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4:40 PM ET, February 25, 2021

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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.
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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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
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
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:
Neera Tanden is a lot more than her tweets  —  What if Neera Tanden is not who many Republicans seem to think she is?  What if her caustic tweets are not the whole story?  —  There's a side of Tanden, President Biden's embattled nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget …
Discussion: New York Times, Slate and Twitchy
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
What terrible things did Neera Tanden tweet? The truth.
Discussion: Twitchy and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Peter Hall / Morning Call:
Pennsylvania man charged in Capitol insurrection after ex-girlfriend turns him in to FBI
Discussion: NPR, The Hill 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?
Discussion: IJR, Raw Story and Mediaite
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Los Angeles Times:   Will Kevin McCarthy's cozying to Trump make him House speaker?
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 …
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.
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 …
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HuffPost:
Capitol Police Chief: Extremists Plotting State Of The Union Violence
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
Laurence Tribe / The Hill:
Justice Thomas is out of order on 2020 election  —  The 2020 election revealed rot in this country's institutions.  Donald Trump degraded the presidency; senators like Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) degraded the Congress.  And, in a direct shot at the legitimacy of Joe Biden's election …
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Kyle C. Barry / The Appeal:   Prosecutors Excluded Black Jurors in a Death Penalty Case. They're Getting Away With It.
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
A single Trump judge is already sabotaging Biden's efforts to slow deportations
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: KFF, KYMA-TV and Forbes
Nathaniel Meyersohn / CNN:
Costco raises its minimum wage above rivals like Amazon, Target and Best Buy  —  New York (CNN Business)Costco will raise its starting rate for hourly store workers in the United States to $16 an hour, putting its starting wage above rivals such as Amazon, Target and Best Buy.
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Alina Selyukh / NPR:
Costco To Raise Minimum Wage To $16 An Hour: 'This Isn't Altruism'
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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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
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 …
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Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
House Vote Over Discrimination Divides Lawmakers
Discussion: Al Jazeera and KTLA
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 …
Rob Stutzman / San Francisco Chronicle:
The spectacular rise and fall of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project  —  The Lincoln Project's members' fall from their perch of anti-Trumpist fame to political grifters sidestepping sexual predation in their midst has had the velocity of a super collider.  —  The depth of the crater from the detonation …
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John F. Harris / Politico:
The Way to Fix the Lincoln Project: Shut It Down for Good
Discussion: Fox News
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.
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 …
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’
NBC News:
Lawyers have found the parents of 105 separated migrant children in past month … WASHINGTON — The lawyers working to reunite immigrant parents and children separated by the Trump administration reported Wednesday that they have found the parents of 105 children in the past month.
Discussion: IJR, CNN and Daily Kos
Errol Louis / New York Daily News:
What my father taught me: Remembering Edward J. Louis  —  This week I lost my hero and best friend, Edward J. Louis.  Let me tell you about this extraordinary man.  —  My father, from as long back as I can remember, would load a gun and quietly leave the house to hunt down criminals.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
The GOP's choice in 2024: Trump Ultra, Trump Lite or Trump Zero  —  At least eight 2024 hopefuls will speak at CPAC, the conservative movement's premier conference this weekend in Florida, giving Republicans their clearest look yet at who's competing in the traditional GOP presidential lanes.
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
 
 
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Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: The Hill and Variety
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Some journalists are debating when it's okay to use the n-word. But this one should be easy.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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