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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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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
‘Plan B’ for $15 minimum wage unveiled  —  Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on Friday announced Democrats' “Plan B” to raise the minimum wage after the Senate parliamentarian ruled that an earlier proposal from House Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage $15 an hour did not meet special budgetary rules.
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 …
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Statement on Senate Parliamentarian Ruling on Minimum Wage  —  Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Senate parliamentarian ruling on the minimum wage:  —  “The ruling from the Senate parliamentarian is disappointing, because raising the minimum wage …
Niv Elis / The Hill:
Hawley, Sanders both backing corporate tax to get $15 minimum wage
Politico:
Biden's minimum wage increase runs afoul of budget rules
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 …
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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
Thomas Barrabi / Fox News:
CPAC speaker Ted Cruz: What to know about the Texas senator
Discussion: RedState
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: The Hill and HotAir
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Abraham Mahshie / Washington Examiner:   Biden mum on strikes against Iranian-backed militias in Syria as Democrats call for explanation
CNN:
US carries out air strikes in Syria targeting Iranian backed militia structures
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.
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
There's nothing conservative about CPAC
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
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.”
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 …
Marissa Lang / Washington Post:
As fractures emerge among Proud Boys, experts warn of a shift toward extremist violence  —  As members of the Proud Boys arrived at the foot of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, they gathered as a unified front, donning bright orange beanies and tactical gear and carrying flags and megaphones used …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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
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.
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 …
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.
American Greatness:
Kavanaugh and Barrett's Share of the Shame  —  The Trump-appointed justices' alliance with the liberal wing of the Supreme Court is not a betrayal of Republicans or the president who appointed them.  It's a betrayal of the Constitution.  —  With Election Day looming and early voting underway …
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
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
Joe Parkinson / Wall Street Journal:
More Than 300 Girls Kidnapped in Latest Nigerian School Abduction  —  Nighttime abduction is the latest in a rising tide of kidnappings that are becoming a lucrative industry  —  Gunmen kidnapped 317 girls from a boarding school in northwest Nigeria, police said in a statement Friday …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump shares plans for new super PAC in Mar-a-Lago meeting  —  Former 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.
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 …
Discussion: Sports Illustrated and TMZ.com
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How Trumpism Has Become a Cult of Losing  —  In the American system, with the president's dual roles of symbolic head of state and head of government, defeated presidents generally fade from sight.  The last two presidents to be defeated after a single term, George Bush and Jimmy Carter, immediately entered into political exile.
Discussion: Democrats, Raw Story and The New Neo
Quint Forgey / Politico:
CPAC hosts booed for asking attendees to wear masks  —  Organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference were met with boos on Friday morning as they encouraged the crowd inside a Florida hotel ballroom to put on face masks in compliance with the host venue's policies.
Discussion: Insider and POLITICUSUSA
Jodi Shaw / New York Post:
Toxic wokeness taints a campus and causes liberal staffer to resign  —  In 2018, Smith College student Oumou Kanoute accused the school of racial profiling, saying she was approached by a security officer for “eating while black.”  A subsequent investigation found that not only was Kanoute dining …
 
 
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Salvador Rizzo / Washington Post:
Biden's pick for HHS sued the Trump administration, not a group of nuns
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John Harwood / CNN:
Murkowski to meet with Tanden on Monday as confirmation remains on the rocks
Discussion: The Daily Caller and KYMA-TV
Michael Hendrix / City Journal:
On the Ground … Results, Not Headlines  —  Many heartland states have outperformed …
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Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Donald Trump Jr. Blasts Republicans Who ‘Lose Gracefully,’ Praises His Father for Showing ‘You Can Actually Push Back’
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
Tom Nichols / The Atlantic:
The Republican Party Is Now in Its End Stages