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10:45 PM ET, February 23, 2021

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Politico:
How the White House botched the Neera nomination  —  Just about everyone in Washington, D.C., could see that Neera Tanden's nomination to head the Office of Management and Budget was beleaguered from the beginning — everyone, that is, except the White House.
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Exclusive: Bernie ready to roll on roads  —  Senate Democrats are readying to pass President Biden's infrastructure package through the budget reconciliation process, a recognition they're unlikely to get much Republican support for a potential $2 trillion package.
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
The people concerned about Neera Tanden's incivility sure didn't seem to mind the Trump era's  —  It has become a rite of the modern presidential transition: The gods of politics demand a human sacrifice, the Senate torpedoes a nomination, the new administration takes a hit, and everyone moves on.
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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Jonah E. Bromwich / New York Times:
Retired N.Y.P.D. Officer Who Guarded City Hall Charged in Capitol Riot  —  Thomas Webster was arrested on charges he assaulted a police officer with a flagpole during the Jan. 6 attack on Congress.  —  A retired New York police officer who once worked on the security detail at City Hall …
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Biden will call Saudi king ahead of damning report  —  President Biden plans to call Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday, ahead of the public release of a potentially damning intelligence report about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a source briefed on the call told Axios.
The Daily Beast:
NY Prosecutors Are Looking at Don Jr. in Trump Biz Probe  —  The Daily Beast has learned that investigators have been asking questions in recent days about Trump's eldest son as they expand their criminal probe into Trump's business empire. … For months, some of Donald Trump's top advisers …
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 …
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Jerry Iannelli / The Appeal:
CALIFORNIA'S D.A. ASSOCIATION MISSPENT $3 MILLION. ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS WANT IT REPAID.
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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Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
'You can't just push send': 20 years after 9/11, FBI accused of intel failure before Capitol riot
Discussion: MSNBC and WEB OF EVIL
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.
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 …
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
A Simple Rule of Thumb for Knowing When the Pandemic Is Over  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  In the middle of January, the deadliest month of the pandemic, one day after inauguration …
Discussion: HuffPost, MarketWatch and CBS News
Johnny Diaz / New York Times:
Arizona Man Is Accused of Faking Own Kidnapping to Evade Work  —  When the police arrived, they found the man with his hands bound behind his back by a belt and a bandanna “stuffed in his mouth” in Coolidge, Ariz.  —  The authorities in Arizona accused a man of going to extreme lengths …
Discussion: The Hill and TheBlaze
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 …
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 …
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Emma Brown / Washington Post:
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, literary citadel of San Francisco, dies at 101
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.
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 …
Politico:
‘Bad politics for them’: GOP sneers at Dem Covid bill  —  Republicans are making a risky but calculated bet: that voters won't punish them for opposing a popular $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill.  —  With President Joe Biden and Democrats barely even seeking their input …
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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 and Honest Graft
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 …
David Brand / Queens News:
Queens Republican district leader arrested for role in Capitol insurrection  —  A Republican district leader from Queens was arrested Tuesday and charged with various offenses for storming the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6.  —  FBI agents arrested Philip Grillo, a former candidate …
U.S. Department of Justice:
One of the Nation's Largest Chicken Producers Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing and is Sentenced to a $107 Million Criminal Fine  —  First Corporation Pleads Guilty in Ongoing Criminal Antitrust Investigation into the Broiler Chicken Industry  —  Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (Pilgrim's) …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The Korea Times:
Foreign ministry says Iran's assets to be unlocked through consultations with US  —  The Iranian assets locked in South Korea will be released after consultations with the United States, the foreign ministry said Tuesday, after Iran claimed it has reached a deal with Seoul on how to transfer and use the frozen money.
Jacob Bernstein / New York Times:
Gucci Is Staying in Trump Tower  —  Tiffany and other luxury companies have stepped away from deals with the former president's organization, but not Gucci.  —  The day President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were inaugurated in Washington, D.C., Melania and Donald Trump stepped off Air Force …
Discussion: The Intellectualist
James Gordon / Daily Mail:
Brooklyn lawyers who were facing life behind bars for ‘throwing a Molotov cocktail into an NYPD car during a George Floyd protest’ are quietly offered a plea deal  — Brooklyn lawyers Colinford Mattis 32, and Urooj Rahman, 31, have been offered a plea deal after allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail into an NYPD police van
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Now Ted Cruz may be buying his own books through a mystery company  —  If Cancún Ted is paying royalties to himself through a shadow entity, that could stir the FEC into action  —  One day before the Georgia Senate runoff elections — and two days before the Capitol insurrection …
Discussion: The Daily Boulder and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Moderate Senate Democrats target state aid fund in Biden covid relief bill  —  Disputes grow over minimum wage, aid to states and other issues  —  Even as the House prepares to pass President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill this week, divisions are growing among Senate Democrats …
Sam Stein / Politico:
Biden's slow start  —  With help from Renuka Rayasam and Tyler Weyant  —  TIME KEEPS ON SLIPPING — For the past few weeks, Democrats have comforted themselves about the slow clip of Joe Biden's cabinet confirmations by noting he was on track to get all of his nominees confirmed.
About.usps.com:
U.S. Postal Service Awards Contract to Launch Multi-Billion-Dollar Modernization of Postal Delivery Vehicle Fleet  — Oshkosh Defense Will Finalize Design of Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV), Delivering Up to 165,000 of the U.S.-Built Vehicles Over the Next Decade
Farai Chideya / Medium:
It's Bigger than Fox News: Time for Mainstream Journalism to Reckon with Monetizing Disinformation and Eroding Truth  —  “Anti-Black racism is a national security threat.”  Those were the simple, direct words of disinformation specialist Mutale Nkonde, CEO of AI for the People, on a listserv of journalists and academics recently.
Aaron Navarro / CBS News:
Liz Cheney calls on Republicans to “make clear we aren't the party of white supremacy”  —  Liz Cheney, the third ranking House Republican, on Tuesday called on the Republican party to “make clear we aren't the party of white supremacy.”  Cheney's remarks came during an event hosted by the Reagan Institute.
Discussion: Forbes and Talking Points Memo
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Bill requiring ID for absentee voting passes Georgia Senate  —  The Georgia Senate approved a bill Tuesday requiring more identification for absentee voting, the first elections measure to clear either legislative chamber as lawmakers consider new voting rules after last year's heated presidential race.
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
Politico:
Top Senate Republican has ‘serious concerns’ over Pentagon policy pick  —  The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee has “serious concerns” over the nomination of Colin Kahl, President Joe Biden's pick to run the Pentagon's policy shop.  —  The news comes as the committee plans …
Manu Raju / CNN:
Pence speaks highly of Trump in meeting and plans to launch a political group  —  Did Pence feel betrayed after riot?  His former chief of staff responds  —  (CNN)Former Vice President Mike Pence told a group of conservative lawmakers on Tuesday that he maintains a close personal friendship …
Isabelle Khurshudyan / Washington Post:
Georgian opposition leader arrested, deepening the political crisis in the South Caucasus country  —  MOSCOW — Georgian authorities arrested the South Caucasus country's top opposition leader Tuesday, deepening its political rift and plunging yet another ex-Soviet state into crisis.
Discussion: The New Arab
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 Hill and The Daily Wire
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
One America News clashes again with White House correspondents over Trump-approved camera tent  —  One America News, the upstart right-wing cable channel that was granted special status by the Trump White House, is clashing again with its mainstream colleagues on the presidential beat.
 
 
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Maria Cramer / New York Times:
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