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11:30 PM ET, February 19, 2021

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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: The Intellectualist and Raw Story
Reuters:
Exclusive: New York City tax agency subpoenaed in Trump criminal probe  —  (Reuters) - The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has subpoenaed a New York City property tax agency as part of a criminal investigation into Donald Trump's company, the agency confirmed on Friday …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Raw Story and Political Wire
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
On Cancun and the Insurrection  —  What is the point of being a United States Senator anyway?  —  The year 2021 has not been kind to Ted Cruz.  We're only two months in and he's already attracted all sorts of attention—the wrong kind—for his role in inciting an insurrection and then for fleeing …
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Elizabeth Elizalde / New York Post:
Ted Cruz's family seen soaking up the Cancun sun while Texas shivers  —  Here's what Ted Cruz is missing out on in Cancun.  —  The Texas senator's family was happily soaking up the Mexican sun Friday — without him — after leaving the Lone Star State, where millions experienced power outages …
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Washington Post:
U.S. alleges wider Oath Keepers conspiracy, adds more defendants in Jan. 6 Capitol riot  —  U.S. authorities on Friday alleged a broader conspiracy by Oath Keepers to attack the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, charging six new individuals who appeared to be members or associates of the right-wing group.
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
The Capitol Rioters Are Starting To Face Much More Serious Charges For The Insurrection
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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.
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Elizabeth Wiley / KHOU-TV:   Biden to sign Texas disaster declaration, says he plans to visit state next week
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
‘Thank God for The Texas Tribune’: Power crisis shines light on local news  —  New York (CNN Business)For nearly a year, newsrooms have mostly sat empty because of the pandemic.  Staffers have been working from home and not seeing many of their coworkers in person.
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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.
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Politico:
Manchin to oppose Tanden for OMB, imperiling major Biden nomination
Jack Dutton / Newsweek:
Mitt Romney Tears Into Donald Trump Again Amid GOP Civil War  —  Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) launched another scathing attack on former President Donald Trump, accusing him of dividing the United States into a “dark and dangerous place” by continuously claiming the November election results were fraudulent.
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Bryan Schott / Salt Lake Tribune:
Lee says Romney shouldn't be punished for impeachment vote  —  He says 'there's enough room in the GOP for both of us.'  —  AP file photo, pool) Utah Sen. Mike Lee is shown here in a Dec. 11, 2020, file photo.  Lee is defending Sen. Mitt Romney's vote to convict former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial.
Discussion: The Hill and All Republicans …
Jessica Lipscomb / Miami New Times:
Jack Daniel's-Swiggin' TikTok “Patriot” Arrested for Threatening FBI Agents  —  KEEP NEW TIMES FREE  —  I SUPPORT … SUPPORT THE INDEPENDENT VOICE OF MIAMI AND HELP KEEP THE FUTURE OF NEW TIMES FREE.  —  Palming a bottle of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Fire, Palm Beach County resident Suzanne …
Discussion: Political Flare
Duncan Agnew / The Texas Tribune:
As Texans endured days in the dark, the state failed to deliver vital emergency information  —  When the lights went out this week and Texans lost access to power and clean drinking water, the Texas Division of Emergency Management failed to provide accessible and life-saving updates on outages and inclement weather.
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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.
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Blueprint for a raid: Documents shed light on plan to buy U.S. helicopter gunships for assault on Tripoli  —  The commandos for hire who landed in Benghazi in June 2019 had arranged, at great expense, to procure every weapon and tool needed for an assault on Libya's government.
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 …
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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.
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 …
Lorraine Ali / Los Angeles Times:
Review: HBO's devastating ‘Allen v. Farrow’ is a nail in the coffin of Woody Allen's legacy  —  Is Woody Allen's career finally toast?  —  The question has been asked frequently in recent decades, both in response to a midcareer slump and, later, as the #MeToo movement brought new scrutiny …
Discussion: Deadline
Carter Sherman / VICE:
‘Leftist Scum’ Memer Raised $400K for Planned Parenthood as a Special Tribute to Rush Limbaugh  —  “You know how to stop abortion?”  Limbaugh once said.  “Require that each one occur with a gun.”  —  CS  —  When Tommy Marcus learned that Rush Limbaugh had died, he grieved …
John Nichols / The Nation:
Calls to Disqualify Trump Using the 14th Amendment Grow Louder  —  The amendment outlines how insurrectionists and those who give “aid or comfort” to sedition can be disqualified.  —  The most compelling argument for the conviction of Donald Trump for incitement of insurrection came …
Discussion: The Intellectualist and Raw Story
Jacqueline Thomsen / LAW.com:
Seeing ‘Political Grandstanding’ in Election Lawsuit, Judge Orders Attorney to Face Grievance Committee  —  “When any counsel seeks to target processes at the heart of our democracy, the committee may well conclude that they are required to act with far more diligence and good faith than existed here,” the judge said.
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
TMZ.com:
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.
Joshua Hochschild / The American Mind:
Once Upon a Presidency  —  From populist to dissident  —  Let's say you've long been disaffected with political parties.  You don't trust them.  You care about politics, but you don't see much promise in the standard candidates.  —  Let's even say you have suspicions the two parties …
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: UPROXX and The Hill
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: Above the Law, The Hill and HuffPost
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 fox43.com
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.
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: The Daily Caller and Insider
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 …
Discussion: Twitchy
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 …
Jon Skolnik / Salon:
Josh Hawley dipped into campaign funds to help bankroll family trip to Universal Studios  —  On a lobbyist retreat to Orlando, the Missouri Republican billed nearly $200 in junk food to his Senate campaign  —  Sen. Josh Hawley, R-MO, is facing new scrutiny for billing $197 in food expenses …
 
 
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Gino Spocchia / Yahoo Finance:
Trump supporters are planning to storm the Capitol again on 4 March, lawmaker warns
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Alvin Major / USA Today:
My family couldn't survive on $7.25 minimum wage. But $15 gives us a fighting chance.
Your Side / WFLA-TV:
Flags in Florida will be lowered for Rush Limbaugh, Gov. Ron DeSantis says
New York Times:
These Groups Are Raising Millions to Sway the N.Y.C. Mayor's Race
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Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Hurt by Lockdowns, California's Small Businesses Push to Recall Governor
Chris Murphy / Foreign Affairs:
America's Middle East Policy Is Outdated and Dangerous
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Kelsey Bolar / The Federalist:
Biden Administration Prepares Way For Banks To Refuse Service To Democrats' Enemies
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James Kirchick / Tablet Magazine:
The Real Lincoln Project Scandal
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Justice Sonia Sotomayor was targeted by gunman, federal judge tells ‘60 Minutes’
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Andrea Salcedo / Washington Post:
An 11-year-old boy died in an unheated Texas mobile home. Authorities suspect hypothermia.
 

 
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