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It’s okay to feel hope
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/22240597/joe-biden-inauguration-president-2021-hope

‘A weight has been lifted’: Washington locals express hope as Biden sworn in
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/20/joe-biden-washington-dc-streets-inauguration

President Joe Biden offers us reasons for hope, at last — but hope can be hazardous
https://www.salon.com/2021/01/21/president-joe-biden-offers-us-reasons-for-hope-at-last--but-hope-can-be-hazardous/

Under Trump, these communities lived with fear. They see hope in Biden but want action
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2021/01/20/joe-biden-hope-communities-who-lived-fear-under-donald-trump/4216978001/

'We don’t want Biden. We want revenge for police murders, imperialist wars, and fascist massacres': Antifa mob smashes up Portland's Democratic Party HQ, burn US flags in Denver and run riot in Seattle in protest at Biden presidency
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9170237/Protesters-gather-damage-Democratic-headquarters-Oregon.html

Get Ready to Fight Joe Biden
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2021/01/joe-biden-inauguration-democrats-socialism

Texas Republicans greet Joe Biden’s inauguration with vows to fight his agenda
https://www.ksat.com/news/texas/2021/01/21/texas-republicans-greet-joe-bidens-inauguration-with-vows-to-fight-his-agenda/

Freshman Republicans Send Letter to Joe Biden: 'We Can Rise Above the Partisan Fray'
https://www.newsweek.com/freshman-republicans-letter-joe-biden-rise-above-partisan-fray-1563043

Conservatives like me found lots to like in Biden's inaugural address. Will he deliver?
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2021/01/21/joe-biden-raised-conservative-hopes-united-america-column/4215349001/

Biden said the right things — now comes the hard part of governing
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/biden-said-the-right-things-now-comes-the-hard-part-of-governing

President Biden Will Struggle To Make The Center Hold
https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/president-bidens-struggle-will-be-to-make-the-center-hold/

United by Unity: President Biden Vows to Make Politics Boring Again
https://freebeacon.com/politics/joe-biden-inaugural-address/

Joe Biden repeats call for unity at inauguration night Lincoln Memorial concert
https://nypost.com/2021/01/20/joe-biden-repeats-call-for-unity-at-inauguration-night-concert/

New Radicals reunite at Biden’s Inauguration Day but cut key lyrics from hit song
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/new-radicals-reunite-biden-inauguration-b1790436.html

Read the full text of Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem ‘The Hill We Climb’
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/20/amanda-gormans-inaugural-poem-the-hill-we-climb-full-text.html

Oprah Gave Poet Amanda Gorman, 22, Earrings and a Caged Bird Ring to Wear on Inauguration Day
https://people.com/style/oprah-gifts-symbolic-jewelry-to-inaguration-day-poet-amanda-gorman/

Why Kamala Harris, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton all wore purple to the inauguration
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/why-kamala-harris-michelle-obama-and-hillary-clinton-all-wore-purple-to-the-inauguration

Did ‘The Simpsons’ predict Kamala Harris becoming Vice President?
https://nypost.com/2021/01/21/did-the-simpsons-predict-kamala-harris-becoming-vice-president/

Why Kamala Harris is delaying moving into the vice presidential residence
https://www.today.com/news/why-kamala-harris-delaying-moving-vice-presidential-residence-t206420

A look inside Biden’s Oval Office
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/01/20/biden-oval-office/

Bidens quickly fire White House chief usher installed by Trump
https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/20/politics/timothy-harleth-white-house-chief-usher/

Joe Biden must usher in a new era
https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/534965-joe-biden-must-usher-in-a-new-era

Unlike Trump, Biden in no rush to file for re-election
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/unlike-trump-biden-in-no-rush-to-file-for-re-election

Biden’s Chief Of Staff Directs All Executive Agencies To Immediately Freeze Trump’s ‘Midnight Regulations’
https://dailycaller.com/2021/01/20/bidens-chief-of-staff-directs-all-executive-agencies-to-immediately-freeze-trumps-midnight-regulations/

President Biden Has Repealed Trump's Travel Bans And Wants To Undo The "Harms" They've Caused
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/adolfoflores/biden-repeals-trumps-travel-bans

Biden’s 17 Executive Orders and Other Directives in Detail
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/20/us/biden-executive-orders.html

Biden to sign 10 executive orders aimed at turning around the pandemic
https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/21/biden-10-executive-orders-pandemic-460996

