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2:30 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.
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
Fox News has dropped ‘Lou Dobbs Tonight,’ promoter of Trump's false election fraud claims
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: The Hill and Raw Story
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ABC News:
Congressional investigators probe videos of Trump associates' actions ahead of Capitol riot
Discussion: Politico and 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 …
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
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge releases New Mexico county official charged in Capitol riot
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and The Daily Caller
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.
New York Times:
A Lincoln Project co-founder resigns after allegations that a former colleague sent unsolicited, lurid messages to young men.  —  President Biden said on Friday that he would bar his predecessor, former President Donald J. Trump, from receiving the intelligence briefings traditionally conducted …
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 …
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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.
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 …
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
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.”
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 and Forbes
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Talia Lavin / MSNBC:   Police have enough power. The Capitol riots shouldn't give them more.
New York Times:
Muddled Intelligence Hampered Response to Capitol Riot
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
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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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court lifts California worship bans prompted by coronavirus  —  The ruling issued just before 11 p.m. ET Friday produced four separate statements by the justices.  —  A splintered U.S. Supreme Court blocked California from enforcing coronavirus-related bans on indoor worship services …
Discussion: Fox News
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
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 …
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Patrick Lohmann / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Claudia Tenney to be certified as winner of New York's 22nd race, judge rules
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.
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.”  —  It's been 40 days and 40 nights since I published my look into America's Great Bucatini Shortage, wherein I discovered there was not only a temporary nationwide scarcity …
Robby Soave / Reason:
When Fairfax Schools Reopen, More Than 2,000 Teachers Will Still Teach From Home  —  Fairfax County, Virginia, plans to partly reopen schools later this month, but some students will discover that they still have to receive lessons over their laptops.  —  That's because 2,300 teachers have opted to continue teaching from home.
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 …
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 …
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.
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Dem Senator Warns: If the Party Wants to Lose Georgia, Break the Promise Made in the Runoff … Democrats risk throwing away a Senate Georgia race in two years if they go back on their promise to deliver direct aid after campaigning on the issue, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., said on Thursday afternoon.
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.
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.
Discussion: KRON4 and WGN-TV
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Mitt Romney Wants Your Child to Have a $4,200 Yearly Allowance  —  To pay for increased aid to parents, he would end the deduction on state and local taxes entirely.  —  Mitt Romney is putting forward a wildly ambitious proposal to re-orient the American welfare state toward children.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: New York Post, The Hill and Law & Crime
 
 
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Aaron Morrison / Associated Press:
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