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4:00 PM ET, February 23, 2021

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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
McConnell to support Garland for attorney general  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will support Merrick Garland's nomination for attorney general, five years after blocking the judge's path to the Supreme Court.  —  “I do,” McConnell told POLITICO Tuesday afternoon when asked if he plans to back Garland.
Discussion: Political Wire and RedState
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Garland, Tanden and the application of double standards by GOP lawmakers
Discussion: Newsbusters and Raw Story
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Manchin'd  —  FOR JOE MANCHIN, IT'S ‘NOT PERSONAL’: The Democratic Senate has hit …
Politico:
‘A double standard going on’: Democrats accuse GOP and Manchin of bias on Biden nominations
Emily Singer / The American Independent:
GOP senator pushes lie that police caused Capitol insurrection  —  Ron Johnson suggested Capitol Police officers instigated the Jan. 6 insurrection — a blatant lie to try to absolve Donald Trump of culpability in the deadly attack.  —  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Tuesday pushed …
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Politico:
Capitol security officials in charge on Jan. 6 blame Pentagon, intel failures  —  The officials in charge of securing the Capitol on Jan. 6 largely deflected blame on Tuesday for the lapses that enabled a violent mob of Donald Trump's supporters to storm the building.
Washington Post:
Live updates: Senate holds first hearing on Jan. 6 Capitol breach; Biden to visit Texas after deadly storm
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 …
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Douglas Schoen / The Hill:
Republicans face an identity crisis
NBC New York:
Retired NYPD Cop Once Assigned to Secure City Hall Accused of Pipe Attack on Capitol Police  —  What to Know  — Thomas Webster surrendered Monday at the FBI's Hudson Valley office on charges filed in federal court in Washington, D.C. related to the deadly U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6
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Sky Palma / Raw Story:
Notorious ‘eye gouger’ who allegedly beat Capitol police with a pipe revealed to be a former NYPD cop  —  A retired NYPD officer turned himself in to the FBI this Monday for his role in the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, after being accused of using a pipe to attack Capitol police officers.
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Retired NYPD cop and Queens ‘Republican Messiah’ arrested in Capitol riot probe  — Federal authorities have arrested two men — a former New York City police officer and a Republican Party official in the city — on charges related to their alleged roles in the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Poet Who Nurtured the Beats, Dies at 101  —  An unapologetic proponent of “poetry as insurgent art,” he was also a publisher and the owner of the celebrated San Francisco bookstore City Lights.  —  Lawrence Ferlinghetti, a poet, publisher and political iconoclast …
Discussion: Associated Press and Rolling Stone
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Emma Brown / Washington Post:
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, literary citadel of San Francisco, dies at 101  —  Lawrence Ferlinghetti, an acclaimed poet and longtime proprietor of City Lights, the San Francisco bookstore and avant-garde publishing house that catapulted the Beat Generation to fame and helped establish the city …
Adam Gabbatt / The Guardian:
Al Jazeera to launch rightwing media platform targeting US conservatives  —  Rightly will be led by a former Fox News journalist and is aimed at Republicans who ‘feel left out of conservative media’  —  Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news network that has previously sought to become …
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Thomas Moore / The Hill:
Al Jazeera launching conservative media platform
Discussion: Mediaite
Melissa Healy / Los Angeles Times:
California's coronavirus strain looks increasingly dangerous: ‘The devil is already here’  —  A coronavirus variant that emerged in mid-2020 and surged to become the dominant strain in California not only spreads more readily than its predecessors, but also evades antibodies generated …
Stephen Rex Brown / New York Daily News:
Rudy Giuliani tried dodging getting served with $1B Dominion Voting Systems suit: source  —  Rudy Giuliani spent a week dodging service of a $1.3 billion lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems after publicly declaring he was ready for the legal fight, a source told the Daily News.
Ryan T. Anderson / First Things:
When Amazon Erased My Book  —  My book When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment was released exactly three years ago.  It was attacked twice on the New York Times op-ed page.  The Washington Post ran a hit piece on it that was riddled with errors.  It was obvious the critics hadn't read the book.
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Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Obama says he once broke a classmate's nose for calling him a racial slur  —  Former President Obama says he once broke a schoolmate's nose after the then-friend called him a racial slur during a locker room fight.  —  The 44th president shared the revelation in an episode of his Spotify podcast …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and IJR
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New York Times:
Slate Suspends Podcast Host After Debate Over Racial Slur
Twitter:
Disclosing networks of state-linked information operations  —  Today we are disclosing four networks of accounts to our archive of state-linked information operations; the only archive of its kind in the industry.  The networks we are disclosing relate to independent, state-affiliated information operations …
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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.
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Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Two Supreme Court cases could destroy what remains of the Voting Rights Act  —  A 6-3 Republican Court will hear one of the most aggressive attacks on voting rights since Jim Crow.  —  Next Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear two cases that could shred much of what remains of the right …
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Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
How Not to Be at the Mercy of a Trumpified G.O.P.
