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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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
The Texas Freeze: Why the Power Grid Failed  —  The state's electricity system was considered a model.  This week's outages revealed shortcomings in the market structure.  —  A fundamental flaw in the freewheeling Texas electricity market left millions powerless and freezing in the dark this week during a historic cold snap.
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New York Times:   Texas Crisis Exposes a Nation's Vulnerability to Climate Change
Madlin Mekelburg / Austin American-Statesman:
ERCOT officials spent 40 seconds on winter storm preparedness at Feb. 9 meeting
Discussion: KSAT-TV and New Republic
Ashleigh Carter / NowThis News:
AOC & Beto O'Rourke Fundraise, Provide Relief For Texas While Ted Cruz Jets Off To Mexico  —  Two politicians are helping to provide resources for residents in Texas who went days without electricity, heat, or running water, while the state's own Sen. Ted Cruz (R) is under fire for flying to Mexico with his family.
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Sonam Sheth / Insider:
United Airlines says it's investigating the leak of Ted Cruz's Cancun flight information
Discussion: Politico, Forbes, CNBC and Raw Story
Elizabeth Elizalde / New York Post:
Ted Cruz's family seen soaking up the Cancun sun while Texas shivers
Discussion: The Boston Globe
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: Hackwhackers, Raw Story and NPR
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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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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 …
Duncan Agnew / The Texas Tribune:
As Texans endured days in the dark, the state failed to deliver vital emergency information
Discussion: The Week
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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Julia Musto / Fox News:   Dr. Fauci: It's ‘very likely’ safe for vaccinated family members to hug
Robyn Dixon / Washington Post:
In a Russian court, Alexei Navalny loses again but still has the last word  —  MOSCOW — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny lost in court Saturday — twice — but again used his time in the dock to expound on why he stands against President Vladimir Putin, no matter the personal risk.
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
Matthew Wilson / Campus Reform the #1 Source …:
Cornell charges students $1,800 for racially-segregated rock climbing class, frantically scrubs website when confronted  —  Cornell University altered the course description of a racially-segregated physical education course offered to students during the Spring 2021 academic semester after Campus Reform reached out for comment.
Dean Obeidallah / MSNBC:
Biden says the world needs to defend democracy.  That starts at home. … In his speech to our European allies on Friday, President Joe Biden bluntly stated that we are “at an inflection point” between those who believe “autocracy is the best way forward” and those who think democracy is.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Democrats Beat Trump in 2020.  Now They're Asking: What Went Wrong?  —  Disappointed by down-ballot losses, Democratic interest groups are joining forces to conduct an autopsy of the election results.  Republicans do not yet seem willing to reckon with the G.O.P.'s major defeats.
John Halpin / The Liberal Patriot:
White Non-College Voters Don't Oppose Social Welfare Programs  —  How misperceptions among progressive elites block unified coalitions to help all working-class communities  —  If you drop into any progressive discussion group these days, or pick up the New York Times, you'll hear nonstop chatter about the …
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
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 …
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 …
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Merrick Garland Might Actually Get to Do This Job.  It Looks Daunting.  —  After the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing — “the most important thing I have ever done in my life” — the spurned Supreme Court nominee has another chance to shape history as threats of domestic terrorism rage.
Kathleen Kingsbury / New York Times:
Rush Limbaugh as Seen by Four Writers  —  Examining how the controversial commentator changed America.  —  Ms. Kingsbury is the Opinion editor. … Times Opinion doesn't often publish four pieces reflecting on the death of one person, but few Americans have left as big a mark on politics …
Discussion: Twitchy, Mediaite, VICE and Washington Post
Dan Merica / CNN:
‘You did the unthinkable’: Ohio's Anthony Gonzalez faces fury over impeachment vote  —  Medina, Ohio (CNN)To Shannon Burns, the betrayal that local Republicans felt when Ohio State wide receiver-turned-Republican-congressman Anthony Gonzalez voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story
Cathy Young / The Bulwark:
The Trouble with Biden's Answer on China  —  The president's town hall remarks were taken out of context, but still leave a lot to be desired.  —  After President Biden's CNN Town Hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Wednesday night right-wing Twitter was in a righteous outrage: the President …
Tyler Bridges / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
James Carville, Mary Matalin moving out of $3.4M New Orleans ‘gem’; here's a look inside  —  James Carville and Mary Matalin — America's most famous bipartisan power couple — are selling their Uptown New Orleans mansion.  —  But they're not leaving town.
 
 
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John Fritze / USA Today:
Report: Federal judge says assailant who attacked her family had dossier on Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Discussion: Raw Story
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Petal Officer Who Fatally Shot Marc Davis Declared ‘2020 Officer of the Year’
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Six more alleged Oath Keepers charged over Capitol riot
Discussion: Big League Politics and WTOP
Marc Novicoff / Slow Boring:
Stop marketing race-blind policies as racial equity initiatives
U.S. Department of Justice:
Hospice Administrator Sentenced for Role in Hospice Fraud Scheme
CREW:
GOP Senate memo says DeJoy personally ordered USPS overtime cuts, contradicting DeJoy's prior testimony
Washington Post:
Black Americans should face lower age cutoffs to qualify for a vaccine
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Biden's top doctor nominee made more than $2 million doing pandemic consulting, speeches
 Earlier Items: 
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion conjuring trick
Nicholas Riccardi / Associated Press:
Inspector General Reviews Trump Admin's Last-Minute Decision To Relocate Space Command
Discussion: Raw Story
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
Cruz and Cuomo Face Scandal. Trump Can't Save Them.
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Jana Winter / Yahoo News:
Feds now say right-wing extremists responsible for majority of deadly terrorist attacks last year
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Johnny Diaz / New York Times:
Extreme Cold Killed Texans in Their Bedrooms, Vehicles and Backyards
Discussion: Mother Jones and CBS News
Jacqueline Thomsen / LAW.com:
Seeing ‘Political Grandstanding’ in Election Lawsuit, Judge Orders Attorney to Face Grievance Committee