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9:05 AM ET, February 23, 2021

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Politico:
‘A double standard going on’: Democrats accuse GOP and Manchin of bias on Biden nominations  —  Women's rights activists and allied Democrats are growing increasingly vocal about what they call the unfair targeting of women and people of color nominated by Joe Biden to top posts in his administration.
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Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Manchin'd  —  FOR JOE MANCHIN, IT'S ‘NOT PERSONAL’: The Democratic Senate has hit its first roadblock in its path to confirming President Joe Biden's nominees.  But if you ask the West Virginia Democrat who seemed to have delivered the kiss of death to Neera Tanden, he professes no villainous intent toward his party.
Discussion: Washington Post
Politico:   ‘She became an easy target’: GOP opposition to Haaland rankles Native Americans
Washington Post:
Now Republicans are offended by mean tweets?
New York Times:
Slate Suspends Podcast Host After Debate Over Racial Slur  —  Mike Pesca of “The Gist” said he was suspended after defending, in a Slack discussion with colleagues, the use of the slur in some contexts.  —  The online publication Slate has suspended a well-known podcast host after he debated …
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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.
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, POLITICUSUSA and KXAN-TV
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Dallas Morning News:
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton traveled to Utah during last week's power outages
Julie Steenhuysen / Reuters:
Fauci says U.S. political divisions contributed to 500,000 dead from COVID-19  —  CHICAGO (Reuters) - Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said political divisiveness contributed significantly to the “stunning” U.S. COVID-19 death toll, which on Monday surpassed 500,000 lives lost.
Discussion: TheBlaze and Grand Forks Herald
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Carl O'Donnell / Reuters:
Pfizer to ship 13 million COVID-19 vaccine doses per week to U.S. by mid-March, says executive
Discussion: New York Times and Balloon Juice
NBC News:
Key Capitol security officials to be grilled about what went wrong on Jan. 6  —  Six weeks after an angry mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, some of the key figures who were in charge of keeping the building secure on Jan. 6 will answer questions under oath about how the highly secure facility …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Trump taunts don't shake McConnell's hold on Senate GOP  —  Sen. Rick Scott challenged the certification of Donald Trump's reelection loss, bashed Trump's second impeachment trial and recently spoke with the former president about Senate races.  But don't take that as the Florida Republican siding with Trump over Mitch McConnell.
Discussion: The Hill
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Douglas Schoen / The Hill:
Republicans face an identity crisis
Discussion: The Guardian and National Review
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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New York Times:
Supreme Court Denies Trump's Final Bid to Block Release of Tax Returns
Santi Ruiz / Washington Free Beacon:
Amazon Pulls Bestseller on Transgender Issues From Store Without Explanation  —  Amazon steps up censorship campaign against conservative content  —  Amazon pulled a bestseller on transgender issues from its online store on Sunday without explanation.  —  Author Ryan T. Anderson tweeted …
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Wall Street Journal:   Tech Censorship Is Accelerating
Julia Wick / Los Angeles Times:
Vaccine access codes for Black, Latino communities improperly used in affluent L.A. areas  —  A California program intended to improve COVID-19 vaccine availability to people in hard-hit communities of color is being misused by outsiders who are grabbing appointments reserved for residents of underserved Black and Latino areas.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Allies worried Biden shaky on Putin's pipeline  —  Russia's adversaries in central and Eastern Europe are worried President Biden isn't willing to fight hard to stop the Russia-Germany gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 — one of Vladimir Putin's core priorities.
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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Oath Keeper now says she didn't meet with Secret Service around the January 6 rally  —  (CNN)Jessica Watkins, a leader in an alleged Oath Keepers conspiracy in the US Capitol insurrection, changed her story Monday about meeting with Secret Service agents in describing her actions on January 6.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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.
Insider:
We identified the 125 people and institutions most responsible for Donald Trump's rise to power and his norm-busting behavior that tested the boundaries of the US government and its institutions … - Insider compiled this database of the 125 people and institutions essential to Donald Trump's rise …
Silvia Foster-Frau / Washington Post:
First migrant facility for children opens under Biden  —  CARRIZO SPRINGS, Tex. — Dozens of migrant teens boarded vans Monday for the trip down a dusty road to a former man camp for oil field workers here, the first migrant child facility opened under the Biden administration.
