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8:30 PM ET, February 5, 2021

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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.
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Lou Dobbs's Show Is Canceled by Fox Business  —  Mr. Dobbs, a loyal supporter of former President Donald J. Trump, is named in a lawsuit by the election technology company Smartmatic against the Fox Corporation and two other Fox anchors.  —  Fox Business has canceled “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” …
CNN:
Fox Business suddenly cancels ‘Lou Dobbs Tonight,’ its highest-rated show  —  New York (CNN Business)Lou Dobbs, by far the highest-rated host on the Fox Business Network, has just been canned by the network.  —  Friday night was his final broadcast, a Fox spokesperson told The Los Angeles Times.
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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ABC News:
Congressional investigators probe videos of Trump associates' actions ahead of Capitol riot
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 …
New York Times:
House Puts $1.9 Trillion Stimulus on Fast Track, With No G.O.P. Votes … It was, somehow, a setting simultaneously dramatic and anticlimactic for Vice President Kamala Harris's first tiebreaking vote in the Senate: just before dawn in a sparsely filled chamber, at the end of a 15-hour session …
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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
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 and Forbes
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: 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.
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
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.
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Woman charged in US Capitol riot can take trip to Mexico, federal judge says  —  (CNN)A Texas florist charged in connection with the US Capitol insurrection will be allowed to go to Mexico later this month, a federal judge ruled Friday.  —  The case involving Jenny Cudd got national attention …
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge releases New Mexico county official charged in Capitol riot
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and The Daily Caller
Donald Judd / CNN:
Biden says Trump should no longer receive classified intelligence briefings  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden doesn't believe former President Donald Trump should receive classified intelligence briefings, as is tradition for past presidents, citing Trump's “erratic behavior unrelated to the insurrection.”
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Washington Post:
Live updates: Biden says Trump should not receive intelligence briefings because of his ‘erratic behavior’
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
Drew Holden / The Spectator:
You shouldn't compare Marjorie Taylor Greene to Ilhan Omar  —  Greene's comments are stunningly beyond the pale  —  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks outside the Capitol (Getty)  —  Both political parties have always had oddballs entering their ranks, elected officials who probably aren't fit for the job.
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Annie Karni / New York Times:
After Years in Government, Biden Has a New Perk: Air Force One  —  On Friday, he flew home for the first time as president.  But it was not on the plane that has so delighted his predecessors.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden has served in elected office for almost four decades.
Discussion: The Week
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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
Zachary Halaschak / Washington Examiner:
‘Serious breach’: Intruder entered aircraft at base housing Air Force One
Discussion: ABC News and UPI
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 …
Patrick Lohmann / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Claudia Tenney to be certified as winner of New York's 22nd race, judge rules  —  Oswego, N.Y. — Republican Claudia Tenney will be certified as the winner of New York's 22nd Congressional District race, a judge ruled Friday, ending a three-month ordeal in the only undecided House race in the country.
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Kerry Picket / Washington Examiner:
Tenney wins New York's 22nd Congressional District
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Associated Press:
AP analysis: Federal executions likely a COVID superspreader  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Trump administration was nearing the end of an unprecedented string of executions, 70% of death row inmates were sick with COVID-19.  Guards were ill. Traveling prisons staff on the execution team had the virus.
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, Law & Crime and Breitbart
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
Woman Arrested Who Helped Coordinate Attack On Capitol, Smashed Window With Pipe  —  Rachel Marie Powell, a Pennsylvania mother of eight, used a bullhorn to give directions on storming the Capitol building.  —  A Pennsylvania mother of eight who gave instructions for storming …
Axios:
Scoop: Thomas Donohue to leave U.S. Chamber of Commerce  —  Board leadership at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is close to naming Thomas Donohue's successor, and is expected to appoint Suzanne Clark as its next leader, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.
David Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Illinois judge finds Trump hotel in Chicago liable for violating environmental laws  —  An Illinois judge has found former president Donald Trump's Chicago hotel liable for violating state environmental laws, because the hotel is sucking in Chicago River water to cool its air-conditioning systems without a valid permit.
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
GOP Reps. Gohmert, Clyde fined $5,000 each for bypassing House metal detectors  —  Republican Reps. Louie Gohmert (Texas) and Andrew Clyde (Ga.) were fined $5,000 each for bypassing metal detectors before entering the House chamber in violation of a rule adopted this week, according to a senior Democratic aide.
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 …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
What Does This Man Know That Other Democrats Don't?  —  Governor Roy Cooper's winning streak in North Carolina may be hard for purple- or red-state leaders to replicate.  —  Governor Roy Cooper doesn't know why he keeps winning in North Carolina while other Democrats keep losing.
Kim Reynolds / Iowa Office of the Governor:
Gov. Reynolds signs new Public Health Disaster proclamation  —  Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation that relaxes existing public health measures effective Sunday, February 7th, 2021 while continuing critical regulatory relief to those on the frontlines of COVID19 recovery for an additional 30 days.
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 …
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.
 
 
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Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Biden harnesses Defense Production Act to speed vaccinations and production of protective equipment
Greg Iacurci / CNBC:
Long-term unemployment is close to a Great Recession record
Ashley Gold / Axios:
Microsoft ends donations to lawmakers who refused to certify election
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Now It's The Democrats Turn To Destroy The Open Internet: Mark Warner's 230 Reform Bill Is A Dumpster Fire Of Cluelessness
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
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