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2:50 PM ET, February 26, 2021

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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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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
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.
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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.
Politico:
Intel report finds Saudi 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.
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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 …
Sinéad Baker / Insider:
Don Jr. slammed Republicans who ‘lose gracefully’ and said that Trump showed ‘you can actually push back’
Discussion: The Intellectualist
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
There's nothing conservative about CPAC
Discussion: USA Today, Raw Story and New York Times
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
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
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
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 …
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.”
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
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.
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
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: Raw Story
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 …
New York Times:
U.S. Airstrikes in Syria Target Iran-Backed Militias That Rocketed U.S. Troops in Iraq  —  President Biden ordered retaliatory strikes against the militias whose attacks in Erbil this month killed one foreign contractor and wounded a U.S. service member.  —  WASHINGTON — The United States …
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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.
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
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 …
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 …
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
Amid the Scandals, Cuomo's Enemies Are Ready to Unleash a Decade of Resentment  —  For weeks, Andrew Cuomo believed that all the chatter about the nursing-home scandal, and the creeping doubts about his management of the pandemic, was mere noise.  He would get past it, and a glorious spring …
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 …
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.
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Impose Sweeping Rule Aimed at China Technology Threats  —  Biden administration plans to let the Trump-era rule on technology purchases and deals take effect, despite U.S. business objections about its scope  —  WASHINGTON—The Biden administration plans to allow a sweeping Trump-era rule aimed …
 
 
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Kadia Goba / Axios:
Here come Earmarks 2.0  —  The House Appropriations Committee is preparing to restore …
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Andrew Cuomo Is Under Fire. Can He Be Defeated?
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Vanita Gupta, Biden associate attorney general nominee, backed by city police chiefs
Joe Parkinson / Wall Street Journal:
More Than 300 Girls Kidnapped in Latest Nigerian School Abduction
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Quint Forgey / Politico:
CPAC hosts booed for asking attendees to wear masks
Discussion: Insider, IJR and POLITICUSUSA
 Earlier Items: 
John Harwood / CNN:
Murkowski to meet with Tanden on Monday as confirmation remains on the rocks
Discussion: The Daily Caller and KYMA-TV
American Greatness:
Kavanaugh and Barrett's Share of the Shame
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
The Coronavirus Is Plotting a Comeback. Here's Our Chance to Stop It for Good.
Discussion: The Week and Insider
Politico:
Harris gets a crash course on foreign policy
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