Fauci: US to repeal anti-abortion rule on aid and join Covax vaccine scheme
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/21/fauci-us-repeal-anti-abortion-rule-aid-join-covax-vaccine-scheme

Biden puts forth virus strategy, requires mask use to travel
https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-travel-pandemics-race-and-ethnicity-coronavirus-pandemic-01676a2c85386aa741d83d977e895353

Why Biden's limited mask mandate may not do much to lift the U.S. economy
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/biden-mask-mandate-economy/

Dow set to add to records in first full day of Biden administration
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/dow-set-to-add-to-records-in-first-full-day-of-biden-administration-11611232019

Biden logs best stock-market rally from Election to Inauguration Day in history
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/biden-aims-for-best-stock-market-rally-in-92-years-ahead-of-inauguration-11611097621

Record Wall Street Euphoria Is About To Trigger First BofA "Sell Signal" Since 2008
https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/record-wall-street-euphoria-about-trigger-first-bofa-sell-signal-2008

Tesla is the proxy for a stock market gone mad
https://fortune.com/2021/01/21/tesla-stock-tsla-valuation-outlook-stock-market-sp-500-spx-elon-musk/

Big Banks' Earnings Reflect the U.S. Economy Joe Biden Is Inheriting 
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/21/business/dealbook/wall-street-earnings-biden-economy.html

US jobless claims decline to a still-high 900,000 as Biden inherits faltering economy
https://www.capitalgazette.com/news/nation-world/ct-biz-unemployment-claims-biden-20210121-aen2yqihdrcodjnz3bwvp477qq-story.html

Can Biden succeed in economic rescue mission?
https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/can-biden-succeed-in-economic-rescue-mission/

Joe Biden’s Plan to Build the United States of Italia
https://spectator.org/joe-biden-covid-plan-united-states-italia/

The Labor Movement Has a Game Plan for the Biden Era
https://inthesetimes.com/article/joe-biden-labor-unions-seiu-ue-workers-pro-act-nlrb

Biden Fires NLRB General Counsel After He Refuses to Resign
https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/biden-moves-to-oust-top-labor-board-attorney-robb

Former GOP operative Michael Ellis placed on administrative leave from NSA’s top lawyer job
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/former-gop-operative-michael-ellis-placed-on-administrative-leave-from-nsa-top-lawyer-job/2021/01/20/3bd154e6-5b83-11eb-b8bd-ee36b1cd18bf_story.html

Army falsely denied Flynn’s brother was involved in key part of military response to Capitol riot
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/flynn-national-guard-call-riot/2021/01/20/7f4f41ba-5b4c-11eb-aaad-93988621dd28_story.html

Exclusive: How Officials' Fear of Donald Trump Paralyzed Intelligence Agencies, Led to Capitol Riot
https://www.newsweek.com/2021/01/08/exclusive-how-officials-fear-donald-trump-paralyzed-intelligence-agencies-led-capitol-riot-1563221.html

The Ultimate Irony: How A Threatened Swamp Fulfilled Trump’s Doomed Dream To Crack Down On Riots
https://thefederalist.com/2021/01/20/the-ultimate-irony-how-a-threatened-swamp-fulfilled-trumps-doomed-dream-to-crack-down-on-riots/

Trump's useful thugs: how the Republican party offered a home to the Proud Boys
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/jan/21/donald-trump-useful-thugs-proud-boys-far-right-republican-party

‘A Total Failure’: The Proud Boys Now Mock Trump
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/20/technology/proud-boys-trump.html

Trump is a Cuck for Not Pardoning Julian Assange
https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trump-is-a-cuck-for-not-pardoning-julian-assange/

The Ponzi schemer, trade secrets thief and others pardoned by Trump
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-pardons-white-collar-criminals/

Trump's Last Pardon Minutes Before Leaving White House: Who Is Albert Pirro Jr.?
https://www.ibtimes.com/trumps-last-pardon-minutes-leaving-white-house-who-albert-pirro-jr-3127022

Trump removes tariffs on aluminum from UAE shortly before leaving office
https://thehill.com/policy/finance/trade/535044-trump-removes-tariffs-on-aluminum-from-uae-shortly-before-leaving-office

United Arab Emirates signs deal to buy F-35s, drones just before Biden sworn in
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2021/01/uae-f35-deal-trump-biden.html

Trump extended Secret Service protection for 13 members of his family as he left office
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-extended-secret-service-protection-for-13-members-of-his-family-as-he-left-office/2021/01/20/31ef3e9e-5b3c-11eb-b8bd-ee36b1cd18bf_story.html

