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7:25 PM ET, February 19, 2021


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Jessica Sidman / Washingtonian:
Trump Hotel Employees Reveal What It Was Really Like Catering to the Right Wing Elite … Everyone knew Table 72 belonged to the President.  The round booth in the middle of the Trump Hotel's mezzanine was impossible to miss. It didn't matter how many Congress members were clamoring …
Declan Walsh / New York Times:
Erik Prince, Trump Ally, Violated Libya Arms Embargo, U.N. Report Says  —  Mr. Prince offered to supply weapons, drones and mercenaries to a Libyan militia commander seeking to overthrow the government, according to U.N. investigators.  —  NAIROBI, Kenya — Erik Prince …
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Six More Alleged Members of Oath Keepers Militia Indicted
Discussion: USA Today and The Daily Caller
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:   The Capitol Rioters Are Starting To Face Much More Serious Charges For The Insurrection
NBC News:
Joe Manchin comes out against Neera Tanden as Biden's OMB chief, imperiling nomination … WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said Friday he will oppose Neera Tanden to lead the Office of Management and Budget, imperiling the prospects of a high-profile nominee of President Joe Biden.
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
One night in Cancun: Ted Cruz's disastrous decision to go on vacation during Texas storm crisis  —  The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights  —  Usually, it takes at least one full day in Cancun to do something embarrassing you'll never live down.
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
How a Disaster Vacation Could Take Down Ted Cruz
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Los Angeles Times Owner Exploring Sale of Company  —  Patrick Soon-Shiong seeks exit after less than three years at the helm, as losses mount  —  Billionaire biotech investor Patrick Soon-Shiong is exploring a sale of the Los Angeles Times less than three years after buying it for $500 million, people familiar with the matter said.
Wall Street Journal:
Pfizer Vaccine Is Highly Effective After One Dose and Can Be Stored in Normal Freezers, Data Shows  —  Peer-reviewed study comes as some governments debate whether to delay second vaccine doses  —  The Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE generates robust immunity …
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Justice Sonia Sotomayor was targeted by gunman, federal judge tells ‘60 Minutes’  —  Federal judge tears up over late son: I can't describe the pain  —  (CNN)US District Court Judge Esther Salas said that a gunman who killed her son and wounded her husband in 2020 had also set his sights …
Discussion: The Hill
Jeffrey Collins / Associated Press:
South Carolina abortion law suspended 1 day after passage
Discussion: CNN, The Hill, UPI, Forbes, PPFA and The 19th
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
MAGA crashes into moderates in train-wreck Senate race
Discussion: Daily Kos
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
GOP candidates in Ohio Senate race compete over who is more pro-Trump
Discussion: CBS News and Raw Story
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Fox News Anchor Bill Hemmer Warns Cancel Culture Could ‘Come After Bible Characters Next’  —  Cancel culture could “come after Bible characters next,” warned Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer on Friday, during a segment about Chicago putting dozens of its monuments under review.
Discussion: The Hill and UPROXX
James Hamblin / The Atlantic:
A Quite Possibly Wonderful Summer  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  The summer of 2021 is shaping up to be historic.  —  After months of soaring deaths and infections …
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
Kim Kardashian Files for Divorce from Kanye West  —  Kim Kardashian has filed to divorce Kanye West after almost 7 years of marriage, but our sources say it's as amicable as a divorce can be.  —  Kim is asking for joint legal and physical custody of the couple's 4 kids.
Marty Makary / Wall Street Journal:
We'll Have Herd Immunity by April  —  Covid cases have dropped 77% in six weeks.  Experts should level with the public about the good news.  —  Amid the dire Covid warnings, one crucial fact has been largely ignored: Cases are down 77% over the past six weeks.  If a medication slashed cases by 77%, we'd call it a miracle pill.
Michael Kaplan / New York Post:
Columbia professor: I do heroin regularly for ‘work-life balance’  —  Carl Hart is a Columbia University professor of psychology and neuroscience.  He chairs the psych department and has a fondness for heroin - not only as a subject of scholarly pursuit but also as a substance for personal use.
Discussion: Insider
Karen Heller / Washington Post:
He was locked up at age 15.  Almost seven decades later, he's reentering an unfamiliar world.  —  PHILADELPHIA — On a snow-flecked morning earlier this month, Joe Ligon stepped from his lawyer's car, his gait deliberate yet steady, his hair as white as cotton.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge tosses Nunes' libel suit against CNN  —  A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit Rep. Devin Nunes filed in 2019 claiming he was libeled by CNN in reports alleging he was involved in an effort to dig up Ukraine-related dirt on Joe Biden.  —  In a ruling Friday, U.S. District Court …
Andrea Salcedo / Washington Post:
An 11-year-old boy died in an unheated Texas mobile home.  Authorities suspect hypothermia.  —  Even though he was still in bed after 2 p.m. on Tuesday under a pile of blankets in their unheated mobile home in Conroe, Tex., Maria Elisa Pineda wasn't concerned when she checked on her son.
Timothy Noah / New Republic:
The Rise and Fall of the L. Brent Bozells  —  In The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, a classic 1943 film that traces, in vaguely allegorical fashion, half a century's evolution in England's national character, the actress Deborah Kerr plays a series of roles that represent changing incarnations of the ideal British woman.
