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9:15 PM ET, February 25, 2021

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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 under Senate rules  —  President Biden's proposed $15-an-hour minimum wage increase cannot remain …
Discussion: Roll Call and Associated Press
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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 …
Tara Golshan / HuffPost:
Senate Parliamentarian Rules Against $15 Minimum Wage In COVID-19 Bill
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  —  (CNN)Tax records that former President Donald Trump tried to keep secret for years are now in the hands of the New York district attorney.  —  Prosecutors obtained the records on Monday, according to a source …
Washington Post:
Trump's tax returns have been turned over to Manhattan district attorney
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Trump plots future — and revenge — from sunny Florida links
Discussion: Raw Story
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  —  The Capitol Police is keeping its security posture high in response to intelligence that indicates some extremists who joined the Jan. 6 insurrection have discussed plans to attack the building during the State of the Union …
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Capitol Police chief says extremists have discussed attack on Congress during Biden's first joint address
Discussion: NBC 6 South Florida
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
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: Washington Times and KFOR-TV
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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
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Joe Walsh / The Bulwark:   It's Time to Plant a New Flag
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?
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
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 …
Associated Press:
Governor's vaccine plan aims to reopen California classrooms  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California released a new plan Thursday outlining how the state will allocate vaccines to education workers as Gov. Gavin Newsom continues to push to reopen more schools to in-person instruction.
Harriet Alexander / Daily Mail:
Student was not victim of racism for ‘eating while black’ at $80k Smith College and made up details that ruined the lives of four campus workers and led to controversial anti-bias training that employee resigned over  — Oumou Kanoute claimed she was targeted in July 2018 for ‘eating while black’
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: Townhall
John McCormack / National Review:
Sasse Blasts Becerra: ‘Hell of a Lot More Dangerous Than Tanden’  —  While Democratic senator Joe Manchin and most moderate GOP senators are opposing the nomination of Neera Tanden to serve as Joe Biden's OMB director because of insulting tweets she posted about various senators …
Washington Post:
Andrew Cuomo, once touted as the ‘gold standard,’ finds his brand tarnished by multiple crises  —  As the coronavirus pandemic ravaged the country last year, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo launched an Emmy-winning daytime television show, using his daily briefings to channel the nation's grief …
Discussion: Gothamist
 
 
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Jack Beyrer / Washington Free Beacon:
Navy Reading List Includes Anti-Racism Book for Sailors
Discussion: RedState
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
Kyle C. Barry / The Appeal:
Prosecutors Excluded Black Jurors in a Death Penalty Case. They're Getting Away With It.
Maura Judkis / Washington Post:
The joy of vax: The people giving the shots are seeing hope, and it's contagious
NBC News:
Lawyers have found the parents of 105 separated migrant children in past month
Discussion: Daily Kos, IJR and CNN