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10:30 AM ET, February 21, 2021

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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.
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  —  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 …
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 …
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  — 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 …
Discussion: The Guardian
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
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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
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 …
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
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
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.
American Greatness:
No Proof January 6 Was an ‘Armed Insurrection’  —  Not one person has been charged with possessing or using a gun inside the Capitol.  Further, no one even has been identified as carrying a gun inside the building. … - Zachary Alam, nicknamed “Helmet Boy,” is charged with assaulting …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
N.Y. assemblyman: Lawmakers are ‘inching toward’ Cuomo impeachment probe  —  A Democratic New York state lawmaker who accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo of threatening him over his criticism of the handling of COVID-19-related nursing home deaths said Friday that support is building within …
 
 
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Glenn Greenwald:
Congress Escalates Pressure on Tech Giants to Censor More, Threatening the First Amendment
Taylor Barnes / The Intercept:
Thirsty, Cold, and Scooping Feces With Their Hands: Crisis in Reality Winner's Texas Prison
Elizabeth Janowski / NBC News:
AOC raises over $3M for Texas relief, heads to Houston after blasting Cruz for Mexico trip
Discussion: Insider, POLITICUSUSA and NPR
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
Bradley Tusk / New York Daily News:
Andrew Cuomo will get through this
 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