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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.
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Politico:
Supreme Court refuses Trump effort to block tax return subpoena
Rafi Schwartz / Mic:
Trump's tax records are finally headed to the Manhattan DA
Discussion: CNN, Law & Crime and Mother Jones
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Denies Trump's Final Bid to Block Release of Financial Records
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court ends Trump's bid to shield his tax returns and effort to challenge election losses
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 and POLITICUSUSA
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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 …
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.
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
CPAC disinvites speaker over ‘reprehensible views’
Discussion: IJR and Twitchy
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
Politico:
Neera Tanden in deeper jeopardy as two 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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Washington Post:   Now Republicans are offended by mean tweets?
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
So what is the Neera Tanden standard?
Discussion: HuffPost, Raw Story and Townhall
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.
Morgan Pehme / New York Post:
Cuomo's office terrorized me for doing my job as a journalist  —  It was 4:30 a.m., so I pulled the bathroom door shut in my one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment to answer the phone without waking my then-5-year-old.  On the line was Melissa DeRosa, Gov. Cuomo's then-communications director, now his second-in-command.
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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.
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.
Discussion: Twitchy
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.
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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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
Mollie Walker / New York Post:
Artemi Panarin taking Rangers leave of absence after Russian hit piece  —  New York Rangers star Artemi Panarin is taking a leave of absence from the team in wake of a politically motivated article from Russia, in which his former Vityaz head coach alleges that the ex-forward …
Larry Getlen / New York Post:
Lee Harvey Oswald ordered to kill JFK by Soviets, ex-CIA chief claims  —  Lee Harvey Oswald was a KGB associate who was personally instructed by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to assassinate President Kennedy.  Sometime shortly thereafter, the Soviets changed their minds, and Oswald was told to drop the plan.
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Biden readies his first major penalties on Russia  —  The U.S. is preparing to respond to Russia's poisoning and jailing of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and is expected to coordinate a sanctions rollout with European allies in the coming weeks, according to people familiar with the matter.
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
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.
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 …
Jimmy Jenkins / KJZZ:
Whistleblowers: Software Bug Keeping Hundreds Of Inmates In Arizona Prisons Beyond Release Dates  —  According to Arizona Department of Corrections whistleblowers, hundreds of incarcerated people who should be eligible for release are being held in prison because the inmate management software cannot interpret current sentencing laws.
Laurie Roberts / Arizona Republic:
Do Arizona's Republican lawmakers really think we're dumb enough to let them vote for us?  —  Opinion: Arizona legislators are assaulting democracy again, this time with an astonishing bill that would ask voters to allow them to select Arizona's presidential electors.  —  View Comments
Carl O'Donnell / Reuters:
Pfizer to ship 13 million COVID-19 vaccine doses per week to U.S. by mid-March, says executive  —  (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc expects to deliver more than 13 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine per week to the United States by the middle of March, more than doubling its shipments from early February …
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.
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    
Luke Savage / Jacobin:
Pete Buttigieg Is Bootleg Obama in the Worst Ways Possible  —  Pete Buttigieg, a shape-shifting knockoff of the Obama original, has written a book about the importance of Trust — a surprising topic for a politician who elicits suspicion every time he opens his mouth.  Can we just let bootleg Obama wander off into obscurity?
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.
 
 
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Kevin Landrigan / UnionLeader.com:
Sununu says ‘definitely open’ to 2022 Senate bid
Robert Tracinski / The Bulwark:
The GOP's Cowardice Means They Will Live in Fear Forever
Tori Richards / Washington Examiner:
Anti-racism training forced upon San Diego County healthcare workers
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Suzanne Gamboa / NBC News:
Why Texas Democrats lost the 2020 voter turnout battle, even among Latinos
Discussion: Political Wire
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Rachel E. Greenspan / Insider:
TikTokers are trying to prove that snow in Texas is ‘fake,’ pushing a false conspiracy theory
Discussion: Snopes.com and Earther
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
Google lifting ban on political ads instituted after Capitol riots
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Pensacola Navy base mass shooter had accomplices, help from Saudi Arabia, victims claim in terror lawsuit
Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
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Dylan Byers / NBC News:
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Loeffler launches group to boost GOP turnout, promote ‘big tent’ policies