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10:15 AM ET, February 26, 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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Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Liberals mount pressure campaign to overrule Senate parliamentarian on minimum wage  —  It's Friday.  You've just about made it.  We stand with SMK and this is the Power Up newsletter.  —  On the Hill  —  CUE THE DRAMA: The Democratic Party's liberal wing is mounting …
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
Some Democrats want to fire the Senate parliamentarian who scuttled $15 minimum-wage plans.  It's been done once before.  —  As Democrats sought to use budget reconciliation to keep Republicans from filibustering a minimum-wage increase in the Senate, the decision on whether to allow the measure …
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 …
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:   Pelosi Statement on Senate Parliamentarian Ruling on Minimum Wage
CNN:
Senate parliamentarian rules against including minimum wage in Covid relief bill
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.
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:
‘Nobody came, nobody helped’: Fears of anti-Asian violence rattle the community  —  About US is an initiative by The Washington Post to cover issues of identity in the United States.  Sign up for the newsletter.  —  They gather almost every night at San Francisco's Dragon Gate …
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New York Times:
Attacks on Asian-Americans in New York Stoke Fear, Anxiety and Anger  —  Hate crimes involving Asian-American victims soared in New York City last year.  Officials are grappling with the problem even as new incidents occur.  —  Maggie Cheng could stand to watch the video only once.
Michael Kruse / Politico:
‘Nobody Listened To Me’: The Quest to Be MTG  —  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.  —  It was late April of 2019.  She sat in the rear of a room at the public library here near her home in this suburb north of Atlanta.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump shares plans for new super PAC in Mar-a-Lago meeting  —  President Donald Trump told political advisers Thursday that he's chosen longtime ally Corey Lewandowski to run a yet-to-be-formed super PAC as part of his expanding post-presidential political apparatus, according to multiple people familiar with the discussion.
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NBC News:
He's back: Trump set to address CPAC in bid to extend his lease on the GOP
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: The Hill and Raw Story
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 …
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Konstantin Toropin / CNN:
Federal judge rules eviction moratorium is unconstitutional
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Insider
The Daily Beast:
Three Percenter Truck at Capitol on Jan. 6 Belongs to Hitler-Quoting Rep's Husband  —  At least one baseball-bat wielding man tied to the far-right militia group has been arrested for his alleged role in the insurrection. … A pickup truck parked at the United States Capitol and bearing …
Discussion: Raw Story, emptywheel and The Week
Jonathan Rauch / Washington Post:
The Equality Act can become law — if Democrats will add religious exemptions  —  Opinion by Jonathan Rauch  —  Jonathan Rauch is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and author, most recently, of “The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth.”
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Washington Post:
House votes to pass Equality Act, prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
Associated Press:
Some local GOP leaders fire up base with conspiracies, lies  —  A faction of local, county and state Republican officials is pushing lies, misinformation and conspiracy theories that echo those that helped inspire the violent U.S. Capitol siege, online messaging that is spreading quickly …
Carol E. Lee / NBC News:
Cruz received a special ‘welcome back’ message in Senate gym  —  Sen. Ted Cruz's colleagues had a little fun at the Texas Republican's expense when he returned to Washington this week following his infamous trip to Cancun.  —  When senators arrived at the Senate gym on Wednesday morning …
Discussion: The Hill
Jeannie Suk Gersen / New Yorker:
Seeking the True Story of the Comfort Women  —  How a Harvard professor's dubious scholarship reignited a history of mistrust between South Korea and Japan.  —  In January, I was outlining an article I hoped to write about a recent judgment by a South Korean court ordering Japan to pay compensation …
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  —  We are living in a time of bad metaphors.  Everything is fascism, or socialism; Hitler's Germany, or Stalin's Soviet Union.  Republicans, especially, want their followers to believe that America is on the verge of a dramatic time …
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
‘Worshipping the golden jackass’: CPAC mocked for displaying giant gold Trump statue  —  The Conservative Political Action Conference is set to begin this weekend, and early indications are that much of it will be dedicated to worshipping former President Donald Trump.
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The Campaign to Cancel Wokeness  —  How the right is trying to censor critical race theory.  —  It's something of a truism, particularly on the right, that conservatives have claimed the mantle of free speech from an intolerant left that is afraid to engage with uncomfortable ideas.
Discussion: Althouse
Michael Hendrix / City Journal:
On the Ground … Results, Not Headlines  —  Many heartland states have outperformed more prominent counterparts in the fight against Covid-19.  —  Covid-19  —  On the day that New York governor Andrew Cuomo won his Emmy, the governor of West Virginia announced a plan to vaccinate his state.
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.
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
The Coronavirus Is Plotting a Comeback.  Here's Our Chance to Stop It for Good.  —  Many scientists are expecting another rise in infections.  But this time the surge will be blunted by vaccines and, hopefully, widespread caution.  By summer, Americans may be looking at a return to normal life.
Discussion: The Week and Insider
Bloomberg:
Saudi Crown Prince Implicated in Khashoggi Murder, U.S. Finds  — Intelligence report will be declassified as soon as Friday  — Prince has denied involvement in the columnist's killing  —  A U.S. intelligence report expected to be declassified as soon as Friday implicates Saudi …
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.
BBC:
Amazon rainforest plots sold via Facebook Marketplace ads  —  Parts of Brazil's Amazon rainforest are being illegally sold on Facebook, the BBC has discovered.  —  The protected areas include national forests and land reserved for indigenous peoples.  —  Some of the plots listed via …
Kahlil Byrd / The Hill:
To unite America, Biden administration must brace for hate  —  The FBI is digging deeper into the motivations and leadership who may have driven and organized the Jan. 6th insurrectionists.  Our national realization of the increasing levels of hate and division in the U.S. has got me thinking …
Discussion: The Signorile Report
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.”
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Capitol Police chief says extremists have discussed attack on Congress during Biden's first joint address  —  The acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police warned lawmakers Thursday that militia members involved in the Jan. 6 riot “want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible” …
 
 
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Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
CPAC Canceled An Anti-Semite. Here Are The Extremists They Didn't Cancel.
Discussion: The Daily Dot and Orlando Weekly
KFF:
KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: February 2021
Discussion: Washington Post and ABC News
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
The clock is ticking on North Korea. Biden should make the first move.
Washington Free Beacon:
Lincoln Project Staffer May Have Violated Campaign Finance Law, Ethics Watchdog Says
Politico:
Harris gets a crash course on foreign policy
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CNN:
This Ohio school reduced spacing measures and is open to all, 5 days a week
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Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
QAnon Believers Duped by Trump, Melania Impersonators on Telegram
Discussion: Raw Story
Brad Polumbo / Foundation for Economic Education:
Biden's Proposed Tax Hike Would Have 3 Huge Consequences, Study Finds
Discussion: Instapundit
Erin Gallagher / Medium:
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Julian Brave NoiseCat / Washington Post:
Why Senate Republicans fear Deb Haaland
Discussion: The Nation, National Review and Grist
Trish Intel:
Manhattan DA Gets Trump's Tax Returns
Discussion: Bloomberg