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7:30 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.
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump to speak at CPAC next week  —  Former President Trump will speak at next week's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) conference in Florida, his first public appearance since leaving office, a source with direct knowledge tells Axios.  —  What we're hearing …
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Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Trump to speak at CPAC conference in first public appearance post-White House
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
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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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 …
Discussion: Twitchy
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Ben Shapiro / New York Times:   The House That Rush Built
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
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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 …
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
U.S. deports former Nazi guard whose wartime role was noted on card found amid sunken ship  —  A 95-year-old former German concentration camp guard who made a new life in Tennessee was deported to his home country Saturday after an index card found in a sunken ship helped prove his Nazi ties.
Discussion: ICE, Insider, Bloomberg, CNN and NPR
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
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.
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
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 …
Alexander C. Kaufman / HuffPost:
4 More States Propose Harsh New Penalties For Protesting Fossil Fuels  —  Industry-designed bills to silence climate protests are under consideration in Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota and Montana.  More are likely to come.  —  Dawn Goodwin spent her 50th birthday among towering pines …
Taylor Barnes / The Intercept:
Thirsty, Cold, and Scooping Feces With Their Hands: Crisis in Reality Winner's Texas Prison … As millions of people across Texas suffered from power and water outages during extreme cold from a winter storm this week, women at the federal prison in Fort Worth where National Security Agency …
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
Tyler Pager / Politico:
The jockeying to replace Neera Tanden has begun  —  The Biden White House is signaling publicly and privately that it is not prepared to abandon Neera Tanden's nomination to head the Office of Management and Budget.  —  But almost immediately after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) …
Discussion: USA Today
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
Meet SG3: The Élite Legal Squad That Vowed to Safeguard the Election  —  Calling themselves the Three Amigos, a self-appointed legal SWAT team of former Solicitors General ran through all the Doomsday scenarios they could think of—except armed insurrection at the Capitol.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
CNN:
Covid-19 hospitalizations in the US dip to lowest level since November  —  (CNN)Covid-19 hospitalizations in the United States are at the lowest level since early November, when a fall surge in cases and deaths was picking up steam, data showed Saturday.  —  This comes as federal officials …
Discussion: WISC-TV, UPI and WSVN-TV
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 …
 
 
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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?
Bradley Tusk / New York Daily News:
Andrew Cuomo will get through this
Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
PolitiFact Is Ticked That We Fact-Checked Their False Fact-Check Of Our Fact-Check Of Their Fact-Check
Discussion: Breitbart
Wall Street Journal:
Biden's First Month of Covid-19 Response Marked by Larger Federal Role
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.
 Earlier Items: 
Francis X. Rocca / Wall Street Journal:
Pope Francis Removes Conservative African Cardinal From Vatican Post
Discussion: NPR
New York Times:
Texas Blackouts Point to Coast-to-Coast Crises Waiting to Happen
Tyler Bridges / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
James Carville, Mary Matalin moving out of $3.4M New Orleans ‘gem’; here's a look inside
Dan Merica / CNN:
‘You did the unthinkable’: Ohio's Anthony Gonzalez faces fury over impeachment vote
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Robyn Dixon / Washington Post:
In a Russian court, Alexei Navalny loses again but still has the last word
Discussion: New York Times
Wall Street Journal:
The Texas Freeze: Why the Power Grid Failed
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Democrats Beat Trump in 2020. Now They're Asking: What Went Wrong?
Discussion: Daily Kos