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New York Times:
Trump's Republican Hit List at CPAC Is a Warning Shot to His Party  —  In his first public appearance since leaving office, Donald Trump went through, by name, every Republican who supported his second impeachment and called for them to be ousted.  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — After days of insisting …
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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump unleashes new threat to American democracy  —  (CNN)Donald Trump has no remorse about the deadly violence he incited with his lies about a stolen election in his uprising against the US Congress.  —  This much was clear when the ex-President put the Republican Party on notice on Sunday …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Trump stages GOP comeback at CPAC by refusing to concede 2020 defeat  —  ORLANDO, Florida — Former President Donald Trump teased a 2024 White House bid and relitigated unfounded claims that the November election was stolen, initiating act two of his political career with a rousing speech …
USA Today:
Is Donald Trump a declining parody or a terrifying threat?  Mastio & Lawrence on CPAC 2021  —  Can we agree with Trump?  Yes, we are 'in the middle of a historic struggle for America's future, America's culture, and America's institutions, borders and most cherished principles.'
New York Times:
Trump Wins CPAC Straw Poll, but Only 68 Percent Want Him to Run Again
New York Times:
How Pro-Trump Forces Pushed a Lie About Antifa at the Capitol Riot  —  On social media, cable networks and even in the halls of Congress, supporters of Donald J. Trump tried to rewrite history in real time, pushing the fiction that left-wing agitators were to blame for the violence on Jan. 6.
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
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Washington Post:
Rewriting January 6th: Republicans push false and misleading accounts of Capitol riot  —  Instead of an attempt to overturn the election by radicalized Donald Trump supporters, it was a choreographed attack staged by antifa provocateurs.  Rather than an armed insurrection, it was a good-natured protest spoiled by a few troublemakers.
Edmund DeMarche / Fox News:
Trump says he requested 10K National Guard troops at Capitol on day of riot  —  Trump told Steve Hilton, the show's host, that he “hated” to see what unfolded on Jan. 6  —  Trump puts end to rumors of new political party, talks life without Twitter  —  Former President Trump told Fox News late Sunday …
Alex Marquardt / CNN:
Three names mysteriously removed from Khashoggi intelligence report after initial publication  —  U.S. intel report: Saudi Crown Prince approved operation to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi  —  (CNN)Shortly after the US intelligence community published its long-awaited report on Friday afternoon …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Far-Right Platform Gab Has Been Hacked—Including Private Data  —  The transparency group DDoSecrets says it will make the 70GB of passwords, private posts, and more available to researchers, journalists, and social scientists.  —  WHEN TWITTER BANNED Donald Trump and a slew of other far-right users …
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Neera Tanden's confirmation fight is the first morality play of post-Trump Washington  —  All the fighting must be exhausting, really.  —  The fights over her reputation, over how she ran her liberal think tank.  The battles with journalists who published her stolen emails.
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Senior Democrats abandon backup plan on $15 per hour minimum wage hike  —  Lawmakers are backing off a Plan B to raise pay for workers through tax penalties on corporations  —  Senior Democrats are abandoning a backup plan to increase the minimum wage through a corporate tax penalty …
Washington Post:
Biden hails Amazon workers pressing to unionize in Alabama in unusual sign of support  —  The president tweeted a video calling out warehouse workers in the process of voting to determine whether they will be represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union
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Reuters:
Biden urges workers to ‘make your voice heard’ as Amazon employees vote on union
Discussion: Bloomberg
Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez / KQED:
After Leading School Closures, Berkeley Teachers' Union President Spotted Dropping Daughter Off at In-Person Preschool … Parent groups are crying “hypocrisy” after a video surfaced showing the president of the Berkeley teachers union dropping off his two-year-old daughter at an in-person preschool.
Washington Examiner:
A case of racism that the Supreme Court can stop  —  “We expect that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary to further the interest” of diversity in the student bodies of universities.  So wrote Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in 2003, 18 years ago …
Donald G. McNeil Jr / Medium:
NYTimes Peru N-Word, Part One: Introduction  —  On February 5 this year, one week after an article about me appeared in the Daily Beast, The New York Times announced that I would be leaving.  —  At my departure, I was the paper's lead reporter on the Covid-19 pandemic.
