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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: 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 …
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.”
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.
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: KFOR-TV
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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.
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
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
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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.”
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Alex Paterson / Media Matters for America:
Sen. Rand Paul parrots right-wing media lies about trans youth during Dr. Rachel Levine's confirmation hearing  —  Paul lied that kids are undergoing “genital mutilation” and cited junk science from discredited anti-LGBTQ group American College of Pediatricians
 
 
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Mehran Haghirian / Atlantic Council:
With Iran, nuclear diplomacy comes first
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
Kyle C. Barry / The Appeal:
Prosecutors Excluded Black Jurors in a Death Penalty Case. They're Getting Away With It.
NBC News:
Lawyers have found the parents of 105 separated migrant children in past month
Discussion: Daily Kos, IJR and CNN