Discussion: BizPac Review, Townhall and Fox News
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
The battle over climate change is boiling over on the home front  —  Municipalities want new buildings to go all electric, spurning gas-fired stoves and heating systems.  The gas industry disagrees  —  A new front has opened in the battle over climate change: The kitchen.
Discussion: NPR
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Gothamist
Sarah Mucha / Axios:
Missing Marine sparks White House questions  —  The absence of a Marine sentry outside the West Wing on Monday raised questions about whether President Biden was keeping the schedule publicly outlined by his aides.  —  Why it matters: A sure way to tell if the president is inside the Oval Office …
New York Times:
Facebook Strikes Deal to Restore News Sharing in Australia  —  The agreement means users and publishers in Australia can once again share links to news articles, after Facebook had blocked the practice last week.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Monday that it had struck a deal …
CREW:
Trump reported making more than $1.6 billion while president … Donald Trump reported making more than $1.6 billion in outside revenue and income during his four years as President of the United States, according to a review of his financial disclosures by CREW.
Discussion: Insider
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Bloomberg's 2020 aides got an unwelcome surprise in their tax forms  —  Nearly a year after Mike Bloomberg's $1 billion presidential campaign crashed into Super Tuesday, his staffers are still dealing with the aftershocks.  —  In recent weeks, aides to the former Democratic candidate started …
Discussion: HotAir
Richard Durbin / The Hill:
Why Merrick Garland deserves to become the new attorney general  —  There have been few moments in history when the role of attorney general, and the person filling that post, has mattered more.  Once Judge Merrick Garland is confirmed by the Senate as the next attorney general of the United States …
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Democrats Are Waltzing Toward an Easily Avoidable Political Disaster With Their COVID Bill  —  At the moment, Democrats in Washington appear to be in danger of sleepwalking their way toward a major policy and public relations debacle.  —  The problem?  With tax season underway …
Mike Allen / Axios:
CDC meets “Deadliest Catch”  —  CDC partnered with Discovery Channel for a spot shot in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, using trusted voices to encourage mask use among skeptical men.  —  Why it matters: The PSA features the stars of “Deadliest Catch,” one of cable's top shows, with a big audience of white, conservative adults.
Jacob Shamsian / Insider:
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell says he's losing $65 million over election-fraud claims and it proves he's not pushing conspiracy theories for the money  — Dominion Voting Systems sued MyPillow and its CEO, Mike Lindell, seeking $1.3 billion in damages.  — The defamation lawsuit claims …
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 …
Washington Post:
Lawmakers vote to make Virginia first Southern state to abolish death penalty  —  RICHMOND — Two bills to abolish the death penalty in Virginia won final approval in the state General Assembly on Monday and were headed to Gov. Ralph Northam (D), who is expected to sign them.
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.
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Biden health secretary pick Xavier Becerra braces for contentious Senate hearings  —  WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden's nominee to lead the powerful Department of Health and Human Services is preparing for two days of contentious hearings in a divided Senate, with allies fanning out to defend …
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 …
 
 
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Biden asked what could be cut from his covid relief package. Here are some ideas.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Former Trump officials eye bids for political office
Jeremy Turley / Grand Forks Herald:
North Dakota House advances bill barring government from mandating masks
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
The New York Mayoral Race Has Become a Zoom Hell
Wesley Lowery / GQ:
The Most Ambitious Effort Yet to Reform Policing May Be Happening In Ithaca, New York
Discussion: Insider
Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
Biden Stays Clear Of Endorsing Union Effort At Alabama Amazon Warehouse
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: Al Jazeera
Laura Collins / Daily Mail:
SICKNICK DEATH TIMELINE
Discussion: Big League Politics and HotAir
Laurie Roberts / Arizona Republic:
Do Arizona's Republican lawmakers really think we're dumb enough to let them vote for us?
Larry Getlen / New York Post:
Lee Harvey Oswald ordered to kill JFK by Soviets, ex-CIA chief claims
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Biden Gets High Marks for COVID-19 Response
Discussion: Political Wire