Discussion: HuffPost
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
We Have PTSD About COVID Reality  —  We don't have to undersell our COVID future now just because people oversold it in the past.  —  1 hr ago  —  1. 500,000  —  Half a million dead Americans.  Does that even register for people?  —  I want to show a couple tweets from a conservative gentleman …
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
The Sunday Shows Are Hopelessly Broken  —  Jonathan Karl, the guest host of ABC's This Week, knew exactly what he was doing on Sunday when he asked Republican Representative Steve Scalise if the 2020 election was stolen.  This was, on its face, a simple and straightforward question.
Fox News:
Senate confirms Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador, despite controversy over China remarks  —  The US takes the presidency of the U.N. Security Council next week.  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for February 23  —  The Senate on Tuesday voted to confirm Linda Thomas-Greenfield …
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Washington Post:
Trump's former treasury secretary expected to launch investment fund, seeking backing of Persian Gulf state funds  —  Steven Mnuchin has begun hiring staff for an investment fund likely to focus on the financial technology and entertainment sectors, people familiar with the plans said.
Discussion: The Hill and Forbes
Faiz Siddiqui / Washington Post:
Elon Musk moved to Texas and embraced celebrity.  Can Tesla run on Autopilot?  —  Investors fear a world where Musk no longer leads the company.  But his attention is already going elsewhere.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Elon Musk says he is stretched too thin.  —  The chief executive …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Twitchy
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz's latest Cancún spin shows the rot of GOP victimization runs deep  —  Mark it down.  Republicans have hit on a new way to spin away their own screw-ups and scandals: By claiming the media focus on their political travails is driven by the press' search for a new Republican victim …
Washington Post:
Vaccine makers Pfizer and Moderna pledge massive boost to U.S. supply after sluggish rollout  —  The increases needed to meet March delivery targets will be steep, however, and Biden administration officials expect the companies could come up slightly short  —  Drug companies told lawmakers Tuesday …
New York Times:
With New Grand Jury, Justice Department Revives Investigation Into Death of George Floyd  —  As the state murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former officer charged in the death of George Floyd, approaches, the federal government has accelerated its own investigation.
Discussion: IJR
Mark Winne / WSB-TV:
Raffensperger, staff feared wrongful prosecution under pressure from Trump to change election results  —  ATLANTA — Georgia's Secretary of State is speaking only to Channel 2 Action News about his steps during the final weeks of the Trump administration's push to overturn votes in Georgia.
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Capitol Defendant Bragged About Brawling With Cops On Pro-Trump Forum  —  Jose Padilla, who the feds say fought with police during the Capitol attack, said on the online forum TheDonald that God was on his side.  —  A Donald Trump fan caught on camera brawling with police officers during …
Discussion: Law & Crime
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Future of Conservatism Is Flight 93 Elections Forever  —  Michael Anton has been confronted with a dilemma few writers have ever contemplated: how to handle catastrophic success.  Anton's 2016 essay, “The Flight 93 Election,” made a then-shocking case to the right-wing intelligentsia in favor of Donald Trump's election.
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: HotAir and NPR
Tracey Tully / New York Times:
This 105-Year-Old Beat Covid.  She Credits Gin-Soaked Raisins.  —  Lucia DeClerck, the oldest resident of her New Jersey nursing home, tested positive for the virus on her 105th birthday, one day after her second vaccine shot.  —  Ask Lucia DeClerck how she has lived to be 105, and she is quick with an answer.
Discussion: CBS News and CBS Philly
 
 
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Alexandria Misch / Grub Street:
After the Strike Tension and fear inside the Hunts Point Produce Market.
Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
Vilsack confirmed as Agriculture secretary
Discussion: Fox News
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny to Write Political Thriller
Discussion: HotAir
Richard Drew / RealClearInvestigations:
60 Years After Eisenhower's Warning, Distinct Signs of a ‘Digital-Intelligence Complex’
Noah Goldberg / New York Daily News:
Queens Republican district leader arrested for taking part in U.S. Capitol siege: feds
Tavi Gevinson / The Cut:
Britney Spears Was Never in Control Why did I ever believe a teen girl could hold all the power?
Discussion: New York Times and Gothamist
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Kristi Noem gets a Trump-hosted fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Can Democrats Avoid Another Midterm Debacle?
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Lillian Rizzo / Wall Street Journal:
Black News Channel Looks to Shake Up Cable-TV News Landscape
Nathan Bernard / Mainer:
Anti-Maskers Waging “Spiritual War” Statewide
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Inside a ‘Patriot Party’ rally where Trump loyalists search for a path forward
Discussion: Raw Story
The Bulwark:
Wisconsin Republicans Refuse To Condemn Political Violence
Discussion: Raw Story
Ben Casselman / New York Times:
For Women in Economics the Hostility is Out in the Open
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Biden's OMB Plan B
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Woke Me When It's Over  —  In the humorless world of Woke, the satire is never funny …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Bloomberg's 2020 aides got an unwelcome surprise in their tax forms
Discussion: HotAir