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8:00 PM ET, February 4, 2021


 Top Items: 
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; House strips 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.
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Sen. Ben Sasse slams Nebraska GOP committee's plans to censure him for criticizing Trump
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Kevin McCarthy is now our most disgraceful political leader
Discussion: CNN, BuzzFeed News and VICE
Grace Segers / CBS News:
Adam Schiff says Republican Party has “become essentially a cult”
Discussion: New York Times
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene defends herself in floor speech: ‘None of us are perfect’
John McCormack / National Review:
Liz Cheney: ‘We Cannot Become the Party of QAnon’
Discussion: Power Line, The Dispatch and Mediaite
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Voting-Machine Company Smartmatic Sues Fox News Over Election Claims
Discussion: Deadline
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 …
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
Romney proposes monthly payments for families with children
Discussion: Breitbart and National Review
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 …
Bethania Palma /
Did AOC Exaggerate the Danger She Was in During Capitol Riot?  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez exaggerated the danger she was in during the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, in that she “wasn't even in the Capitol building” when the rioting occurred.  —  Rating  —  Mostly False
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 …
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Impeachment trial: How many Senate votes does it take to convict Trump?  —  The Constitution stipulates that a two-thirds majority must vote for the measure to convict a lawmaker  —  Briefs filed by House Democrats offer preview of Trump impeachment trial  —  The Senate will take up an …
Jamie Raskin / CNN:
READ: Letter from House impeachment managers asking Trump to testify
Alana Wise / NPR:
Trump Will Not Testify In Senate Impeachment Trial, Adviser Says
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.
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 …
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
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.
Biden health team hatches new vaccine strategy as variant threat builds  —  The Food and Drug Administration is preparing to release new standards for Covid-19 vaccine booster shots, tests and drugs in the coming weeks — all aimed at preparing the country to beat back fast-spreading virus variants …
Discussion: PR Newswire
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
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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 …
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Wisconsin governor issues new mask mandate after GOP repeal  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a new statewide mask order on Thursday, an hour after the Republican-controlled Legislature voted to repeal his previous mandate saying he didn't have authority to make such a decree.
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. …
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
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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate vote indicates more targeted stimulus checks for Biden  —  The Senate overwhelmingly approved a proposal led by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) barring “upper-income taxpayers” from eligibility for stimulus checks proposed by President Joe Biden …
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Zack Stanton / Politico:
It's Time to Talk About Violent Christian Extremism
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
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Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
U.S. judge in Flynn case takes senior status, joining wave of jurists allowing Biden to name successors
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
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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: 
Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: The Hill
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