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Top eight stories for today including Russia was jarred by large-scale protests sparked by the arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny; Republican senators are expected to pitch President Joe Biden a stunted Covid-19 relief proposal; A Virginia senator who was censured with bipartisan support for speaking at former President Donald Trump’s Save America rally filed a federal lawsuit against the legislative body, and more.

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Top eight stories for today including Russia was jarred by large-scale protests sparked by the arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny; Republican senators are expected to pitch President Joe Biden a stunted Covid-19 relief proposal; A Virginia senator who was censured with bipartisan support for speaking at former President Donald Trump’s Save America rally filed a federal lawsuit against the legislative body, and more.

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National

1.) Republican senators are expected to pitch President Joe Biden a stunted Covid-19 relief proposal at the White House, a day after releasing a letter that says a pared-back bill could garner bipartisan support.

A woman wears a protective mask as she walks her dog down the sidewalk in Zelienople, Pa., Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

2.) The Biden administration announced Monday that two federal agencies will invest over $230 million in an over-the-counter test to detect the Covid-19 virus.

A bus stop ad for COVID-19 testing is shown outside Pfizer world headquarters in New York on Monday Nov. 9, 2020. Pfizer says an early peek at its vaccine data suggests the shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19, but it doesn't mean a vaccine is imminent. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

3.) Securing new counsel with only a week to go before his second impeachment trial gets underway, former President Donald Trump’s focus on relitigating the 2020 election has drawn alarm from legal experts.

A video released by the White House, President Donald Trump shows a Twitter video on a television monitor in an empty press briefing room at the White House in Washington, after the U.S. House impeached him, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. The pre-recorded video was being broadcast by Fox News. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert )

4.) Silver has caught the eye of the populist investor movement that boosted shares of GameStop last week, much to the chagrin of short-selling hedge funds and institutional investors.

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, May 9, 2007, Silver bullion, bars weighing five kilograms each, are displayed in the trading room of the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany. Silver futures jumped more than 10% on Monday Feb. 1, 2021, following strong gains over the weekend.(AP Photo/Michael Probst, FILE)

Regional

5.) A Virginia senator who was censured with bipartisan support last week for speaking at former President Donald Trump’s Save America rally just before the deadly Capitol riot has filed a federal lawsuit against the legislative body.

Virginia Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, whose refusal to wear a mask has earned her a plexiglass enclosure, is pictured a week after she spoke at the Jan. 6 Trump rally in Washington. (Courthouse News photo/Brad Kutner)

6.) In a case pitting the mayor of a Boston suburb against Barstool Sports, the Massachusetts Supreme Court seemed unlikely Monday to seal up a recorded interview just because the interviewer faked his credentials.

The mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston is Joe Curtatone. (Image via Courthouse News via Joe Curtatone campaign)

7.) New Jersey is in a state of emergency from a massive nor’easter Monday, but the state Supreme Court plowed ahead this morning in an appeal over snowstorm sidewalk safety.

A woman tries to protect her face from blowing snow while walking in white-out conditions in Jersey City, N.J., Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. A sprawling, lumbering winter storm is walloping the Eastern U.S., shutting down coronavirus vaccination sites, closing schools and halting transit. With flakes falling since Sunday evening, New York City and northern New Jersey braced for as much as 22 inches of snow, and parts of New England for a foot or more. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

International

8.) For the second weekend in a row, Russia was jarred by large-scale protests sparked by the arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and anger over government corruption.

People attend a protest against the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow, Russia, on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021. Thousands of people took to the streets Sunday across Russia to demand the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, keeping up the wave of nationwide protests that have rattled the Kremlin. Hundreds were detained by police. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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