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Washington Post:
Senate approves budget bill to pass Biden economic relief plan  —  Vice President Harris breaks tie on budget resolution after all-night Senate session  —  The Senate approved a budget bill early Friday that paves the way for passage of President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package …
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Haley Byrd Wilt / Uphill:
Uphill: AOC's January 6 Account  —  Plus: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is removed from her committees.  —  Good morning.  It's been a long week.  Senate Democrats kickstarted the budget reconciliation process overnight, which will enable them to pass a coronavirus stimulus package without GOP support.
Associated Press:
Senate approves budget bill as Harris casts tie-breaker vote
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Senate adopts budget resolution for coronavirus relief after marathon vote-a-rama
Noah Y. Kim / The latest factchecks PolitiFact.com …:
3 times Kevin McCarthy has talked about QAnon before  —  • McCarthy has spoken about QAnon in at least three previous public appearances.  ​  —  See the sources for this fact-check  —  House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has been dealing with a fight in Congress …
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Washington Post:
Republicans worry their big tent will mean big problems in 2022 elections  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has pinned his hopes for reclaiming the majority in 2022 on never having to choose between the contradictory factions in his own party, no matter how deep the divisions appear.
Washington Free Beacon:   A Dangerous Precedent  —  Democrats will come to regret targeting Marjorie Taylor Greene
CNN:
Marjorie Taylor Greene's history of dangerous conspiracy theories and comments
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Larry Summers plays the skunk at the Covid relief party  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  LITERALLY BREAKING OVERNIGHT — Vote-a-rama as of 5:35 a.m. ... @caitlinzemma: “Senate PASSES the budget resolution Democrats can use to speed passage of Biden's $1.9T coronavirus plan, 50-51, with VP Harris breaking the tie.
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
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Lawrence Summers / Washington Post:
The Biden stimulus is admirably ambitious.  But it brings some big risks, too.  —  President Biden's $1.9 trillion covid-19 relief plan, added to the stimulus measure Congress passed in December with the incoming administration's strong support, would represent the boldest act of macroeconomic stabilization policy in U.S. history.
Discussion: Power Line
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
The Misogynistic ‘Dating Coach’ Who Was Charged in the Capitol Riot  —  Samuel Fisher left a long trail of videos and social media posts that reflect the views of a fringe faction of disgruntled men who became fixated on President Donald J. Trump.  —  For $150, Brad Holiday's customers …
Discussion: Althouse
Andy Sheehan / CBS Pittsburgh:
FBI Raids Home Of Rachel Powell, Mercer County Mother Of 8 Suspected In Capitol Attack  —  Powell has become known as the lady with the bullhorn, seeming to have knowledge of the Capitol building's floor plan, instructing insurrectionists where to go.  —  SANDY LAKE, Pa. (KDKA) …
Discussion: CBS News
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Mike Pence is starting a podcast  —  Mike Pence is returning to his radio roots after a 22-year hiatus from the airwaves.  —  The former vice president will launch a podcast in the coming months hosted by the Young America's Foundation, a conservative youth organization dating back to the1960s.
Discussion: The Week
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Authored By / The Top Leaders …:
Vice President Mike Pence Joins YAF as Ronald Reagan Presidential Scholar
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Politico:
Trump's allies fear the impeachment trial could be a PR nightmare  —  Allies of former President Donald Trump are imploring his impeachment team to avoid one specific topic when they defend the ex-president at his Senate trial next week: the deadly riot that unfolded at the U.S. Capitol.
Discussion: Raw Story and Associated Press
New York Times:
They Stormed the Capitol.  Their Apps Tracked Them.  —  Times Opinion was able to identify individuals from a trove of leaked smartphone location data.  —  Mr. Warzel and Mr. Thompson are writers in Opinion.  They previously reported on smartphone tracking for the series “One Nation, Tracked.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Ynet / Ynetnews:
Israeli hospital claims may have found cure for COVID-19  —  Preliminary testing shows that 29 out of 30 virus patients in serious condition that were administered the drug, dubbed EXO-CD24, once a day made a full recovery within five days; similar treatment announced by Hadassah Medical Center
Erin Gloria Ryan / The Daily Beast:
The QAnon Rep Isn't Owning the Libs.  She's Leading the GOP's Space-Laser Suicide March.  —  NO HILLBILLY … Marjorie Taylor Greene is Sarah Palin, but not occasionally charismatic.  Steve Bannon, but not occasionally smart.  Donald Trump, but not occasionally funny.
