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2:15 PM ET, February 23, 2021

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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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Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
No amount of disaster can shake the GOP loose from Trump  —  Five years ago, Donald Trump seized control of the Republican Party by attacking conservative icons, insulting former GOP presidents and disregarding Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment that warned against criticizing other party members.
Douglas Schoen / The Hill:
Republicans face an identity crisis
Politico:
Security officials in charge on Jan. 6 tell Congress conflicting stories  —  The officials in charge of securing the Capitol on Jan. 6 say a tangled mess of conflicting orders and unanswered calls culminated in an hourslong delay by the Pentagon in deploying National Guard troops to quell …
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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 …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Garland, Tanden and the application of double standards by GOP lawmakers  —  Hypocrisy has never been in short supply in Washington, or politics in general for that matter.  The application of double standards is time honored if not necessarily to be admired.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Atlantic
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Politico:
‘A double standard going on’: Democrats accuse GOP and Manchin of bias on Biden nominations
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Manchin'd  —  FOR JOE MANCHIN, IT'S ‘NOT PERSONAL’: The Democratic Senate has hit …
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.
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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
Santi Ruiz / Washington Free Beacon:
Amazon Pulls Bestseller on Transgender Issues From Store Without Explanation  —  Amazon pulled a bestseller on transgender issues from its online store on Sunday without explanation.  —  Author Ryan T. Anderson tweeted on Sunday that his book, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment, had been removed.
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Ryan T. Anderson / First Things:
When Amazon Erased My Book
Discussion: Power Line
Wall Street Journal:
Tech Censorship Is Accelerating
Discussion: Breitbart and Power Line
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 …
Discussion: The Week and KTLA
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 …
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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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Biden administration preparing to sanction Russia for SolarWinds hacks and the poisoning of an opposition leader
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and Politico
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 …
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and Election Law Blog
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Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
How Not to Be at the Mercy of a Trumpified G.O.P.
Discussion: HuffPost
Senator Mitt Romney:
Romney, Cotton Plan Would Raise Minimum Wage, Protect Jobs for Legal Workers  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) today announced plans to introduce the Higher Wages for American Workers Act, legislation which would gradually raise the federal minimum wage …
Discussion: The Hill, Insider, The Daily Caller and IJR
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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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, Bloomberg, IJR and Townhall
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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 …
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
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
David Perdue won't mount comeback bid for US Senate in 2022  —  Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue will not launch a comeback bid next year, clearing the way for other Republicans to enter what could be a crowded 2022 race against Democrat Raphael Warnock.  —  Perdue announced the decision Tuesday …
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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Ben Casselman / New York Times:
For Women in Economics the Hostility is Out in the Open  —  Studies have found that the field is plagued by a singular problem of gender bias.  The latest evidence comes from the types of questions posed at seminars.  —  A few years ago, the economists Alicia Sasser Modestino and Justin Wolfers sat …
The Bulwark:
Wisconsin Republicans Refuse To Condemn Political Violence  —  Nothing that might be taken as criticism of Donald Trump can be allowed.  —  We are long-time Republicans who have served in GOP leadership at the county, district, and state levels in Wisconsin.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Lillian Rizzo / Wall Street Journal:
Black News Channel Looks to Shake Up Cable-TV News Landscape  —  Up-and-coming network broadens reach and revamps show lineup, signing high-profile commentators Charles Blow and Marc Lamont Hill  —  Black News Channel has expanded its reach more than 20-fold in about seven months …
Bonchie / RedState:
Does Merrick Garland Even Know What Day It Is?  —  Merrick Garland had his confirmation hearing yesterday.  The formerly deceased (ok, not really) Supreme Court nominee from the Obama era is being seen as a shoe-in for Attorney General.  The expectation is that many Republican Senators will vote to confirm …
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 …
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Biden's OMB Plan B  —  House Democratic leaders are quietly mounting a campaign for Shalanda Young, a longtime congressional aide, to replace Neera Tanden as nominee for director of the Office of Management and Budget, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Blinken asks for Israeli help in facilitating COVID vaccines to the Palestinians  —  Secretary of State Tony Blinken asked his Israeli counterpart in their phone call on Monday for Israel to facilitate the transfer of COVID-19 vaccines to the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, Israeli officials told me.
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Woke Me When It's Over  —  In the humorless world of Woke, the satire is never funny and the statute of limitations never expires, even when it comes to hamantaschen.  —  In 2015, Bon Appétit ran an article by the food writer Dawn Perry about hamantaschen, the triangular cookies …
 
 
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United States Department of State:
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Benjamin Wermund / Houston Chronicle:
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Washington Post:
Trump's former treasury secretary expected to launch investment fund, seeking backing of Persian Gulf state funds
Discussion: Forbes
Helen Raleigh / The Federalist:
As Americans Turn Left, We Should Remember Socialism Killed 36 Million Chinese
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CNN:
Inside a ‘Patriot Party’ rally where Trump loyalists search for a path forward
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
‘Where is everyone?’: Inside Trump's DC hotel post-presidency
Daniel Nichanian / The Appeal:
Illinois Delays End of Prison Gerrymandering By a Decade
The Guardian:
Revealed: 6,500 migrant workers have died in Qatar as it gears up for World Cup
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Julia Wick / Los Angeles Times:
Vaccine access codes for Black, Latino communities improperly used in affluent L.A. areas
Discussion: TheGrio
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Oath Keeper now says she didn't meet with Secret Service around the January 6 rally