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4:05 PM ET, February 21, 2021

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BuzzFeed News:
“Mark Changed The Rules”: How Facebook Went Easy On Alex Jones And Other Right-Wing Figures  —  In April 2019, Facebook was preparing to ban one of the internet's most notorious spreaders of misinformation and hate, Infowars founder Alex Jones.  Then CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally intervened.
Dante Chinni / NBC News:
The GOP is rapidly becoming the blue-collar party.  Here's what that means for future.  —  WASHINGTON — The exit of Donald Trump has brought a more normal rhythm to back to politics in Washington, but outside the Beltway deeper forces are reshaping partisan landscape.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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USA Today:
Exclusive: Defeated and impeached, Trump still commands the loyalty of the GOP's voters  —  If there's a civil war in the Republican Party, the voters who backed Donald Trump in November's election are ready to choose sides.  —  Behind Trump.  —  An exclusive Suffolk University/USA TODAY …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
A Ripple Effect of Loss: U.S. Covid Deaths Approach 500,000  —  CHICAGO — A nation numbed by misery and loss is confronting a number that still has the power to shock: 500,000.  —  Roughly one year since the first known death by the coronavirus in the United States, an unfathomable toll is nearing …
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Washington Post:
500,000 dead, a number almost too large to grasp  —  Here are three ways to visualize the monstrous death toll of the coronavirus in this country  —  A year ago, covid-19 had killed just a handful of people in the United States.  Now, the pandemic's official death toll equals the size of a major city …
Discussion: Politico and Mother Jones
BBC:
How Trump offered Kim a ride on Air Force One  —  President Trump's meetings with Kim Jong-un were among the most eye-catching moments of his presidency.  —  In the third and final episode of a new BBC series Trump Takes On the World, directed by Tim Stirzaker, we discover new details …
Discussion: Mediaite
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Oath Keeper claims she was VIP security at Trump rally before riot and says she met with Secret Service agents  —  (CNN)A leader in an alleged Oath Keepers conspiracy in the US Capitol insurrection claims she was given a VIP pass to the pro-Trump rally on January 6, had met with Secret Service agents …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Insider and East Bay Times
Patrick Semansky / ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 2-21-21: Jen Psaki, Rep. Steve Scalise  —  This is a rush transcript of “This Week” airing Sunday, February 21.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  A rush transcript of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” airing on Sunday, February 21, 2021 on ABC News is below.
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Nina Golgowski / HuffPost:
Merrick Garland Vows To Oversee Prosecution Of Capitol Rioters As Attorney General  —  President Joe Biden's nominee puts a bull's-eye on white supremacists and upholding the rule of law in his confirmation hearing prepared testimony.  —  Judge Merrick Garland plans to tell senators on Monday …
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Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
Garland Pledges to Prosecute ‘Heinous Attack’ on the Capitol
Tampa Bay Times:
Pro-Trump Miami doctor charged with hate crime for attacking Hispanic man  —  Angered when he asked her to socially distance at a Publix, she followed him out, called him racial slurs, keyed his vehicle and punched him, police said.  —  HIALEAH — A Mount Sinai Medical Center anesthesiologist …
Discussion: Raw Story
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
We can't let the gun imperialists win again  —  In a quieter time, what President Biden said on Feb. 14 about his hopes for combating the scourge of violence in our country might have been much bigger news.  —  “Today,” Biden said in a statement marking the third anniversary of the shootings …
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Pence declined CPAC invitation: source  —  Trump is expected to address the conference Feb. 28  —  Trump to speak at CPAC in first public appearance since leaving office  —  Former Vice President Mike Pence has declined an invitation to attend this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, Fox News has learned.
Reuters:
Analysis: Road to renewed Iran nuclear deal likely to be long and bumpy  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It took seven years from the summer's day in 2008 when a top U.S. diplomat first sat down with his Iranian counterpart until the two sides sealed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that aimed to keep Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
How Democrats Are Already Maneuvering to Shape Biden's First Supreme Court Pick  —  The president's promise to nominate a Black woman to the court has set off efforts to champion candidates and convince the White House to forego the usual elite credentials.  —  WASHINGTON — After meeting …
Discussion: The Week and CNN
Daniel Arkin / NBC News:
U.S. reaches 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus  —  The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 500,000 on Sunday,according to an NBC News tally — a milestone that underscores the grave threat the virus still poses nationwide even as more Americans get vaccinated.
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
How Biden got it wrong about Penn, the Ivies, student debt, and America's ‘college problem’ |  Will Bunch  —  A generation ago, when Bill Clinton wanted to prove to Middle America that he wasn't a cartoon leftist, he publicly bashed a previously obscure Black woman hip-hop artist named Sista Souljah.
David J. Lynch / Washington Post:
U.S. economy may have its best chance in years to break from era of subpar growth  —  Skeptics warn too much spending could ignite long-dormant inflation  —  As increasingly widespread covid-19 vaccinations signal a possible return to normal life, the United States is moving toward …
Discussion: Kevin Drum
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John Harwood / CNN:   Biden faces the $1.9 trillion question: Is it too much?
Los Angeles Times:
Golden Globes voters in tumult: Members accuse Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. of self-dealing, ethical lapses  —  It appeared to be a moment of triumph in the long, tumultuous story of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.  —  In November, a federal judge sided with the HFPA — the tiny …
Ivan Penn / New York Times:
His Lights Stayed on During Texas' Storm.  Now He Owes $16,752.  —  After a public outcry from people like Scott Willoughby, whose exorbitant electric bill is soon due, Gov. Greg Abbott said lawmakers should ensure Texans “do not get stuck with skyrocketing energy bills” caused by the storm.
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Must We Dance on Rush Limbaugh's Grave?  —  Speaking ill of the dead needn't mean cackling over their demise.  —  Opinion editor Kathleen Kingsbury wrote about this package in Saturday's edition of the Opinion Today newsletter.  —  “Not proud of this,” a friend wrote to me in a text message mere minutes …
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Ben Shapiro / New York Times:
The House That Rush Built
Discussion: Mediaite
 
 
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Glenn Greenwald:
Congress Escalates Pressure on Tech Giants to Censor More, Threatening the First Amendment
American Greatness:
No Proof January 6 Was an ‘Armed Insurrection’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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