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3:15 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
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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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 and Insider
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
Garland calls Capitol riot prosecutions ‘critical work,’ warns ‘we do not yet have equal justice’  —  Garland will also discuss his “urgent” mission to uphold all Americans' civil rights after a summer of racial justice protests  —  Rep. Tom Reed ‘seriously considering’ run against Cuomo for governor
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Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
Garland Pledges to Prosecute ‘Heinous Attack’ on the Capitol
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.
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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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Melissa Quinn / CBS News:
Sullivan says Biden ready for Iran talks, vows “seen and unseen” response to SolarWinds hack
Discussion: NPR and The Guardian
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 …
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.
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?
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: CNN and The Week
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.
Nick Robins-Early / HuffPost:
Michael Flynn's Wild Ride Into The Heart Of QAnon  —  In the weeks before the Capitol siege, Trump's former national security adviser went on a far-right media blitz to promote wild conspiracy theories.  —  Michael Flynn stood in front of a cheering crowd of QAnon believers …
Discussion: Raw Story
Christian Schneider / The Bulwark:
Will ‘Almond Milk’ and ‘Plant-Based Meat’ Exist Under a Biden FDA?  —  Big Dairy and the meat industry have had enough of the competition and want the government to regulate the language used by imitation marketing.  —  For years, the FDA has been embroiled in a debate over the ability of companies to name their products.
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
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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Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
How Biden got it wrong about Penn, the Ivies, student debt, and America's ‘college problem’ | Will Bunch
Los Angeles Times:
Golden Globes voters in tumult: Members accuse Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. of self-dealing, ethical lapses
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
What Democrats Can Learn From Obamacare, According To Barack Obama
Discussion: Politico and Amazon.com
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Biden administration tries to transition from campaigning on immigration to managing a dysfunctional immigration system
Matthew S. Schwartz / NPR:
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Josh Siegel / Washington Examiner:
‘China is going to play them’: Trump energy secretary says Biden plan won't work
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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
Taylor Barnes / The Intercept:
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Naomi O'Leary / The Irish Times:
Israel destroys Irish aid to Palestinian village community