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2:15 AM ET, February 22, 2021

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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What were the Capitol rioters thinking?  —  It's one of the most basic questions of the Capitol riot investigation: What was the rioters' plan?  What did they think was going to happen when they stormed the Capitol on January 6, as Congress certified the results of the Electoral College?
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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: East Bay Times and Insider
Linda So / Reuters:
Oath Keeper claims she met with Secret Service before Capitol riot  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A leader of the far-right “Oath Keepers” group charged in the deadly U.S. Capitol riots said she was in Washington on Jan. 6 to provide security for legislators and meet with Secret Service agents, according to a court filing.
Discussion: Boston Herald
David Yaffe-Bellany / Bloomberg:
Oath Keeper Claims She Met With Secret Service Before Riot
Discussion: New York Post and Raw Story
Glen Johnson / Axios:
Scoop: Cruz's Cancún trip included college roommate  —  In explaining his disastrous Cancún trip, Sen. Ted Cruz failed to mention his college roommate also was along for the visit.  — Axios has learned Cruz (R-Texas) invited David Panton, his longtime friend and former roommate …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Texas GOP congressman knocks Cruz for Cancun trip and says when a crisis hits, 'I'm not going to go on some vacation'
Discussion: Slate
Washington Post:
‘Where is Greg Abbott?’  Anger grows at Texas governor in deadly storm's wake  —  It was clear by Tuesday afternoon that Texas was in a full-blown crisis — and Gov. Greg Abbott (R) had largely been out of sight.  —  More than 4 million households did not have power amid dangerously low temperatures …
Discussion: The Week and Talking Points Memo
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Samuel Osborne / The Independent:
Glasses-wearers up to three times less likely to catch coronavirus, study suggests  —  ‘Long term use of spectacles may prevent repeated touching and rubbing of the eyes,’ researchers say  —  People who wear glasses could be up to three times less likely to be infected by coronavirus, a study from India has suggested.
David Paleologos / USA Today:
Paleologos on the Poll: Move over Fox News, Trump voters are shifting toward Newsmax, OANN  —  David PaleologosSuffolk University Political Research Center  —  In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, most people have missed the shift of Trump voters away from Fox News and into the hands …
Discussion: TheBlaze and Mediaite
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USA Today:
Exclusive: Defeated and impeached, Trump still commands the loyalty of the GOP's voters
Dante Chinni / NBC News:
The GOP is rapidly becoming the blue-collar party. Here's what that means for future.
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.
Clay Risen / New York Times:
Shlomo Hillel, Who Helped 120,000 Jews Flee Iraq, Dies at 97  —  Working undercover, he used bribes, fake visas and a network of smugglers to bring refugees to Israel in the late 1940s and early '50s.  —  Shlomo Hillel, a Baghdad-born Israeli operative who in the late 1940s and early '50s used bribes …
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Tough Sanctions, Then a Mysterious Last-Minute Turnabout  —  The Treasury Department slapped sanctions on the Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler in 2017 for corruption in Africa.  In Donald Trump's final days in office, they were rolled back with no explanation.
The Guardian:
‘Utter outrage’: White House says US in talks with Iran over detained Americans  —  President Biden's national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, calls the matter a ‘complete and utter outrage’  —  Joe Biden's national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said on Sunday the US had begun to communicate …
Discussion: IJR, New York Post and CBS News
David Bernstein / Reason:
Antisemitism Continues its March Toward Acceptability on the American Far Left  —  Cornel West, a celebrity academic, asked Harvard, where he had once been tenured before decamping to Princeton, to offer him a tenured position.  Harvard declined, and instead offered the 67-year-old West a ten-year contract.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Scott Gottlieb / Wall Street Journal:
WHO Said What About Wuhan?  —  International investigators ignore the lab-leak theory but investigate frozen fish.  —  Chinese policy makers have been floating an implausible theory: The novel coronavirus didn't originate in China but was imported from Europe.
Discussion: Informed Comment
Gabriela López / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. school board president: Renamings are on hold, reopening is our priority  —  As a credentialed teacher serving as a volunteer school board member, I make every effort to respond to every email.  Every single day I am talking to parents on the phone, answering their questions about distance learning …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How Investigative Journalism Flourished in Hostile Russia  —  A new wave of news outlets has used conventional, and unconventional, methods to pierce the veil of Putin's power.  —  The Russian language has introduced a few words that in recent years have been widely used and misused in English: disinformation, kompromat, Novichok.
