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Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Manchin'd  —  FOR JOE MANCHIN, IT'S ‘NOT PERSONAL’: The Democratic Senate has hit its first roadblock in its path to confirming President Joe Biden's nominees.  But if you ask the West Virginia Democrat who seemed to have delivered the kiss of death to Neera Tanden, he professes no villainous intent toward his party.
NBC News:
Split-ticket districts dwindle as all politics becomes more national
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Beast
Washington Post:
Now Republicans are offended by mean tweets?
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 …
Discussion: Althouse
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Kelsey McKinney / Defector:
Slate Podcast Host Mike Pesca Suspended Following Internal Discussion About Use Of Racial Slur  —  Mike Pesca, host of Slate's daily podcast, The Gist, has been suspended from the company indefinitely according to an internal memo sent to staffers late last night that has been obtained by Defector.
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 …
Santi Ruiz / Washington Free Beacon:
Amazon Pulls Bestseller on Transgender Issues From Store Without Explanation  —  Amazon steps up censorship campaign against conservative content  —  Amazon pulled a bestseller on transgender issues from its online store on Sunday without explanation.  —  Author Ryan T. Anderson tweeted …
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Wall Street Journal:   Tech Censorship Is Accelerating
Jeremy Beaman / Washington Examiner:
Amazon: Buy anything you could ever want, except this book challenging transgenderism
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The Daily Beast:
CPAC 2021 Will Be One Big Lie Fest—and Fox Nation Is Sponsoring It  —  Fox News Media is spending $250K on a partisan confab featuring election conspiracy theories—a “desperate” move by a network looking to “pander” to MAGA diehards, staffers say.  —  BEAST INSIDE
Discussion: Raw Story and Twitchy
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Andrew Kerr / The Daily Caller:   Media Matters Study On Fox News ‘Misinformation’ Is Riddled With Misrepresentations, Flagged Objectively True Statements
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Featured CPAC speaker said Judaism is a “complete lie” and referred to Jewish people as “thieving fake Jews”
Politico:
Congress finally gets first chance for answers about the Jan. 6 insurrection  —  Lawmakers will get their first chance Tuesday to expose the security failures that allowed rioters to overtake the Capitol on Jan. 6 and threaten the presidential transition of power.
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CNN:
Law enforcement officials to break silence about security failures during US Capitol attack
Discussion: WISC-TV
Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
Bipartisan Senate Inquiry on Capitol Riot Will Begin With Scrutiny of Security Failures
Discussion: Accountable.US and Daily Kos
Douglas Schoen / The Hill:
Republicans face an identity crisis  —  Republicans are divided into two factions over the role that Donald Trump should have in the party moving forward.  After a second impeachment in which his acquittal was by all measures determined before the trial even started, Republicans have now diverged …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Trump taunts don't shake McConnell's hold on Senate GOP
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Julia Wick / Los Angeles Times:
Vaccine access codes for Black, Latino communities improperly used in affluent L.A. areas  —  A California program intended to improve COVID-19 vaccine availability to people in hard-hit communities of color is being misused by outsiders who are grabbing appointments reserved for residents of underserved Black and Latino areas.
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: NPR
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Donald Trump Is Extremely Mad Prosecutors Will See His Tax Returns  —  Donald Trump's yearslong quest to prevent the public, Congress, or law-enforcement officials from seeing his tax statements came to a resounding end with a unanimous Supreme Court ruling.  He did not take the defeat in stride.
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New York Times:
Supreme Court Denies Trump's Final Bid to Block Release of Tax Returns
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 …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Oath Keeper now says she didn't meet with Secret Service around the January 6 rally  —  (CNN)Jessica Watkins, a leader in an alleged Oath Keepers conspiracy in the US Capitol insurrection, changed her story Monday about meeting with Secret Service agents in describing her actions on January 6.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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
Taylor Goldenstein / Houston Chronicle:
AG Ken Paxton and wife Sen. Angela Paxton went to Utah during Texas freeze  —  While millions of Texans languished in their homes last week without heat, many of them racking up astronomical electricity bills, the state official in charge of consumer protection left to take an out-of-state trip.
