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10:40 AM ET, February 27, 2021

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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 …
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
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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.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Biden Won't Penalize Saudi Crown Prince Over Khashoggi's Killing, Fearing Relations Breach
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
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 …
Washington Post:
'It's Donald Trump's party': How the former president is building a political operation to cement his hold on the GOP  —  Any lingering doubts about Donald Trump's primacy in the Republican Party have been settled in recent weeks by the parade of petitioners he has welcomed to his Florida social club.
Discussion: The Atlantic
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Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Analysis: Biden ambitions run into reality of Senate's rules  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The early ambitions of Joe Biden's presidency are quickly running into the guardrails of archaic Senate rules, testing his willingness to remake an institution he reveres to fulfill many of the promises he has made to Americans.
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 and CBS News
Kadia Goba / Axios:
House passes $1.9 trillion COVID relief package
Discussion: Vox and New York Post
Kevin McCarthy / Fox News:
Dems' $1.9 trillion COVID bill is not rescue or relief plan, it's a Pelosi payoff
Discussion: Insider and Mercury News
New York Times:
Why Opening Windows Is a Key to Reopening Schools  —  The C.D.C. is urging communities to reopen schools as quickly as possible, but parents and teachers have raised questions about the quality of ventilation available in public school classrooms to protect against the coronavirus.
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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Christal Hayes / USA Today:
Republicans sued over proxy voting in the pandemic.  Now they're using it to speak at CPAC.  —  WASHINGTON - House Republicans were furious over the summer when the House made unpresented changes allowing lawmakers to designate a proxy and vote on their behalf amid traveling concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Discussion: Forbes and Mediaite
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Keith Coffman / Reuters:
White supremacist sentenced to nearly 20 years in plot to bomb Colorado synagogue  —  DENVER (Reuters) - An avowed white supremacist was sentenced on Friday to 19-1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty months ago to a federal hate-crimes case stemming from a botched plot to bomb a historic Colorado synagogue in 2019.
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
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 …
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story
Nicole Chavez / CNN:
NBA veteran Jeremy Lin says he's been called ‘coronavirus’ on the court  —  (CNN)As the number of violent attacks against Asian Americans escalates, former NBA star Jeremy Lin said he has experienced racism while playing basketball.  —  “Being a 9 year NBA veteran doesn't protect …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Sasse marches to own tune as GOP implodes around him  —  Ben Sasse is about to be censured by the Nebraska GOP for his antagonistic stance toward Donald Trump — again.  But he doesn't care.  —  As Sasse's fellow Republican critics of Trump fret over blowback from a base that demands loyalty …
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.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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.
Madeleine Kearns / National Review:
The Absurd Criticism of Rand Paul's Rachel Levine Questioning  —  How likely is it that this dangerous ideological agenda is about to get worse?  —  Yesterday, I noted on the Corner the perplexing reaction (from all the usual suspects) to Senator Rand Paul's entirely legitimate line …
Kashmir Hill / New York Times:
How One State Managed to Actually Write Rules on Facial Recognition  —  Massachusetts is one of the first states to put legislative guardrails around the use of facial recognition technology in criminal investigations.  —  Though police have been using facial recognition technology …
New York Times:
At Last, Democrats Get Chance to Engineer Obamacare 2.0  —  The Biden administration is trying to make the health care law more generous and closer to its original design, but may disappoint progressive allies hoping for more.  —  Ever since the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010 …
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.
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
How Marty Baron and Jeff Bezos Remade The Washington Post  —  The celebrated editor is ending his tenure at the helm of a very different newspaper than the one he originally signed on to run.  —  On July 30, 2013, Martin Baron left The Washington Post building and crossed 15th Street for an extremely rare happy hour drink.
Meg Woolhouse / wgbh.org:
Citing Racial Inequities, Boston Public Schools Suspend New Advanced Learning Classes  —  A selective program for high-performing fourth, fifth and sixth graders in Boston has suspended enrollment due to the pandemic and concerns about equity in the program, GBH News has learned.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TheBlaze
Paul Liotta / Staten Island Advance:
Andrew Yang comes to aid of photographer attacked on Staten Island Ferry  —  STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Andrew Yang, a former Democratic presidential candidate and current frontrunner in the race for NYC mayor, came to the rescue of a photojournalist who was attacked Friday on the Staten Island Ferry.
Discussion: THE CITY and NBC New York
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
Why your place in the COVID-19 vaccine line depends on where you live
Constance Grady / Vox:
How Dolly Parton became a secular American saint
Discussion: The Federalist
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
ICE investigators used a private utility database covering millions to pursue immigration violations
Discussion: HotAir
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Biden considers elevating Mayor Pete's spokesperson
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia Senate panel backs end to automatic voter registration, no-excuse absentee voting
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Shannon Stirone / The Atlantic:
Mars Is a Hellhole  —  There's no place like home—unless you're Elon Musk.
Discussion: Pharyngula
HuffPost:
Revealed: Meet The Trump Fanatic Who Tasered A Cop At The Capitol Insurrection
U.S. Department of Justice:
U.S. Attorney Durham Announces Departure from Office
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
U.S. diplomat openly calls for Christian nation-states, rails against Jews