Discussion: Backbencher, and LebTown
Emily Singer / The American Independent:
2nd Amendment defender Lauren Boebert upset others might want to amend Constitution  —  Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) doesn't seem to understand how the Constitution works.  —  Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) is trying to defend herself from backlash after she went on a tirade on Thursday to demand …
Discussion: HuffPost, The Hill and Crooks and Liars
Bari Weiss / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
Whistleblower at Smith College Resigns Over Racism  —  Jodi Shaw made less in a year than the cost of tuition.  She was offered a settlement, but turned it down.  Here's why.  —  We all know that something morally grotesque is swallowing liberal America.  Almost no one wants to risk talking about it out loud.
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
The Virginia G.O.P. Voted on Its Future.  The Losers Reject the Results.  —  In a sign of the Trump era's lingering alternate realities, Republicans in the struggling state party are refusing to move forward with a new system for choosing nominees.  —  ARLINGTON, Va. — The Republican Party …
Greg Olear / PREVAIL:
Lone Star Failed State  —  What's wrong with Texas?  Easy: Republicans.  —  10 hr ago  —  TWO HUNDRED YEARS AGO, no one lived in Texas.  The place was a dusty expanse of nothing.  There were no cowboys.  There were no oilers.  There were no rangers.  But there were longhorns.
New York Times:
Republicans Struggle to Derail Increasingly Popular Stimulus Package  —  Polls show a $1.9 trillion rescue plan polls strongly across the country, including with many Republican voters, despite a scattershot series of attacks from congressional Republicans.  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans …
Discussion: Fox News, Forbes and Raw Story
Shannon Najmabadi / The Texas Tribune:
Busted pipes, water damage, hotel bills: As power flickers on, costs loom for storm-weary Texans  —  Texans face a cascade of frustrations and expenses as the state tries to recover from the storm.  Insurance companies are bracing for claims rivaling those after major hurricanes …
Francesca Bacardi / Page Six:
Joe Biden's brother Frank parties maskless at Floyd Mayweather's birthday  —  He's partying like it's 1999 — and there's no COVID-19 pandemic at all.  —  President Joe Biden's younger brother threw caution to the wind Thursday night as he joined a crowd of maskless revelers …
James Kirchick / Tablet Magazine:
The Real Lincoln Project Scandal  —  Political grifter Steve Schmidt used homophobia to distract from his own sins—and everyone just let him get away with it
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Feds Charge Pa. Cop For Rioting During Capitol Insurrection: ‘I May Need A Job’  —  Patrolman Joseph Fischer, the feds say, charged at a police line at the U.S. Capitol and posted a video of it on Facebook.  —  A Pennsylvania police officer is facing felony charges for rioting during …
Discussion: Lebanon Daily News and Raw Story
Martin Fletcher / Telegraph:
Anthony Fauci exclusive interview: ‘When I publicly disagreed with Trump he let terrible things happen’  —  Labelled a ‘disaster’ by President Trump, who publicly lobbied against his top Covid adviser, Dr Anthony Fauci is now back in the spotlight  —  It is not easy to secure an interview …
New York Times:
Live Updates: Power Comes Back in Texas, but Water Systems Are Crippled  —  Beto O'Rourke may be just another private citizen now, after unsuccessful bids for president in 2020 and the U.S. Senate in 2018.  But his response to the grid failure in Texas is rekindling speculation about his political plans.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Under Biden, Justice Department presses fight against Omarosa  —  The Biden Justice Department is showing no sign of letting up in a two-year-old legal fight against a former White House aide who became an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump.  —  While the Justice Department …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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Andrew Duehren / Wall Street Journal:
Capitol Police Probe Actions of Dozens of Officers
Kelsey Bolar / The Federalist:
Biden Administration Prepares Way For Banks To Refuse Service To Democrats' Enemies
Discussion: RedState and BizPac Review
Katherine Clarke / Wall Street Journal:
Kamala Harris Is Selling Her San Francisco Apartment
Adam Satariano / New York Times:
Uber Drivers Are Entitled to Worker Benefits, a British Court Rules
ABC News:
Biden addresses Munich Security Conference
Jan Wesner Childs / The Weather Channel:
Earthquake Rattles Oklahoma, Kansas
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Biden admin targets Trump's let-the-water-flow legacy and other energy efficiency rules
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
It's time to kill the Iowa caucuses, if Democrats want to win at the state level again
Jane Harper / Virginian-Pilot:
Chesapeake man gets 3 years for driving truck toward Black Lives Matter protesters
USA Today:
Indiana Republican lawmakers shout down, boo Black colleagues speaking about discrimination
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
Jim Manly / MSN:
We need national summer school to help kids recover from learning lost in COVID pandemic
Discussion: Instapundit
Anastasiia Carrier / Politico:
‘This Crap Means More to Him Than My Life’: When QAnon Invades American Homes
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo and Raw Story
New York Times:
Heating Up Culture Wars, France to Scour Universities for Ideas That ‘Corrupt Society’
Discussion: HotAir
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The Book That Should Change How Progressives Talk About Race