Former President Trump now at ‘home’ in Palm Beach County
https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/fl-ne-trump-homecoming-palm-beach-20210120-3ndtsbkl4bah7joclgwwl4vygy-story.html

Donald Trump Leaves the Presidency with a Whimper
https://time.com/5931443/donald-trump-leaves-office/

POLITICS and FLEAS

Witless Ape Rides Helicopter
https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/01/witless-ape-rides-helicopter/

Trump Fails to Ascend as God Emperor, Leaving Diehard Fans Adrift
https://www.vice.com/en/article/n7v97g/trump-fails-to-ascend-as-god-emperor-leaving-diehard-fans-adrift

‘It’s Over’: Devastated QAnon Believers Grapple With President Joe Biden’s Inauguration
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/qanon-believers-react-to-joe-biden-inauguration_n_60087eebc5b6efae62fe3d10

Qollapse: Maybe The Real Q Was “All The Friends And Happy Memories” We Made Along The Way, Or Something
https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrissey/2021/01/20/qollapse-maybe-real-q-friends-happy-memories-made-along-way-something/

What’s Happening to QAnon Now That Trump Is Out of Chances to Arrest the Satanic Elites
https://slate.com/technology/2021/01/how-qanon-believers-reacted-to-the-biden-inauguration-hint-not-so-well.html

Little Man, What Now?: MAGA should be properly understood as the product of a bored and restless middle class
https://newlinesmag.com/argument/little-man-what-now/

With Trump Gone, Biden Admin Stares Down Lingering Prospect Of MAGA Insurgency
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/with-trump-gone-biden-admin-stares-down-lingering-prospect-of-maga-insurgency

The Establishment Wants You to Know Trump Is Just Like Bin Laden
https://amgreatness.com/2021/01/20/the-establishment-wants-you-to-know-trump-is-just-like-bin-laden/

Saying Trump 'Provoked' the Capitol Riot With 'Lies,' Mitch McConnell Tries To Distance His Party From a Dangerous Demagogue
https://reason.com/2021/01/20/saying-trump-provoked-the-capitol-riot-with-lies-mitch-mcconnell-tries-to-distance-his-party-from-a-dangerous-demagogue/

GOP senators warn McConnell could face backlash if he votes to convict Trump
https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/20/politics/gop-senators-warn-mcconnell-backlash/

Top GOP lawmaker Liz Cheney gets first primary challenger after voting to impeach Trump
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/liz-cheney-gop-primary-challenge-house/

115 House Republicans Sign Onto Effort to Remove Neocon Liz Cheney as GOP Chair
https://bigleaguepolitics.com/115-house-republicans-sign-onto-effort-to-remove-neocon-liz-cheney-as-gop-chair/

Lindsey Graham: ‘If You’re Wanting To Erase Donald Trump From The [Republican] Party, You’re Going To Get Erased’
https://dailycaller.com/2021/01/20/lindsey-graham-want-erase-donald-trump-republican-party/

MAGA Minus Trump May Make Republicans Great Again
https://issuesinsights.com/2021/01/21/maga-minus-trump-may-make-republicans-great-again/

FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS

Baghdad: At least 32 killed and dozens injured in twin suicide attack on Iraq's capital
https://news.sky.com/story/baghdad-at-least-28-killed-and-dozens-injured-in-twin-suicide-attack-on-iraqs-capital-12194355

About Suffering: A Massacre of the Innocents in Yemen
https://dissidentvoice.org/2021/01/about-suffering-a-massacre-of-the-innocents-in-yemen/

Myanmar: Trafficking issues, plight of Rohingyas in Thailand
https://www.orfonline.org/expert-speak/myanmar-trafficking-issues-plight-rohingyas-thailand/

Biden Administration to Probe Rohingya Genocide Claim
https://thediplomat.com/2021/01/biden-administration-to-probe-rohingya-genocide-claim/

Uighur refugee Gulbahar Haitiwaji: 'The Chinese want to eradicate the Uighurs'
https://www.france24.com/en/tv-shows/the-interview/20210121-uighur-refugee-gulbahar-haitiwaji-the-chinese-want-to-eradicate-the-uighurs

I Would Rather Be Born A Woman In China Than India
https://www.noemamag.com/i-would-rather-be-born-a-woman-in-china-than-india/

PANDORA'S BOXCUTTER

World leaders laud US return to climate fight under Biden
https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-climate-climate-change-paris-emmanuel-macron-2451e1abc0e486b3055b639878b5181c

