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7:25 PM ET, February 22, 2021

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Taylor Goldenstein / Houston Chronicle:
AG Ken Paxton and wife Sen. Angela Paxton went to Utah during Texas freeze  —  While millions of Texans languished in their homes last week without heat, many of them racking up astronomical electricity bills, the state official in charge of consumer protection left to take an out-of-state trip.
Discussion: The Hill
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Dallas Morning News:
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton traveled to Utah during last week's power outages  —  A spokesman for Paxton, a Republican, said the Utah trip was planned before the winter storm and included meetings with his counterpart in that state.  —  AUSTIN — Attorney General Ken Paxton left Texas …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Donald Trump Is Extremely Mad Prosecutors Will See His Tax Returns  —  Donald Trump's yearslong quest to prevent the public, Congress, or law-enforcement officials from seeing his tax statements came to a resounding end with a unanimous Supreme Court ruling.  He did not take the defeat in stride.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Politico:
Supreme Court refuses Trump effort to block tax return subpoena
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Denies Trump's Final Bid to Block Release of Financial Records
Rafi Schwartz / Mic:
Trump's tax records are finally headed to the Manhattan DA
Discussion: CNN, Law & Crime and Mother Jones
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court again rejects Trump's bid to shield tax returns, other financial records from Manhattan prosecutor
Alexa Corse / Wall Street Journal:
Dominion Sues MyPillow, CEO Mike Lindell Over Election Claims  —  The voting-machine maker's lawsuit alleges defamation, seeks more than $1.3 billion in damages  —  WASHINGTON—One of the largest makers of voting machines in the U.S. on Monday sued a prominent supporter of former President Donald Trump …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Has Biden poisoned the well with GOP moderates?  —  FIRST THINGS FIRST: Take a moment to read this calming piece from NYT's Katie Rogers on the return of a bit of schedule normalcy under President JOE BIDEN: “Did Washington Just Have an Actual Weekend?”
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Did Washington Just Have an Actual Weekend?
Discussion: BizPac Review and Insider
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Featured CPAC speaker said Judaism is a “complete lie” and referred to Jewish people as “thieving fake Jews”  —  Leading Republican officials are set to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this week along with a virulently anti-Semitic speaker named Young Pharaoh.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Trump to claim total control of GOP  —  In his first post-presidential appearance, Donald Trump plans to send the message next weekend that he is Republicans' “presumptive 2024 nominee” with a vise grip on the party's base, top Trump allies tell Axios.
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Cuomo's Approval Rating Erodes in Wake of New York Nursing Home Scandal  —  But the Democratic governor is still more popular than he was before the pandemic  — 57% of New York voters approve of Cuomo's job performance, down 6 points since it was reported that one of his aides told lawmakers …
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William Kristol / The Bulwark:
What About Joe?  —  Why can't anti-Trump become work-with-Biden?  —  There's an interesting piece in Politico today which raises interesting questions.  Its headline: “Anti-Trumpers are done with the GOP.  Where do they go now?”  The subhed: “Scores of Republicans are bolting the party in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
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David Siders / Politico:
Anti-Trumpers are done with the GOP. Where do they go now?
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
U.S. Department of Justice:
Wife of “El Chapo” Arrested on International Drug Trafficking Charges  —  The wife of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, leader of a Mexican drug trafficking organization known as the Sinaloa Cartel, was arrested today in Virginia on charges related to her alleged involvement in international drug trafficking.
The Intercept:
FBI Seized Congressional Cellphone Records Related to Capitol Attack … Within hours of the storming of the Capitol on January 6, the FBI began securing thousands of phone and electronic records connected to people at the scene of the rioting — including some related to members of Congress, raising potentially thorny legal questions.
CNN:
Aurora Police did not have basis to stop, frisk or restrain Elijah McClain, investigation finds  —  (CNN)The Aurora, Colorado, police officers involved in the fatal confrontation with Elijah McClain in August 2019 did not have a legal basis to stop him, frisk him or physically restrain him …
Discussion: Denver Post and Insider
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Politico:
Neera Tanden in deeper jeopardy as 2 Republicans oppose her nomination  —  Neera Tanden's nomination to be President Joe Biden's budget chief is in even more trouble.  —  Sens. Susan Collins and Mitt Romney said on Monday they will oppose Tanden to lead the White House Budget Office …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
So what is the Neera Tanden standard?