The Guardian:
Revealed: 6,500 migrant workers have died in Qatar as it gears up for World Cup … Pete Pattisson, Niamh McIntyre, Imran Mukhtar in Islamabad, Nikhil Eapen in Bangalore, Imran Mukhtar in Islamabad, Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan in Dhaka, Udwab Bhattarai in Kathmandu and Aanya Piyari in Colombo
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Sarah Mucha / Axios:
Missing Marine sparks White House questions  —  The absence of a Marine sentry outside the West Wing on Monday raised questions about whether President Biden was keeping the schedule publicly outlined by his aides.  —  Why it matters: A sure way to tell if the president is inside the Oval Office …
Don Van Natta Jr / ESPN:
Inside the dual legacies of NFL players' union boss DeMaurice Smith  —  TWO OPTIONS FOR extending the NFL season were in play in fall 2019, and DeMaurice Smith seemed defiant in the face of one of them.  Smith, the veteran executive director of the NFL Players Association …
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 …
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.
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
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Congressional Job Approval Highest in Nearly 12 Years  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thirty-five percent of Americans currently approve of the way Congress is handling its job, a 10-percentage-point increase since January and the highest Gallup has measured in nearly 12 years.
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Andrew Cuomo Is Everything the Press Accused Ron DeSantis of Being  —  It never made any sense to lionize New York's governor at the expense of Florida's, except that one had a ‘D’ after his name, and the other didn't.  —  Throughout the pandemic, the press has been excoriatingly harsh …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and ABC News
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Allies worried Biden shaky on Putin's pipeline  —  Russia's adversaries in central and Eastern Europe are worried President Biden isn't willing to fight hard to stop the Russia-Germany gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 — one of Vladimir Putin's core priorities.
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  — Dominion Voting Systems sued MyPillow and its CEO, Mike Lindell, seeking $1.3 billion in damages.  — The defamation lawsuit claims …
Mike Allen / Axios:
CDC meets “Deadliest Catch”  —  CDC partnered with Discovery Channel for a spot shot in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, using trusted voices to encourage mask use among skeptical men.  —  Why it matters: The PSA features the stars of “Deadliest Catch,” one of cable's top shows, with a big audience of white, conservative adults.
Morgan Pehme / New York Post:
Cuomo's office terrorized me for doing my job as a journalist  —  It was 4:30 a.m., so I pulled the bathroom door shut in my one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment to answer the phone without waking my then-5-year-old.  On the line was Melissa DeRosa, Gov. Cuomo's then-communications director, now his second-in-command.
Discussion: Gothamist and The Daily Caller
David Harsanyi / National Review:
Fauci Is Not Your God  —  His job is to relay information to the public, not threaten doom, or coax or trick us into doing things.  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief pandemic adviser to President Joe Biden, is a bureaucrat.  He's not our parent, or our personal physician, or a shaman, or our life coach.
Discussion: AIER, The Federalist and MarketWatch
 
 
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Greg B. Smith / THE CITY:
Kids Poisoned After Lead Turns Up in Apartments Declared ‘Lead-Free’ by NYCHA
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Hillary Clinton to publish political thriller with author Louise Penny
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Rolling Stone
A. Ananthalakshmi / Reuters:
Defying court order, Malaysia deports over 1,000 Myanmar nationals
Discussion: UPI, Associated Press and Al Jazeera
Lauren Sarner / New York Post:
Harry Shearer will no longer voice black ‘Simpsons’ character
Discussion: Variety
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
The Woke ‘Model Minority’ Myth
Sarah Zhang / The Atlantic:
We're Just Rediscovering a 19th-Century Pandemic Strategy
Washington Post:
Biden asked what could be cut from his covid relief package. Here are some ideas.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Former Trump officials eye bids for political office
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Wesley Lowery / GQ:
The Most Ambitious Effort Yet to Reform Policing May Be Happening In Ithaca, New York
Discussion: Insider
Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
Biden Stays Clear Of Endorsing Union Effort At Alabama Amazon Warehouse
Discussion: The Daily Caller
CREW:
Trump reported making more than $1.6 billion while president
Discussion: Insider
Laura Collins / Daily Mail:
SICKNICK DEATH TIMELINE
Discussion: Big League Politics and HotAir
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Democrats Are Waltzing Toward an Easily Avoidable Political Disaster With Their COVID Bill
William Kristol / The Bulwark:
What About Joe?  —  Why can't anti-Trump become work-with-Biden?
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Clarence Thomas Promotes Trump's Voter Fraud Lies in Alarming Dissent