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10:05 PM ET, February 4, 2022


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New York Times:
G.O.P. Declares Jan. 6 Attack ‘Legitimate Political Discourse’  —  The Republican National Committee voted to censure Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for participating in the inquiry into the deadly riot at the Capitol.  —  WASHINGTON — The Republican Party on Friday officially declared …
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
‘Trump Is Wrong,’ Pence Says of False Claim About Overturning Election  —  Former Vice President Mike Pence said in a speech on Friday that he had no right to overturn the 2020 election, as the former president has falsely claimed.  —  Former Vice President Mike Pence on Friday offered …
Nicole Gaudiano / Insider:
A former Marine and prosecutor who monitors Trump's base online has turned over information to the January 6 select committee  — A criminal-defense attorney began tracking Donald Trump's base online before the 2020 election.  — He has turned over information to a committee investigating the January 6 siege on the US Capitol.
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
‘President Trump is wrong’: Pence rejects claim he could have ‘overturned the election’  —  Former VP Pence: ‘President Trump is wrong.  I had no right to overturn the election.’  —  Former Vice President Mike Pence on Friday rejected former President Donald Trump's claim that he could have …
Gabby Orr / CNN:
In censure of Cheney and Kinzinger, RNC calls events of January 6 ‘legitimate political discourse’
Emily Brooks / Washington Examiner:
Romney and other Republicans decry RNC censuring Liz Cheney and Kinzinger
Mark Niquette / Bloomberg:
Pence Says Trump Was Wrong to Say He Could Overturn Election
Discussion: and HuffPost
Ben Feuerherd / New York Post:
Michael Avenatti convicted of stealing $300k from Stormy Daniels  —  Attorney-turned-criminal Michael Avenatti was convicted Friday of swiping nearly $300,000 in book-advance money from his then-client Stormy Daniels.  —  The now twice-convicted felon — and one time rising star …
Exclusive: Newly obtained records show Trump and Jim Jordan spoke at length on morning of January 6  —  (CNN)The House select committee investigating the Capitol insurrection is now in possession of White House records that provide new details about a phone call Donald Trump made to Republican …
David Marcus / The Daily Wire:
How Jeff Zucker Turned CNN Into A Cult  —  In movies and history books when someone is fighting with the French Resistance against the Nazis nobody cares if they are cheating on their spouse, or engaged in dubious ethical practices.  It's an existential crisis, and normal rules don't apply.
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Revealed: Trump reviewed draft order that authorized voting machines to be seized  —  Then president, during contentious December 2020 meeting, also agreed to appoint Sidney Powell as special counsel to investigate fraud  —  Weeks after the 2020 election, Donald Trump reviewed a draft executive order …
Discussion: CBS News, Raw Story and National Zero
Samuel Benson / Politico:
Former clerk rewrites SCOTUS contenders' Wikipedia bios  —  A former law clerk for a potential Supreme Court nominee embarked on a Wikipedia editing spree over the past week, bolstering the page of his former boss while altering the pages of her competitors in an apparent attempt to invite liberal skepticism …
Discussion: Reason
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed News:
Who's Behind Bored Ape Yacht Club, The Secretive NFT Brand?  These Two, For Starters.  —  The buzzy NFT collection has raked in millions and the eager support of dozens of celebrities.  But its founders' anonymity raises questions about accountability in the age of crypto.  —  Copy
Discussion: Financial Times and CoinDesk
Clémence Michallon / The Independent:
Jon Stewart sides with Joe Rogan as more artists leave Spotify: ‘This overreaction is a mistake’  —  Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and more have removed their catalogues from the streaming platform  —  Video mash-up compares Joe Rogan's apology to what he says on podcast
Washington Post:
Judge temporarily halts Youngkin order making masks optional in Va. schools after lawsuit from school boards  —  An Arlington judge has issued a temporary restraining order barring enforcement of Gov. Glenn Youngkin's mask-optional order for schools — a major victory for the seven school boards …
Billy Binion / Reason:
Amir Locke's Death Should Incense Anyone Who Cares About Gun Rights  —  An officer with the Minneapolis Police Department SWAT team shot and killed a 22-year-old man early Wednesday morning during the execution of a no-knock raid, reinvigorating debate around a law-enforcement tactic that many say is ripe for abuse.
