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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 …
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 …
Heather Golden / The Bulwark:
Failing Government, Freezing Texans  —  A cold and chaotic week in Galveston.  —  VOLUNTEERS HAND OUT CASES OF WATER BOTTLES TO GALVESTON RESIDENCE AT THE SCHLITTERBAHN WATERPARK PARKING LOT ON FEBRUARY 19, 2021 IN GALVESTON, TEXAS.  - A FIERCE AND DEADLY WINTER STORM THAT WREAKED HAVOC …
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Madlin Mekelburg / Austin American-Statesman:
ERCOT officials spent 40 seconds on winter storm preparedness at Feb. 9 meeting  —  During their last meeting ahead of the winter storm that left millions of Texans without electricity and potable water for days on end, top officials at the state electric grid operator spent less …
Discussion: KSAT-TV
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 …
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. investigating possible ties between Roger Stone, Alex Jones and Capitol rioters  —  The Justice Department and FBI are investigating whether high-profile right-wing figures — including Roger Stone and Alex Jones — may have played a role in the Jan. 6 Capitol breach as part of a broader look …
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.
Discussion: Disrn
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Smith College Whistleblower Jodi Shaw Resigns Over “Racially Hostile Environment” Created By Critical Race Training
Discussion: National Review
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Washington Post:
U.S. alleges wider Oath Keepers conspiracy, adds more defendants in Jan. 6 Capitol riot
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
The Capitol Rioters Are Starting To Face Much More Serious Charges For The Insurrection
Discussion: Raw Story
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
State GOP lawmakers propose flurry of voting restrictions to placate Trump supporters, spurring fears of a backlash  —  GOP state lawmakers across the country have proposed a flurry of voting restrictions that they say are needed to restore confidence in U.S. elections, an effort intended …
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U.S. Department of Justice:
WWII Nazi Concentration Camp Guard Removed to Germany  —  Man is the 70th Nazi Persecutor Removed from the United States  —  Today a Tennessee resident with German citizenship was removed to Germany for participating in Nazi-sponsored acts of persecution while serving as an armed guard at a Nazi concentration camp in 1945.
Discussion: ABC13 and Associated Press
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.
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
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Sky News Australia:
‘Never before’ has the leader of the free world been ‘so cognitively compromised’  —  It is clear US President Joe Biden is not up to the task he has been “sworn in to do”, according to Sky News host Cory Bernardi.  “Never before has the leader of the free world been so cognitively compromised …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Tanden on the Ropes as OMB Director  —  Opposition from Sen. Joe Manchin in an evenly divided Senate could sink her nomination.  On deck: Gene Sperling.  —  Neera Tanden, President Biden's nominee for director of the Office of Management and Budget, appears before the Senate Committee on the Budget …
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Leticia Miranda / NBC News:
As Texas deep freeze subsides, some households now face electricity bills as high as $10,000  —  As the Texas power grid collapsed under a historic winter storm, Jose Del Rio of Haltom City, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, saw the electricity bill on a vacant two-bedroom home he is trying to sell slowly creep up over the past two weeks.
Jeremy Wallace / Houston Chronicle:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is Houston-bound with $2 million to help Texans after winter storm  —  New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was traveling to Houston on Friday with more than $2 million to help Texas recover from a week of catastrophic blackouts and water outages.
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Johnny Diaz / New York Times:
Extreme Cold Killed Texans in Their Bedrooms, Vehicles and Backyards  —  At least 58 people died in storm-affected areas stretching to Ohio, victims of carbon monoxide poisoning, car crashes, drownings, house fires and hypothermia.  —  SAN ANTONIO — Carrol Anderson spent much of his life …
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: TheBlaze and Political Flare
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.
Nicholas Riccardi / Associated Press:
Inspector General Reviews Trump Admin's Last-Minute Decision To Relocate Space Command  —  The decision to relocate from Colorado to Alabama was made one week before Donald Trump left office.  It has raised questions of political retaliation.  —  DENVER (AP) — The Department …
Discussion: Raw Story
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion conjuring trick  —  Stage sets are sometimes moved into place in full view of theatergoers.  On other occasions, such mechanics are meant to go unnoticed, but the audience can still hear scenery being dragged around in the darkness between acts.
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.
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Biden's top doctor nominee made more than $2 million doing pandemic consulting, speeches  —  Tapped to be surgeon general, Vivek Murthy's financial entanglements draw scrutiny before his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday  —  As Vivek H. Murthy advised Joe Biden on the pandemic during …
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.
Matt Vespa / Townhall:
We Have Another Fauci Reversal...This Time on the COVID Vaccine  —  I honestly don't know what to say anymore.  It's like we've never seen viruses before COVID.  How can news of a vaccine being effective against spreading a virus be...actual breaking news?  Of course, vaccines do that.
Discussion: Twitchy
The Hill:
How Congress can prevent Big Tech from becoming the speech police  —  In an unprecedented display of private censorship, Twitter, Facebook and other major social media platforms suspended former President Trump's accounts, preventing him from communicating with his millions of followers.
 
 
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Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
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Discussion: New York Magazine and The Hill
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Discussion: Deadline
Michael Kaplan / New York Post:
Columbia professor: I do heroin regularly for ‘work-life balance’
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James Hamblin / The Atlantic:
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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

 
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