Discussion: Raw Story, HuffPost and Townhall
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Clarence Thomas Promotes Trump's Voter Fraud Lies in Alarming Dissent  —  Justice Clarence Thomas is not backing down from the fight to legitimize Donald Trump's claims that the 2020 election was rife with fraud.  On Monday morning, Thomas issued a startling opinion ranting against the alleged dangers …
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The New York Times Company:
Maggie Haberman's Next Beat  —  Elisabeth Bumiller, Dick Stevenson and Patrick Healy share Maggie's new role, which will span investigative/enterprise in Washington and Politics.  —  After a phenomenal run covering Donald Trump from his escalator ride in Trump Tower through his second impeachment …
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The New York Times Company:
New White House Team
Discussion: The Hill
Your Side / WFLA-TV:
Nikki Fried says she won't lower flags to honor Rush Limbaugh despite DeSantis' order  —  TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried says she will disregard Gov. Ron DeSantis' order to lower Florida flags at half-staff in honor of conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh who died last week.
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Biden Gets High Marks for COVID-19 Response  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Several weeks into his first term in office, 67% of Americans approve of President Joe Biden's handling of the coronavirus.  Although not as high as his rating on the pandemic, approval of Biden is at the majority level on his overall job …
Discussion: Political Wire and CNN
Kelsey McKinney / Defector:
Slate Podcast Host Mike Pesca Suspended Following Internal Discussion About Use Of Racial Slur  —  Mike Pesca, host of Slate's daily podcast, The Gist, has been suspended from the company indefinitely according to an internal memo sent to staffers late last night that has been obtained by Defector.
Good Morning America:
‘They were terrorists’: Capitol Police officer recounts Jan. 6 attack  —  “Is this America?  They beat police officers with Blue Lives Matter flags.”  Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn exclusively told ABC News.
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Merrick Garland chokes up discussing family's fleeing of anti-Semitism  —  President Biden's nominee to be the next attorney general, Merrick Garland, got emotional during a hearing while explaining how his family fled persecution over their Jewish identity.
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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Meghan McCain: Replace Dr. Fauci With Someone Who ‘Understands Science’  —  “The fact that I, Meghan McCain, co-host of The View, don't know when or how I will be able to get a vaccine...” she ranted.  —  Meghan McCain, who may have been reading too many Ben Shapiro tweets Monday morning …
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
DeSantis crushes Rubio, Scott in Florida GOP poll  —  In Florida's shadow Republican primary for president, Gov. Ron DeSantis is starting to dominate his once-better-known home state colleagues, Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott.  —  DeSantis's popularity among Republicans has been steadily rising …
A.J. Perez / Front Office Sports:
Jeff Bezos Linked to Washington Football Team Sales Talk  — Bezos' attorney talked with firm leading the sale for part of the franchise, per court records.  — The Amazon founder reportedly has had interest in owning an NFL team.  —  SHARE    
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
Nine Lessons I Learned About Political Reporting While Covering Trump  —  In the fall of 2015, I was having drinks in Washington with a colleague at the time, now-MSNBC host Joy Reid.  (I was working at NBC News.)  Donald Trump was leading in the polls of the 2016 Republican presidential primary.
Politico:
Republicans demand equal representation on 1/6 Commission  —  Senior House lawmakers are battling over the contours of a panel inspired by the 9/11 Commission to investigate the deadly Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, with Republicans demanding equal representation.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and CNN
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen launch podcast on Spotify  —  Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen are making a podcast.  —  Spotify on Monday announced the launch of “Renegades: Born in the USA,” featuring the former president and the legendary rock star in conversation on issues ranging …
Rachel E. Greenspan / Insider:
TikTokers are trying to prove that snow in Texas is ‘fake,’ pushing a false conspiracy theory  — Conspiracy theories about the snow in Texas keep spreading online.  — TikTok videos show people claiming that snow should melt when heated.  But it actually turns to gas.
Discussion: Snopes.com and Earther
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Scalise Urges House Republicans to Block Vaccine Money As He Promotes Anti-Vaxxers  —  Less than one week after urging House Republicans to block $160 billion in funding for vaccines to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, Minority Whip Steve Scalise is using his position to elevate Republicans …
Discussion: New Republic and Raw Story
 
 
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Jimmy Jenkins / KJZZ:
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Laurie Roberts / Arizona Republic:
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Luke Savage / Jacobin:
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Larry Getlen / New York Post:
Lee Harvey Oswald ordered to kill JFK by Soviets, ex-CIA chief claims
Internal Revenue Service:
Victims of Texas winter storms get deadline extensions and other tax relief
Discussion: CBS News, The Hill and Bloomberg
Rachel Treisman / NPR:
As U.S. Death Toll Surpasses Half A Million, Biden Plans To Order Flags To Half Staff
Tori Richards / Washington Examiner:
Anti-racism training forced upon San Diego County healthcare workers
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Suzanne Gamboa / NBC News:
Why Texas Democrats lost the 2020 voter turnout battle, even among Latinos
Discussion: Political Wire
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
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Rachel Abrams / New York Times:
House Democrats Press Cable Providers on Election Fraud Claims
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Loeffler launches group to boost GOP turnout, promote ‘big tent’ policies