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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 …
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump to speak at CPAC next week  —  Former President Trump will speak at next week's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) conference in Florida, his first public appearance since leaving office, a source with direct knowledge tells Axios.  —  What we're hearing …
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Lindsey Graham said ‘Count me out’ after the Capitol riot. But he's all in with Trump again.
Discussion: Scripting News and Daily Kos
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Trump to speak at CPAC conference in first public appearance post-White House
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
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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Ivan Penn / New York Times:
His Lights Stayed on During Texas' Storm. Now He Owes $16,752.
Discussion: Bloomberg, WSVN-TV and Breitbart
Leticia Miranda / NBC News:
As Texas deep freeze subsides, some households now face electricity bills as high as $10,000
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
U.S. deports former Nazi guard whose wartime role was noted on card found amid sunken ship  —  A 95-year-old former German concentration camp guard who made a new life in Tennessee was deported to his home country Saturday after an index card found in a sunken ship helped prove his Nazi ties.
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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.
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 …
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Katie Benner / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Is Said to Be Examining Stone's Possible Ties to Capitol Rioters  —  A full criminal investigation is far from certain, a person familiar with the inquiry said.  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is examining communications between right-wing extremists who breached …
Jeremy Blum / HuffPost:
Chris Christie Has No Sympathy For Ted Cruz: ‘Ted Has Just Not Been A Very Likable Guy’  —  The former New Jersey governor hasn't forgotten how Cruz made fun of him for that infamous beach incident in 2017.  —  Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Friday that he wasn't particularly …
Discussion: New York Post and Mediaite
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Elizabeth Janowski / NBC News:
AOC raises over $3M for Texas relief, heads to Houston after blasting Cruz for Mexico trip
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, REVOLT and Mother Jones
Susan Edelman / New York Post:
Bronx educator claims she was fired after sharing Holocaust story, refusing ‘Wakanda’ salute  —  A veteran Bronx superintendent once praised by Chancellor Richard Carranza for her successes in the classroom claims her career was derailed by his “equity” agenda — forcing her to take a demotion …
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Kathianne Boniello / New York Post:
Veteran Bronx educator claims she was fired after refusing ‘Black Panther’ salute
Discussion: Fox News
Charles Hilu / The College Fix:
It's time to starve colleges of students and money, conservative scholars argue  —  “When enough parents and students decide that colleges are no longer worth it, campuses will start to fail.”  —  So said John Ellis, chairman of the California Association of Scholars and distinguished professor emeritus …
Discussion: National Review
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.
Tyler Pager / Politico:
The jockeying to replace Neera Tanden has begun  —  The Biden White House is signaling publicly and privately that it is not prepared to abandon Neera Tanden's nomination to head the Office of Management and Budget.  —  But almost immediately after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) …
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
BUSTED: Second Texas Republican fled killer storm by hopping on his private jet and flying to Florida  —  Another Republican lawmaker representing Texas is facing a scandal for fleeing Texas during this week's fatal winter storm.  —  “State Rep. Gary Gates is under fire from his constituents …
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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 …
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.
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Washington Post:
How the Oklahoma City bombing case prepared Merrick Garland to take on domestic terrorism
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Alexander C. Kaufman / HuffPost:
4 More States Propose Harsh New Penalties For Protesting Fossil Fuels  —  Industry-designed bills to silence climate protests are under consideration in Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota and Montana.  More are likely to come.  —  Dawn Goodwin spent her 50th birthday among towering pines …
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
Meet SG3: The Élite Legal Squad That Vowed to Safeguard the Election  —  Calling themselves the Three Amigos, a self-appointed legal SWAT team of former Solicitors General ran through all the Doomsday scenarios they could think of—except armed insurrection at the Capitol.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Francis X. Rocca / Wall Street Journal:
Pope Francis Removes Conservative African Cardinal From Vatican Post  —  Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea is often mentioned as a possible future pontiff  —  ROME— Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Robert Sarah as head of the Vatican's office for liturgy …
Discussion: NPR
New York Times:
Venezuelan Women Lose Access to Contraception, and Control of Their Lives  —  Affordable birth control has disappeared, pushing many women into unplanned pregnancies at a time when they can barely feed the children they already have.  —  SAN DIEGO DE LOS ALTOS, Venezuela …
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 …
Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
PolitiFact Is Ticked That We Fact-Checked Their False Fact-Check Of Our Fact-Check Of Their Fact-Check  —  PolitiFact botched a fact-check of a fact-check in a story exposing the group's absence of a fact-check.  —  On Friday, PolitiFact Editor-in-Chief Angie Holan twice demanded …
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
 
 
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