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6:30 PM ET, February 5, 2021

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ABC News:
Video surfaces showing Trump ally Roger Stone flanked by Oath Keepers on morning of Jan. 6  —  Some Oath Keepers were later involved in the riot at the U.S. Capitol.  —  Video shows Roger Stone flanked by Oath Keepers on morning of Jan. 6  —  Video surfaces showing longtime Trump confidant …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Did the Proud Boys Help Coordinate the Capitol Riot?  Yes, U.S. Suggests  —  In court papers, prosecutors have painted a picture that indicates planning among members of the extremist group on Jan. 6.  —  When Ethan Nordean, the “sergeant of arms” for the Seattle Proud Boys …
Discussion: Salon, Forbes and Washington Post
ABC News:
Congressional investigators probe videos of Trump associates' actions ahead of Capitol riot  —  Impeachment managers on Thursday invited Trump to testify.  —  Video shows Roger Stone flanked by Oath Keepers on morning of Jan. 6  —  Video surfaces showing longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone flanked …
Discussion: The Week
BuzzFeed News:
Donald Trump's Business Sought A Stake In Parler Before He Would Join  —  Documents seen by BuzzFeed News show that Parler offered Trump 40% of the company if he posted exclusively to the platform.  The deal was never finalized.  —  Copy  —  The Trump Organization negotiated on behalf …
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Larry Summers's Churlish Payback to Biden  —  Larry Summers, left, as President-elect Barack Obama's National Economic Council director, meets with Joe Biden and other staffers, December 23, 2008.  —  Larry Summers was quietly dumped from Joe Biden's economic team last year.
Discussion: Washington Post, New Republic and Slate
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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.
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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Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Trump Shifted Campaign-Donor Money Into His Private Business After Losing The Election  —  Donald Trump's reelection campaign, which never received a cent from the former president, moved an estimated $2.8 million of donor money into the Trump Organization—including at least $81,000 since Trump lost the election.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Kim Chandler / The Edwardsville Intelligencer:
AP sources: Alabama senator has indicated he won't run again  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby of Alabama, the Senate's fourth most senior member, has indicated to confidantes that he does not intend to run for reelection next year — prompting some Republicans to urge the powerful …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News cancels Lou Dobbs' show and is expected to part ways with the pro-Trump host  —  Fox News has canceled “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” the program hosted by television's staunchest supporter of Donald Trump and of his assertions of voter fraud in the 2020 election, The Times has learned.
Discussion: Kevin Drum
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Associated Press:
What of ‘Individual-1’?  Feds' Trump campaign case is ‘dead’  —  NEW YORK (AP) — When Donald Trump lost the legal shield of the presidency last month, some pundits speculated federal prosecutors might revive an investigation that implicated him in possible campaign finance crimes during his 2016 run for office.
Discussion: Raw Story
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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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 …
Kerry Picket / Washington Examiner:
Tenney wins New York's 22nd Congressional District  —  Republican Claudia Tenney won New York's 22nd Congressional District after state Supreme Court Justice Scott DelConte issued his final ruling on the race.  —  “I'm honored to have won this race.  It was a hard-fought campaign and I thank Anthony Brindisi for his service.
Discussion: Politico
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Patrick Lohmann / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Claudia Tenney to be certified as winner of New York's 22nd race, judge rules
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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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Biden Begins Term With 57% Job Approval
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Lawyers Call Trump's First Amendment Defense ‘Legally Frivolous’  —  Claims by former President Donald J. Trump's lawyers that his conduct around the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is shielded by the First Amendment are “legally frivolous” and should do nothing to stop the Senate from convicting him …
Discussion: Politico, Axios, Forbes and Vanity Fair
Zachary Halaschak / Washington Examiner:
‘Serious breach’: Intruder entered aircraft at base housing Air Force One  —  A man has been arrested after he was able to make his way to the flight line at Joint Base Andrews and enter a military aircraft a day before President Biden was set to depart the base for Delaware, the Air Force said.
Discussion: ABC News
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Howard Altman / Air Force Times:
Air Force will investigate base security worldwide in wake of intruder entering jet at JBA, home of Air Force One
Associated Press:
Nevada bill would allow tech companies to create governments  —  CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Planned legislation to establish new business areas in Nevada would allow technology companies to effectively form separate local governments.  —  Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a plan to launch …
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.
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Wife of GOP Sen. Hawley files criminal complaint over protest at their home  —  A magistrate issued a misdemeanor summons for one of the protesters.  —  Lawmakers have tense exchange on House floor  —  Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb said the riots at the U.S. Capitol were “inspired by lies” repeated by some of his Republican colleagues.
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
CBS Pittsburgh:
Rachel Powell, Mercer County Mother Of 8 Wanted In Connection To Capitol Riots, Taken Into Custody  —  MERCER COUNTY (KDKA/AP) - A Mercer County woman wanted for her involvement in the riots at the U.S. Capitol last month has been taken into custody.  —  According to law enforcement …
Jacob Magid / The Times of Israel:
ICC has jurisdiction to probe Israel, Hamas for war crimes, pretrial judges rule  —  In 2-1 decision, judges determine Palestine is a state, and The Hague can thus investigate there; probe likely to cover 2014 Gaza war, settlement policy, IDF actions on Gaza border
Discussion: Al Jazeera
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Matt Hamilton / Los Angeles Times:
Workers in L.A.'s courts are dying of COVID-19 as in-person hearings, trials continue  —  At a time when officials are pleading with residents to not leave their homes because of COVID-19, Juan Garcia rode the bus to a downtown L.A. court to defend against getting evicted from his.
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 …
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 and The Verge
 
 
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Darrell Issa, who helped bankroll Gray Davis recall, says anti-Newsom campaign ‘more important’
Discussion: Townhall and American Lookout
Jacob Shamsian / Insider:
Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers say an indictment should be thrown out because she wasn't sure what ‘sexual activities’ meant during a deposition
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America's trade gap soared under Trump, final figures show
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Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
2 Capitol Rioters Busted After They Delayed Their Bus Trip Home To Pennsylvania
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