Instead, it is a deniable corporate agent of the People's Liberation Army's intelligence department.
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The Democrats' Civil War Over the Filibuster Has Barely Begun  —  Joe Manchin said Monday that he will not, under any circumstances, “vote to get rid of the filibuster.”  Kyrsten Sinema echoed her West Virginia colleague.  Mitch McConnell took the Democratic senators at their word.
Nikki McCann Ramirez / Media Matters for America:
Tucker Carlson suddenly gives a welcome ear to election conspiracy theories when they come from his major sponsor  —  A month after Carlson confronted Sidney Powell, he goes to the mattresses for Mike Lindell, the CEO of his largest advertiser  —  On Tuesday night, pillow salesman Mike Lindell headed …
Seth Abramson / Proof:
January 5 Meeting at Trump International Hotel Could Hold the Key to the January 6 Insurrection  —  The night before the insurrection, a large group of Trump family and advisers held an urgent meeting with January 6 organizers at the president's private residence in DC.  —  19 hr ago
Antonia Noori Farzan / Washington Post:
Philadelphia let ‘college kids’ distribute vaccines.  The result was a ‘disaster,’ volunteers say.  —  Philadelphia is home to some of the most venerated medical institutions in the country.  Yet when it came time to set up the city's first and largest coronavirus mass vaccination site …
Politico:
Second police officer died by suicide following Capitol attack  —  A second police officer who responded to the violent insurrection that rocked the Capitol Building on Jan. 6 has died by suicide, according to testimony obtained by POLITICO.  —  Acting Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee …
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
 
 
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
John Kerry: U.S.-China climate cooperation is a “critical standalone issue”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Josh Siegel / Washington Examiner:
Biden energy secretary nominee Jennifer Granholm reassures Republicans on fossil fuels
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and The Hill
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
‘Blame Trump’ defense from alleged Capitol rioters dovetails with Democrats' impeachment case
Discussion: The Hill
Dennis Romboy / Deseret News:
Mitt Romney to Republicans: Stop perpetuating ‘big lie’ that Biden stole election from Trump
Discussion: Political Wire
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Melania Trump hires staff and establishes post-White House office
Discussion: Raw Story
Matthew Cunningham-Cook / The Intercept:
Rebekah Mercer Raised Specter of “Armed Conflict” in 2019 Book
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Feds: Trump Supporter With Pipe Bombs Discussed Targeting Twitter, Democrats
Discussion: Raw Story
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
Biden's Initial Batch Of Executive Actions Is Popular
Discussion: Breitbart
USA Today:
How we're holding Republicans responsible for cleaning up the Trump mess
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Biden's U.N. ambassador nominee to face criticism for past praise of China
Lauren Johnson / Business Insider:
CEOs steer clear of Fox News' Maria Bartiromo, sources say