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12:20 PM ET, February 6, 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.
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,” …
Kurt Bardella / USA Today:
Country music response to Wallen racism shows Republicans how they failed on Greene  —  The country music industry punished Morgan Wallen for his racist remark.  Why didn't McCarthy and Republicans hold Marjorie Taylor Greene accountable?  —  At the same time House Republicans were trying …
Brad Bannon / The Hill:
AOC is an asset for Democrats, Greene is an albatross for the GOP  —  American politics would be a lot better off if we had a lot more of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y,) and a lot less of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.).  Ocasio-Cortez is an asset for Democrats, while Greene is an albatross for Republicans.
Rep. Jimmy Gomez / NBC News:
Marjorie Taylor Greene's loss of committee seats is a good first step. But she deserves expulsion.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Partly Backs Religious Challenge to California Virus Restrictions  —  The ruling followed a similar one in a case from New York and provided more evidence of a change in the court's direction after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  —  WASHINGTON — A splintered Supreme Court …
Discussion: Washington Examiner, Axios and Althouse
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court lifts California worship bans prompted by coronavirus  —  A splintered U.S. Supreme Court blocked California from enforcing coronavirus-related bans on indoor worship services, but declined to upset other state rules banning singing and chanting and limiting the number of worshipers.
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Biden says Trump should not receive intelligence briefings  —  President Biden said Friday that former president Donald Trump should not have access to classified information in the form of the briefings usually given to ex-presidents, citing Trump's “erratic behavior” and the risk that he might recklessly reveal sensitive information.
Donald Judd / CNN:
Biden says Trump should no longer receive classified intelligence briefings
Caroline Chen / ProPublica:
Why Opening Restaurants Is Exactly What the Coronavirus Wants Us to Do  —  Governors continue to open indoor dining and other activities before vaccinations become widespread.  Experts warn this could create superspreading playgrounds for dangerous variants and squander our best shot at getting the pandemic under control.
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Proud Boys charged in Capitol riot may have been targeting police, filings show
Discussion: The Guardian
Associated Press:
5 key questions for Trump's Senate impeachment trial  —  WASHINGTON — Arguments begin Tuesday in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump on allegations that he incited the violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.  —  A look at five key questions about what to expect when senators hear …
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
QAnon is Not a ‘Conspiracy Theory’  —  As the QAnon phenomenon becomes more central to critical political and public safety questions, I realize we need a new vocabulary to describe this and similar phenomena.  Q is not a “conspiracy theory”.  The faked moon landing was a conspiracy theory.
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: The Hill and Talking Points Memo
Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed News:
A Man Who Allegedly Maced Police Officers During The Capitol Coup Attempt Has Been Arrested  —  A man who was filmed macing police officers during the attempted coup at the US Capitol last month was arrested by the FBI on Thursday, authorities said.  —  Peter Schwartz, a 47-year-old from Owensboro …
Discussion: Law & Crime
The Daily Beast:
NY Times Star Reporter Donald McNeil Exits After Daily Beast Exposé  —  Multiple students who attended a Times-sponsored trip with Don McNeil in 2019 alleged that he used racist slurs throughout the journey.  —  The New York Times on Friday announced the ouster of science …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
QAnon Believers Are Obsessed With Hillary Clinton.  She Has Thoughts.  —  The mass execution cult has roots in three decades of demonization.  —  A clear indication that Marjorie Taylor Greene was more than a dabbler in QAnon was her 2018 endorsement of “Frazzledrip,” one of the most grotesque tendrils of the movement's mythology.
