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8:00 AM ET, February 5, 2021


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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
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 …
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.
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 …
Marjorie Taylor Greene's history of dangerous conspiracy theories and comments
Emma Bowman / NPR:
Why QAnon Survives After Trump
Discussion: Ohio Capital Journal
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Kevin McCarthy is now our most disgraceful political leader
Grace Segers / CBS News:   Adam Schiff says Republican Party has “become essentially a cult”
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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Senate adopts budget resolution for coronavirus relief after marathon vote-a-rama  —  Marathon of Senate votes dragged on for nearly 16 hours as of Friday morning  —  Dems eye Senate tool to pass COVID relief bill  —  The “vote-a-rama” in the Senate that started at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday …
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
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 …
Jason M. Blazakis / Slate:
Can We Call the Proud Boys Terrorists?  —  Canada just officially designated the neofascist group as a terrorist organization.  It won't be so easy for the U.S. to do the same.  —  On Feb. 3, Canada's Public Safety Ministry designated the Proud Boys as a terrorist group …
Avery G. Wilks / Post and Courier:
South Carolina man charged with threatening federal prosecutor over Proud Boys case
New York Times:
Arrested in Capitol Riot: Organized Militants and a Horde of Radicals
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
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 …
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.
'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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.”
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: RedState and 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.
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
Johnson & Johnson requests emergency authorization from FDA for Covid vaccine  — Johnson & Johnson applied for an emergency use authorization from the FDA for its coronavirus vaccine.  — The company released data last week showing it was about 66% effective in protecting against the virus.
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.
Lucy Fisher / Telegraph:
Three Chinese spies posing as journalists expelled from the UK  —  The revelation comes amid concerns in Government about Chinese economic espionage and intellectual property theft from UK institutions  —  Three Chinese spies who falsely posed as journalists have been expelled from Britain in the past year, The Telegraph can reveal.
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: Politico and Power Line
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.
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Chinese Spam Network Aims to Discredit U.S. COVID Vaccine and Response, Report Finds
Discussion: Graphika
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Michael Martz / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
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Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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Discussion: Raw Story
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