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10:55 AM 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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Wall Street Journal:
FBI Capitol Riot Investigation Shifts Gears
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Marjorie Taylor Greene indicated support for executing prominent Democrats in 2018 and 2019 before running for Congress  —  (CNN)Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene repeatedly indicated support for executing prominent Democratic politicians in 2018 and 2019 before being elected to Congress …
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Marjorie Taylor Greene QAnon-adjacent conspiracy theory comments resurface  —  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is setting up a new test for House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy.  —  Why it matters: The freshman Republican from Georgia made a series of bizarre and outlandish remarks …
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 …
Politico:
A top MAGA gathering finds life complicated after Trump  —  One of the premier MAGA gatherings in the nation is struggling to recreate the magic this year.  —  For decades, the Conservative Political Action Conference has been a staple of Republican politics.
Discussion: Fox News, Mediaite and Raw Story
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Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Everything You Need to Know About Reconciliation, the Tool Democrats Need to Govern
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, CNN, Grist and Power Line
Yahoo News:
Palm Beach Conducting ‘Legal Review’ Of Trump's Use Of Mar-A-Lago As A Residence  —  , By S.V. Date  ·Senior White House Correspondent, HuffPost  —  The town of Palm Beach, Florida, is reviewing  —  Donald Trump's use of his  —  Mar-a-Lago Club as a residence …
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David Knowles / Yahoo News:
Polls find Biden's approval rating higher than Trump's ever was
ABC News:
Biden to sign executive order on climate change  —  The order would aim to fulfill campaign promises to make the issue a priority.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images  —  On his one-week anniversary in office …
Discussion: Politico, Axios, Forbes and Bloomberg
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USA Today:
On COVID-19 and climate change, denialism is deadly
Discussion: HuffPost, Fox News and EA WorldView
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 …
Discussion: Roll Call
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.
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Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Pennsylvania GOP pledges full allegiance to Trump
Tom LoBianco / Business Insider:
Mike and Karen Pence are homeless and appear to be couch surfing their way through Indiana … - Republicans close to former Vice President Mike Pence say they don't know where the former second couple is now living.  — Pence and his wife Karen haven't owned a home in a decade …
Discussion: The Independent and Raw Story
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Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Mike Pence is ‘homeless’ and bouncing between couches of Indiana politicians: report
Discussion: TheGrio
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Republicans Rally Against Impeachment Trial, Signaling Likely Acquittal for Trump  —  All but five Republican senators voted to challenge the constitutionality of the trial, suggesting that Democrats were unlikely to find the 17 they would need to join them in convicting the former president.
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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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CNN
Eddie Burkhalter / Alabama Political Reporter:
Trump Appointee Says Tuberville, RAGA Director Met With Trump Family, Top Advisers On Eve Of Capitol Attack  —  Tuberville, through a spokeswoman, said he did not attend the meeting with Trump on the eve of the deadly attack.  —  The entrance to the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. (VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)
Julia Marcus / The Atlantic:
Vaccinated People Are Going to Hug Each Other  —  The vaccines are phenomenal.  Belaboring their imperfections—and telling people who receive them never to let down their guard—carries its own risks.  —  When Americans began receiving coronavirus vaccines last month …
New York Times:
What Jeffrey Epstein Did to Earn $158 Million From Leon Black  —  Mr. Epstein specialized in aggressively pitching ways to minimize paying taxes.  And not just to Mr. Black, the private equity chief executive who was his main benefactor in his later years.  —  He styled himself as a math whiz and …
Lauren Johnson / Business Insider:
CEOs steer clear of Fox News' Maria Bartiromo, sources say  — CEOs stay clear of Fox News' Maria Bartiromo  — Ad agency Hero Group sues Omnicom's DDB  — How much Snapchat creators make from Spotlight  —  If this email was forwarded to you, sign up here for your daily insider's guide to advertising and media.
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Biden's U.N. ambassador nominee to face criticism for past praise of China  —  The No. 1 foreign policy issue facing the Biden administration — especially its national security nominees — is China.  That will be apparent when GOP senators grill President Biden's nominee for ambassador …
Discussion: CBS News, Associated Press, CNN, Politico and UPI
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Senate Republicans Signal Acquittal for Trump as His Standing Improves Among GOP Voters  —  75% of Republican voters said they'd disapprove of Trump's conviction  — 55% of all voters said they'd approve if the Senate voted to convict Trump, virtually unchanged from earlier this month.
