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4:55 PM ET, February 4, 2021


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Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney unveils plan to provide $3,000 per child, giving bipartisan support to President Biden's effort  —  The 2012 GOP presidential nominee is proposing the United States give as much as $4,200 for children up to age 6  —  Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on Thursday will propose providing …
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
Mitt Romney has a plan to give parents up to $15,000 a year
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Voting technology company Smartmatic files $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox News, Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell over ‘disinformation campaign’  —  New York (CNN)A voting technology company swept up in baseless conspiracy theories about the 2020 election filed a monster $2.7 billion lawsuit …
New York Times:
Fox News Is Sued by Election Technology Company for Over $2.7 Billion  —  Smartmatic accused Rupert Murdoch's network of promoting a false narrative about the 2020 election that damaged the company.  —  Rupert Murdoch's Fox Corporation and three of its popular anchors are the targets …
Washington Post:
Smartmatic files $2.7 billion defamation suit against Fox News over election fraud claims  —  Fox News Media hosts Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro were named, along with lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell.  —  This story has been updated.
Joshua Goodman / Associated Press:
Voting company sues Fox, Giuliani over election fraud claims
Discussion: HotAir, The Verge and Toledo Blade
Ali Swenson / Associated Press:
Ocasio-Cortez didn't lie about location during Capitol riot  —  CLAIM: U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, falsely claimed she faced rioters in the main Capitol building during the Jan. 6 insurrection.  —  AP'S ASSESSMENT: False.  Ocasio-Cortez never claimed …
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
AOC faces backlash as critics point out she wasn't in Capitol building during riot  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was in the Cannon office building, across from the Capitol  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for February 3  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is facing criticism …
John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
The QAnon Takeover Of The GOP Is A Fantasy Of Corporate Media And Democrats  —  There is indeed a fight underway for the future of the Republican Party, but it's not about QAnon conspiracy theories or crackpot lawmakers.  —  There's a big push right now among corporate media, Democrats …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Marjorie Taylor Greene's most dangerous idea is hiding in plain sight
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Live Updates: Impeachment Managers Call on Trump to Testify in Trial
Ursula Perano / Axios:
David Hogg launching competitor to Mike Lindell's MyPillow  —  March for Our Lives co-founder David Hogg tweeted on Thursday that he and software developer William LeGate are launching a pillow company to compete against MyPillow, which is led by Trump supporter CEO Mike Lindell.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump resigns from Screen Actors Guild: ‘I no longer wish to be associated with your union’  —  SAG-AFTRA board claimed Trump violated its guidelines in the wake of the Capitol riot  —  Trump lawyers making First Amendment case ahead of impeachment trial  —  EXCLUSIVE: President Trump …
Jamie Raskin / CNN:
READ: Letter from House impeachment managers asking Trump to testify  —  (CNN)The House impeachment managers are requesting former President Donald Trump testify before or during his Senate trial.  Read the letter from lead House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin:  —  Dear President Trump,
Associated Press:   House Dems ask Trump to testify under oath in Senate trial
Chris Joyner / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Militia alliance in Georgia signals new phase for extremist paramilitaries  —  ‘We are going to see a lot of this coalition building with some pretty nasty actors,’ says one expert.  —  The leader of a private paramilitary group that provided security for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene …
Associated Press:
AP-NORC Poll: Americans open to Biden's approach to crises  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Two weeks into a new administration, a majority of Americans say they have at least some confidence in President Joe Biden and his ability to manage the myriad crises facing the nation, including the raging coronavirus pandemic.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and IJR
Jason Stanley / Just Security:
Movie at the Ellipse: A Study in Fascist Propaganda  —  On January 6, Trump supporters gathered at a rally at Washington DC's Ellipse Park, regaled by various figures from Trump world, including Donald Trump Jr. and Rudy Giuliani.  Directly following Giuliani's speech, the organizers played a video.
