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NEW: A gym owner charged with assaulting an officer during the attack on the U.S. Capitol is the son of a deceased New Jersey State Trooper. Michelle Obama attended his dad’s memorial… because his brother is in the Secret Service.

Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old Illinois man charged with fatally shooting two people at a protest in southeastern Wisconsin last year, is prohibited from associating with known white supremacists, a judge has ordered.

Biden administration condemns Putin’s attack on the protesters in Russia and calls for the release of @navalny . Big change from you-know-who. Elections have consequences. Maybe even for Putin. #FreeNavalny .

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Defunding police is reckless & endangers lives. We will never turn our back on our law enforcement officers. We will defund cities that tried to defund police Texas will remain a law & order state. #BackTheBlue  #FoxNews 

Why did so many Russians protest today? Watch Navalny's video, if you haven't done it already. 70+ million views so for With English subtitles.

After a big breakfast at a Colorado restaurant, a generous customer left employees a $1,400 tip and a message that said "COVID Sucks!"

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ICYMI: Amanda Gorman, 22, joined the ranks of previous inaugural poets Robert Frost, Maya Angelou and Elizabeth Alexander, with a powerful performance at the swearing-in of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris

Four-year-old boy has a message for Boris Johnson in hilarious viral video

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Scoops of the Day

Badge of distinction: Meet the first Sikh in the Garda Reserves

Democrats need to treat this relief package (and their legislative agenda) the way McConnell treats Supreme Court nominations: you do what needs to be done to get it done.

In a video released this week, former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton shared a message of unity in honor of Joe Biden's inauguration.

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Irkutsk has come out for Navalny. One of many such scenes across Russia today

JUST IN: Taiwan says eight Chinese bombers and four fighter jets entered its air defence identification zone.

"Trump was using violence to try and stay in power." @tedlieu  on #TheReidOut 

Eight Trump campaign officials were listed on the permit for the rally that sparked the deadly storming of the Capitol.

Fauci to @maddow : "I've been wanting to come on your show for months and months. You've been asking me to come on your show for months and months... It just got blocked, because they didn't like the way you handled things." He says things are better now.

FB's Sandberg January 14: "...I think these events were largely organized on platforms that don't have our abilities to stop hate and don't have our standards and don't have our transparency."

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Scoops of the Week

Amanda Gorman, speaking now, when I asked her for her first political memory:

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GOP Leadership in Shambles: @mattgaetz  says RINOs like Liz Cheney and Mitch McConnell are so beholden to corporate money they will do anything to subvert President Trump and the America First movement. #MAGA  #AmericaFirst  #Dobbs 

When Trump doesn’t wear a mask, it’s the end of the world When Biden doesn’t wear a mask, they have “bigger issues to worry about”

This is the most offensive thing I've ever heard. No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard. @TexasGuard  I authorized more than 1,000 to go to DC. I'll never do it again if they are disrespected like this.

JUST IN: Washington Post reports that MichaelFlynn's brother, Gen. Charles Flynn, was on the Pentagon call with Capitol Police that resisted their emergency pleas for calling in the National Guard during the Capitol attack. The Army previously denied that Flynn was on the call.

I regret to inform you that Chuck Schumer just said ‘erection’ instead of ‘insurrection’ on the Senate floor

I would rather be without a state than without a voice.

This old quote from Hank Aaron in The NY Times obituary just left me speechless. I had not seen this before.

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