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4:20 PM ET, February 28, 2021


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David Siders / Politico:
Trump's baseless election claims march GOP into ‘policy wasteland’  —  Ronald Reagan, the president who reinvigorated the Republican Party, promoted the GOP as the “party of new ideas” on his way to a landslide reelection in 1984.  —  In the post-Donald Trump era, judging by the fare inside …
Steve Inskeep / NPR:
Why Republicans Are Moving To Fix Elections That Weren't Broken  —  Republican-led legislatures in dozens of states are moving to change election laws in ways that could make it harder to vote.  —  Many proposals explicitly respond to the 2020 election: Lawmakers cite public concerns …
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Trump to speak at CPAC in first major address since leaving office, as GOP searches for path forward  —  Trump highly popular at annual conservative gathering  —  Trump's CPAC speech will show he is ‘lifeblood’ of Republican Party: Mark Smith  —  ORLANDO, Fla. - Former President Donald Trump …
New York Times:
Trump Wins CPAC Straw Poll, but Only 68 Percent Want Him to Run Again  —  The Conservative Political Action Conference, made up largely of far-right Trump supporters, held two 2024 presidential straw polls.  Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida won one that did not include Mr. Trump.
Elaina Plott / New York Times:   At CPAC, a Golden Image, a Magic Wand and Reverence for Trump
Dana Rubinstein / New York Times:
Cuomo Attacked Over His Plan for Review of Sex Harassment Claims  —  Democratic leaders in Albany questioned the impartiality of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's choice to lead the inquiry, while others called for his immediate resignation.  —  Hours after a second woman came forward to accuse …
Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:
Media star Andrew Cuomo has gone missing  —  There's a reason that Gov. Cuomo, Emmy-winning TV star and best-selling leader of the fight against the coronavirus, has abruptly gone dark.  —  Actually, there are a few reasons.  —  The fatal moment, politically speaking …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Andrew Cuomo's survival in office looks doubtful  —  Opinion by  —  It is starting to look as if the question will soon be not if but when New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will be forced to resign.  —  The New York Times has published a blockbuster story in which a second former aide …
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Fears about Trump out of the cage  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Former President DONALD TRUMP's advisers have been agonizing for days over a puzzle no one could solve for five years: How to get him to stay on script in front of rowdy supporters cheering him on.
Discussion: Fox News, Raw Story, The Week and HotAir
John Bowden / The Hill:
Cassidy: Trump won't be GOP nominee in 2024
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Featured CPAC speaker said Judaism is a “complete lie” and referred to Jewish people as “thieving fake Jews”  —  Update (2/22/21): CPAC has cancelled Young Pharaoh's scheduled appearance following the publication of this article.  Young Pharaoh's information has also been removed from CPAC's website.
Discussion: New York Magazine, and HuffPost
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
CPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be  —  The Conservative Political Action Committee's annual presidential preference poll over the years was won four times by Mitt Romney, three times by Jack Kemp and once by George W. Bush.  —  None would be welcome at the conference held this week in Orlando, Fla.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:   CPAC Speaker Angela Stanton King Promotes QAnon From Stage
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
4 Minutes With Jill Biden Grieving with the First Family.  —  She died just as I arrived at the wrong hospital.  It was Wednesday afternoon, February 24, and the First Lady, Jill Biden, was making her first official trip outside Washington to tour the labs of the Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
Greg Myre / NPR:
Avril Haines Takes Over As Intelligence Chief At ‘A Challenging Time’  —  As the top U.S. intelligence official for just over a month, Avril Haines has an overflowing inbox.  —  A massive computer hack blamed on Russia is still under investigation.  President Biden has raised the possibility …
Carlos Lozada / Washington Post:
Joe Biden won the presidency by making the most of his lucky breaks  —  Review of ‘Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely won the Presidency’ by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes  —  Book critic  —  Sometimes a book is so eager to take readers behind the scenes that it neglects to spend enough time on the scenes themselves.
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
DOJ charges man who allegedly sprayed chemicals at cops in Capitol riot  —  (CNN)The Justice Department has charged a Texas man who was allegedly caught on video attacking a dozen police officers with a chemical spray during the Capitol insurrection, according to court records.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
The Surprising Key to Combatting Vaccine Refusal  —  Why wouldn't someone want a COVID-19 vaccine?  —  Staring at the raw numbers, it doesn't seem like a hard choice.  Thousands of people are dying of COVID-19 every day.  Meanwhile, out of the 75,000 people who received a shot …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Pjotr Sauer / The Moscow Times:
‘They Will Break You’: Inside Navalny's Notorious New Prison Home  —  In conversations with The Moscow Times, former inmates of the jail where Navalny will serve his time spoke of psychological isolation and harsh conditions.  —  Russian officials said Sunday that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny …
Discussion: TASS
Ed Cumming / The Guardian:
I hate to say it, but Britain's doing OK.  Even Germany envies us...  For those of us who like to talk Britain down, all this good news is hard to take.  The vaccination figures are shocking.  Nearly 20 million first doses administered.  A forward-thinking procurement plan.
The Liberal-to-Ultraleft Pipeline: Breaking the Cycle  —  I have been in DSA since the spring of 2016.  Like many, I was tired of feeling politically lonely and isolated.  I saw DSA as one of the only places where I could find others that shared my anger at the state of the world …
Eric Shawn / Fox News:
Jimmy Hoffa FBI files that have been hidden since 1975 must be released, lawmakers tell DOJ  —  Eric Shawn: The move in Congress to declassify the Jimmy Hoffa FBI files  —  What happened to Jimmy Hoffa may soon be known, if the government reveals what it has kept hidden for decades.
Discussion: BizPac Review
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate mulls changes to $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill  —  The $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan is facing a potential woodchipper in the Senate as lawmakers consider making changes to the mammoth bill.  —  The House passed the legislation on Friday, sending it to the Senate where it could come up next week.
Kristi Noem gets standing ovation for Dr. Fauci dig at CPAC  —  Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD) received a standing ovation from CPAC attendees for her remarks about South Dakota's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.  Dr. Jonathan Reiner criticized Noem's comments, saying that her ‘science denialism’ resulted …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Fadel Allassan / Axios:
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
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Discussion: New York Times and NBC4 Washington
Tom LoBianco / Insider:
CPAC is missing students and its legendary party scene.  Republicans are concerned the low-energy event reflects the GOP's standing with young voters in a post-Trump world.
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