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Trump is impeached, again, with the country even more at war over his presidency

January 14, 2021
Dan Balz | The Washington Post
President Trump fixed a place in history once again Wednesday as the first president to be twice impeached. But the background and circumstances of this latest rebuke are likely to be remembered as much as or more than the vote itself — set against a country seething with anger and with the streets of the capital patrolled by thousands of troops ahead of the coming transfer of power.
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Under Heavy Pressure, Trump Releases Video Condemning Capitol Siege

January 14, 2021
Maggie Haberman, Michael Schmidt | The New York Times
Under heavy pressure from his advisers, President Trump on Wednesday released a five-minute video recorded in the Oval Office condemning last week’s mob violence at the Capitol and urging his supporters to stand down from further rioting next week.
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His Cabinet Still Unconfirmed, Biden Looks At Plan B For Early Days In Office

January 14, 2021
Ayesha Rascoe | NPR
Former President Barack Obama had six cabinet members confirmed by the Senate before his Inauguration Day in 2009. President Trump had two. But when President-elect Joe Biden takes office next week, it's unclear whether he'll have any cabinet members in place.
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Several senior Republicans join impeachment push

January 13, 2021
Josh Dawsey, Mike DeBonis, , Seung Min Kim | The Washington Post
The push for an unprecedented second impeachment of President Trump took a dramatic bipartisan turn Tuesday, as several senior House Republicans joined the Democratic effort to remove Trump for his role in inciting an angry mob to storm the Capitol last week and the White House braced for more defections.
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Pence Reached His Limit With Trump. It Wasn’t Pretty.

January 13, 2021
Peter Baker, Maggie Haberman, Annie Karni | The New York Times
For Vice President Mike Pence, the moment of truth had arrived. After three years and 11 months of navigating the treacherous waters of President Trump’s ego, after all the tongue-biting, pride-swallowing moments where he employed strategic silence or florid flattery to stay in his boss’s good graces, there he was being cursed by the president.
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Biden team briefs Congress on emerging stimulus plan, aims for bipartisan deal

January 13, 2021
Erica Werner, Jeff Stein | The Washington Post
President-elect Joe Biden is finalizing his coronavirus relief plan, with aides briefing congressional staffers Tuesday and indicating that the measure will be tailored to get bipartisan support.
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Pence and Trump finally speak after post-riot estrangement

January 12, 2021
Kaitlan Collins, Kevin Liptak | CNN
Vice President Mike Pence received a memento from his aides the other day: the engraved chair set aside for him in the White House Cabinet Room, hauled over-the-shoulder from the West Wing and delivered to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building for one of his final staff meetings.
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National Guard Bolsters Washington, D.C., Troop Levels to at Least 10,000

January 12, 2021
Nancy Youssef, Gordon Lubold | The Wall Street Journal
U.S. officials ordered thousands of extra National Guard troops to Washington, D.C., by the weekend as part of new security measures that include halting public tours of the Washington Monument, as authorities warn of armed protests in the nation’s capital and across the country in coming days.
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Six hours of paralysis: Inside Trump’s failure to act after a mob stormed the Capitol

January 12, 2021
Josh Dawsey, Ashley Parker, Philip Rucker | The Washington Post
Hiding from the rioters in a secret location away from the Capitol, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) appealed to Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) phoned Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter.
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