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President Trump, on January 9th: "Oprah will be lots of fun. I did one of her last shows.... I like Oprah. I don’t think she’s going to run.”

President Trump, late last night:

Selected quotes from Oprah's "60 Minutes Overtime" clip that aired last week:

  • "I think if I was considering a run... I would probably take myself out of the role of journalist or conversationalist or anything, I would take myself out of that. But I don't think so because it wasn't my doing... I was looking for a way to express what was going on in that moment in terms of gender and class and race... I cared about landing that speech in the room, and then I cared about not getting cut off."
  • "I had a lot of wealthy men calling me, telling me they would run my campaign and raise a billion dollars for me. I think that when you have that many people whose opinions you value coming at you, it's worthy of thinking about it."
  • "I've never looked outside for other people to tell me when I should be making a move. And wouldn't I know?"
  • "If God actually wanted me to run, wouldn't God tell me? I haven't heard that."
  • "I do feel that I have a responsibility as a person who has a big voice in this country to use it to promote justice and kindness and goodwill in the world. But it never has felt to me that it was supposed to be political, and it still doesn't feel that way to me."
  • "So I am actually humbled by the fact that people think that I could be a leader of the free world, but it's just not in my spirit. It's not in my DNA."

Flashback: The reactions to Winfrey's Golden Globes speech

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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.