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1:40 PM ET, February 5, 2021

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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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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.”
Washington Post:
Republicans worry their big tent will mean big problems in 2022 elections
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Liz Cheney Wins One for Sanity
Discussion: MSN
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
Haley Byrd Wilt / Uphill:
Uphill: AOC's January 6 Account
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.
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.
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.
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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: The Hill, The Verge and IJR
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Emily Birnbaum / Protocol:
This is the Democrats' plan to limit Section 230
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 …
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Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Christopher Plummer Passes Away At 91; ‘Sound Of Music,’ ‘All The Money In The World’ Star A True Hollywood Legend  —  Christopher Plummer has passed away at 91, his family has confirmed.  He passed peacefully at his home in Connecticut, with Elaine Taylor, his wife and true best friend for 53 years by his side.
Discussion: Insider and Vanity Fair
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 the 1960s.
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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: Mediaite, CBS Philly and NBC Bay Area
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) …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
 
 
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William La Jeunesse / Fox News:
Biden administration's CBP revives ‘catch and release’ policy at border amid COVID concerns
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
House Republicans urge Democrats to call hearing with tech CEOs
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Robyn Sidersky / Virginian-Pilot:
In 2018, Luria said she wouldn't accept corporate PAC money. But she just took in more than $30,000.
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
200 Obama Officials Urge Congress to Go Big on Stimulus
Discussion: New Republic
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Americans are split on Trump's impeachment
Associated Press:
Man who wore horns in Capitol riot moved to Virginia jail that serves organic food
 Earlier Items: 
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Ivanka Trump focuses on criminal justice reform as part of reemergence plan
Nicholas Fondacaro / Newsbusters:
Toxic Baby Food Ignored as ABC, NBC Spend 12 Minutes on MTG
Washington Free Beacon:
A Dangerous Precedent  —  Like nuking the filibuster for judicial nominations in 2013 …
Chase Woodruff / Colorado Newsline:
Rep. Boebert paid off nearly $20K in state tax liens in 2020
Discussion: Colorado Pols and Raw Story
Erin Gloria Ryan / The Daily Beast:
The QAnon Rep Isn't Owning the Libs. She's Leading the GOP's Space-Laser Suicide March.
Discussion: Raw Story
Kevin Krause / Dallas Morning News:
Third North Texas real estate professional is charged with storming U.S. Capitol building
Discussion: Business Insider and Raw Story
 

 
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Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

 
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