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Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) told reporters Tuesday she thinks Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) should "find another line of work" following his racist comments on white supremacy.

The big picture: Cheney is the first member of House GOP leadership to call on King to step aside. House Republicans decided Monday to not seat King on any committees for the duration of this Congress. Other Republicans in the Senate, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have already been nudging King toward leaving Congress. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) called on King to leave Congress outright on Monday.

What King said to the Times: "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?"

King's response to being ousted from committee assignments:

“One of my quotes in a New York Times story has been completely mischaracterized. When I used the word ‘THAT’ it was in reference ONLY to Western Civilization. … I will continue to point out the truth and work with all the vigor that I have to represent the 4th District Iowans for at least the next two years.”
— Steve King

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Thousands without power as "hazardous" winter storm lashes East Coast

Satellite imagery of the Northeastern U.S. taken by NOAA on Jan. 17. Photo: NOAA

A major winter storm lashed much of the East Coast Sunday and Monday, causing widespread power outages and disrupting travel over the holiday weekend.

The latest: Authorities in North Carolina confirmed that two people died in a car crash and that they responded 600 vehicle accidents during the storm on Sunday, per the Washington Post.

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CDC director says COVID-19 messaging should have been clearer

Rochelle Walensky. Photo: Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images

Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that the messaging around the COVID-19 pandemic and changing guidance should have been clearer.

State of play: Walensky is being coached by media experts and is planning to have more press briefings by herself in order to ensure that CDC is seen as an independent, scientific entity, rather than as a political one, the Journal reports.

3 hours ago - World

UAE asks U.S. to reinstate Houthi terrorist designation after attack

Secretary of State Tony Blinken (left) listens to United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan during a joint news conference at the State Department iin October. Photo: Andrew Harnik/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Emirati Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed asked Secretary of State Tony Blinken in a phone call Monday to re-designate the Houthi rebels in Yemen as a terrorist organization, a senior Emirati official told Axios.

Why it matters: Less than a month after he assumed office, President Biden rolled back the Trump administration’s decision to make the designation. He said it hampered humanitarian assistance to the Yemeni people. Since then, the Houthis have escalated their attacks against Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region — including an attack Monday in Abu Dhabi.