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7:55 PM ET, February 23, 2021

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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.
Jonah E. Bromwich / New York Times:   Retired N.Y.P.D. Officer Who Guarded City Hall Charged in Capitol Riot
CNN:
Takeaways from the Senate hearing on the US Capitol attack  —  This is what we learned from Capitol riot hearing  —  (CNN)Former officials who were responsible for security at the US Capitol testified Tuesday at the first congressional hearing about the failure to prevent the deadly insurrection …
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Emily Singer / The American Independent:
GOP senator pushes lie that police caused Capitol insurrection
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Ron Johnson's extreme effort to distance Trump supporters from the Capitol Riot
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Slate
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.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The opposition to confirming Neera Tanden is based on a lie  —  Opinion by  —  There are numerous reasons to mock the opposition to confirming Neera Tanden as the director of the Office of Management and Budget, which is supposedly rooted in anger over her harsh tweets about Republicans.
Discussion: Vox, The Nation and Daily Kos
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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
The people concerned about Neera Tanden's incivility sure didn't seem to mind the Trump era's
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.
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 …
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 …
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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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The Texas Tribune:
Four ERCOT board members who live outside of Texas resign in the aftermath of the power outage, winter storm  —  Sally Talberg, board chair; Peter Cramton, vice chair; Terry Bulger, finance and audit chair; and Raymond Hepper, human resources and governance committee chair …
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Inside the new $65 million push from progressives to compete with conservative media  —  It's called the Project for Good Information, and it raises big questions about the future of the information wars.  —  A prominent Democratic strategist is planning a new $65 million effort …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
U.S. Department of Justice:
Retired NYPD Officer Arrested, Charged in Federal Court for Assaulting and Impeding MPD Officer during U.S. Capitol Breach  —  Assailant Attacked Law Enforcement with Pole Displaying Marine Corps Flag In Effort To Halt Certification of Presidential Election  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. …
Discussion: The Hill
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Judith Ingram / FEC.gov:
District Court issues opinion in FEC v. Rivera
Discussion: Florida Politics
Glenn Greenwald:
House Democrats, Targeting Right-Wing Cable Outlets, Are Assaulting Core Press Freedoms  —  Democrats' justification for silencing their adversaries online and in media — “they are spreading fake news and inciting extremism” — is what despots everywhere say.  —  5 hr ago
Discussion: The Daily Wire
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Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
Covid-19 Live Updates: Studies Examine Variant Surging in California, and the News Isn't Good  —  The East Coast of the United States is still a hot spot as new coronavirus cases have declined across the country and the nation surpassed 500,000 deaths.  Around the world, new cases have declined …
Discussion: GeekWire
Will Wilkinson / Model Citizen:
Climbing the Bell Curve to the Cathedral  —  Notes on reactionary sea lions  —  Some folks aren't thrilled about my previous post, “Grey Lady Steel Man.”  It seemed to distress Curtis Yarvin (aka Mencius Moldbug) in particular.  He penned a defensive, typically catty ad hominem response in his inimitably hysterical prose style.
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
GOP ‘Civil War is now canceled,’ says NRSC chair Rick Scott in fiery memo asking for party unity ahead of 2022  —  'It doesn't matter,' how Republicans felt about Trump, Scott says  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for February 23  —  “The Republican Civil War is now cancelled,” …
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
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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 …
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 …
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
Maria Cramer / New York Times:
Illinois Becomes First State to Eliminate Cash Bail  —  Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a law that he said would end a system that disproportionately hurts the poor and favors wealthier defendants.  —  Illinois has become the first state to completely eliminate cash bail, a result of a push …
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Biden shifts his operation to DNC ahead of 2022 midterm elections  —  President Biden has shifted the remnants of his campaign operation, including the donor and volunteer network that got him elected and several key staff members, over to the Democratic National Committee as part of a broader effort …
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Laura Bradley / The Daily Beast:
French Actor Gérard Depardieu Charged With Rape: Report  —  ALLEGATIONS  —  Gérard Depardieu, the prolific and highly decorated French actor whose most famous titles include Cyrano de Bergerac, The Last Metro, and Green Card, has been charged with rape, French news agency AFP reported Tuesday, citing a judicial source.
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.
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Two charged with making threats to Michigan public officials, including Debbie Stabenow  —  U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin and Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens were the targets of threatening communications related to the run-up to the Nov. 3, 2020 …
Discussion: CNN, SOM, Washington Examiner and The Hill
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 …
Tavi Gevinson / The Cut:
Britney Spears Was Never in Control Why did I ever believe a teen girl could hold all the power?  —  The New York Times's Framing Britney Spears documentary casts a spell.  I am thinking specifically of the stretch that chronicles Spears's rise as a teen idol, starting with the “Baby One More Time” video.
Discussion: New York Times and Gothamist
George Joseph / Gothamist:
New Westchester DA Revamps Conviction Review Unit, Puts A Public Defender in Charge  —  Westchester County's new district attorney, Mimi Rocah, is following through on her campaign promise to revitalize her agency's conviction review unit.  This week, the county's top prosecutor announced …
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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