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5:20 AM ET, January 28, 2021


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Channel 3 crew threatened with arrest after asking Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene a question during town hall meeting  —  A Channel 3 reporter and photojournalist were threatened with arrest after asking U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene a question during a town hall meeting in Dalton.
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Parkland Parents: Marjorie Taylor Greene Won't Get Away With Lying About Our Son  —  Linda Beigel Schulman does not have the luxury of believing in conspiracy theories.  She knows that no amount of magical thinking can bring her son back.  She knows exactly how long he's been gone.
Channel 3 crew threatened with arrest by deputy for questioning Marjorie Taylor Greene at Dalton town hall  —  A Channel 3 reporter and photojournalist were threatened with arrest after asking U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene a question during a town hall meeting in Dalton.
U.S. Representative Jimmy Gomez:
Congressman Jimmy Gomez to Introduce Resolution Expelling Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress  —  LOS ANGELES - In light of numerous reports revealing her repeated endorsements of sedition, domestic terrorism, and political violence, Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34) …
Arizona Republic:
Republicans demand audit of Kelli Ward's narrow win for Arizona GOP chair  —  Yvonne Wingett Sanchez Ronald J. HansenArizona Republic  —  After months of sounding the alarm on what she claimed was a stolen presidential election, Kelli Ward is facing questions about her own reelection Saturday as Arizona Republican Party chair.
Rebecca Jennings / Vox:
What happened when a beloved mom influencer donated to Trump  —  Taking Cara Babies taught her 1.3 million followers how to get their babies to sleep.  Then her political affiliations sparked a social media meltdown.  —  SHARE All sharing options  —  This story is part of a group of stories called
Discussion: Twitchy
Wall Street Journal:
GameStop Mania Reveals Power Shift on Wall Street—and the Pros Are Reeling  —  Internet-fueled amateurs, on platforms like Reddit and Discord, are piling into stocks, bragging about gains and banding together to intensify moves  —  The power dynamics are shifting on Wall Street.
New York Times:
GameStop Stock Soars as Reddit Investors Take On Wall St.  —  GameStop shares have soared 1,700 percent as millions of small investors, egged on by social media, employ a classic Wall Street tactic to put the squeeze — on Wall Street.  —  A real estate salesman in Valparaiso, Ind. A former line cook from the Bronx.
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
Roger Stone Did Something Wrong  —  Roger Stone, the longtime adviser to former President Donald Trump and a recipient of a pardon last month, was a lead promoter of the election lies that led to the January 6 attack on Congress.  Now the self-styled dirty trickster is covering his tracks.
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Signal and VICE
Washington Post:
As Biden vows monumental action on climate change, a fight with the fossil fuel industry has only begun  —  ‘This is not the time for small measures,’ the president said Wednesday, as he unveiled sweeping executive actions to cut emissions to fight global warming.
Bloomberg:   Biden's Early Climate Blitz Goes Faster, Further Than Expected
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Biden's push on climate policy sets up opportunities, clashes with energy industry
Discussion: Breitbart
U.S. Department of Justice:
Social Media Influencer Charged with Election Interference Stemming from Voter Disinformation Campaign  —  Defendant Unlawfully Used Social Media to Deprive Individuals of Their Right to Vote  —  A Florida man was arrested this morning on charges of conspiring with others in advance …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Biden brother touts relationship with president in Inauguration Day ad for law firm  — President Joe Biden's brother Frank promoted his relationship to the commander-in-chief in an Inauguration Day advertisement for the law firm he advises.  — Frank Biden is a non-attorney senior advisor for the Berman Law Group.
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Republicans Come Crawling Back to Trump Three Weeks After Capitol Riot  —  “We're stuck with [Trump],” one longtime Republican operative said, citing recent conversations with pollsters, lawmakers, and major donors.  —  Immediately following the deadly Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill …
Discussion: Raw Story, Los Angeles Times and Salon
Shawna Chen / Axios:
Kaine, Collins' censure resolution seeks to bar Trump from holding office again  —  Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) are forging ahead with a draft proposal to censure former President Trump, and are considering introducing the resolution on the Senate floor next week.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Trump censure faces tough odds in Senate
Discussion: Washington Post and RedState
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Discord bans the r/WallStreetBets server  —  It was banned following repeated warnings for allowing hate speech  —  Discord has banned the r/WallStreetBets server, the company confirmed to The Verge.  Reddit's WallStreetBets subreddit is the driver of an unprecedented rally of GameStop stock …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Biden Appoints New Cabinet Secretaries, Ousting Trump Loyalists  —  President Biden named nearly all of his cabinet secretaries and their immediate deputies before he took office, but his real grasp on the levers of power has come several layers down.  —  WASHINGTON — When President Biden swore …
Los Angeles Times:
Man arrested with explosives may have been targeting Gov. Newsom, authorities say  —  A suspected far-right extremist and radicalized supporter of former President Trump facing federal explosives charges may have been targeting California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Bay Area headquarters …
Mack Lamoureux / VICE:
Proud Boys Reel at Report Leader Was a Rat  —  “They're trying to take down the Proud Boys—our beacon of light,” a fan wrote on Telegram.  —  Mack Lamoureux  —  TORONTO, CA  —  TO  —  After Reuters broke the news that Enrique Tarrio, 36, the current chairman of the Proud Boys, was a …
Eddie Burkhalter / Alabama Political Reporter:
Photos put Tuberville in Trump's hotel on Jan. 5 despite denying meeting  —  Alabama Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville through a spokeswoman Tuesday denied meeting with the then-director of the Republican Attorneys General Association and others inside Trump's private residence …
New York Times:
Ease Up on the Executive Actions, Joe  —  President Biden is right to not let his agenda be held hostage, but legislating through Congress is a better path.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.
