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6:50 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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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 …
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.
Discussion: KYMA-TV, Informed Comment and Breitbart
Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. carries out airstrike against Iranian-backed militia target in Syria, officials say  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday carried out an airstrike in Syria against a structure belonging to what it said were Iran-backed militia, two officials told Reuters …
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.”
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
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Konstantin Toropin / CNN:
Federal judge rules eviction moratorium is unconstitutional
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.
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Jonathan Rauch / Washington Post:
The Equality Act can become law — if Democrats will add religious exemptions
Discussion: PinkNews, The Daily Caller and NBC News
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.
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.
Julian Brave NoiseCat / Washington Post:
Why Senate Republicans fear Deb Haaland  —  Opinion by Julian Brave NoiseCat  —  Julian Brave NoiseCat (Secwepemc/St'at'imc) is vice president of policy and strategy at Data for Progress and a fellow of the Type Media Center.  —  Alexander Stuart, the third interior secretary …
Discussion: National Review, Grist and HuffPost
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Kennedy: I'm sorry for calling Haaland a ‘whack job’
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Summer Concepcion / Talking Points Memo:   Kennedy Apologizes For Calling Haaland A ‘Whack Job’ After Misspeaking About Tanden
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 …
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Biden stood up for Jamal Khashoggi. What happened to him should never happen again.
Discussion: NPR, New York Post and The Week
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
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 …
Discussion: Breitbart, The Mahablog and Raw Story
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
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.
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: The Week
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
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.”
Brad Polumbo / Foundation for Economic Education:
Biden's Proposed Tax Hike Would Have 3 Huge Consequences, Study Finds  —  President Biden is pushing a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 spending package which he claims will boost the economy.  But a new study warns that one other key policy Biden has proposed would hurt the economy and have at least three major consequences for workers.
Discussion: Instapundit
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 …
Discussion: FOX31 Denver, Poynter and CBS News
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” …
Erin Gallagher / Medium:
Visualizing Cyber Harassment  —  Content warning: this blog contains racist and anti-semitic language and terminology associated with sexual assault.  —  Harassment campaigns by swarms of trolls online are disruptive and destructive to their targets' lives, but what these campaigns actually look like is somewhat nebulous.
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Ale Russian / People.com:
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Discussion: RedState, Breitbart and TheBlaze
Mehran Haghirian / Atlantic Council:
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Washington Post:
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E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Slate and Twitchy
Joe Walsh / The Bulwark:
It's Time to Plant a New Flag
Discussion: Fox News
Maura Judkis / Washington Post:
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Discussion: HotAir
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Raw Story and Forbes
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