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6:30 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 …
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.
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, HotAir and The Week
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Trump wins CPAC straw poll with 55 percent  —  Former President Trump won the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll on Sunday, with 55 percent of respondents saying they would vote for him in a hypothetical 2024 primary.  —  In the straw poll that demonstrated Trump's continuing hold …
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 …
John Harwood / CNN:
White evangelicals' dominance of the GOP has turned it into the party of resistance  —  (CNN)For obvious reasons, President Joe Biden made the coronavirus pandemic his first legislative priority.  Polling shows wide public support for his $1.9 trillion relief plan.
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Trump to speak at CPAC in first major address since leaving office, as GOP searches for path forward
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Allies of Rep. Adam Kinzinger launch super PAC to support Republicans who have bucked Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
John Bowden / The Hill:
Cassidy: Trump won't be GOP nominee in 2024
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 …
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
New York AG says Cuomo statement is not sufficient for independent investigation  —  New York Attorney General Letitia James' (D) office said Sunday that she did not accept an earlier statement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D) office proposing that she and the state's chief appeals judge appoint …
Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:
New York State Attorney General Seeks to Investigate Sexual-Harassment Accusations Against Cuomo
Albany Times Union:   For Cuomo, hardball tactics, intimidation and now allegations of harassment
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
CPAC Speaker Angela Stanton King Promotes QAnon From Stage  —  Speaker Angela Stanton King called for an investigation into QAnon's baseless allegations of child sexual abuse and cannibalism.  —  A speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory …
Discussion: Mediaite
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
CPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Featured CPAC speaker said Judaism is a “complete lie” and referred to Jewish people as “thieving fake Jews”
Discussion: New York Magazine, and HuffPost
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell Gets MUTED During Live Interview at CPAC as He Spews Vaccine Conspiracy Theories  —  The conservative pro-Trump YouTube channel Right Side Broadcasting Network (RSBN) cut off MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell during an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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.
Just Security:
Litigation Tracker: Pending Criminal and Civil Cases Against Donald Trump  —  On both the criminal and civil litigation fronts, former President Donald Trump faces a bevy of lawsuits and investigations, with more cases likely to follow.  Some are civil suits stemming from his pre-presidential business dealings.
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.
Casey Michel / NBC News:
Pro-Trump Republican secession rhetoric in Texas and elsewhere is more than a punchline  —  For the past few months, a long-buried idea has been creeping from the fringe into mainstream Republican discourse: secession.  Following President Joe Biden's victory in November …
Discussion: Raw Story
Arelis Hernández / Washington Post:
The power is back, but millions of Texans wonder what it will take to fully recover — and who will help them  —  AUSTIN — The plumbing in Marilu Leyva's mobile home looks as if it was mangled by a monster, and it no longer delivers water.  The damage to Hussein Kamel's power-washing equipment …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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Eric Shawn / Fox News:
Jimmy Hoffa FBI files that have been hidden since 1975 must be released, lawmakers tell DOJ
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Ed Cumming / The Guardian:
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Justin Wingerter / Denver Post:
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Eric Lach / New Yorker:
A Deportation Nightmare in the Bronx
Wall Street Journal:
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Kristi Noem gets standing ovation for Dr. Fauci dig at CPAC
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Fadel Allassan / Axios:
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Discussion: NPR, Politico and Virginia Mercury
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
The Surprising Key to Combatting Vaccine Refusal
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Julia Jacobs / New York Times:
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court to again consider federal protections for minority voters
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.
Michael Standaert / South China Morning Post:
The Chinese suppliers fuelling America's fentanyl epidemic