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New York Times:   Iran Curbs Nuclear Inspectors, but Appears to Leave Space for a Deal
Sarah Chaney Cambon / Wall Street Journal:
Blue-Collar Jobs Boom as Covid-19 Boosts Housing, E-Commerce Demand  —  Residential construction, package delivery and warehousing jobs exceed pre-pandemic levels, and some companies can't find enough workers  —  America's blue-collar workforce is filled with signs of a strengthening job market.
New York Times:
The Lost Hours: How Confusion and Inaction at the Capitol Delayed a Troop Deployment  —  As violence grew out of control on Jan. 6, the head of the Capitol Police made an urgent request for the National Guard.  It took nearly two hours to be approved.  —  WASHINGTON — At 1:09 p.m. on Jan. 6 …
Dirk VanderHart / opb:
Oregon GOP ousts chair, taps state Sen. Dallas Heard as new leader  —  A conservative state senator from Myrtle Creek is the new chair of the Oregon Republican Party, following an event Saturday in which Republicans overhauled their top party leadership.According to multiple Republican sources …
Lesley Stahl / CBS News:
QAnon's corrosive impact on the U.S.  —  Tens of millions of Americans believe QAnon's core — and false — theory that an evil cabal of Satan-worshipping elites commits atrocities against children and controls much of the world.  Where does this movement stand and who has it impacted?
Nick Troiano / The Hill:
Why America doesn't have the third party it wants  —  On the heels of a second historic impeachment trial, new polls from Gallup show a record number of Americans identify as independent (50 percent) and favor a new political party (62 percent).  —  In any other industry …
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
Yale Law Students Said a Top Journal Was Racist.  Admissions Data Suggest Otherwise.  —  The Yale Law Journal on Friday released admissions data in the face of a week-long pressure campaign in which activists alleged that blacks are underrepresented on the masthead.
Discussion: Power Line
Mike Allen / Axios:
Biden's big summertime verdict  —  President Biden is promising COVID-19 vaccines will be available to all Americans by the end of July — and a Quinnipiac poll finds three-quarters of Americans expect him to pull it off.  If he fails, the coronavirus could start to haunt the new president just like it did his predecessor.
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
If it will put this man in jail, China will stop at nothing  —  The news is expected but still comes as a shock: Martin Lee on trial.  —  It's just one paragraph, at the bottom of a page in The Post's world news section, and understandably so.  How can one elderly gentleman's persecution …
NTSB:
Investigative Update: United Airlines Flight 328 Boeing 777 Engine Incident  —  The National Transportation Safety Board issued an investigative update Sunday for its ongoing investigation of Saturday's engine event on a Boeing 777-200.  —  United flight 328 experienced a right engine failure shortly …
Bill Whitaker / CBS News:
Federal judges call for increased security after threats jump 400% and one judge's son is killed  —  Judge Esther Salas was in her New Jersey home when a gunman targeting Salas opened fire on her family, killing her son and wounding her husband.  Now she's fighting for better protection of judges.
Discussion: New York Post
 
 
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Dalia Mortada / NPR:
Disinformation Fuels A White Evangelical Movement. It Led 1 Virginia Pastor To Quit
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Tim Stelloh / NBC News:
Millions of Texans still without safe drinking water after winter storm
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CNN:
Biden to mark upcoming 500,000 US Covid-19 deaths with candle lighting ceremony
Discussion: Political Wire
D.J. Tice / Star Tribune:
The challenge of a fair trial for Chauvin
Rosalind Helderman / Washington Post:
Impeachment is over. But other efforts to reckon with Trump's post-election chaos have just begun.
The Intercept:
What Drove the Historically Large Murder Spike in 2020?
Naomi Klein / New York Times:
Why Texas Republicans Fear the Green New Deal
Reuters:
Texas freeze led to release of tons of air pollutants as refineries shut
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
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Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
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Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
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Daniel Arkin / NBC News:
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Tampa Bay Times:
Pro-Trump Miami doctor charged with hate crime for attacking Hispanic man
Discussion: Raw Story