Lexi Lonas / The Hill:
Facebook to dial back political content on platform  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on Wednesday that the company is looking to lessen the amount of political content users see on their platform.  —  “[O]ne of the top pieces of feedback we're hearing from our community right …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:   Exclusive: Mark Zuckerberg is creating a new criminal justice reform group in an overhaul of his political operation
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Conservative group puts $700k behind Hawley  —  A Republican group is raising and spending huge amounts of money defending Sen. Josh Hawley after he was ostracized for early January's attack on the U.S. Capitol.  —  Why it matters: The Senate Conservatives Fund is backfilling lost corporate …
Discussion: Business Insider
U.S. Department of Justice:
Three Individuals Affiliated With the Oath Keepers Indicted in Federal Court for Conspiracy to Obstruct Congress on Jan. 6, 2021  —  Three individuals associated with the Oath Keepers, a paramilitary organization focused on recruitment of current and former military, law enforcement …
Discussion: UPI, IJR, NPR, Fox News, Sputnik News and Raw Story
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Republicans now ‘shocked, shocked’ that there's a deficit  —  Republicans are channeling their inner Louis Renault, the corrupt police chief in “Casablanca” who, needing a pretense to close Rick's Cafe, said he was “shocked, shocked” there was gambling going on, as the waiter slips him his winnings.
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Federal Judges Are Retiring Now That Joe Biden Will Pick Their Replacements  —  It's not just Democrat-appointed judges, either.  —  For at least one federal judge, it appeared that President Joe Biden couldn't be sworn in fast enough.  —  “It has been my honor to serve,” …
Discussion: Reason
Tyler Pager / Politico:
Biden starts staffing a commission on Supreme Court reform  —  The Biden administration is moving forward with the creation of a bipartisan commission to study reforms to the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary.  —  The commission will be housed under the purview of the White House Counsel's office …
Jennifer Barnett / Medium:
I Left My Career in Prestige Media Because of the Shitty Men in Charge and They Are Still In Charge and Still Fucking Up  —  I had the plum job.  The top of the masthead of one of the most prestigious and respected publications with more than a 150-year-old history.
Dave Levinthal / Business Insider:
SCOOP: Sen. Dianne Feinstein fails to disclose husband's stock purchase, says she's willing to pay a fine … - Sen. Dianne Feinstein's husband, investment banker Richard Blum, invested up to $50,000 in polling firm The Generation Lab.  — But the Democratic lawmaker didn't disclose …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The Texas Republican Party has gone off the rails.  Corporate America is along for the ride.  —  Three weeks ago, a deadly mob of Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol, leaving five dead.  Many of those who participated in the riots are adherents of QAnon - an extremist ideology …
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Old Acquaintances Of U.S. Capitol Attackers Are Narcing On Their Worst Facebook Friends  —  Finally, a reason to justify those hate-follows.  —  A top FBI official said this week that the U.S. was “grateful” for Americans who made the tough decision to turn in friends and family members …
Department of Homeland Security:
Duration  —  Details  — Throughout 2020, Domestic Violent Extremists (DVEs) targeted individuals with opposing views engaged in First Amendment-protected, non-violent protest activity.  DVEs motivated by a range of issues, including anger over COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results …
Sonny Bunch / Washington Post:
We live in a golden age of cringe  —  We live in a golden age of cringe, an art form defined, at least in part, by its grotesquely earnest monuments to politicians.  And while it can be funny to laugh at an oil painting of a muscle-bound President Trump or fantasies of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg …
New York Times:
Near-Total Abortion Ban Takes Effect in Poland, and Thousands Protest  —  A contentious ruling in Poland, which spurred thousands of women and their allies to protest, came into legal force on Wednesday.  —  A contentious near-total ban on abortion in Poland went into effect late Wednesday …
GOP threatens filibuster for Mayorkas nomination to be DHS secretary  —  (CNN)Senate Republicans plan to object to any efforts to quickly confirm Alejandro Mayorkas as secretary of Homeland Security, further delaying his confirmation as the department grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic …
The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Takes Executive Actions to Tackle the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, Create Jobs, and Restore Scientific Integrity Across Federal Government … Biden-Harris Administration Commits on Climate Change - Creating Jobs, Building Infrastructure, and Delivering Environmental Justice
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Ana Ceballos / Tampa Bay Times:
Ariana Grande among critics of Florida GOP's anti-protest bill
Discussion: Florida Politics
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Foundation linked to Biden pick for cybersecurity gave $500,000 to pro-Israel lobby AIPAC
Discussion: Mother Jones
David Shortell / CNN:
Feds rushing to find leads on person who put bombs outside RNC and DNC buildings, and worry they'll strike again
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Examiner
Commonwealth Club:
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Sam Dorman / Fox News:
John Kerry's family still owns private jet as he leads climate fight, FAA records indicate
Discussion: Townhall and The Daily Caller
Abraham Mahshie / Washington Examiner:
Veterans groups split on McDonough as senators give him kid-glove treatment
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 Earlier Items: 
Eshe Nelson / New York Times:
Wall Street Suffers Worst Daily Drop in Months
Discussion: New Republic, ZDNet, EASA and The Week
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Bill seeks two copies of photo ID to vote absentee in Georgia
Warren P. Strobel / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Freezes U.S. Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE