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7:40 PM ET, January 27, 2021

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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 …
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Department of Homeland Security:   DHS Issues a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin
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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NBC News:
Proud Boys leader went undercover to help police after 2013 arrest
Jacob Jarvis / Newsweek:
Mitch McConnell Sparks Backlash Over ‘Scorched-Earth Senate’ Warning  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been criticized after suggesting ditching the filibuster could create a “scorched-earth Senate,” with adversaries taking issue with his past actions in the upper chamber.
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Jonathan Tamari / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Bob Casey says he's open to killing the filibuster and advancing Biden's agenda without GOP support
Discussion: Washington Post and Bloomberg
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Top Senate Republican: Censure option for Trump is ‘not serious’
Christopher Bedford / The Federalist:
The Occupation Of Washington Is Pure Panic Porn — And You Are The Target
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 …
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Abby Vesoulis / TIME:
'He's Saying One Thing and Then He's Doing Another.' Rep. Madison Cawthorn Peddles a Different Kind of Trumpism in a Post-Trump World  —  As the Trump Administration drew to a close, Republican legislators and aides were forced to choose a side.  They could either distance themselves …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Federal Judges Are Retiring Now That Joe Biden Will Pick Their Replacements  —  It's not just Democrat-appointed judges, either.  —  For at least one federal judge, it appeared that President Joe Biden couldn't be sworn in fast enough.  —  “It has been my honor to serve,” …
Discussion: Reason and SCOTUSblog
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Biden brother touts relationship with president in Inauguration Day ad for law firm  — President Joe Biden's brother Frank promoted his relationship to the commander-in-chief in an Inauguration Day advertisement for the law firm he advises.  — Frank Biden is a non-attorney senior advisor for the Berman Law Group.
Dave Levinthal / Business Insider:
SCOOP: Sen. Dianne Feinstein fails to disclose husband's stock purchase, says she's willing to pay a fine … - Sen. Dianne Feinstein's husband, investment banker Richard Blum, invested up to $50,000 in polling firm The Generation Lab.  — But the Democratic lawmaker didn't disclose …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Discord bans the r/WallStreetBets server  —  It was banned following repeated warnings for allowing hate speech  —  Discord has banned the r/WallStreetBets server, the company confirmed to The Verge.  Reddit's WallStreetBets subreddit is the driver of an unprecedented rally of GameStop stock …
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Bill seeks two copies of photo ID to vote absentee in Georgia  —  Georgia voters would be required to make copies of their photo ID and mail them to election officials twice before being allowed to cast an absentee ballot, according to a bill introduced Wednesday.
NBC News:
Trump considers written letter as part of Senate trial defense  —  WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump may submit a written letter in his defense for the Senate impeachment trial, contemplating the move as he expands his legal team less than two weeks before the proceedings are set to begin …
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 …
Gregory S. Schneider / Washington Post:
Virginia senator who called U.S. Capitol rioters ‘patriots’ is censured  —  The Virginia Senate voted Wednesday to censure state Sen. Amanda F. Chase (R-Chesterfield) over a long pattern of behavior that includes referring to the insurrectionists who attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 as …
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 …
Tim Pearce / The Daily Wire:
Ben Shapiro Responds To Over 100 Politico Staffers ‘Irate’ Over One Column: ‘You Fragile Little Babies’  —  The Daily Wire Editor Emeritus Ben Shapiro mocked over 100 Politico staffers on Tuesday for signing a letter to Politico's publisher complaining that Shapiro was given the chance to guest write the outlet's flagship newsletter.
Sonny Bunch / Washington Post:
We live in a golden age of cringe  —  We live in a golden age of cringe, an art form defined, at least in part, by its grotesquely earnest monuments to politicians.  And while it can be funny to laugh at an oil painting of a muscle-bound President Trump or fantasies of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg …
Michael Kirk / FRONTLINE:
Trump's American Carnage  —  DIRECTED BY: PRODUCED BY: … From his first days as president to his last, how Trump stoked division, violence and insurrection.  FRONTLINE investigates Trump's siege on his enemies, the media and even the leaders of his own party, who for years ignored the warning signs of what was to come.
Discussion: driftglass
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
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Public Wants GOP to Work With Biden  —  The pandemic and domestic terrorism among top issue priorities  —  West Long Branch, NJ - President Joe Biden begins his term with the backing of a majority of Americans.  The Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll finds, though …
Kate Kelland / Reuters:
‘Crazy and evil’: Bill Gates surprised by pandemic conspiracies  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Microsoft co-founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates says he has been taken aback by the volume of “crazy” and “evil” conspiracy theories about him spreading on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic …
Piper French / The Appeal:
The Prosecutors' Union That's Suing George Gascón Has A History Of Zealous Opposition To Reform  —  A look at the organization's past actions suggests that this lawsuit is part of a longstanding pattern of ideologically motivated advocacy and commitment to tough-on-crime policies …
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
How Anthony Fauci Survived Donald Trump  —  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.
Associated Press:
Feds withheld info on virus cases following executions  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — At least two journalists tested positive for coronavirus after witnessing the Trump administration's final three federal executions, but the Bureau of Prisons knowingly withheld the diagnoses from other media witnesses …
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Jim Jordan falsely claims Biden ordered the release of all undocumented immigrants  —  Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden has already ordered significant changes to US immigration policy.  But he has not issued an order that Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan claims he did.
Shawna Chen / Axios:
Kaine, Collins' censure resolution seeks to bar Trump from holding office again  —  Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) are forging ahead with a draft proposal to censure former President Trump, and are considering introducing the resolution on the Senate floor next week.
 
 
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CNN:
First lady Jill Biden expected to take active role in immigrant family reunification
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
MyPillow C.E.O.'s Trump Conspiracy Theories Put Company on the Spot
Discussion: The Hill and HotAir
U.S. Department of Justice:
Three Individuals Affiliated With the Oath Keepers Indicted in Federal Court for Conspiracy to Obstruct Congress on Jan. 6, 2021
Discussion: IJR and Raw Story
Ben Caspit / Al-Monitor:
Netanyahu bristles in warning as Biden seeks reentry to Iran deal
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Allison Donahue / Michigan Advance:
GOP-led Senate rejects 13 Whitmer appointees to ‘send a signal’ to her
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Dominic Green / spectator.us:
Oligarchy in America  —  The fog of the Trump wars is lifting, the road from COVID-19 rising before us …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Biden's U.N. ambassador nominee to face criticism for past praise of China