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11:40 AM ET, February 25, 2021

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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 …
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Kate Bennett / CNN:
Trump plots future — and revenge — from sunny Florida links  —  (CNN)In a South Florida war room, occupied most days by a party of one, a former President of the United States is plotting his return — and his revenge.  —  He typically spends mornings on his nearby golf course …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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Peter Hall / Morning Call:
Pennsylvania man charged in Capitol insurrection after ex-girlfriend turns him in to FBI
Discussion: Raw Story
Jeremy Roebuck / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
A Delco man stormed the Capitol, feds say, telling his ex only ‘a moron’ would doubt the election was stolen. She turned him in.
Discussion: Insider
NBC News:
New public report to blame Saudi crown prince for 2018 killing of Jamal Khashoggi  —  The Biden administration will release an intelligence report Thursday that concludes that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
What terrible things did Neera Tanden tweet?  The truth.  —  Can you believe that Neera Tanden called Hillary Clinton the “anti-Christ” and the “real enemy”?  —  Oh, wait.  It was Ryan Zinke who said those things.  Fifty-one Republican senators (and several Democrats …
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CNN:
Close ally of Marjorie Taylor Greene among those in Capitol mob  —  (CNN)A close ally of Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene took part in the January 6 mob at the Capitol and said he was among those who eventually made their way into the building.
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Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
Marjorie Taylor Greene blasted for attacking colleague's transgender daughter: ‘Sickening, pathetic, unimaginably cruel’  —  After a contentious debate on the Equality Act, which would extend civil rights protections to the LGBTQ community, Rep. Marie Newman (D-Ill.) on Wednesday raised …
Washington Post:
Biden squeezed on immigration policy, bracing for border crisis  —  President Biden promised to restore the United States' reputation as a “beacon for the globe” by reopening the nation's doors to immigrants and refugees.  But he has infuriated some supporters by expelling tens of thousands of migrants …
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Robert Evans / bellingcat:
Woman Accused of Stealing Nancy Pelosi's Laptop Appears in Video Making Nazi Salute  —  On January 6, 2021, Riley June Williams, a 22-year-old home care worker from Pennsylvania, was one of roughly 800 rioters who breached the US Capitol building in Washington D.C. While many engaged …
Discussion: Raw Story and Insider
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Assessing the Impact of Absentee Voting on Turnout and Democratic Vote Margin in 2020  —  Dear Readers: Tomorrow at noon, the McIntire School of Commerce will be hosting a virtual event featuring Sonja Hoel Perkins, a UVA alumna.  A preeminent venture capitalist and philanthropist …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
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 …
Daniel N. Gullotta / The Bulwark:
QAnon and the Satanic Panics of Yesteryear  —  What they can teach us about what to expect.  —  Many details concerning the beliefs of QAnon are bizarre and difficult to piece together.  Ambitious works of journalism, decent explainer articles, and even a vast and messy Wikipedia page …
Discussion: Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Want Trump's Endorsement?  Get Ready to Push the Big Lie  —  An admission that President Joe Biden did, in fact, win fair and square might get a GOP candidate banned from Trump's good graces.  —  As Donald Trump prepares to play the role of Republican kingmaker and continue …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A former CPAC organizer's broadside shows conservatism's ongoing descent
Discussion: VICE, Popular Information and WAMU
Michael Powell / New York Times:
Inside a Battle Over Race, Class and Power at Smith College  —  A student said she was racially profiled while eating in a college dorm.  An investigation found no evidence of bias.  But the incident will not fade away.  —  NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — In midsummer of 2018, Oumou Kanoute …
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Mehdi Hasan joins MSNBC weekend lineup with new opinion program  —  MSNBC is giving former Al Jazeera journalist and author Mehdi Hasan a spot in its prime-time lineup as the cable news network expands its opinion programming.  —  Hasan, 42, is currently a political analyst on MSNBC and hosts …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Some journalists are debating when it's okay to use the n-word.  But this one should be easy.  —  A lot of problems facing the media industry have no easy solutions: Rampant disinformation.  The hemorrhaging of ad revenue that is destroying local newspapers.  Cable news shows that offer little more than fodder for outrage.
