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Today's Top Political and Coronavirus News Compilation - Monday, January 18, 2021

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Barr told Trump that theories about stolen election were 'bulls---': report
Former Attorney General William Barr reportedly pushed back strongly on President Trump when discussing claims the president was circulating about the election being "stolen" from him.

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Live Updates: Nearby fire prompts brief security scare at Capitol
U.S. Capitol lockdown lifted, fire nearby contained
Pelosi demands acting Pentagon chief halt his order to NSA to install Trump loyalist as general counsel
Trump plans to leave in dramatic fashion yet continues to stay out of sight
Trump's DHS downplayed domestic extremism while pushing anti-immigration agenda, ex-officials say
Moving trucks spotted at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort as he prepares to depart Washington
Trump's Census Director To Quit After Trying To Rush Out 'Indefensible' Report
Trump exits White House silenced by Twitter, shunned by some in GOP
Trump to leave for Florida around 8 a.m. on Inauguration Day
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene lays into Twitter after lockout for election fraud claims
Police command structure crumbled fast during Capitol riot
Factbox: Biden's Cabinet appointees get their day in Congress
The Trump letter his lawyers said should never see 'light of day'
Biden confronted with migrant caravan challenge as he takes office, GOP blames campaign rhetoric
Poetry Challenge: Honor MLK By Describing How You Dream A World
As Trump's top diplomat, Pompeo sought to position himself as the president's successor
Biden to bring back fired Pentagon official who led anti-ISIS effort
Huckabee floats impeaching Kamala Harris for supporting bailing protesters, rioters out of jail this summer
Obama honors MLK Day: 'He never gave in to violence, never waved a traitorous flag'...

Today's Top Political and Coronavirus News Compilation - Sunday, January 17, 2021

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Statehouses, US capital brace for potentially violent week
The threat of extremist groups descending on statehouses across the country in demonstrations Sunday prompted some governors to roll out a massive show of force and ramp up security, less than two weeks after a mob overran the nation’s Capitol. ...

Biden team preparing for 'any scenario that should arise' on Inauguration Day
U.S. capitals gird for pro-Trump armed protests as FBI flags risk of violence
'Accountability for lies and lawbreaking': Biden's bipartisanship will be tested
Online misinformation about the US election fell 73% after Trump's social media ban - BI
Deceptions in the time of the ‘alternative facts’ president
Sasse says QAnon 'destroying the GOP' in new op-ed
Washington, D.C., locks down as inauguration events kick off
Schiff says 'massive intelligence and security failure' led to Capitol breach
For Trump, 68% oppose a self-pardon; Biden sees positive marks for transition: POLL
A Biden presidency could bring a wave of policy shifts. Here are the ones you likely care about.
Democrats won't commit to impeachment timeline after sounding alarm about Trump
Impeachment managers: Trial is referendum on Trump ever holding office again
CNN Poll: Republican Party favorability dips as most want party to move on from Trump
Schiff: No reason Trump should get intel briefings ever again
Away days give Pence chance to leave Washington and forget Trump turmoil
On Biden's Inauguration Day, Trump Will See Himself Out
Kremlin critic Navalny takes off on plane to Russia despite arrest threat
Police detain Kremlin critic Navalny on return to Russia
In inaugural address, Biden will appeal to national unity
Americans see democracy under threat — CBS News poll
Biden adviser defends liberal agenda items in $1.9T coronavirus relief plan, dodges on ending filibuster
Biden will wait for recommendation on sharing secrets with Trump...

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Yellen to call for "big" action at Senate confirmation hearing

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Janet Yellen, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Treasury Secretary, will call for "big" action on the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis at her Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday, according to prepared remarks obtained by CBS News. The Senate will begin confirmation hearings on Tuesday for Yellen and more key members of Mr. Biden's Cabinet.

"Economists don't always agree, but I think there is a consensus now: Without further action, we risk a longer, more painful recession now – and long-term scarring of the economy later," Yellen will...
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Biden promises on Day One to reinstate rule protecting transgender student use of bathrooms

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President-elect Joe Biden has promised to get straight to work after he is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, which could include swift action on federal guidance President Trump revoked that was designed to protect transgender students.

The Trump administration, early in its tenure, revoked an Obama-era federal rule that extended Title IX protections to transgender students, allowing them to use bathrooms and locker rooms according to their gender identities and not just their biological sex.

Biden has already begun...
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Migrant caravan member cites Biden’s pledge to suspend deportations for 100 days as reason for traveling to US

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A migrant traveling with a caravan that left Honduras on Friday told a reporter he was headed to the U.S. because soon-to-be President Joe Biden is "giving us 100 days to get to the U.S."

The migrant, seen in an interview shared by The Hill, did not provide his name but said he was from Roatán, a tourist island off the northern coast of Honduras.

He appeared to be citing Biden’s pledge to place a 100-day moratorium on deportations – one of several items on his agenda that will reverse some of President Donald Trump’s signature policies.

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Put that in your Hot Pocket

  • News source: Chris Stirewalt
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**Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.** On the roster: Put that in your Hot Pocket - Biden taps hardliners for finance regulation - Impeachment on the back burner for now - Trump said to ready a pardonpalooza - ‘Right’PUT THAT IN YOUR HOT POCKET The news today that more than three-quarters-of-a-million pounds of Hot Pockets have been recalled because of the potential presence of "extraneous materials," including hard plastic, has prompted some questions in our minds.1) We kind of thought surprising contents were...
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Rudy Giuliani voted with an affidavit ballot, which he bashed in failed effort to overturn election

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(CNN)President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani personally voted in the 2020 election using a voting method he publicly disparaged and bashed in his attempts to overthrow the presidential election results, a CNN KFile investigation has found.

Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, voted in Manhattan by an affidavit ballot, also known as a provisional ballot, after his name did not appear on the voter rolls when he showed up to vote.

According to records obtained by CNN's KFile, Giuliani's registration was moved to his Long Island...
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Trump expected to grant up to 100 clemency actions Tuesday

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President Trump is expected to issue up to 100 pardons and commutations on Tuesday, a senior administration official and a senior White House official tell CBS News. Tuesday marks Mr. Trump's final full day in office.

Neither source disclosed any of the recipients, although the president isn't currently expected to attempt to pardon himself, one source said. CNN first reported the expectation of up to 100 acts of clemency this week.

The White House has invited guests to an 8 a.m. Wednesday sendoff ceremony for the president at Joint Base Andrews...
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Biden taps Warren ally for key financial regulation role

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President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Rohit Chopra to be the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, tapping a progressive ally of Sen. Elizabeth Warren to helm the agency whose creation she championed. The pick comes as Democrats eye ways to provide student loan relief to millions of Americans as part of a COVID-19 relief package.

Chopra, now a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission, helped launch the consumer agency after the 2008-09 financial crisis and served as deputy director, where he sounded the alarm about skyrocketing...
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Questions surround vaccine timeline for detained immigrants

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Krystal Chavez, who was a toddler when her father started his prison sentence in the early 1990s, said she was looking forward to hugging him for the first time outside of a detention facility. Martha, her sister, said she was hoping her father could finally meet his grandchildren.

The U.S. citizen sisters did not get those opportunities.

Their father, Cipriano Chavez-Alvarez, 62, had his life sentence for a non-violent drug conviction cut short by a federal judge who ordered his compassionate release from prison last July. U.S. District Court...
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Freshman Republican lawmaker describes her first 100 hours in Congress as 'hell' after riot, impeachment

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Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., described her first 100 hours on Congress as "hell" Monday, telling "The Story" that the deadly Capitol riot, the fight over the Electoral College vote count and the second impeachment of President Trump represented an unbelievable series of events.

I couldn't imagine being in this situation in my lifetime ... it was heartbreaking and made me really angry," Mace, who unseated Democrat Joe Cunningham in November, told host Martha MacCallum.

"I have spoken out strongly against the president and my own colleagues ... we have a...
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Harry Reid now calls Romney a 'very fine human being' after false 2012 claim he didn't pay taxes

  • News source: Sam Dorman
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Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid heaped praise on Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, in a recent podcast, raising questions about the former Senate Democratic leader's suggestion during the 2012 presidential campaign that the latter didn't pay his taxes.

Reid told the Salt Lake Tribune that he and Romney had a "make up" meeting of sorts after Romney lost his presidential bid as the Republican party's nominee.

"I asked my friend of many, many years, Gov. [Mike] Leavitt of Utah who had been head of Health and Human Services, to arrange a meeting with...
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Acting DHS secretary: We want to leave 'no stone unturned' in securing Biden inauguration

  • News source: Joshua Nelson
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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Peter Gaynor told "America Reports" Monday that there is a "heightened sense of alert" surrounding the security preparations for Joe Biden's inauguration amid reports U.S. defense officials are concerned about a potential insider attack from service members brought in to protect the transfer of power.

Washington, D.C. is taking a defensive posture ahead of Inauguration Day. Approximately 25,000 National Guard troops have been sent to the capital. at the behest of the Secret Service.

According to the Associated...
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Sen. Josh Hawley finds new publisher after Simon & Schuster dropped book

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Washington (CNN)Republican Sen. Josh Hawley's forthcoming book will now be published by conservative publishing house Regnery Publishing after it was dropped by Simon & Schuster earlier this month following the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol building.

Regnery will publish Hawley's book, titled "The Tyranny of Big Tech," in the spring, according to a news release from the publisher.

The Missouri senator has fielded a wave of backlash in the days since January 6, when he and other Republicans in Congress raised objections to the counting of...
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Melania Trump releases farewell message: 'It has been the greatest honor of my life'

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Outgoing first lady Melania Trump reflected on her four years in the White House during a farewell address to the American people on Monday.

In a nearly seven-minute-long video message, Trump thanked military service members, law enforcement workers, caregivers and others who have inspired her since she entered the White House in 2017. She highlighted her work, including her leading role in the "Be Best" campaign, which sought to address cyberbullying, opioid abuse and other challenges facing America’s children.

"It has been the greatest honor of...
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Acting secretary of defense says no intel of insider threat to inauguration

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Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller said in a statement on Monday that the Department of Defense has not received any intelligence indicating a potential insider threat to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20.

However, Miller added that the department is "leaving no stone unturned in securing the capital," noting that all National Guardsmen deployed to Washington, D.C. will be vetted.

"This type of vetting often takes place by law enforcement for significant security events. However, in this case the scope of military...
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Census chief quits early after final round of citizenship controversy

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(CNN)The Trump-appointed official overseeing the 2020 census announced his resignation on Monday, nearly a year before his term was scheduled to end.

Census Bureau Director Steve Dillingham's announcement comes days after the Trump administration backed off from its final attempt to exclude undocumented immigrants from an important count of the nation's population.

The departure saves him from the possibility of being fired by the incoming Biden administration, which has indicated it will not follow the Trump administration's plan to exclude...
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