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12:20 PM ET, February 20, 2021

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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 …
Maria Halkias / Dallas Morning News:
Griddy customers face $5,000 electric bills for 5 freezing days in Texas  —  In our deregulated market, Griddy and some other power suppliers charge customers wholesale variable rates.  Those plans are relatively new — and left customers frustrated after the storm.
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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.
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 …
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
Discussion: KSAT-TV
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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and NPR
The White House:
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Texas Disaster Declaration … Yesterday, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Texas and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms beginning …
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Boston Globe and Page Six
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Tim Miller / The Triad:
The Republicans UnCivil UnWar  —  Mitch versus Trump?  LOL no.  —  1. The UnBattle of Ohio  —  A dour, sullen, unsmiling, political hack.  This was former president Donald Trump's assessment of Mitch McConnell in a press release this week.  Politico reported that Trump was persuaded …
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: CBS News, ABC13 and WTOP
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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones and CBS News
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
Politico:
Trump gears up for war with his own party  —  There's no longer a chief of staff to screen his calls and he keeps no predictable working hours.  So an unspoken rule has governed Donald Trump's calendar since he left Washington last month: To sit down with the former president …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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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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
Jana Winter / Yahoo News:
Feds now say right-wing extremists responsible for majority of deadly terrorist attacks last year  —  The U.S. government is acknowledging for the first time that right-wing extremists were responsible for the majority of fatal domestic terrorist attacks last year, according …
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GOV.UK:
Prime Minister's speech at the Munich Security Conference: 19 February 2021
Discussion: Breitbart and Telegraph
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 …
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
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.
CREW:
GOP Senate memo says DeJoy personally ordered USPS overtime cuts, contradicting DeJoy's prior testimony … Postmaster General Louis DeJoy ordered cuts to overtime for USPS workers last summer, according to a memo sent to Republican Senate staff and obtained by CREW in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
Washington Post:
Black Americans should face lower age cutoffs to qualify for a vaccine  —  Oni Blackstock is a primary care and HIV physician and founder and executive director of Health Justice.  Uché Blackstock is an emergency physician and founder and chief executive of Advancing Health Equity.
Associated Press:
Biden's 1st month was about erasing the mark of ‘former guy’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — When Joe Biden walked into the Oval Office for the first time as president a month ago, his pens were ready.  Already.  —  Lining a fine wooden box, they bore the presidential seal and an imprint of his signature …
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.
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
GOP Rep. Tom Reed ‘definitely looking’ at challenging NY Gov. Cuomo amid nursing home controversy  —  Cuomo is facing criticism over the state's handling of the coronavirus pandemic in nursing homes  —  Republican Rep. Tom Reed of New York says that he's “definitely looking” …
Discussion: BizPac Review
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
 
 
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Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

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