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5:35 PM ET, February 4, 2021


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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.
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 …
Marjorie Taylor Greene's history of dangerous conspiracy theories and comments  —  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene expresses regret for past remarks  —  (CNN)Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is facing intense backlash for indicating support for political violence and pushing wild conspiracy theories …
Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump rejects request to testify at Senate impeachment trial
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
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
Mitt Romney has a plan to give parents up to $15,000 a year
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,
Associated Press:
House Dems ask Trump to testify under oath in Senate trial
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Marjorie Taylor Greene's most dangerous idea is hiding in plain sight
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Алек с …:
Остав айтес ь свобо дными!  —  Приве т, это Навал ьный.
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. …
Bloomberg Law:
Fate of Senate Custom an Early Test for Durbin on Judicial Picks  —  Listen  —  New Senate Judiciary Chair Dick Durbin faces the first test of how he balances his institutionalist instincts and progressive pressure on judicial confirmations when it comes to whether he lets home-state senators block nominees.
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 …
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.
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:
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 …
‘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 …
Rachel Janfaza / CNN:
Thousands of young progressives say they want to run for office  —  (CNN)Thousands of progressive young people have expressed interest in running for office since the start of the year, demonstrating ongoing energy on the left after last year's elections.  —  Run For Something …
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Rym Momtaz / Politico:
Macron: EU shouldn't gang up on China with US
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Avery G. Wilks / Post and Courier:
South Carolina man charged with threatening federal prosecutor over Proud Boys case
JM Rieger / Washington Post:
Republicans claim they are being silenced as they speak to millions of viewers
Discussion: Raw Story, Poynter and Vanity Fair
Wall Street Journal:
A Small West Virginia Newspaper Takes On Google and Facebook
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
 Earlier Items: 
USA Today:
Joe Biden can deliver USPS from Donald Trump by firing his joke of a board
Seth A. Richardson / Plain Dealer:
Amy Acton confirms she's considering a run for Senate, will step down from Columbus Foundation
David Roth / Defector:
The March Of The American Kooks
Haley Britzky / Task & Purpose:
We spoke with the Marine from this viral Inauguration Day photo with Lady Gaga
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
The New York Times Tops 7.5 Million Subscriptions as Ads Decline
Conor Sen / Bloomberg:
Young and Ambitious? Move to New York, Not Austin
Discussion: Twitchy
NBC News:
Biden administration weighs plan to directly send masks to all Americans
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Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Spotify lays off ~17% of its workforce, or ~1,500 staff, to “rightsize” its costs, citing slow economic growth and rising capital costs, its third cut in 2023

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast president Mike Cavanagh says Peacock now has 30M paying subscribers, with an ARPU of $10 per month, and saw $2.8B in losses in 2023

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Streaming services seem to be increasingly open to bundling with rivals, as Verizon announces a $10 per month deal for Netflix and Max's ad tiers

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