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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Saudi crown prince approved 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, U.S. intelligence report concludes  —  Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the operation that led to the brutal 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to a long-withheld U.S. intelligence report made public Friday.
Antony J. Blinken / United States Department of State:
Accountability for the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi  —  In October 2018, the world was horrified by the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a lawful permanent resident of the United States, in the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.  Individuals should be able to exercise their human rights …
Politico:
Intel report finds Saudi crown prince approved Khashoggi murder  —  The Biden administration on Friday released a long-secret intelligence report concluding that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the operation that led to the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.
CNN:
US intelligence report finds Saudi Crown Prince responsible for approving operation that killed Khashoggi  —  Washington (CNN)The US intelligence report on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi says that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman approved the operation to capture or kill the Saudi journalist.
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Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
This golden statue of Trump at CPAC is a perfect metaphor for the state of the GOP  —  Apparently CPAC attendees missed the part of the Bible about the Golden Calf.  —  The Golden Calf is one of the most famous stories in the Old Testament.  The Israelites, newly freed from Egyptian slavery …
Joshua Jamerson / Wall Street Journal:
Republican Civil War Over Trump? Not at CPAC
Sean Hannity:
CRUZ at CPAC: ‘They Want Him to Go Away’ but 'Donald J. Trump Ain't Going ANYWHERE!'
Discussion: RedState
Sinéad Baker / Insider:
Don Jr. slammed Republicans who ‘lose gracefully’ and said that Trump showed ‘you can actually push back’
Discussion: The Intellectualist
Mike Memoli / NBC News:
Past marijuana use won't automatically disqualify Biden White House staff  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is issuing new guidelines Friday meant to address an unexpected hurdle it faced as it aimed to quickly fill key White House positions: recreational marijuana use.
Discussion: Breitbart, The Hill and HotAir
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
White House and press are at odds over plan to charge reporters for coronavirus testing  —  Reporters who cover the White House may soon be paying what amounts to an admission fee to do their jobs.  —  Starting Monday, the White House's press office said it will start charging journalists …
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 …
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Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Liberals mount pressure campaign to overrule Senate parliamentarian on minimum wage
Niv Elis / The Hill:
Hawley, Sanders both backing corporate tax to get $15 minimum wage
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: Fox News, The Hill and Raw Story
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Jake Lahut / Insider:
Ted Cruz's colleagues mocked him by putting memes of his Cancun trip in the Senate gym locker room: ‘Bienvenido de Nuevo, Ted!’
Discussion: Balloon Juice
BuzzFeed News:
New York Times Columnist David Brooks Wrote A Blog Post For Facebook's Corporate Website  —  On Tuesday, New York Times columnist David Brooks published a 900-word ode to Facebook Groups and how they foster online communities around the world.  —  The column didn't appear in Brooks' usual spot in the Times …
U.S. Department of Justice:
U.S. Attorney Durham Announces Departure from Office  —  After serving as the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut for more than three years, and as a federal prosecutor in Connecticut for more than 38 years, John H. Durham today announced his resignation from the U.S. Attorney's Office …
Noah David Alter / The Post Millennial:
Smith College fails to defend their own employees after false accusations of racism  —  Join the ranks of independent, free thinkers by supporting us today for as little as $1. … Smith College, an elite college in Northampton, Massachusetts, failed to defend its working-class employees …
Discussion: Fox News and The College Fix
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Former GOP lawmaker: Republican Party ‘engulfed in lies and fear’  —  Former Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) argued in a pre-taped interview that ran Friday that the Republican Party has lost its way and become “engulfed in lies in fear.”  —  Curbelo and former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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NBC News:
He's back: Trump set to address CPAC in bid to extend his lease on the GOP
Bill Glauber / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
State treasurer Sarah Godlewski ‘seriously considering’ U.S. Senate run as Ron Kind also looks at race  —  As the potential Democratic runners get in position for next year's U.S. Senate race, a familiar name can't be dismissed.  —  That would be U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, who represents …
Vanity Fair:
“We're Not Opening the Dementia Thing”: Inside Team Biden's Freakout Over Julia Louis-Dreyfus's Trump Jokes  —  At the 2020 Democratic National Convention, Veep's showrunner clashed with organizers over the HBO star's act—an episode revealing how the Biden campaign tried to tamp down any drama on its road to the White House.
