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11:15 AM ET, February 22, 2021

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Politico:
Supreme Court refuses Trump effort to block tax return subpoena  —  The Supreme Court has cleared the way for prosecutors in New York City to receive eight years of former President Donald Trump's tax returns and other financial records as part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax …
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court again rejects Trump's bid to shield tax returns, other financial records from Manhattan prosecutor  —  The Supreme Court on Monday rejected former president Donald Trump's last-chance effort to keep his private financial records from the Manhattan district attorney, ending a long and drawn-out legal battle.
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Supreme Court allows release of Trump tax returns to NY prosecutor  —  (CNN)The Supreme Court cleared the way for a New York prosecutor to obtain former President Donald Trump's tax returns, dealing a massive loss to Trump who has fiercely fought to shield his financial papers from prosecutors.
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.
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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Dion Rabouin / Axios:
Dominion files $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell  —  Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sued MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell for more than $1.3 billion in damages, alleging that the Trump ally exploited the baseless conspiracy theory that Dominion's voting machines rigged …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Collins comes out against Tanden  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BREAKING: Sen. SUSAN COLLINS (R-Maine) will vote against NEERA TANDEN.  —  Her statement:  —  “The Director of OMB is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the federal budget and plays …
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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 …
Politico:
Collins and Romney to oppose Tanden for OMB, further jeopardizing her nomination
Washington Post:
Live updates: Biden to mark 500,000 covid deaths; Collins, Romney announce opposition to budget office nominee
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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.
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Garland confirmation is a stage for 4 of GOP's 2024 hopefuls  —  Merrick Garland appears on track for an easy confirmation hearing this week.  But the attorney general nominee's moment in the spotlight will once again be affected by presidential politics — as four 2024 GOP contenders get a stage to catapult their national brands.
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David Siders / Politico:
Anti-Trumpers are done with the GOP.  Where do they go now?  —  When Jim Hendren, a longtime Arkansas state legislator, announced on Thursday that he was leaving the GOP, it marked the latest in a flurry of recent defections from the party.  —  Tens of thousands of Republicans across …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
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CNN:   Arkansas' GOP governor reacts to his nephew, a state lawmaker, leaving the Republican Party - CNN Video
American Greatness:
Is the Biden Administration Stumbling Into War?  —  Nothing is more dangerous than stronger powers, even inadvertently, sending signals that are interpreted as weakness by weaker powers.  —  What causes wars?  —  Innately aggressive cultures and governments, megalomania, the desire for power …
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Politico:
Biden deprioritizes the Middle East
Discussion: The National Interest
Jonathan Rauch / The Atlantic:
The 5 Trump Amendments to the Constitution  —  When I step back to look at the legacy of President Donald Trump, a surprising conclusion emerges: He has substantially altered the Constitution.  His changes aren't formal, of course.  But his informal amendments are important.
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: HuffPost, Insider, The Week, CNN and Raw Story
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Biden upends Trump's calculation of who gets federal vaccination help … WASHINGTON — When the Biden White House started looking for sites for four small vaccination centers across New York state, federal agency officials ranked the best spots based on a county-by-county “social vulnerability index” …
Discussion: Issues & Insights, TIME and Fox News
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Loeffler launches group to boost GOP turnout, promote ‘big tent’ policies  —  The Republican is weighing a 2022 comeback bid  —  Former U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler is wading back into Georgia politics weeks after her runoff defeat with the start of a new voter registration group aimed …
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
The GOP's 2024 Race Will Be Brutal And It's a Fight We Need to Have  —  The GOP is in the midst of a civil war to determine if it's going to be the party of normal people who want freedom and prosperity, or return to being the party of donor-suckling corporate shills carefully overseeing our country's descent into ruin.
Ja'han Jones / HuffPost:
Deathbed Letter From Former Cop Claims NYPD, FBI Helped Kill Malcolm X  —  A cousin of Ray Wood, a former undercover police officer, shared a confession letter in which Wood said that the agencies facilitated the assassination.  —  A letter shared by the family of a deceased former …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Welcome Philip Klein to NRO  —  For about two years now, Charlie Cooke has wanted to become a full-time writer again.  Given the importance of his role as editor of the website, it has taken a long time to get our ducks in a row and identify a successor.  I'm happy to say we have finally found …
Rachel Abrams / New York Times:
Congressional Committee Presses Cable Providers on Election Fraud Claims  —  Before a hearing scheduled for Wednesday, Democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee asked cable companies what they did to combat “the spread of misinformation.”
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.
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?
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Did Washington Just Have an Actual Weekend?  —  President Biden is uninterested in generating headlines, which only emphasizes how the Trump-size hole in Washington has created a sense of free time in the capital — psychically, if not literally.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden did not do anything this weekend.
Discussion: Washington Post and Townhall
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Can Andrew Cuomo's ‘Bullying’ Style Still Work in Politics?  —  The scrutiny of Covid-19 deaths in New York nursing homes has also put the governor's aggressive behavior in the spotlight.  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — During Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's first term, two former administration officials …
Michelle Nichols / Reuters:
White supremacy a ‘transnational threat’, U.N. chief warns  —  GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Monday that white supremacy and neo-Nazi movements are becoming a “transnational threat” and have exploited the coronavirus pandemic to boost their support.
Discussion: Defense One, Breitbart and Forbes
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Republicans pressure 2022 Democrats over Becerra nomination  —  Conservatives know they likely don't have the votes to block President Joe Biden's pick to run HHS, Xavier Becerra.  But they're launching new ad blitzes and pressure campaigns targeting Senate Democrats up for reelection …
Discussion: National Review
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Almost 19,000 Pa. voters have left the Republican Party since the Capitol attack  —  When Diane Tyson got her driver's license renewed Jan. 5, a DMV clerk asked whether she wanted to make any changes to her voter registration.  A lifelong Republican, Tyson once ran for local office near Reading.
Discussion: HuffPost and The Colorado Sun
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Natalie Winters / The National Pulse:
‘Anti-Racist’ Washingtonian Mag Editor Mocked Blacks And Hispanics.  —  Daniella Byck, a so-called “anti-racist” journalist and editor at the influential Washingtonian magazine has repeatedly authored tweets mocking and deriding black people and black culture, The National Pulse can reveal.
 
 
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