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Biden's homeland security pick would inherit major challenges
If confirmed by the Senate, Alejandro Mayorkas, the son of Cuban refugees, would lead a department facing a host of serious issues, both inside and outside the U.S.
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CBS Evening News, January 18, 2021
Unprecedented security effort in Washington, D.C., ahead of Biden inauguration;"Museum of the Courageous" nominates group of 5th graders using their voice to combat hate. 
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01/18: Red and Blue
Final days of President Trump's administration; President-elect Biden pressured to reform filibuster.
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NYT op-ed argues that Republicans have used accusations of voter fraud as a tactic for decades
Many lawmakers argue that President Trump's repeated accusations of widespread voter fraud helped fuel the deadly riot at the Capitol on January 6. But, New York Times opinion columnist Jamelle Bouie argues that the Republican Party has a longer history with voter fraud accusations. He discusses that history and his article "Stop the Steal Didn't Start With Trump" with CBSN's Elaine Quijano.
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Baby giraffe dies after mom accidentally steps on its neck
The zoo explained that their animal care team tried to intervene, but were "unsuccessful" at saving the calf's life.
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ICE has no clear timeline to vaccinate immigrants in custody
Nearly 9,000 immigrants in ICE custody have been infected with the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic. U.S. immigrations officials have agreed to vaccinate more than 15,000 detainees once doses become available. But the agency still has no concrete timeline on when that will be. CBS News immigration reporter Camilo Montoya-Galvez joins CBSN's Elaine Quijano to discuss.
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Anti-government militia group suspects charged in U.S Capitol attack
The FBI is closing in on alleged members of anti-government militia groups tied to the assault on the Capitol. CBS News has learned the latest suspects are affiliated with the Three Percenters and the Oath Keepers. CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge joins CBSN's Elaine Quijano to discuss the latest on the investigations into the riots.
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Fired Florida COVID data scientist arrested: "Censored by the state"
"Insurrectionists planning attacks across the country this week and Florida is jailing scientists for the crimes of knowing and speaking," she tweeted.
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Progressives pressure Biden to reform Senate filibuster
Several progressive left-wing groups are urging President-elect Joe Biden to alter or eliminate the Senate filibuster. The procedure allows for lawmakers to delay or block votes on legislation by burying proposals in endless debate. Adam Jentleson, author of "Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy" and former deputy chief of staff to Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid, joins CBSN's "Red & Blue" anchor Elaine Quijano to discuss the controversial history of the filibuster and its ties to slavery.
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Trump to issue up to 100 pardons and commutations in final days in office
With less than two days to go until President Trump's term ends, a senior administration official tells CBS News Mr. Trump plans to issue 50 to 100 pardons and commutations Tuesday. CBS News chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes, CBSN political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns, and Washington Post political reporter Eugene Scott spoke to CBSN's "Red & Blue" host Elaine Quijano about the tense mood in Washington ahead of Inaguration Day.
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CBS News exclusive: Senators in charge of inauguration on security and riot aftermath
Senators Amy Klobuchar and Roy Blunt join "CBS Evening News" anchor and managing editor Norah O'Donnell to discuss the importance of a peaceful transfer of power.
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Republican Senator Roy Blunt: Capitol rioters are "unpardonable"
Senators Roy Blunt and Amy Klobuchar, who are in charge of inauguration preparations, spoke with "CBS Evening News" about security plans and the future of the nation.
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"CBS Evening News" headlines for Monday, January 18, 2021
Here's a look at the top stories making headlines on the "CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell."
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"Museum of the Courageous" nominates group of 5th graders using their voice to combat hate
As we honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr., a group of students deserves special mention for taking Dr. King's message of racial justice to heart. More now from Nikki Battiste in our CBS News series "Unifying America."
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Biden plans 10-day blitz to reverse controversial Trump policies
When President-elect Joe Biden takes the oath of office Wednesday, he plans to reverse some of the Trump administration's most controversial policy decisions — and will reach out to those who did not vote for him. Weijia Jiang reports.
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Museum honors kids who fought to change history books
Years ago, a class of fifth-grade students marched into California's state Capitol to testify and rewrite their history books. Now, they're being honored for their bravery.
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Man lived 3 months undetected in Chicago airport, authorities say
A man from California is facing criminal charges in Chicago after hiding in O'Hare Airport for nearly three months. The man said he was living there because he was afraid to fly.
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Unprecedented security effort in Washington, D.C., ahead of Biden inauguration
New video shows rioters threaten members of Congress and Vice President Mike Pence during the assault on the Capitol. This comes as the level of security in Washington, D.C., is at an unprecedented level. Jeff Pegues has the latest.
U.S. expected to hit 500,000 COVID-19 deaths by February, CDC warns
"We still yet haven't seen the ramifications of what happened from the holiday travel​ ... I think we still have some dark weeks ahead," the CDC's incoming director said.
"We're coming for you": New videos from inside the U.S. Capitol riot
Of the 1,000 people who may have entered the Capitol on January 6, federal investigators are focusing on extremist groups that may have scoped out the building and trained for the assault.
Cuomo: Vaccine rollout depends on how fast hospitals use up doses
The New York governor has pushed for the federal government to make more doses of the vaccine available.
Biden taps Chopra and Gensler to lead financial regulators
Picks to lead the CFPB and SEC are seen as tough defenders of consumer and investor rights.
Questions surround vaccine timeline for detained immigrants
Public health experts are urging ICE to implement a vaccination plan for its detention system, which is currently holding more than 15,000 immigrants.
New book explores Martin Luther King Jr.'s impact on the 1960 election
"Nine Days: The Race to Save Martin Luther King Jr.'s Life and Win the 1960 Election" is a new book written by father and son Stephen Kendrick and Paul Kendrick. They joined CBSN to discuss why they wrote the book and how the actions of King, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon at that time changed the trajectory of the country.
Fired Florida COVID-19 data scientist charged with illegal access to state computer
Rebekah Jones, Florida's former state COVID-19 data scientist, turned herself in to police after a warrant was issued for her arrest alleging illegal use of the state's computer system. She previously accused top officials of manipulating data to downplay the state's coronavirus outbreak. CBSN's Tanya Rivero reports.
New COVID-19 variant discovered in California as U.S. death toll nears 400,000
Efforts to administer the coronavirus vaccine are ramping up in the U.S., but the nation is nearing the horrifying milestone of 400,000 deaths from COVID-19. Meanwhile, researchers have found a new variant of the disease in hard-hit California. John Moore, a professor of microbiology and immunology at Weill Cornell Medical College, joins CBSN to discuss.
Choice of Alex Padilla for Kamala Harris' Senate seat shakes up California politics
As Vice President-elect Kamala Harris resigns from the Senate, California Governor Gavin Newsom has named the state's attorney general, Alex Padilla, to fill the seat. Sophia Bollag, a politics reporter covering the Newsom administration at the Sacramento Bee, joins CBSN to discuss the impact as well as GOP efforts to recall the governor.
Biden names key financial nominees Rohit Chopra and Gary Gensler
President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Rohit Chopra to oversee the Consumer Financial Protection Board and Gary Gensler to run the Securities and Exchange Commission. CBSN's Tanya Rivero has the details.
Report shows fundraising and organization behind protesters who stormed the Capitol
A new report from The New York Times reveals how some Trump supporters organized and raised money ahead of the January 6th protest that turned into assault on the U.S. Capitol. David Kirkpatrick, an international correspondent for The Times, joined CBSN to talk about his reporting.
Museum of London to display Trump Baby
As the Trump presidency comes to a close, the Trump Baby balloon has found a place to land.