NBC News, Alex Seiz-Wald, 1/18/2021

“WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump used one of his last days in the White House on Monday to fight the culture war, while President-elect Joe Biden observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day by volunteering to help feed the needy….”

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/mlk-day-biden-volunteers-trump-adds-names-his-garden-american-n1254609

The New York Times, Ezra Klein, 1/18/2021

“I wish I could tell you that the incoming Biden administration had a genius plan for combating Covid-19, thick with ideas no one else had thought of and strategies no one else had tried. But it doesn’t.

What it does have is the obvious plan for combating Covid-19, full of ideas many others have thought of and strategies it is appalling we haven’t yet tried. That it is possible for Joe Biden and his team to release a plan this straightforward is the most damning indictment of the Trump administration’s coronavirus response imaginable….”

Read More: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/18/opinion/biden-covid-19-plan.html

The Atlantic, David A. Graham, 1/16/2021

“…Every day since, as more videos and reporting have emerged, it’s become clear how dangerous the insurrection truly was. As my colleague Elaine Godfrey, who was in the crowd, wrote, “The violence could have been even worse. Some of the rioters clearly wanted it to be.” This was more than a group of people swept up in the emotions of the moment. Within the mob were radicals plotting to kill or kidnap the vice president and members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The rioters came within moments of catching up to Vice President Mike Pence….”

Read more: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/01/it-was-much-worse-it-looked/617693/

NPR, Laurel Wamsley, 1/15/2021

“The Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was a security failure, an intelligence failure — or both.

“How could security forces in the nation’s capital be so swiftly and completely overwhelmed by rioters who stated their plans openly on a range of social media sites? President Trump had even tweeted on Dec. 19: ‘Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!'”

Read more: https://www.npr.org/2021/01/15/956842958/what-we-know-so-far-a-timeline-of-security-at-the-capitol-on-january-6

“President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to take action ‘on Day One’ to fulfill a wide range of campaign promises, including on climate change, immigration and taxes.
“But the “Day One” part is largely a rhetorical flourish, meant more to underscore a readiness to take office than an actual to-do list.

“After all, President Donald Trump also promised ‘executive actions on Day One,’ which he actually took on day four, day nine, day 11, day 68, day 89 and day 112…”

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-15/biden-promises-for-day-one-could-take-months-to-fulfill

PBS News Hour, 1/14/ 2021

“WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Saying the nation faces ‘a crisis of deep human suffering,’ President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion coronavirus plan Thursday to turn the tide on the pandemic, speeding up vaccines and pumping out financial help to those struggling with the prolonged economic fallout….”

Read more: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/watch-live-biden-announces-plans-to-break-pandemic-cycle

Politico, Nick Niedzwiadek, 1/14/2021

“[FBI Director Christopher] Wray also said that law enforcement was aware of and monitoring ‘an extensive amount of concerning online chatter’ ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week, but added that authorities were having to sift through ‘what’s aspirational versus what’s intentional….'”

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/14/fbi-100-arrests-capitol-riots-459477

CNN Health, Deidre McPhillips, 1/14/2021

“One month after the first dose was administered in the United States, Covid-19 vaccinations lag far behind early promises from the federal government.

“Yet, despite reports of technology hiccups, changes to allocated supply and other logistical hurdles, some states have risen as clear leaders in efficient Covid-19 vaccination efforts.

“More than 31 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been distributed to states and other jurisdictions in the United States, but only 12.2 million — 39% — have actually been administered, according to the latest data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention….”

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/15/health/states-vaccinating-faster-west-virginia/index.html

AP, Lisa Mascaro, Mary Clare Jalonick, Jonathan Lemire, Alan Fram, 1/13/2021

“President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time Wednesday, charged with ‘incitement of insurrection’ over the deadly mob siege of the Capitol in a swift and stunning collapse of his final days in office.

“With the Capitol secured by armed National Guard troops inside and out, the House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump….”

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/trump-impeachment-vote-capitol-siege-0a6f2a348a6e43f27d5e1dc486027860

The New York Times, Thomas Kaplan, John Eligon, 1/13/2021

“As the House voted Wednesday to formally charge President Trump with inciting violence against the government of the United States, exactly one week after the Capitol was breached by an angry mob of Trump loyalists, 10 Republicans cast their votes in favor of impeachment.

“It was the largest number of lawmakers to ever vote to impeach a president from their own party; just five Democrats voted to impeach President Bill Clinton, and not a single Republican voted in favor of impeaching Mr. Trump in 2019….”

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/13/us/which-republicans-voted-to-impeach-trump.html