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Russian doctor who treated Navalny after poisoning has died  —  (CNN)A top doctor at the Russian hospital where opposition leader Alexey Navalny was treated immediately after his poisoning last summer has died, the hospital said on Thursday.  —  Sergey Maximishin, who was the deputy chief physician …
Associated Press:
U.S. employers add just 49K jobs as unemployment falls to 6.3%  —  The tepid increase followed a decline of 227,000 jobs in December, the first loss since April.  —  A server attends to diners at an outdoor dining area of the Polanco Cantina in Sacramento, Calif., on Jan. 22, 2021.  Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo
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Megan Cassella / Politico:
Avalanche of long-term unemployment effects could crush Biden's recovery hopes
Discussion: Axios
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
No, Ocasio-Cortez Didn't Make Up Her Capitol Riots Experience  —  Since Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York Democrat, took to Instagram Live on Monday to describe what the Jan. 6 riot was like from inside the Capitol complex, critics have claimed that she wasn't where she said she was …
Molly Ball / TIME:
The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election  —  A weird thing happened right after the Nov. 3 election: nothing.  —  The nation was braced for chaos.  Liberal groups had vowed to take to the streets, planning hundreds of protests across the country.
Discussion: Slate, Gallup and The Daily Caller
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Sen. Ben Sasse slams Nebraska GOP committee's plans to censure him for criticizing Trump  —  Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) on Thursday released a pointed, 5-minute video directed at leading members of the Nebraska Republican Party, on the heels of reports that the party planned to censure Sasse …
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Richard North Patterson / The Bulwark:
Joe Biden's Fast 15 Days  —  He is working to untie—or cut through—the political knot of the economic relief bill, even as his team moves swiftly on several other fronts.  —  In his first 100 days, Franklin Roosevelt jammed a transformative agenda through Congress—combating mass immiseration …
Kevin Krause / Dallas Morning News:
Third North Texas real estate professional is charged with storming U.S. Capitol building  —  Jason Hyland, 37, of Frisco arranged a flight to D.C. on a private plane with others to protest the election results and ended up inside the Capitol building with a mob of rioters, the feds say.
Discussion: Business Insider and Raw Story
Reuters:
Turkish minister says U.S. behind 2016 failed coup - Hurriyet  —  ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's interior minister accused the United States on Thursday of being behind a 2016 failed coup that Ankara has blamed on a U.S.-based Muslim preacher, the Hurriyet daily reported, at a time when Turkey is seeking improved ties with its NATO ally.
Politico:
'We've learned to love the guy': How Biden charmed the left  —  During a call with House Democrats on Wednesday, President Joe Biden used data from a three-year-old progressive think tank to argue his case for a massive Covid-relief plan.  —  The think tank, Data for Progress …
Reuters:
Special Report: Stolen election?  Republican lawmakers paralyzed by Trump's false fraud claims  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - On Jan. 6, right after the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, 147 Republican lawmakers voted the way then-president Donald Trump and the rioters had demanded …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Biden flying to Delaware despite CDC warnings to avoid travel  —  The CDC issued guidance this week urging against non-essential travel amid the coronavirus pandemic.  —  CDC issues sweeping mask mandate for travelers  —  President Biden is expected to travel to Delaware this weekend …
Discussion: CBS Philly and NBC Bay Area
The Atlantic:
The Pandemic Is in Tenuous Retreat  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  The good news in COVID-19 data continued this week, as new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths all dropped.
Discussion: The Texas Tribune
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 …
Chase Woodruff / Colorado Newsline:
Rep. Boebert paid off nearly $20K in state tax liens in 2020  —  Delinquent unemployment insurance premiums dated back to restaurant opening in 2013  —  Less than two weeks before being elected to represent Colorado's 3rd District in Congress, Rep. Lauren Boebert paid off the last of nearly $20,000 …
Discussion: Colorado Pols
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Big Trump donors converge on Newsom recall  —  Big Republican donors — including some prominent backers of former President Donald Trump — are zeroing in on a new target as they dig out from the wreckage of the 2020 election: California Gov. Gavin Newsom.  —  Major GOP benefactors …
Emma Bowman / NPR:
Why QAnon Survives After Trump  —  Toggle more options  —  Inauguration Day should have punctured the conspiracy theory at the heart of QAnon.  —  Adherents of the discredited extremist ideology falsely believe that former President Trump is a savior who will stay in power as he wages a war against a cabal of satanic pedophiles.
Discussion: Ohio Capital Journal
 
 
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