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11:20 AM ET, February 21, 2021

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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 …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Slate and National Review
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Schedules Address Before CPAC Next Sunday
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
Garland Pledges to Prosecute ‘Heinous Attack’ on the Capitol  — Attorney general pick says he won't work for ‘any individual’  — Biden's nominee to testify at confirmation hearing on Monday  —  Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's nominee for attorney general …
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John Harwood / CNN:
Biden faces the $1.9 trillion question: Is it too much?  —  (CNN)Is President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid relief package too big?  Plenty of economists across the ideological spectrum think so.  —  But economics was only one of several considerations in its assembly.
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David J. Lynch / Washington Post:   U.S. economy may have its best chance in years to break from era of subpar growth
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
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 …
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
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
Maeve Reston / CNN:
In stimulus push, Biden calls on Republicans to heed their constituents  —  ‘Forged over decades’: WH reporter on Biden, Dole relationship  —  (CNN)As Joe Biden presses his case for Republicans to set partisanship aside and support his Covid-19 relief bill in Congress this week …
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
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
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.
Naomi O'Leary / The Irish Times:
Israel destroys Irish aid to Palestinian village community  —  Tents, solar panels and herd shelters smashed as Ireland and EU urged to evolve policy  — Video  — Images  —  Solar panels, children's belongings and destroyed tents donated to the Palestinian families …
Marcus Weisgerber / Defense One:
That Settles That: White House Is Keeping Space Force  —  A flip remark drew some criticism, and a clarification.  —  The Space Force is here to stay.  —  The Biden administration has no plans to get rid of the military's newest branch, championed by former President Trump and eventually approved by Congress.
Discussion: ABC News
Glenn Greenwald:
Congress Escalates Pressure on Tech Giants to Censor More, Threatening the First Amendment  —  In their zeal for control over online speech, House Democrats are getting closer and closer to the constitutional line, if they have not already crossed it.  —  18 hr ago
Josh Siegel / Washington Examiner:
‘China is going to play them’: Trump energy secretary says Biden plan won't work  —  Dan Brouillette, the Energy secretary in the Trump administration, says President Biden's climate envoy John Kerry is “misguided” to think he can set aside the biggest confrontations with China to cooperate on combating climate change.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
Nuclear Power In Texas Mostly Stayed Online During The Blackouts  —  We're very glad to have Karen back with us after surviving the Texas snowpocalypse.  She's been through a harrowing experience but is sharing some information about the collapse of the Texas energy grid from a first-hand perspective.
CNN:
Manhattan district attorney subpoenas NYC property tax agency in Trump Organization probe  —  (CNN)The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has subpoenaed the New York City Tax Commission as part of a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump's real estate company, according to a spokesperson for the New York City mayor.
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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American Greatness:
No Proof January 6 Was an ‘Armed Insurrection’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Taylor Barnes / The Intercept:
Thirsty, Cold, and Scooping Feces With Their Hands: Crisis in Reality Winner's Texas Prison
Week / Al-Monitor:
Can Turkey fit into the Biden administration's Syria policy?
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
Meet SG3: The Élite Legal Squad That Vowed to Safeguard the Election
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexander C. Kaufman / HuffPost:
4 More States Propose Harsh New Penalties For Protesting Fossil Fuels
Charles Hilu / The College Fix:
It's time to starve colleges of students and money, conservative scholars argue
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Tyler Pager / Politico:
The jockeying to replace Neera Tanden has begun
Discussion: USA Today and Liberty Unyielding
Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
PolitiFact Is Ticked That We Fact-Checked Their False Fact-Check Of Our Fact-Check Of Their Fact-Check
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
New York Times:
Venezuelan Women Lose Access to Contraception, and Control of Their Lives
Jeremy Blum / HuffPost:
Chris Christie Has No Sympathy For Ted Cruz: ‘Ted Has Just Not Been A Very Likable Guy’
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Lindsey Graham said ‘Count me out’ after the Capitol riot. But he's all in with Trump again.
Francis X. Rocca / Wall Street Journal:
Pope Francis Removes Conservative African Cardinal From Vatican Post
Discussion: NPR
Tyler Bridges / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
James Carville, Mary Matalin moving out of $3.4M New Orleans ‘gem’; here's a look inside