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10:50 PM ET, February 25, 2021

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Politico:
Biden's minimum wage increase runs afoul of budget rules  —  The Senate parliamentarian has ruled that President Joe Biden's minimum wage hike violates arcane budget rules that could jeopardize the rest of his $1.9 trillion relief package, dealing a blow to progressives in a highly anticipated decision …
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Erica Werner / Washington Post:
Minimum-wage increase imperiled in covid relief bill by Senate official's ruling  —  Parliamentarian says the $15 hourly minimum wage, a liberal priority, not allowed in relief bill as written under Senate rules  —  President Biden's proposed $15-an-hour minimum-wage increase cannot remain …
Daniel Villarreal / Newsweek:
Sen. John Thune, Opposing $15 Min Wage, Says He Earned $6 As a Kid—That's $24 With Inflation  —  In a tweet voicing his opposition to raising the national minimum wage to $15 an hour, Republican South Dakota Senator John Thune said he made $6 an hour working at a restaurant as a “kid.”
Nathaniel Meyersohn / CNN:
Costco raises its minimum wage above rivals like Amazon, Target and Best Buy
CNN:
US carries out air strikes in Syria targeting Iranian backed militia structures  —  (CNN)The US military struck a site in Syria on Thursday used by two Iranian-backed militia groups following rocket attacks on American forces in the region in the past two weeks, according to a US official.
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Missy Ryan / Washington Post:
Biden administration conducts strike on Iranian-linked fighters in Syria  —  The Biden administration conducted an airstrike against alleged Iranian-linked fighters in Syria on Thursday, signaling its intent to push back against violence believed to be sponsored by Tehran.
Discussion: Breitbart and KFOR-TV
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Twitter announces paid Super Follows to let you charge for tweets  —  It's also planning a groups feature  —  Twitter announced a pair of big upcoming features today: the ability for users to charge their followers for access to additional content, and the ability to create and join groups based around specific interests.
Ann Logue / Yahoo Finance:
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner's Final Financial Disclosures Show Where They Made Their Money  —  Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have filed their final financial disclosure forms (known as OGE 278e), covering their non-governmental income for 2020 and the first few weeks of 2021.
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Capitol Police chief: Security will remain high due to State of the Union threat
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Capitol Police chief says extremists have discussed attack on Congress during Biden's first joint address
Discussion: NBC Los Angeles
Axios:
Boehner goes off script, tells Cruz to “go f**k yourself”  —  John Boehner has been going off script while recording the audio version of his new memoir, using expletives and asides not in the book — such as the former Republican House speaker saying, “Oh, and Ted Cruz, go f**k yourself.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Trish Intel:
Manhattan DA Gets Trump's Tax Returns  —  Manhattan's District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. now has possession of the tax records of former President Donald Trump.  —  The records from 2011-2018 arrived at the DA's office as a result of the Supreme Court refusing to intervene in the DA's subpoena for the documents.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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CNN:
Trump's tax returns and related records turned over to Manhattan district attorney
Washington Post:
Trump's tax returns have been turned over to Manhattan district attorney
Washington Post:
Biden's chief of staff at center of controversy over White House budget pick  —  White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain has adamantly defended Neera Tanden, both in public and internally  —  White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain is at the center of the controversy over President Biden's choice …
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E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
The day I saw Neera Tanden's bipartisan side
Discussion: Twitchy and Slate
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Kennedy: I'm sorry for calling Haaland a ‘whack job’  —  Sen. John Kennedy apologized on Thursday for calling President Joe Biden's Interior Department nominee, Deb Haaland, a “whack job.”  —  The Louisiana Republican said he regretted the remark about Haaland, explaining that he was searching …
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Summer Concepcion / Talking Points Memo:   Kennedy Apologizes For Calling Haaland A ‘Whack Job’ After Misspeaking About Tanden
Tom Nichols / The Atlantic:
The Republican Party Is Now in Its End Stages  —  The GOP has become, in form if not in content, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union of the late 1970s.  —  Author of Our Own Worst Enemy  —  We are living in a time of bad metaphors.  Everything is fascism, or socialism; Hitler's Germany, or Stalin's Soviet Union.
Discussion: Breitbart, The Mahablog and Raw Story
Liat Kaplan / New York Times:
My Year of Grief and Cancellation  —  What was I trying to accomplish with my anonymous Tumblr?  —  If you were on Tumblr in the early 2010s, you may remember a blog called Your Fave Is Problematic.  If not, its content should still sound familiar to you.
Washington Post:
House votes to pass Equality Act, prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity  —  The House on Thursday voted to pass the Equality Act, a far-reaching measure that has been decades in the making and would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Andrew Kaczynski / Washington Post:
My baby daughter died of brain cancer.  Here's what we can do to save other kids.  —  Opinion by Andrew Kaczynski  —  Andrew Kaczynski is an investigative reporter and founder of CNN's KFile Team.  —  It was a beautiful September day that began with a long, relaxing walk across Brooklyn …
New York Times:
Nursing Homes, Once Hotspots, Far Outpace U.S. in Covid Declines  —  20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 120% of weekly deaths compared with start of vaccinations July Sept. Nov. Jan. 2021 Feb. 7Vaccinationrollout begins  —  Deaths among nursing home residents have dropped significantly since vaccinations began.
Discussion: The Atlantic, HotAir, KYMA-TV, Forbes and KFF
Moriah Balingit / Washington Post:
Unprecedented numbers of students have disappeared during the pandemic.  Schools are working harder than ever to find them.  —  DETROIT — Kenneth Chapman Sr. was hopeful as he navigated a hulking Detroit Public Schools van down the street, pulling up to a brick home.
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
A Capitol rioter texted his ex during the insurrection to call her a ‘moron,’ feds say.  She turned him in.  —  Standing on the Capitol steps on Jan. 6, Richard Michetti allegedly took a break from the rioting to argue with his ex-girlfriend over text message.
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“You've Made the Post Swashbuckling Once Again”: Marty Baron Receives a Star-Studded Farewell and Dishes in a Wide-Ranging Exit Interview  —  Stars from Hollywood (Spielberg, Schreiber) and the news biz (Baquet, Blitzer) toasted the legendary editor, who recalls angry calls from Trump …
John Kruzel / The Hill:
Judge rules CDC eviction moratorium unconstitutional  —  A federal judge in Texas ruled on Thursday that an order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) temporarily halting evictions amid the pandemic is unconstitutional.  —  In a 21-page ruling, U.S. District Judge John Barker sided …
Discussion: CNN, Insider, KYMA-TV and Townhall
wusa9.com:
Dozens of Capitol rioters have been granted public defenders.  Their trials could cost us millions  —  The majority of suspects in the January 6 insurrection could wind up with court-appointed attorneys.  That's the cost of our justice system, experts say.
Washington Post:
Ex-Olympic gymnastics coach dies by suicide hours after being charged with human trafficking, sex crimes  —  Former U.S. Olympic gymnastics coach John Geddert, who led the women's team to a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics, killed himself Thursday after he was charged with sexual assault …
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Republican Senators Haven't Represented a Majority of Voters Since 1996  —  As we wait for the Senate parliamentarian to let us know if 41 senators will be able to block a minimum wage increase that a comfortable majority of Americans supports, it's as good a time as any to be reminded …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The GOP is not even trying to disguise its racism anymore  —  This week, Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) played up White victim mentality during the confirmation hearing for attorney general nominee Merrick Garland.  Kennedy took issue with Garland's use of the term “implicit bias,” …
Discussion: Raw Story, EXPOSEDbyCMD and Forbes
Maura Judkis / Washington Post:
The joy of vax: The people giving the shots are seeing hope, and it's contagious  —  The happiest place in medicine right now is a basketball arena in New Mexico.  Or maybe it's the parking lot of a baseball stadium in Los Angeles, or a Six Flags in Maryland, or a shopping mall in South Dakota.
Michael Kruse / Politico:
‘Nobody Listened To Me’: The Quest to Be MTG  —  All Marjorie Taylor Greene ever wanted was someone to pay attention to her.  —  Drew Angerer/Getty Images  —  ALPHARETTA, Ga.—Marjorie Taylor Greene smacked her gum as she pretended to listen to a man in a dress read a book about a unicorn.
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Chip Roy Is A Cowardly Goldfish  —  Butching up with MAGA by condemning people who hold the same position you did six weeks ago.  —  Here's a take on Donald Trump that sounds like something you might've read here in The Bulwark or heard on MSNBC: … Hard to argue with, right?
Axios:
Scoop: Schumer wants to freeze stimulus changes  —  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is privately saying he can pass President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus package but wants to avoid any last-minute changes jeopardizing its trajectory, three sources familiar with the talks tell Axios.
Discussion: Raw Story
Mehran Haghirian / Atlantic Council:
With Iran, nuclear diplomacy comes first  —  Since Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, the new administration's top foreign policy and national security figures have said repeatedly that the United States would resume full compliance with the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) if Iran does.
 
 
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Washington Post:
Andrew Cuomo, once touted as the ‘gold standard,’ finds his brand tarnished by multiple crises
Discussion: Gothamist
Jon Ward / Yahoo News:
Adam Kinzinger says the battle with Trumpism has to be fought in public
Chrissy Clark / The Daily Wire:
Demi Lovato Comes Out Against Gender Reveal Parties: ‘There Are Boys With Vaginas And Girls With Penises’
Discussion: RedState and TheBlaze
Josh Israel / The American Independent:
GOP calls Biden's first 100 days a failure — just 36 days in
 Earlier Items: 
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Biden stood up for Jamal Khashoggi. What happened to him should never happen again.
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Republicans are least likely to want the coronavirus vaccine
NBC News:
Lawyers have found the parents of 105 separated migrant children in past month
Discussion: Daily Kos, IJR and CNN