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7:35 AM ET, February 26, 2021

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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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
Kahlil Byrd / The Hill:
To unite America, Biden administration must brace for hate  —  The FBI is digging deeper into the motivations and leadership who may have driven and organized the Jan. 6th insurrectionists.  Our national realization of the increasing levels of hate and division in the U.S. has got me thinking …
Discussion: The Signorile Report
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
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 …
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.
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.”
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” …
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
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.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
QAnon Believers Duped by Trump, Melania Impersonators on Telegram  —  Kicked off of most social media platforms, QAnon believers who flocked to Telegram found that some of MAGAworld's biggest stars had joined them.  Unfortunately, they were fakes.  —  QAnon conspiracy theorists pushed off …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
Chelsia Rose Marcius / New York Daily News:
NYC's creative industry suffered more job losses during COVID-19 than any other sector: report  —  New York City's arts, entertainment and recreation industry took the greatest hit from the COVID-19 pandemic, losing a larger percentage of jobs than in any other economic sector, a new state comptroller report has found.
 
 
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Ale Russian / People.com:
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Discussion: RedState, Breitbart and TheBlaze
Mehran Haghirian / Atlantic Council:
With Iran, nuclear diplomacy comes first
Jon Ward / Yahoo News:
Adam Kinzinger says the battle with Trumpism has to be fought in public
Washington Post:
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E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Slate and Twitchy
Maura Judkis / Washington Post:
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Discussion: HotAir
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Kennedy: I'm sorry for calling Haaland a ‘whack job’
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The GOP is not even trying to disguise its racism anymore
Discussion: Raw Story and Forbes
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