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KUSA-TV:   Nearly 4,600 Colorado Republicans changed their party affiliation after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol
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 whose namesakes are thought, by many, to have dishonorable legacies.
USA Today:
How we're holding Republicans responsible for cleaning up the Trump mess  —  Republicans leaders are suddenly preaching the importance of unity and healing.  The first step toward recovery is repentance and accepting responsibility for their role.  —  Now that President Biden …
The Frontier:
Oklahoma trying to return its $2m stockpile of hydroxychloroquine  —  The Oklahoma Attorney General's Office has been tasked with attempting to return a $2 million stockpile of a malaria drug once touted by former President Donald Trump as a way to treat the coronavirus.  —  Reading Time Posted In
Discussion: New York Post and Political Wire
Peter Wood / The American Mind:
America Isn't Make-Believe  —  The 1776 Report demonstrates a more sophisticated grasp of history than that of its critics.  —  What is a nation?  The no-sooner-established-by-President- Trump-than-abolished-by-Presidient- Biden “President's Advisory 1776 Commission” understandably by-passed this question in its initial report.
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Mainstream Republicans already surrendering to Trumpism  —  From opposing conviction in his impeachment trial to a surprise Senate Republican retirement, the GOP establishment anticipates a Trumpian future.  —  Much of this column's analysis since the Capitol riots on Jan. 6 has anticipated …
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Biden sets bold timeline for a return to normal life  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden's pledge that there will be sufficient vaccines for 300 million Americans by the end of summer represents a bold and politically risky response to criticism his pandemic plan lacks ambition.
Discussion: NBC News and NPR
The White House:
Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia … President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Vladimir Putin of Russia.  They discussed both countries' willingness to extend New START for five years, agreeing to have their teams work urgently …
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Mark Meadows joins conservative group run by Jim DeMint  —  Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is joining the Conservative Partnership Institute, a group run by former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint that operates as a “networking hub” for conservatives, sources familiar with his plans tell Axios.
NBC News:
Republicans circle the wagons around Trump one more time  —  WASHINGTON — A year ago, Republicans argued that Donald Trump shouldn't be impeached and removed from office because the country was too close to an election.  —  “Let the voters decide” was the common GOP refrain back then.
Andrew Oxford / Arizona Republic:
Arizona lawmakers who were in D.C. during Capitol riot won't release records from phones  —  Two Arizona legislators who went to the U.S. Capitol the day it was stormed by a mob earlier this month will not provide emails or text messages about their travel to Washington, D.C.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonah Engel Bromwich / New York Times:
Man Charged With Threatening Congressman's Family as Riot Raged  —  Relatives of Hakeem Jeffries and George Stephanopoulos received threatening text messages as rioters stormed the Capitol, federal prosecutors said.  —  The same day that a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol and tried …
Issues & Insights:
Blue States' COVID Restrictions Are Killing Jobs, But Not The Virus  —  We have long suspected that the left would use the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to take greater control over people's lives, whether or not it helped fight the disease.  The evidence appears to support this.
Discussion: WalletHub, KLRT-TV and The Capitolist
 
 
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KFF:
KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: January 2021
Discussion: Kaiser Health News
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
The GOP's Sick Game of ‘Russian Roulette’ in a COVID Hotspot
Discussion: Raw Story
Ira Stoll / Algemeiner.com:
New York Times Writer Arrested as Secret Iran Agent Acknowledges He Was Paid by Iranian Government
Washington Post:
U.S. prosecutors eye 400 potential suspects, expect sedition charges ‘very soon’ in Jan. 6 Capitol breach
Discussion: HotAir
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
First Candidate Drops Out of Crowded N.Y.C. Mayor Race
Discussion: Gothamist
 Earlier Items: 
The Hill:
An equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccine must include noncitizens
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Biden's Pandemic Plan Might Just Work
Josefa Velasquez / THE CITY:
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Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Democrats weigh “Dr. Fauci of Ohio” in Senate race
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: Kaine, Collins pitch Senate colleagues on censuring Trump