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
US grants sanctions relief to Iran as nuke talks in balance  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday restored some sanctions relief to Iran's atomic program as talks aimed at salvaging the languishing 2015 nuclear deal enter a critical phase.
Jane Arraf / New York Times:
A Black Iraqi's Sudden Career in TV News: ‘They Wanted to See All Colors’  —  Randa Abd Al-Aziz was joking with friends in a Baghdad cafe when she got a surprise job offer: broadcasting the news in Iraq, whose Black citizens have little media presence and even less power.
Andrew Sullivan / The Weekly Dish:
The Anti-Semitism In Anti-Whiteness  —  Whoopi Goldberg just brought it out into the open. … Whoopi Goldberg, I think it's safe to say, is not a deep thinker, and wouldn't claim to be.  She's also clearly not an anti-Semite.  She's a talented entertainer and merely reflects many …
Discussion: The Atlantic
Michael Wines / New York Times:
North Carolina Court Says G.O.P. Political Maps Are Unconstitutional  —  The State Supreme Court said maps of the state's 14 House districts and state legislative districts violated guarantees of free elections, speech and assembly.  —  The North Carolina Supreme Court on Friday upended Republican efforts …
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Jan. 6 Defendant Seeks to Subpoena Trump as Witness at Trial  —  The request to have the former president testify faces an uphill fight, but it illustrates efforts by defendants to place him at the center of their cases.  —  Almost from the moment that the first rioters were arrested …
Pippa Crerar /
Bombshell picture shows Boris Johnson holding can of beer at lockdown birthday party  —  Sources said that pictures taken by the official No10 photographer have been handed over to Scotland Yard for their investigation into the Downing Street parties - including one of the PM with a can of beer
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Black FedEx Driver Says White Men Chased, Shot At Him During Deliveries  —  A Black FedEx driver says he was making deliveries in Brookhaven, Miss., late last month when two white men assailed him, including one who allegedly fired multiple bullets into his delivery truck.
Discussion: Raw Story
Audrey Conklin / Fox News:
Lincoln Project's Rick Wilson raised $64G for anti-Trump film that was never released  —  Wilson claimed 2 years ago that film was ‘still happening’  —  Dagen McDowell blasts ‘appalling’ glorification of Lincoln Project by media  —  Rick Wilson, co-founder of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project PAC …
Discussion: RedState
Shoshana Wodinsky / Gizmodo:
The Hidden Failure of the World's Biggest Privacy Law  —  The EU's landmark privacy law, GDPR, was supposed to change the world of tech privacy forever.  What the hell happened?  —  Alerts  —  This week, European authorities struck a massive blow to the digital data-mining industrial complex …
Bobby Burack / OutKick:
ESPN Guy Says China's Genocide is No Worse Than Red States Requiring Voter ID  —  The U.S. declared last year that the actions against Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region of China as genocide.  But according to ESPN's J. A. Adande, committing genocide against Uyghurs is no worse than red states requiring voter ID.
Discussion: Fox News and The Right Scoop
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
A new GOP bill would give workers an alternative to unions.  Republicans should get behind it.  —  Republicans such as Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Rep. Jim Banks (Ind.), the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, have been working on ways to make the GOP policy agenda align better with its increasingly working-class voters.
Special Report: Inside J&J's secret plan to cap litigation payouts to cancer victims … Johnson & Johnson created a plan last year to limit the financial bleeding from billions of dollars in jury awards to plaintiffs who alleged the company's Baby Powder and other talc products caused deadly cancers.
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Prosecutors sought call, email records of Bannon attorney, defense team claims
Discussion: National Zero
NBC News:
Uyghur athlete delivers Olympic flame in opening ceremony after global criticism of China
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Matt Bonesteel / Washington Post:
Sixteen Penn swimmers say transgender teammate Lia Thomas should not be allowed to compete
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Cristóbal Reyes / Orlando Sentinel:
Neo-Nazi group's leader among 3 arrested in attack at Orlando demonstration
Discussion: Forbes
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GOP candidates who participated in the Jan. 6 rally are raising millions
Pennsylvania Senate Republican race between Oz and McCormick turns ugly early
Discussion: Politico
The making of a modern Republican
Wall Street Journal:
Cyberattack on News Corp, Believed Linked to China, Targeted Emails of Journalists, Others