Washington Post:
Mutated virus may reinfect people already stricken once with covid-19, sparking debate and concerns  —  More than 100 million people have been infected with the coronavirus, but they may not be completely protected against new variants … A trial of an experimental coronavirus vaccine detected …
New York Times:
Migrant Families Force Biden to Confront New Border Crisis  —  In recent days, hundreds of migrant families have been released into the United States by Border Patrol agents.  Thousands more are hoping for a chance to enter under looser policies.  —  LOS ANGELES — President Biden's …
Wall Street Journal:
With Covid-19 Vaccine Waiting Lists in the Millions, Some Skip the Line  —  Across the U.S., people are flouting eligibility rules and using connections to get a coveted shot  —  Board members of a Rhode Island medical system were invited to get vaccinated, regardless of their age or occupations.
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
US suspends Haiti deportation flights as Biden administration tries to control Ice  —  Halt came after activists and staffers called homeland security secretary's office but it is unclear how long it will last  —  The US has suspended deportation flights to Haiti, in the latest sign …
Washington Examiner:
In Biden's White House, science takes a back seat to teachers unions  —  “Science will always be at the forefront of my administration,” President Biden tweeted in December, one of many such statements promising that he'd put science first.  —  It turns out that his promise came with a huge asterisk attached.
Discussion: CNN and Instapundit
Reynolds removes restrictions on businesses, gatherings, masks  —  Hide Transcript Show Transcript  —  Receive daily coronavirus & public health news straight to your inbox.  —  Submit  —  Privacy Notice  —  Gov. Kim Reynolds has eliminated most of her COVID-19 restrictions in the latest health proclamation.
James Queally / Los Angeles Times:
Gascón makes exception to death penalty ban for “boy next door” killer  —  Michael Gargiulo, who was convicted in 2019 of killing two women and seriously injuring another in a series of knife attacks, will still face the death penalty after Los Angeles County Dist.
Gordon Russell / The Advocate:
Attorney General Jeff Landry sues Advocate reporter over public-records request  —  Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry on Friday sued a reporter for The Advocate and The Times-Picayune over a public-records request she filed, asking a judge to issue a declaratory judgment denying the request and seal the proceedings.
Discussion: The Hill
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
John Fetterman files paperwork to run for U.S. Senate in 2022  —  Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman has officially filed the paperwork for a possible run for the state's open U.S. Senate seat in 2022.  —  The former mayor of Braddock whose blunt and unreserved brand of politics has built …
Arielle Kass / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Confederate monument, erected in Gwinnett in 1993, comes down  —  At 10:01 p.m. Thursday night, the 28-year-old Confederate monument that stood in Lawrenceville's downtown square lay in the back of a flatbed truck.  —  The face-down granite slabs were secured by yellow straps as the truck drove west, down Pike Street.
The Economist:
Joe Biden puts Saudi Arabia on notice  —  The kingdom's war in Yemen will be harder to wage without American arms  —  FIVE YEARS ago Barack Obama delivered a bracing message to Saudi Arabia.  “The competition between the Saudis and the Iranians,” he warned, “has helped to feed proxy wars and chaos in Syria and Iraq and Yemen.”
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Joe Schoffstall / Washington Free Beacon:
Omar Kept Husband's Consulting Firm Afloat
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Power Line
Greg Bensinger / New York Times:
People Want Real Change From Facebook. Its ‘Supreme Court’ Isn't Delivering.
Oliver Holmes / The Guardian:
ICC rules it can investigate alleged war crimes in Palestine despite Israeli objections
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Mitt Romney Wants Your Child to Have a $4,200 Yearly Allowance
Laurence Norman / Wall Street Journal:
Iran U.N. Inspectors Find Radioactive Traces, Raising Fresh Concerns
Rachel Handler / Grub Street:
De Cecco Finally Reveals What the Heck Is Going on With Its Bucatini “It's always a good thing to know who your enemies are.”
Adam J. White / The Bulwark:
A Defeated 2020 Candidate Asks the House to Overturn Her Loss
 Earlier Items: 
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
GOP Reps. Gohmert, Clyde fined $5,000 each for bypassing House metal detectors
Associated Press:
What of ‘Individual-1’? Feds' Trump campaign case is ‘dead’
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story