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11:30 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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and Newsweek
Mariam Khan / ABC News:
House votes to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from committee assignments  —  Ahead of the vote, Greene spoke on the House floor: “none of us are perfect.”  —  Marjorie Taylor Greene addresses House ahead of vote  —  The representative defended herself and expressed regret …
Washington Post:
Republicans worry their big tent will mean big problems in 2022 elections
Washington Post:
Trump rejects request to testify at Senate impeachment trial; House strips Rep. Greene of her committee assignments
John McCormack / National Review:
Nebraska GOP Drafts Resolution to Censure Ben Sasse Before Impeachment-Trial Vote
Discussion: HotAir
Grace Segers / CBS News:   Adam Schiff says Republican Party has “become essentially a cult”
John McCormack / National Review:
Liz Cheney: ‘We Cannot Become the Party of QAnon’
Discussion: Power Line, Mediaite and The Dispatch
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 …
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
Avery G. Wilks / Post and Courier:
South Carolina man charged with threatening federal prosecutor over Proud Boys case
Discussion: Raw Story and Right Wing Watch
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) …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Tom LoBianco / Business Insider:
Trump is plotting a campaign revenge tour targeting GOP defectors after Senate impeachment trial … - Donald Trump is plotting a comeback revenge tour targeting GOP defectors after his Senate impeachment trial.  — Trump is talking with aides about a road trip to campaign against Republicans who supported his removal.
Danielle Douglas-Gabriel / Washington Post:
White House signals willingness to consider executive action on student debt cancellation  —  White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday the Biden administration is looking into whether it can use executive authority to cancel some portion of the $1.6 trillion in federal student loans owed by 43 million Americans.
Discussion: CBS News
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 …
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.
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: Raw Story
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'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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Honest Graft and Axios
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
Adam Goodman / The Hill:
Biden needs to follow his own advice: Compromise  —  To the chagrin of Robert Frost fans, when President Biden had a chance to choose the path less traveled, he went the other way.  —  Despite issuing 40 unilateral presidential directives in ten days that curried favor with his base …
Megan Cassella / Politico:
Biden's plans for recovery imperiled by swelling ranks of long-term jobless  —  More than one in three jobless Americans are now classified as long-term unemployed — defined as being out of work for six months or more.  —  Hundreds of unemployed Kentucky residents wait in long lines outside …
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
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: Gallup, The Daily Caller and Slate
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 …
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
New York Times promises ‘results’ to staff angry about allegations of a reporter's racist slur  —  In a letter, management sought to quell a staff rebellion over science reporter Donald G. McNeil Jr.'s behavior on a student trip.  —  Tempers are once again flaring between staff and management …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Scoop: White House convening NSC to talk Iran  —  In a sign of the urgency President Biden feels about Iran, the White House is convening a National Security Council principals committee meeting Friday focused on the country's nuclear program, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Exclusive: Ice cancels deportation flight to Africa after claims of brutality … US immigration and customs enforcement (Ice) canceled a deportation flight to west Africa because of allegations of brutality by Ice agents in the treatment of the deportees, the agency has said in a statement.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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Michael Martz / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
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Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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