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7:20 AM ET, February 27, 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.
Sarah Dadouch / Washington Post:
After dissident vanishes in Canada, Saudi exiles fear they are now in jeopardy  —  The mysterious disappearance last month of a Saudi dissident living in Montreal after visiting the kingdom's embassy in Ottawa has sent fear rippling across Canada's community of Saudi exiles.
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Iyad el-Baghdadi / Washington Post:
What does justice for Jamal Khashoggi look like? Unleashing free expression in Saudi Arabia.
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 …
Discussion: Insider, The Daily Caller and Raw Story
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 …
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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 …
Evan Perez / CNN:   FBI identifies suspect in death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, sources say
Stefanie Dazio / Associated Press:
Lady Gaga's dogs recovered safely  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lady Gaga's two French bulldogs, which were stolen by thieves who shot and wounded the dogwalker, were recovered unharmed Friday, Los Angeles police said.  —  A woman brought the dogs to the LAPD's Olympic Community Police Station …
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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Glynn A. Hill / Washington Post:
As attacks against Asian Americans spike, Jeremy Lin pushes for action  —  Violence against and harassment of Asian Americans have spiked in the United States in the past year.  Jeremy Lin, the former New York Knicks star guard, spoke out this week via social media, recounting …
Discussion: CBS News, WCIA-TV and Insider
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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 …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Susan R. Lowry, R.I.P.  —  My mom passed away last night, at 90 years old.  She was married to my dad for more than 50 years, but arguably the defining relationship in her life was with my older brother, who has autism.  She was his lifelong friend, protector, companion, and advocate.
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
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Matt Fuller / HuffPost:
House Democrats Pass $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Bill  —  If it clears the Senate, the package would include a new round of stimulus checks and a boost in jobless benefits, among other coronavirus pandemic aid.  —  WASHINGTON ― After hours of delays, the House passed …
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Dom Calicchio / Fox News:
Kevin McCarthy blasts Pelosi ‘payoff’ bill, declares ‘The Swamp is back’; Pelosi counters
Discussion: Washington Examiner
The Guardian:
Myanmar police try to crush protests as envoy pleads with UN for action … Police in Myanmar have fired rubber bullets and made more than a dozen arrests to break up anti-coup protests, hours after the country's ambassador to the United Nations pleaded for international action to restore democracy.
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 …
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
Former CPAC Chair Minces No Words Slamming What The Event, GOP Have Now Become  —  This year's Conservative Political Action Conference attendees “are living in an alternate reality in which facts don't matter,” said former GOP Rep. Mickey Edwards.  —  A former chair of the Conservative …
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The evolution of CPAC's speaker lineup is the story of the GOP
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, IJR and Politico
BuzzFeed News:
Prosecutors Suggested That The Oath Keepers Had A Special Force Ready With Weapons During The Capitol Insurrection  —  A federal prosecutor said Friday that the federal government's “working understanding” is that the Oath Keepers had a “quick reaction force” stationed outside the District …
Discussion: KYMA-TV
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Jonah Goldberg / The Dispatch:
New Class and Neocons  —  Why the Red Dogs won't hunt.  —  3 hr ago  —  Dear Reader (Including acolytes of the Apis Bull(sh*tter)),  —  Yesterday, a bunch of people—at least I assume they were people—emailed me a piece by Scott Alexander.  They wrote: “What do you think?”
Discussion: Astral Codex Ten
Zeynep Tufekci / The Atlantic:
5 Pandemic Mistakes We Keep Repeating  —  When the polio vaccine was declared safe and effective, the news was met with jubilant celebration.  Church bells rang across the nation, and factories blew their whistles.  “Polio routed!” newspaper headlines exclaimed.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Biden considers elevating Mayor Pete's spokesperson  —  Chris Meagher, a top spokesman for Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, is being seriously considered to be a White House deputy press secretary, according to two people familiar with the matter.  —  Meagher, who recently started …
New York Times:
Trump Loyalists Spurn ‘Failed Republican Establishment of Yesteryear’  —  At an annual gathering of conservatives, devotees of Donald J. Trump pledged their fealty to him and issued grave warnings about the political left.  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — One month after Donald J. Trump left office …
Declan Walsh / New York Times:
Ethiopia's War Leads to Ethnic Cleansing in Tigray Region, U.S. Report Says  —  An internal U.S. government report found that people in Tigray are being driven from their homes in a war begun by Ethiopia, an American ally — posing President Biden's first major test in Africa.
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia Senate panel backs end to automatic voter registration, no-excuse absentee voting  —  A Senate committee passed voting restrictions Friday that would end automatic voter registration and no-excuse absentee voting in Georgia.  —  The Senate Ethics Committee voted mostly along party lines …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The GOP's strategy for retaking power is uglier than you think  —  By now, it should be clear to even the most committed both-sides commentators that Republicans are rerunning their 2009 scorched-earth strategy.  Back then, Republicans correctly calculated that if they denied the Democratic president …
 
 
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Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
ICE investigators used a private utility database covering millions to pursue immigration violations
Discussion: HotAir
David Voreacos / Bloomberg:
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Washington Post:
FDA says it will ‘rapidly work’ to approve Johnson & Johnson single-dose coronavirus vaccine after advisory panel's unanimous vote
Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
Amazon Strips Clarence Thomas Documentary From Streaming Service During Black History Month
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
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Jeffrey Sachs / Arc Digital:
The New War on Woke  —  State and national governments try to suppress critical race theory, social justice, and related concepts
Discussion: New York Times
Michael Rubin / 19FortyFive:
Joe Biden's Syria Airstrike Hit the Wrong Target
HuffPost:
Revealed: Meet The Trump Fanatic Who Tasered A Cop At The Capitol Insurrection
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
U.S. diplomat openly calls for Christian nation-states, rails against Jews
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
Teachers Unions Aren't the Obstacle to Reopening Schools
Discussion: HotAir and HuffPost
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
‘Superman’ Reboot In The Works At Warner Bros With Ta-Nehisi Coates Writing, J.J. Abrams Producing
Discussion: Variety, Breitbart and UPI
William Wan / Washington Post:
How this summer could bring the pandemic relief we're longing for