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2:25 PM ET, February 5, 2021

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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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Associated Press:
Senate approves budget bill as Harris casts tie-breaker vote
Kevin Cramer / Newsweek:
What Marjorie Taylor Greene's Repugnant Comments Can Teach Us All  —  “All true” was her response to the claims the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, was an inside job.  —  “Exactly” was her reaction to someone saying the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was a “false flag.”
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The three factions of House Republicans
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
The media can't ignore Marjorie Taylor Greene. Can they figure out how to cover her?
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.
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.
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Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Christopher Plummer Dies: Oscar Winner & ‘Sound Of Music,’ ‘All The Money In The World’ Star A True Hollywood Legend  —  Christopher Plummer, who starred in The Sound of Music, won an Oscar for Beginners and was nominated for All the Money in the World and The Last Station …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Sen. Warner to unveil bill reining in Section 230, seeking to help users fight back against real-world harm  —  Sen. Mark Warner is set to introduce a new bill that could hold Facebook, Google and other tech giants more directly accountable when viral online posts and videos result in real-world harm.
Discussion: Techdirt, The Hill, The Verge and IJR
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Emily Birnbaum / Protocol:
This is the Democrats' plan to limit Section 230
Jessica Grose / New York Times:
THIS IS A PRIMAL SCREAM  —  “All I hear all the livelong day is ‘Mom, mom, MOM!  Mom, MOMMMM, mom, MOM, mom!!  MoM, mommommommom, MOMMM!!’  Aaaaah!!  ‘What?!’  ‘Oh, nevermind.’”  —  4,637,000 The number of payroll jobs lost by women in the U.S. since the pandemic began.
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) …
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CBS Pittsburgh:   Rachel Powell, Mercer County Mother Of 8 Wanted In Connection To Capitol Riots, Taken Into Custody
Annie Karni / New York Times:
After Years in Government, Biden Has a New Perk: Air Force One.  —  On Friday, he flies home for the first time as president.  But it may not be on the plane that has delighted his predecessors.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden has served in elected office for almost four decades.
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.
Katherine Doyle / Washington Examiner:
Biden issues dire economic warning as he keeps up pressure for COVID relief bill  —  President Biden on Friday warned a still-sputtering economy is hampering a full jobs recovery, using his bleak assessment to continue pressuring Republican and Democrats alike to strike a deal on the details …
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Maggie Astor / New York Times:
200 Obama Officials Urge Congress to Go Big on Stimulus
Discussion: New Republic
Greg Olear / PREVAIL:
Who Owns Kavanaugh #1: The Justice & The Replacement  —  Part One of this five-part series examines how Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court seat came to be open, and why he was chosen to fill it.  —  5 hr ago … Prologue  —  IT WAS A CRISP MAY DAY when Brett Kavanaugh put on his sky-blue silk tie …
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 …
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
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
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 …
Washington Post:
The cottage industry behind Trump's pardons: How the rich and well-connected got ahead at the expense of others  —  A federal judge in South Dakota was blunt last summer when she sentenced Paul Erickson, a seasoned Republican operative who had pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering.
Tyler Pager / Politico:
Mike Bloomberg's data firm Hawkfish is closing shop  —  Hawkfish, the Democratic data firm backed by former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, is shutting down, according to people familiar with the plans.  —  The news was announced at a staff meeting Friday afternoon.
Discussion: Axios
Helen Rosner / New Yorker:
The Indoor-Dining Debate Isn't a Debate at All  —  Last Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York City restaurants would be allowed to resume partial-capacity indoor dining on Valentine's Day—in a non-pandemic year, one of the hospitality industry's busiest nights.
Ola Salem / Newlines Magazine:
Saudi Arabia's Houses of Horror for Disobedient Women  —  How the threat of the kingdom's “Homes of Care” is causing women to flee abroad  —  Ola Salem is the online editor of Newlines  —  Amani al-Ahmadi was barely 10 when she was ushered into an auditorium at her all-girls school in Yanbu …
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
2 Capitol Rioters Busted After They Delayed Their Bus Trip Home To Pennsylvania  —  A Trump supporter who organized the bus trip on Facebook told law enforcement that Mark Aungst and Tammy Bronsburg held up their return trip by an hour.  —  A witness who used Facebook to organize a bus trip …
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
Frustration Is Spreading Faster Than the Vaccine Is  —  If you are the child of elderly parents in parts of the United States right now, and if you are trying to get them a COVID-19 vaccine, you are living in a shortage economy, a world of queues and rumors, a shadowy land of favoritism and incompetence …
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Nick Iannelli / WTOP:
Virginia House votes to turn ‘Jefferson Davis Highway’ into ‘Emancipation Highway’ … The name “Jefferson Davis Highway” has recently been removed from U.S. 1 in parts of Northern Virginia, but it would disappear completely statewide if a bill that passed in the House of Delegates this week makes …
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
No, AOC 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 …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Biden to Revive Weekly Address That Faded Under Trump  —  A White House seeking to advance its agenda introduces a format that includes the president speaking with handpicked citizens.  —  Call it the Fireside Podcast.  —  President Biden, seeking ways to advance his agenda in a cluttered media landscape …
Daniel Nichanian / The Appeal:
Manhattan D.A. Candidate Explains Why She'll Stop Prosecuting Drug Offenses, Sex Work  —  Tahanie Aboushi discusses her newly expanded proposal of not prosecuting offenses that criminalize poverty, mental health issues, and substance use, and reducing incarceration for all cases.
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
Washington Post:
Virginia legislature votes to abolish the death penalty  —  RICHMOND — Virginia's House of Delegates voted Friday to abolish the death penalty, making it all but certain that the state would become the first in the South to do so.  —  The state Senate voted earlier this week to end capital punishment …
Jessica Bennett / New York Times:
Three American Mothers, On the Brink  —  Dekeda Brown, 41, was in her local grocery store in Olney, Md., thinking back to a year ago, when she was onstage in New York accepting an award for “Working Mother of the Year.”  Her husband watched proudly from the crowd, texting photos to her daughters, 11 and 15.
Mainer:
Maine White Nationalist Charged in Capitol Attack Shares Racist Views of State GOP Leaders  —  Kyle Fitzsimons promoted the “Great Replacement” theory during a 2018 legislative hearing  —  Kyle Fitzsimons, the first Maine resident charged with participating in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol …
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
 
 
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