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Biden news: Marjorie Taylor Greene ‘gets standing ovation’ at GOP meeting as Liz Cheney faces vote

Biden signs three executive orders on immigration

President Joe Biden  will sit down with CBS News for his first face-to-face interview since assuming office last month, in a segment that will air on Sunday ahead of the Superbowl, as the GOP refused to remove Marjorie Green Taylor from committees.

Mr Biden will be interviewed by Norah O’Donnell in a prime time slot as many Americans settle down to watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face the Kansas City Chiefs.

It comes as House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy refused to strip committee assignments from Marjorie Green Taylor, who received a standing ovation from about half the Republican members at a closed-door GOP caucus. In the same meeting, Liz Cheney faced a vote to be removed from the party’s leadership for supporting the impeachment of Donald Trump.

The GOP, meanwhile, turned its focus to Ilhan Omar in an attempt to remove her from office for controversial statements in an effort to dissuade Democrats from moving forward with a vote to eject Taylor Greene from Congress.

In news from the White House,  Biden refused to budge on the $1.9trn Covid relief proposal. He is, however, open to negotiating on who receives the stimulus checks – confirmed to be $1,400.

Meanwhile, former Trump adviser Steve Bannon could face state charges over allegations he defrauded donors for the US-Mexico border wall, as reported by The New York Times.

Bannon was given a pardon by the former president after being indicted of federal charges for the scheme, but the Manhattan district attorney’s has now reportedly started investigating his role in fundraising for the project.

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Remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from education committee, biggest teaching union demands

Two major teaching unions in the US have demanded Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene be removed from the House Education Committee for spreading the discredited QAnon theory, downplaying school shootings and pushing election fraud conspiracies.

“Conspiracy theories do not belong in our schools. Hate, racism and anti-Semitism do not belong in our schools. Bullying and harassment do not belong in our schools,” said the letter by the unions. 

Report by Shweta Sharma

Joe Middleton3 February 2021 09:01
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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s interview with right-wing Newsmax descends into chaos

An anchor for American broadcaster NewsMax walked out of an interview with pro-Trump conspiracy theorist and chief executive officer of MyPillow, after he refused to stop voicing allegations against Dominion Voting Systems.

Read (and watch) the latest from Mayank Aggarwal

Joe Middleton3 February 2021 09:16
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Donald Trump’s son Eric criticises Scottish politicians

Eric Trump has criticised an upcoming debate today by Scottish politicians on whether an investigation should be held into the financing of Donald Trump’s golf courses in the country.

Patrick Harvie, the co-leader of the Scottish Greens, wants first minister Nicola Sturgeon to green light an unexplained wealth order (UWO) into the former president’s business interests.

Mr Harvie said there are “serious concerns about how he [Trump] financed the cash purchases of his Scottish golf courses.”

Donald Trump owns Trump International, a course in Aberdeenshire, and the Turnberry resort in Ayrshire, as well as 15 other courses worldwide.

Joe Middleton3 February 2021 09:33
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Pro-Trump lawyer under investigation over whether or not he was a legal voter, reports say

Lin Wood, a conservative attorney and a strong pro-Trump voice, filed several lawsuits and made public statements claiming people voted illegally in the 2020 presidential election.

Now, according to reports in the US media, the office of Georgia’s secretary of state is investigating the allegations that Mr Wood may have illegally voted from the state in the November run off, writes The Independent’s Stuti Mishra

Joe Middleton3 February 2021 09:53
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Marjorie Taylor Greene likens Parkland survivor David Hogg to a dog in new video

A video of the controversial Republican representative calling Mr Hogg an “idiot” and “trained like a dog” has resurfaced, a week after footage of her harassing the gun control activist went viral.

Report by Stuti Mishra

Joe Middleton3 February 2021 10:12
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South Korea urges US flexibility on sanctions to restart North Korea talks

The United States should flexibly enforce sanctions aimed at curbing Pyongyang’s nuclear programmes to revive denuclearisation talks, South Korea’s point man on North Korea said on Wednesday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and former U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to work towards the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula at their first summit in 2018, but a second summit and subsequent working-level talks fell apart.

Lee In-young, South Korea’s unification minister in charge of inter-Korean affairs, said reinforcing sanctions may not be the key to bringing North Korea back to the table.

“If we were to talk about additional sanctions, it’s time to review what achievements the sanctions have brought so far. Strengthening it might not be everything,” Lee told a news conference.

Joe Middleton3 February 2021 10:25
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Just in case you missed it…

Here at The Independent we compiled the key points from the case against Donald Trump by the Democrat House impeachment managers.

Griffin Connolly has all the details

Joe Middleton3 February 2021 10:32
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Wife of new Amazon CEO donated to the presidential campaign of Bernie

Elana Jassy, the wife of Amazon’s newly appointed successor, Andy Jassy, donated to the 2016 presidential campaign of senator Bernie Sanders, a vocal critic of the e-commerce giant. 

Report by Shweta Sharma

Joe Middleton3 February 2021 10:58
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Donald Trump’s son Eric attacks ‘pathetic’ Scottish parliament debate on golf resort financing

Donald Trump’s son Eric has lashed out at Scottish politicians over plans for a parliamentary debate on whether the financing behind the family golf resorts should be investigated.

MSPs will vote on a motion calling for a court order to probe the ex-president’s business holdings in Scotland, amid growing concerns about deals done to set up the Trump Organisation’s golf courses, writes The Independent’s Adam Forrest

Joe Middleton3 February 2021 11:25