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Good Morning DC. It's Wednesday, February 3, and we will tell you everything you need to know for the day ahead.
Scoop: Kevin McCarthy is supporting Liz Cheney and ditching Marjorie TaylorGreen, a source told Good Morning DC. Marjorie Taylor Green— freshman congresswoman and QAnon supporter— is going to be reprimanded. Liz Cheney will win. Case closed.
Last night, the President and the First Lady paid their respects to Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick as he lies in honor at the Capitol Rotunda.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and other members of congressional leadership, held a ceremonial arrival from the East Center Steps of the Capitol to the Rotunda at 9:30 pm for Sicknick.
What will Biden do today? This morning, the President does not have anything scheduled until 5:30 PM EST, when he and Harris will receive the daily brief in the Oval Office.
Meanwhile, in the Senate…
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) reintroduced the Terror Intelligence Improvement Act to make it harder for suspected terrorists to purchase firearms.
"After the terrorist attack at Pulse nightclub, I made a promise to improve our laws to make it more difficult for evil people to get ahold of guns," Rubio said. "This bill is a common-sense measure that would help ensure criminals, terrorists, and others seeking to take innocent lives are not able to acquire firearms,' Rubio added, insisting that the bill will at the same time protect the due process and Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.
On March 2nd, there will be an oversight hearing with the FBI Director Wray, as Senators Durbin and Grassley press DoJ for answers on security failures that led to the attack on the US Capitol. In a letter sent to acting AG Wilkinson and FBI Director Wray, Durbin and Grassley state that “The security failures that enabled the January 6 attack span multiple agencies, and emerging reports raise serious concerns about the adequacy of preparations by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).”
Across the pond, given the big gaff made by the E.U. for temporarily invoking Article 16 of the Northern Ireland protocol, PM Boris Johnson sees a political opportunity to sort out some of the border issues and not just relating to Northern Ireland.
"Our commitment to the people of Northern Ireland and our Union is unshakeable. Recent E.U. moves have undermined the Protocol & understandably provoked concern. Let me underline that, now & in the future, Northern Ireland's place in the U.K. will be protected and strengthened," said PM Boris Johnson. "What is needed is urgent action from the E.U. to resolve outstanding problems with Protocol implementation, to preserve the gains of the Belfast Good Friday Agreement & ensure that Northern Ireland benefits from Brexit just like every other part of our United Kingdom," he added.
The Biden administration has reacted strongly to Russia's sentencing of Alexei Navalny to two years and eight months in prison and the U.S. is determined to hold President Putin to account.
Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Jim Risch said that “The decision of the Moscow court today to re-impose a jail term on Alexei Navalny for a politically-motivated conviction once again exposes the corruption of the country’s judicial system.”
Risch echoed the call of the Biden administration for an immediate release of Navalny and all other detained protesters.
The G7 Foreign Ministers issued a statement this morning to condemn the coup in Maynmar.
"We are deeply concerned by the detention of political leaders and civil society activists, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, and targeting of the media. We call upon the military to immediately end the state of emergency, restore power to the democratically elected government, to release all those unjustly detained and to respect human rights and the rule of law. The November election results must be respected and Parliament should be convened at the earliest opportunity", Foreign Ministers stated, reiterating, that G7 "stand with the people of Myanmar who want to see a democratic future."
Jeff Bezos stepped down from Amazon to commit to the issues he's passionate about. Does this mean a run for a political office as well?
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