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9:50 AM 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.
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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.
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: Axios and Althouse
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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.
Discussion: National Review and Fox News
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.
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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.”
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.
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Rep. Jimmy Gomez / NBC News:
Marjorie Taylor Greene's loss of committee seats is a good first step. But she deserves expulsion.
CNN:
McCarthy survives tumultuous week and emerges with a tight grip on House Republicans
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Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Proud Boys charged in Capitol riot may have been targeting police, filings show
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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
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 …
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ABC News:
Congressional investigators probe videos of Trump associates' actions ahead of Capitol riot
Discussion: New York Times and The Week
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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.
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.
KCCI-TV:
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.
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Kim Reynolds / Iowa Office of the Governor:
Gov. Reynolds signs new Public Health Disaster proclamation
Discussion: Towleroad Gay News
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 …
Adam J. White / The Bulwark:
A Defeated 2020 Candidate Asks the House to Overturn Her Loss  —  Echoing Trump's January 6 tactic, the loser of the race for Iowa's 2nd Congressional District wants the House of Representatives to override the state's results.  —  Barely a month ago, Republicans pushed the country to the brink …
Discussion: Excess of Democracy and Bulwark+
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Patrick Lohmann / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Claudia Tenney to be certified as winner of New York's 22nd race, judge rules
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
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.
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
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 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.”
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.
Kara Voght / Mother Jones:
The White House Doesn't Want To Hear From Larry Summers  —  How Obama's chief economic advisor ended up on the wrong side of the Biden administration  —  Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.
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.
Joe Schoffstall / Washington Free Beacon:
Omar Kept Husband's Consulting Firm Afloat  —  Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D., Minn.) campaign payments to her husband's firm accounted for nearly 80 percent of its cash haul during the 2020 elections, federal filings show.  —  The E Street Group, a D.C. consulting firm owned by Tim Mynett …
Discussion: Power Line
Oliver Holmes / The Guardian:
ICC rules it can investigate alleged war crimes in Palestine despite Israeli objections  —  Palestinian Authority welcomes ruling that could see prosecution of Israeli officials and military as well as Hamas figures  —  The international criminal court has announced that it has jurisdiction in Palestine …
Greg Bensinger / New York Times:
People Want Real Change From Facebook.  Its ‘Supreme Court’ Isn't Delivering.  —  The first decisions from the new Oversight Board have been issued.  The results are underwhelming.  —  Mr. Bensinger is a member of the editorial board.  —  Facebook's Oversight Board …
James Poniewozik / New York Times:
The MyPillow Guy's Fever Dream  —  In a bizarre, two-hour-plus disinfomercial on OANN, an election conspiracist sells a myth of a victory stolen.  —  TV's latest, most outrageously paranoid conspiracy-thriller has arrived.  It has everything: cyberespionage, evil vote-stealing machines, wicked media cabals.
Discussion: Mediaite, HuffPost, Law & Crime, Vox and Mic
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 …
 
 
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Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Mitt Romney Wants Your Child to Have a $4,200 Yearly Allowance
Arielle Kass / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Confederate monument, erected in Gwinnett in 1993, comes down
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.”
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Biden harnesses Defense Production Act to speed vaccinations and production of protective equipment
Discussion: New Republic
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Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
Woman Arrested Who Helped Coordinate Attack On Capitol, Smashed Window With Pipe
Discussion: New York Post, The Hill and Law & Crime
Greg Iacurci / CNBC:
Long-term unemployment is close to a Great Recession record
Discussion: NBC4 Washington
New York Times:
A Lincoln Project co-founder resigns after allegations that a former colleague sent unsolicited, lurid messages to young men.
Associated Press:
AP analysis: Federal executions likely a COVID superspreader
Discussion: The Intercept and Business Insider