The US will rejoin the Paris climate agreement, but that was the easy part
https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/20/22239441/us-paris-agreement-rejoin-climate-change-joe-biden

Sen. Ted Cruz Brings Up Pittsburgh In Criticism Of Pres. Biden Rejoining Paris Climate Agreement
https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2021/01/20/ted-cruz-pittsburgh-joe-biden-rejoining-paris-climate-agreement/

‘Keep Pittsburgh out of your mouth’: Steel City to Ted Cruz over Paris Climate Accord barb
https://www.pennlive.com/business/2021/01/keep-pittsburgh-out-of-your-mouth-steel-city-to-ted-cruz-over-paris-climate-accord-barb.html

Greta Thunberg Mocks Ted Cruz, Welcomes U.S. Return to 'Pittsburgh Agreement'
https://www.newsweek.com/greta-thunberg-mocks-ted-cruz-welcomes-us-return-pittsburgh-agreement-1563354

'No more broken treaties': indigenous leaders urge Biden to shut down Dakota Access pipeline
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/21/dakota-access-pipeline-joe-biden-indigenous-environment

Arctic Drilling Ends on Day One as Biden Cancels Keystone XL, Signaling a Larger Shift Away From Fossil Fuels
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/21012021/biden-cancels-keystone-xl-and-halts-arctic-drilling-fossil-fuels/

Keystone Rejection Tests Trudeau’s Balancing Act on Climate and Energy
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/20/world/canada/keystone-trudeau-biden.html

The Keystone Pipeline: A Never-ending Saga
https://www.niskanencenter.org/the-keystone-pipeline-a-never-ending-saga/

THE MEDIA SCRUM

Denial, conspiracy and double-speak: Trump-loving OAN and Newsmax’s bizarre coverage of Biden’s inauguration
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/newsmax-oan-trump-biden-b1790272.html

Trump-ally media outlet OAN quietly deleted articles about Dominion despite publicly doubling down on election conspiracy theories
https://www.businessinsider.com/oan-deletes-articles-about-dominion-voting-election-conspiracy-2021-1

Fox News Digital Politics Editor Chris Stirewalt, Who Defended Network’s Early Arizona Call, Laid Off After Months-Long Exile From Air
https://www.mediaite.com/news/fox-news-digital-politics-editor-chris-stirewalt-who-defended-networks-early-arizona-call-laid-off-after-months-long-exile-from-air/

Controversial head of Voice of America resigns hours after President Biden takes office
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/media/michael-pack-resigns-voice-of-america-biden/2021/01/20/6e2a745c-5b53-11eb-b8bd-ee36b1cd18bf_story.html

Sean Hannity attacks President Biden for not having COVID pandemic under control
https://www.mediamatters.org/sean-hannity/sean-hannity-attacks-president-biden-not-having-covid-pandemic-under-control

Steve Doocy Warns: Joe Biden Did NOT Assure Conservatives They Won’t Be ‘Deprogrammed or Purged’ in Inaugural Speech
https://www.mediaite.com/tv/steve-doocy-warns-joe-biden-did-not-assure-conservatives-they-wont-be-deprogrammed-or-purged-in-inaugural-speech/

Feel The Healing: MSNBC Analysts Discussing Banning Republican Speech, Years Of “Detox” For The Right
https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrissey/2021/01/20/feel-healing-msnbc-analysts-discussing-banning-republican-speech-years-detox-right/

The Media Reaction to DC's Military Occupation Is Beyond Hypocritical
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2021/01/21/glenn-greenwald-on-militarization-of-dc-hypocrisy--tom-cotton-oped-n2583435

Media trust hits new low
https://www.axios.com/media-trust-crisis-2bf0ec1c-00c0-4901-9069-e26b21c283a9.html

The media had a role to play in the rise of Trump. It’s time to hold ourselves accountable.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/01/20/media-had-role-play-rise-trump-its-time-hold-ourselves-accountable/

ODDS, ENDS

A Bitter Archaeological Feud Over an Ancient Vision of the Cosmos
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/19/science/nebra-sky-disk.html

Humans could move to ‘floating asteroid belt colony’ within 15 years
https://nypost.com/2021/01/20/humans-could-move-to-floating-asteroid-belt-colony-within-15-years/

New Mars rover may collect first sounds recorded on another planet
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2021/01/21/New-Mars-rover-may-collect-first-sounds-recorded-on-another-planet/5141611083778/

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