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
Pence reveals his post-White House plans  —  Former Vice President Mike Pence is joining the Heritage Foundation as a distinguished visiting fellow, the conservative think tank announced on Thursday.  —  He will advise the organization's experts on issues as well as give a number …
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller
Heritage Foundation:
Vice President Mike Pence Joins Heritage Foundation as Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Hunter Biden's memoir ‘Beautiful Things’ out in April  —  Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden and an ongoing target for conservatives, has a memoir coming out April 6.  —  The book is called “Beautiful Things” and will center on the younger Biden's well publicized struggles with substance abuse …
Igor Derysh / Salon:
How one billionaire family bankrolled election lies, white nationalism — and the Capitol riot  —  Rebekah Mercer is “one of the chief financiers of the fascist movement,” says longtime GOP insider Steve Schmidt  —  Four years before Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., pumped his fist to a supportive mob …
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
RFE/RL Welcomes Back Jamie Fly As President  —  WASHINGTON — Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's (RFE/RL) Board of Directors has named Jamie Fly as the company's President and CEO, effective February 16, 2021.  Mr. Fly resumes his leadership of RFE/RL after serving in the role from August 2019 to June 2020.
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Manchin, Collins push effort to bar payments to high-income earners  —  The Senate Democratic majority may be moving forward with a coronavirus approach that sidelines Senate Republicans.  But the bipartisan negotiating group isn't done yet.  —  Sixteen of the senators pushing …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Poster
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
U.S. Satisfaction Sinks With Many Aspects of Public Life  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' satisfaction with seven broad aspects of the way the country functions is collectively at its lowest in two decades of Gallup measurement.  This includes satisfaction with the overall quality of life in the U.S. …
New York Times:
Jeff Zucker Announces Plans to Step Down  —  The executive shaped the look and feel of CNN since coming aboard in 2013.  The network hit record ratings in recent months, during which Mr. Zucker had tensions with his newly installed boss.  —  Jeffrey A. Zucker, the president of CNN who reshaped …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Biden holds all the cards in coronavirus relief talks — and he knows it  —  President Biden told Republican senators in the Oval Office this week that he has “an open door and an open mind” on his $1.9 billion coronavirus rescue bill.  But he has the votes on the Hill and overwhelming support …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and HotAir
New York Times:
Arrested in Capitol Riot: Organized Militants and a Horde of Radicals  —  are charged with conspiracy crimes or assault  —  are charged with interference with law enforcement, weapons crimes, threats or property crimes but not conspiracy or assault  —  are charged with trespassing or disrupting Congress only
Discussion: Foreign Policy
NBC News:
Biden administration weighs plan to directly send masks to all Americans  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden White House is considering sending masks directly to American households, according to three people familiar with the discussions, an action the Trump administration explored but scrapped.
Wesley Lowery / GQ:
How Andrew Gillum's Marriage Survived a Night of Scandal  —  The rising Democratic star was found in a Miami Beach hotel with a male sex worker and suspected drugs.  To keep their marriage together, he and his wife, R. Jai, had to embrace a new dynamic of “radical honesty” in their relationship.
‘Vote-a-rama’ to give GOP a chance to inflict pain on Dems  —  The self-inflicted suffering has begun for Senate Democrats trying to muscle through President Joe Biden's pandemic aid plan without a single Republican vote.  —  The procedural trick that shrinks the vote hurdle from 60 to 51 …
POLITICO Playbook: Takeaways from a head-spinning night in Republican politics  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  If you're trying to figure out the direction of the Republican Party after Wednesday's circus of a five-hour (!) House GOP Conference meeting, good luck.
Liz Peek / The Hill:
Finally, a Republican leader declares war on Big Tech  —  A Republican leader has decided to take on Big Tech.  It's high time.  While other Republican legislators complain and pontificate about Twitter, Facebook and Google's interference in our elections and censoring of conservative voices …
David Roth / Defector:
The March Of The American Kooks  —  Steve Carlton won 27 games and the National League Cy Young Award in 1972, lost 20 games and gave up more earned runs than any pitcher in the league in 1973, and then stopped speaking to the media entirely over the next few seasons.
QU Poll:
50% Of Americans Say Senate Should Convict Trump In Senate Impeachment Trial, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; 74% Say Social Media Sites Should Be Held Accountable For Spread Of Disinformation  —  With less than a week before the U.S. Senate is set to begin its impeachment trial …
Discussion: Fox News
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JM Rieger / Washington Post:
Republicans claim they are being silenced as they speak to millions of viewers
Discussion: Raw Story, Poynter and Vanity Fair
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