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8:50 PM ET, February 26, 2021

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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Biden Won't Penalize Saudi Crown Prince Over Khashoggi's Killing, Fearing Relations Breach  —  The decision will disappoint the human rights community and members of his own party who complained during the Trump administration that the U.S. was failing to hold Mohammed bin Salman accountable.
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Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
President Biden Lets a Saudi Murderer Walk  —  The crown prince killed my friend Jamal Khashoggi, and we do next to nothing.  —  The United States government publicly identified Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia as the murderer of an American resident, and then President Biden choked.
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 …
Washington Post:
Mohammed bin Salman is guilty of murder.  Biden should not give him a pass.  —  (Brian Stauffer for The Washington Post)  —  Mohammed bin Salman is guilty of murder.  Biden should not give him a pass.  —  If the crown prince's criminal apparatus is not dismantled, there will be more victims like Jamal Khashoggi.
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Saudi crown prince approved 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, U.S. intelligence report concludes
CNN:
US intelligence report finds Saudi Crown Prince responsible for approving operation that killed Khashoggi
BuzzFeed News:
“Danger Warning”: Women Say Madison Cawthorn Harassed Them In College  —  Madison Cawthorn arrived at Patrick Henry College's small Christian campus in northern Virginia in fall 2016 blazing with charm, bravado, and a flashing white smile.  His former classmates said the future member …
Sean Hannity:
CRUZ at CPAC: ‘They Want Him to Go Away’ but 'Donald J. Trump Ain't Going ANYWHERE!'  —  Texas Senator Ted Cruz delivered an explosive speech at CPAC Friday morning before a packed crowd in Orlando; telling conservative voters that Donald Trump “ain't going anywhere!”
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New York Times:
F.B.I. Said to Have Singled Out Potential Assailant in Capitol Officer's Death  —  The death of the officer, Brian Sicknick, after the Capitol riot has been a major focus for investigators scrutinizing the attack by a pro-Trump mob.  —  WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. has pinpointed an assailant …
Discussion: HotAir and Raw Story
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Washington Post:
FBI focuses on video of Capitol Police officer being sprayed with chemicals before he died in pro-Trump riot  —  Investigators have uncovered video appearing to show someone spraying a chemical irritant at Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick and other law enforcement personnel fending off rioters …
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 …
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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, HotAir and The Hill
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 …
CNN:
More than a dozen Republicans tell House they can't attend votes due to ‘public health emergency.’ They're slated to be at CPAC.  —  (CNN)More than a dozen of former President Donald Trump's closest Republican allies in the House have skipped Friday's votes and enlisted their colleagues to vote …
Discussion: Insider, WISC-TV and Raw Story
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Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
‘Humiliated’ Rioter Jessica Watkins Vows to Ditch the Oath Keepers: ‘Time to Let All of That Go’  —  Jessica Watkins defended her actions at the Jan. 6 riot in court Friday—but said she'd renounce the far-right group.  “I did it out of love for my country,” she said of the siege.
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BuzzFeed News:   Prosecutors Suggested That The Oath Keepers Had A Special Force Ready With Weapons During The Capitol Insurrection
HuffPost:
Revealed: Meet The Trump Fanatic Who Tasered A Cop At The Capitol Insurrection  —  Danny “DJ” Rodriguez brawled with cops, tried to smash out a Capitol window, and assaulted a police officer on Jan. 6.  He's still at large.  —  The man in the red “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” hat seemed to think he was untouchable.
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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Shannon Stirone / The Atlantic:
Mars Is a Hellhole  —  There's no place like home—unless you're Elon Musk.  A prototype of SpaceX's Starship, which may someday send humans to Mars, is, according to Musk, likely to launch soon, possibly within the coming days.  But what motivates Musk?  Why bother with Mars?
Discussion: Pharyngula
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.
Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
Amazon Strips Clarence Thomas Documentary From Streaming Service During Black History Month  —  Amazon stripped a documentary on conservative Justice Clarence Thomas, the only black justice currently serving on the Supreme Court, from its streaming service during Black History Month.
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Mark Paoletta / Breitbart:
Amazon Prime Stops Streaming Clarence Thomas Documentary During Black History Month
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: Breitbart, Variety and UPI
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 …
David Voreacos / Bloomberg:
Manafort Can Keep Hamptons, New York Homes After Trump Pardon  — Justice Department tells judge it will not pursue properties  — Manafort was pardoned by Trump after federal convictions  —  U.S. prosecutors are no longer seeking to seize a Hamptons mansion and two New York City properties …
New York Times:
An American Dream, Tarnished  —  For Xi'an Famous Foods, the pandemic has brought an uptick in aggression toward Asian-American employees, mirroring a trend seen across the United States.
Discussion: Gothamist
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 …
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
Teachers Unions Aren't the Obstacle to Reopening Schools  —  Donald Trump Jr. is thinking of the children.  “One of the things I want to talk about,” he said in a recent video, “is the teachers unions.”  Sitting in front of a wall of guns, he continued: They're “out of control,” they're …
Discussion: HotAir and HuffPost
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
J&J Single-Dose Covid-19 Vaccine Gains Backing From FDA Advisory Panel  —  Endorsement by medical experts marks final step before an FDA decision on authorizing the shot  —  Johnson & Johnson's single-dose Covid-19 vaccine was effective “across demographic subgroups” in a late-stage study …
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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The evolution of CPAC's speaker lineup is the story of the GOP  —  Each year, the American Conservative Union hypes its Conservative Political Action Conference by listing the galaxy of conservative leaders who've been invited to attend.  The conference's website for years has had a page …
Discussion: Politico, IJR and POLITICUSUSA
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.
Jeffrey Sachs / Arc Digital:
The New War on Woke  —  State and national governments try to suppress critical race theory, social justice, and related concepts  —  “U  —  nlawful propagation of divisive concepts.  ” That's the subheading of a bill now under debate in New Hampshire.  If passed, it would prohibit …
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Sheila Washington Dies at 61; Helped Exonerate Scottsboro Boys  —  She fought for decades to get their names cleared from an egregious injustice in the Jim Crow South, and created a museum in their honor.  —  Sheila Washington was cleaning her parents' room at their home in Scottsboro …
 
 
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The GOP's strategy for retaking power is uglier than you think
April Dembosky / KQED:
No, the Tuskegee Study Is Not the Top Reason Some Black Americans Question the COVID-19 Vaccine
Discussion: Kevin Drum, Fortune and Florida Phoenix
Michelle Hackman / Wall Street Journal:
Arrests of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children at Southern Border Surge
Discussion: National Review and Axios
Matthew Cappucci / Washington Post:
NOAA mulls moving start of Atlantic hurricane season up to May 15
The White House:
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Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
Tolerant Democrats have a plan — and it's coming for you
Michael Rubin / 19FortyFive:
Joe Biden's Syria Airstrike Hit the Wrong Target
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Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
In DeSantis vs. Hogan, two competing visions of the GOP for 2024
Discussion: RedState, Salon and Raw Story
Joseph Pisani / Associated Press:
Mr. Potato Head drops the mister, sort of
Megan Garber / The Atlantic:
American Cynicism Has Reached a Breaking Point
David Gilbert / VICE:
QAnon Isn't So Sure Trump Will Magically Become President Again on March 4
Discussion: New York Times and Political Wire
Vanity Fair:
“We're Not Opening the Dementia Thing”: Inside Team Biden's Freakout Over Julia Louis-Dreyfus's Trump Jokes
Jeannie Suk Gersen / New Yorker:
Seeking the True Story of the Comfort Women
Associated Press:
Some local GOP leaders fire up base with conspiracies, lies
Discussion: Raw Story and WEB OF EVIL