Christina Morales / New York Times:
More Adult Americans Are Identifying as L.G.B.T., Gallup Poll Finds  —  A survey found that 5.6 percent of adults described themselves as L.G.B.T. in 2020, up from 4.5 percent in 2017.  —  A Gallup survey released Wednesday has found that more adult Americans are identifying as L.G.B.T. …
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AT&T Public Policy:
AT&T Response to Tucker Carlson Tonight Segment that Aired 2/24/21  —  We feel compelled to set the record straight on a story that ran on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Feb. 24.  The story was about the U.S. Department of Commerce's Entity List which governs trade activities sanctioned by the U.S. government.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Senate Waits for Minimum-Wage Ruling From Parliamentarian  —  Finding will shape course of debate over President Biden's Covid-19 aid package  —  WASHINGTON—Capitol Hill waited Thursday for the Senate parliamentarian to weigh in on whether the chamber's rules would permit Democrats to increase …
Viola Zhou / VICE:
China Gave US Diplomats Anal COVID Tests ‘In Error,’ American Officials Say  —  The U.S. State Department says it is committed to preserving the “dignity” of American diplomats.  —  VZ  —  The Chinese government has promised to stop using anal swabs on American diplomats to test for COVID-19 …
Issues & Insights:
Dems' COVID Bill Takes Waste, Fraud, And Abuse To A Whole New Level  —  President Joe Biden recently defended his $1.9 trillion COVID bill by asking critics of the plan: “What would they have me cut?  What would they have me leave out?”  The easier question would be, what's worth keeping?
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
A single Trump judge is already sabotaging Biden's efforts to slow deportations  —  Biden is likely to spend his presidency fighting Republican judges who block his policies for legally dubious reasons.  —  SHARE All sharing options  —  Less than a week after President Joe Biden took office …
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
A New Coronavirus Variant Is Spreading in New York, Researchers Report  —  The variant contains a mutation thought to help the virus dodge the immune system, scientists said.  —  A new form of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly in New York City, and it carries a worrisome mutation …
Peter Kiefer / Los Angeles Magazine:
Is Gavin Newsom Blowing It?  —  Dining out during lockdowns.  Fumbling the vaccine rollout.  With a recall effort gaining steam, California's once-golden governor is fighting for his political life  —  For one brief shining moment, the night of November 6, 2018, Gavin Newsom seemed invincible.
Discussion: Breitbart
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Shawn Hubler / New York Times:   A Recall for Newsom in California? Talk Grows as Governors Come Under Attack
John F. Harris / Politico:
The Way to Fix the Lincoln Project: Shut It Down for Good  —  When it comes to spectacular tumbles from grace, the founders of the Lincoln Project turn out to be devotees of the classics: lust, predation, greed, hypocrisy, false pride.  —  Their reliance on old standbys, however …
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
ABC, CBS, NBC avoid explosive sexual harassment claims against Andrew Cuomo on evening news broadcasts  —  CNN and MSNBC also declined to address the scandal on their air Wednesday  —  Former aide accuses New York Gov. Cuomo of sexual harassment  —  The three major broadcast networks joined CNN …
Discussion: Breitbart, Newsbusters and HotAir
USA Today:
Exclusive: US counterterrorism operations touched 85 countries in the last 3 years alone  —  The U.S. is still aggressively tackling terrorism, Costs of War data shows — perhaps in farther reaches of the globe than many Americans realize.  —  Nearly 20 months after the Sept. 11 attacks …
Discussion: Defense One and Common Dreams
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Pompeo plots 2024 power play  —  Mike Pompeo has quickly reentered the political fray, raising money for Republicans, addressing key political gatherings and joining an advocacy group run by Donald Trump's former lawyer.  —  Why it matters: The former secretary of state is widely considered a potential 2024 presidential contender.
 
 
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Robby Soave / Reason:
Tennessee Republicans Call on University Presidents To Punish Student-Athletes for Kneeling
Discussion: Townhall and USA Today
Tom LoBianco / Insider:
Here's what GOP insiders are saying about the 2024 presidential field: It's still Trump's party, but it's Ron DeSantis' moment
Karin Lips / Washington Examiner:
2021: the year for conservative women
Eric Morath / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Unemployment Claims Fell Sharply Last Week
Discussion: CNBC, ABC News and The Daily Caller
David Lewis Schaefer / Law & Liberty:
Infantilizing Minority Students
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
Dr. Fauci says new data suggests ‘long’ Covid symptoms can last up to 9 months
Discussion: The Hill
Jill Cowan / New York Times:
California has passed the 50,000-death mark, the most of any state.
Discussion: The Hill, HotAir and Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
The White House:
Executive Order on America's Supply Chains
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy ‘seriously considering’ Senate bid against Rubio in 2022
Discussion: The Week, The Hill and Politico
Steve Israel / The Hill:
Democrats risk doing too little with the power they have in Washington
Joe Concha / The Hill:
What exactly are uber-woke educators teaching our kids?
bellingcat:
The Websites Sustaining Britain's Far-Right Influencers
TIME:
We Need an Operation Warp Speed for Alzheimer's and Dementia
Discussion: Twitchy
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
Many of Biden's nominees of color run into turbulence in the Senate
Discussion: Daily Kos and Power Line
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
School Closures Have Failed America's Children
Discussion: The Week, OutKick and Fox News