Discussion: Scripting News
Leia Idliby / Mediaite:
John Oliver Takes a Flamethrower to ‘Famously Unpleasant’ Andrew Cuomo for His List of Controversies: He's a ‘Colossal A**hole’  —  John Oliver went after Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) for the several scandals he is facing, including two sexual harassment accusations — calling the governor a “colossal asshole.”
Discussion: The Daily Beast
John McWhorter / It Bears Mentioning:
Is it racist to expect black kids to do math for real?  —  Yes, serious people are arguing this.  Make sure they don't infect your school district.  —  1 hr ago  —  There is a document getting around called Dismantling Racism in Mathematics Instruction, a guide put together by a group of educators.
Associated Press:
Biden to meet with Mexican president amid migration issues  —  WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden is planning a virtual meeting Monday with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador — a chance for the pair to talk more fully about migration, confronting the coronavirus …
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Biden's Ratings Show Hardening Polarization  —  For years, the out-party would usually reserve judgment on new presidents.  Not now.  —  One month ago, Joe Biden's initial approval ratings were pretty normal for recent presidents — worse than Barack Obama's, better than Donald Trump's, but otherwise unremarkable.
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Israeli spyware firm NSO Group faces renewed US scrutiny  —  Department of Justice said to have asked WhatsApp for details of alleged targeting of clients in 2019  —  Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington DC  —  NSO Group appears to be facing renewed scrutiny by the US Department …
Discussion: The Times of Israel
The Hill:
Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress  —  A former top strategist for Donald Trump's presidential campaigns is taking steps to run for a U.S. House seat left vacant by the late Rep. Ron Wright (R-Texas), who succumbed to the coronavirus earlier this year.
Discussion: Raw Story
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Ex-tobacco exec bankrolls centrist third party  —  A new centrist political party is gaining steam, but records show it's being largely financed by a single man: a former Philip Morris executive who helped steer the company through the tobacco wars of the 1990s.
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.
Washington Post:
Two of Biden's top DOJ nominees are subjected to baseless smear campaigns  —  Opinion by Editorial Board  —  VANITA GUPTA is among the nation's most esteemed civil rights lawyers, revered by liberals for her decades of effective, levelheaded advocacy, and by many of the nation's biggest police …
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Border Democrat warns Biden about immigrant fallout  —  A Democratic lawmaker representing a border district warned the Biden administration against easing up too much on unauthorized immigrants, citing their impact on his constituents, local hospitals and their potential to spread the coronavirus.
Ilan Ben Zion / Associated Press:
Netanyahu accuses Iran of attacking Israeli-owned cargo ship  —  JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday accused Iran of attacking an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman last week, a mysterious explosion that further spiked security concerns in the region.
CNN:
Fact check: Trump delivers lie-filled CPAC speech  —  (CNN)Former President Donald Trump returned to the public stage on Sunday with a familiar kind of Trump speech — a speech filled with debunked lies.  —  Most notably, Trump's first post-presidency address, at the Conservative Political Action Conference …
Discussion: Louder With Crowder
Issues & Insights:
Biden Lied And 105,334 People Died  —  During one of his presidential debates last year when about 220,000 people had died from COVID-19, Joe Biden said that “anyone who's responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America.”
David Fickling / Bloomberg:
This Week May Turn the Tide on Two Centuries of Emissions  —  China will present climate and energy plans that could determine the fate of the planet.  If they live up to their promise, we can reset expectations for decarbonization.  —  Looking at the way the world's carbon emissions …
Hua Hsu / New Yorker:
The Muddled History of Anti-Asian Violence  —  On the evening of April 28, 1997, Kuan Chung Kao, a thirty-three-year-old Taiwan-born engineer, went to the Cotati Yacht Club near Rohnert Park, a quiet suburb in Sonoma County, California, where he lived with his wife and three children.
Jamie McIntyre / Washington Examiner:
Esper and Gates say US should stay in Afghanistan longer to pressure Taliban  —  TWO FORMER SECDEFS ADVISE AGAINST QUITTING AFGHANISTAN: President Donald Trump's last defense secretary and President Barack Obama's first defense secretary both say they would advise President Biden against pulling …
 
 
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Yuichiro Kakutani / Washington Free Beacon:
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Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
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