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An iPad with a Fox News logo. Photo: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Fox News is most-watched news outlet in roughly 70% of U.S. congressional districts, according to a new analysis of more than 1 million respondents over the past year from Morning Consult.

Why it matters: The cable giant is the biggest and most influential conservative-leaning network currently in business. The president has pushed the network to elevate more pro-Trump coverage leading up to the 2020 election.

What they found: Fox News is the most-watched outlet in 299 of the nation's 436 districts by a margin of at least 2%. Meanwhile, only 63 districts watch CNN by the same margin, and MSNBC is the most-watched network in just one historically Democratic California district.

  • Of note: "Districts with intense Republican viewership of Fox News ... were overwhelmingly blue," Morning Consult writes.

Background: The Columbia Journalism Review found in August a rise in right-wing web "tabloidism" since Trump took office.

Go deeper: Conservative media thrives, grows broader under Trump

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Trump to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations before leaving office

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President Trump plans to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, sources familiar with the matter told Axios.

Why it matters: This is a continuation of the president's controversial December spree that saw full pardons granted to more than two dozen people — including former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, longtime associate Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father of Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

  • The pardons set to be issued before Trump exits the White House will be a mix of criminal justice ones and pardons for people connected to the president, the sources said.
  • CNN first reported this news.

Go deeper: Convicts turn to D.C. fixers for Trump pardons

Schumer's m(aj)ority checklist

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.

The dark new reality in Congress

National Guard troops keep watch at security fencing. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

  • Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said she had a panic attack while grocery shopping back home.
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said police may also have to be at his constituent meetings.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told a podcaster he brought a gun to his office on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 because he anticipated trouble with the proceedings that day.