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7:10 PM ET, February 4, 2021


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Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Says She Regrets QAnon Comments  —  Freshman Republican lawmaker is set to be removed from committees in House vote  —  WASHINGTON—Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said she regretted past social-media comments embracing conspiracy theories, hours ahead of an expected vote …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Kevin McCarthy is now our most disgraceful political leader  —  On the morning of Feb. 3, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) sat in the Capitol Rotunda for a service honoring fallen U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, who died during the Jan. 6 attack by domestic terrorists.
Discussion: New York Magazine, CNN and CNBC
Grace Segers / CBS News:
Adam Schiff says Republican Party has “become essentially a cult”
Discussion: New York Times
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Marjorie Taylor Greene's most dangerous idea is hiding in plain sight
POLITICO Playbook: Takeaways from a head-spinning night in Republican politics
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
Romney proposes monthly payments for families with children
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Voting-Machine Company Smartmatic Sues Fox News Over Election Claims
Discussion: Deadline
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
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,
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Impeachment trial: How many Senate votes does it take to convict Trump?
Alana Wise / NPR:
Trump Will Not Testify In Senate Impeachment Trial, Adviser Says
‘Vote-a-rama’ to give GOP a chance to inflict pain on Dems
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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: The Daily Caller and Fox News
Heritage Foundation:
Vice President Mike Pence Joins Heritage Foundation as Distinguished Visiting Fellow
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: IJR and The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump rejects request to testify at Senate impeachment trial; House votes to strip Rep. Greene of her committee assignments  —  Former president Donald Trump is rejecting a request for his testimony at the Senate impeachment trial that begins next week.
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
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 …
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Anita Kumar / Politico:
In Biden's White House, surprise visits with staff replace late-night tweets  —  Since he moved in two weeks ago, Joe Biden has taken to strolling around the White House.  —  He's popped into the press offices.  He's walked to the East Wing to visit the military office …
NBC News:
Biden administration weighs plan to directly send masks to all Americans
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.
Discussion: TheGrio
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. …
Wall Street Journal:
A Small West Virginia Newspaper Takes On Google and Facebook  —  The Charleston Gazette-Mail's owner has filed a lawsuit claiming the tech giants manipulate the digital-advertising market  —  When Doug Reynolds bought the largest paper in West Virginia out of bankruptcy in 2018 …
Discussion: The Hill
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Biden health team hatches new vaccine strategy as variant threat builds
Discussion: Associated Press and abc7NY
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Canadian Olympic Committee Warns Athletes Not to Criticize China
Nellie Bowles / Chosen By Choice:
Learning How to (and How Not to) Kill  —  On being a reporter and following the Jewish law against gossip.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
RFE/RL Welcomes Back Jamie Fly As President
Bloomberg Law:
Fate of Senate Custom an Early Test for Durbin on Judicial Picks
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Avery G. Wilks / Post and Courier:
South Carolina man charged with threatening federal prosecutor over Proud Boys case
 Earlier Items: 
QU Poll:
50% Of Americans Say Senate Should Convict Trump In Senate Impeachment Trial, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; 74% Say Social Media Sites …
Discussion: Fox News
USA Today:
Joe Biden can deliver USPS from Donald Trump by firing his joke of a board
David Roth / Defector:
The March Of The American Kooks
Mike Allen / Axios:
Biden holds all the cards in coronavirus relief talks — and he knows it

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Thomas Germain / Gizmodo:
Google unveils Gemini, an AI model with Ultra, Pro, and Nano tiers, and plans a paid chatbot version in 2024; Google says Gemini Ultra beats GPT-4 on most tests

Raphael Satter / Reuters:
Apple and Google say the US government prevented them from detailing governments' push notification spying, and will now share info after Ron Wyden's letter

Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans a revamped iPad Pro with an OLED screen, iPad Airs with 10.9" and 12.9" screens, 13" and 15" MacBook Airs with M3, and more for early 2024

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