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12:15 PM 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 …
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.
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Peter Wehner / The Atlantic:
The Man Who Refused to Bow  —  adam Kinzinger is a liberated individual—liberated from his party leadership, liberated from the fear of being beaten in a primary, liberated to speak his mind.  The 43-year-old representative was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump for inciting the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
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.
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.
Patrice Taddonio / FRONTLINE:
Saudi Crown Prince Approved Plan to “Capture or Kill” Columnist Jamal Khashoggi, According to Declassified U.S. Report
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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Associated Press:
‘Blame Trump’ defense in Capitol riot looks like a long shot
Discussion: Raw Story
Evan Perez / CNN:   FBI identifies suspect in death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, sources say
Washington Post:
FBI focuses on video of Capitol Police officer being sprayed with chemicals before he died in pro-Trump riot
Discussion: TheBlaze
Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
The Democrats Are Blocking a $15 Minimum Wage … According to the Center for Economic Policy and Research, the national minimum wage in this country rose in tandem with both inflation and productivity gains in the workforce until around 1968.  If this had continued, the federal minimum today would be over $24.
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New York Times:   At Last, Democrats Get Chance to Engineer Obamacare 2.0
Dom Calicchio / Fox News:
Kevin McCarthy blasts Pelosi ‘payoff’ bill, declares ‘The Swamp is back’; Pelosi counters
Discussion: Washington Examiner and CBS News
Matt Fuller / HuffPost:   House Democrats Pass $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Bill
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump stewing over McCarthy again ahead of big CPAC speech  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BREAKING OVERNIGHT — “House passes Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package,” by Caitlin Emma and Sarah Ferris  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — Friday was the warm-up act at TPAC (get it?) …
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The Guardian:
Golden Trump statue turning heads at CPAC was made in ... Mexico … A golden statue of Donald Trump that has caused a stir at the annual US gathering of conservatives was made in Mexico - a country the former president frequently demonized.  —  Mitch McConnell says he'd ‘absolutely’ support Trump as 2024 nominee
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
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
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Ben Leonard / Politico:
Grenell strongly hints at run for California governor at CPAC
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Times
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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Washington Post:
House Democrats pass Biden's $1.9 trillion relief plan despite setback on minimum wage
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.
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.
Politico:
How Trump upended the race to control the House through 2030  —  Days after the 2020 election, House Democrats convened to address some of the party's most surprising losses, and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Cheri Bustos name-checked one in particular: Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, a freshman from South Florida.
Discussion: Raw Story
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
GOP Rep. Appears at White Nationalist Event Where Organizer Calls Capitol Riot ‘Awesome’  —  BAD COMPANY  —  A sitting member of Congress appeared at a white nationalist convention Friday night, marking new GOP support for the racist movement.  Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) spoke in Orlando …
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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 …
Campus Reform the #1 Source for College News:
Harvard Business School Club of NY cancels speaker from...cancel culture talk: report  —  The book discusses how “anti-Enlightenment beliefs” such as cancel culture, subjective truth and language as violence pose an imminent threat “not only to liberal democracy but also to modernity itself.”
Umair Haque / Eudaimonia and Co:
The Dems are Blowing It  —  What Grade Would You Give the Democrats For Their First Month in Power?  Here's Mine  —  I'm sorry.  Accept my apology in advance.  I'm going to say something ugly, and many of you aren't going to like it.  But it needs to be said.  —  The Democrats are blowing it.
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
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Trump supporters who breached the Capitol: ‘It was not Antifa’  —  (CNN)Nearly a dozen Trump supporters charged in connection with the US Capitol insurrection have said that Antifa and other left-wing groups weren't involved in the attack, debunking a false-flag conspiracy theory that is gaining popularity in the pro-Trump orbit.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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
 
 
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Jay R. Jordan / Houston Chronicle:
Al Green had harsh words for Republicans who voted against the Equality Act
Discussion: USA Today and Vox
JM Rieger / Washington Post:
Why the candidate who promised unity is relying on an increasingly partisan legislative process to pass coronavirus relief
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Want to Buy a Scrunchie Mask? Great. But Forget About That N95.
Discussion: The Verge
Kashmir Hill / New York Times:
How One State Managed to Actually Write Rules on Facial Recognition
Keith Coffman / Reuters:
White supremacist sentenced to nearly 20 years in plot to bomb Colorado synagogue
Los Angeles Times:
Why your place in the COVID-19 vaccine line depends on where you live
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Kadia Goba / Axios:
House passes $1.9 trillion COVID relief package
Discussion: New York Post
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Susan R. Lowry, R.I.P.
Shannon Stirone / The Atlantic:
Mars Is a Hellhole  —  There's no place like home—unless you're Elon Musk.
Discussion: Pharyngula
U.S. Department of Justice:
U.S. Attorney Durham Announces Departure from Office