WNBA.com:
WNBA Approves Sale of Atlanta Dream to Larry Gottesdiener  —Former Dream Player Renee Montgomery to be Member of Ownership Group-  —  Atlanta, Georgia (February 26, 2021) - The WNBA and NBA Boards of Governors have unanimously approved the sale of the Atlanta Dream to Larry Gottesdiener …
Megan Garber / The Atlantic:
American Cynicism Has Reached a Breaking Point  —  On Tuesday evening, at the start of his Fox News show, Tucker Carlson shared the results of an investigation that he and his staff had conducted into a well-known agent of American disinformation.  “We spent all day trying to locate the famous QAnon …
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 …
William Wan / Washington Post:
How this summer could bring the pandemic relief we're longing for  —  Coronavirus cases could increase in spring with variants.  Summer may bring some normalcy.  But the virus is almost certainly here to stay.  —  It's been months since David Rubin's children have seen their 87-year-old grandmother …
Joseph Pisani / Associated Press:
Mr. Potato Head drops the mister, sort of  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Is it Mr. Potato Head or not?  —  Hasbro created confusion Thursday when it announced that it would drop the “Mr.” from the brand's name in order to be more inclusive and so all could feel “welcome in the Potato Head world.”
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
David Gilbert / VICE:
QAnon Isn't So Sure Trump Will Magically Become President Again on March 4  —  Influencers within the conspiracy movement are trying to reverse course on a belief that Trump will become president again on that date.  —  DG  —  National Guard troops have been deployed …
Discussion: New York Times and Political Wire
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
U.S. diplomat openly calls for Christian nation-states, rails against Jews  —  A State Department official for several years has been publicly calling for the establishment of Christian nation-states, warning that white people face “elimination” and railing against Jews as well as Black Lives Matter and other social movements.
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: HotAir and Althouse
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 …
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Big Finance, BigLaw, and Biden's Big Choices  —  Merrick Garland is sworn in at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  —  The senior Biden team has done a good job at keeping the Wall Street revolving door far from the levers of power—but a lousy job when it comes …
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
‘Superman’ Reboot In The Works At Warner Bros With Ta-Nehisi Coates Writing, J.J. Abrams Producing  —  Deadline has confirmed that author Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing a Superman reboot feature for Warner Bros and DC, which J.J. Abrams is producing under his Bad Robot label.  —  Hannah Minghella will serve as producer.
Discussion: Variety and UPI
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.”
 
 
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Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Cawthorn at CPAC says Dems want to turn U.S. into ‘Communist ash heap’
Discussion: RedState
U.S. Department of Justice:
United Airlines to Pay $49 Million to Resolve Criminal Fraud Charges and Civil Claims
Discussion: Politico, Reuters and The Daily Caller
Hunter Sáenz / WCNC-TV:
Union Co. teacher asked students if they're Republican or Democrat in class, mom says
Discussion: RedState and Twitchy
Eliza Shapiro / New York Times:
N.Y.C. Schools Chief to Resign After Clashes Over Desegregation
Discussion: Reason and Queens News
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
In DeSantis vs. Hogan, two competing visions of the GOP for 2024
Discussion: Salon
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
GOP bill would codify Trump rule on financing for fossil fuels, guns
Discussion: Breitbart
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
Teachers Unions Aren't the Obstacle to Reopening Schools
Discussion: HuffPost
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John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Impose Sweeping Rule Aimed at China Technology Threats
Kadia Goba / Axios:
Here come Earmarks 2.0  —  The House Appropriations Committee is preparing to restore …
Marissa Lang / Washington Post:
As fractures emerge among Proud Boys, experts warn of a shift toward extremist violence
Discussion: Raw Story
American Greatness:
Kavanaugh and Barrett's Share of the Shame