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11:10 AM ET, February 27, 2021

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“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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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.
Peter Wehner / The Atlantic:   The Man Who Refused to Bow
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 …
Dom Calicchio / Fox News:
Kevin McCarthy blasts Pelosi ‘payoff’ bill, declares ‘The Swamp is back’; Pelosi counters  —  Pelosi defended the bill in remarks on the House floor, declaring that a $15 minimum wage goal would be achieved one way or another  —  Democrats can only lose four votes in tight COVID relief bill fight
Discussion: Washington Examiner and CBS News
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Kadia Goba / Axios:
House passes $1.9 trillion COVID relief package
Discussion: Vox and New York Post
Matt Fuller / HuffPost:
House Democrats Pass $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Bill
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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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
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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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 …
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
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.”
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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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.
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
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
Jay R. Jordan / Houston Chronicle:
Al Green had harsh words for Republicans who voted against the Equality Act  —  Houston's Rep. Al Green had harsh words for his Republican colleagues trying to thwart passage of the Equality Act.  —  During a hearing in the House on Thursday, Green blasted GOP Rep. Jim Jordan and several others …
Discussion: USA Today and Vox
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.
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 …
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: Associated Press and Raw Story
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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How Trump upended the race to control the House through 2030
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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
Los Angeles Times:
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Rich Lowry / National Review:
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Shannon Stirone / The Atlantic:
Mars Is a Hellhole  —  There's no place like home—unless you're Elon Musk.
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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