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10:25 AM ET, March 1, 2021

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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
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.
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Ron Johnson Says He Still Has Many Unanswered Questions
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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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.
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: Fox News and The Daily Beast
Aurelien Breeden / New York Times:
Ex-President Sarkozy Found Guilty of Corruption in France  —  Nicolas Sarkozy was accused of trying to obtain confidential information from a judge by offering to help him land a job.  —  PARIS — The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty on Monday by a court in Paris on charges of corruption and influence peddling.
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 …
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.”
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.
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Warren Revives Wealth Tax, Citing Pandemic Inequalities  —  A tax on the net worth of America's wealthiest individuals remains popular with voters, but has yet to be embraced by President Biden.  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, plans to introduce legislation …
Discussion: CNN
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.
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.
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
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.
William Kristol / The Bulwark:
The Facts of Life  —  The country takes priority over conservative navel gazing.  —  My suggestion last week that perhaps the best way some of us who've been conservatives can now help the country is to help the Biden administration succeed, and help the Democratic party move to the center …
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Politico:
Census data snafu upends 2022 elections  —  A six-month delay holding up the data that states use to draw their legislative districts is mangling plans for the 2022 elections, as states discuss postponing primaries and navigating legal deadlines for redistricting that some are now almost certain to miss.
Financial Times:
Rupert Murdoch at 90: Fox, succession and ‘one more big play’ … By his own reckoning, Rupert Murdoch was supposed to die a fortnight ago, on a Tuesday afternoon.  —  The media mogul scribbled the moment of his demise on a piece of paper in 2001 and flourished it during an interview taking stock …
Mickey Edwards / The Bulwark:
Mugged by Reality  —  As the chairman of CPAC during the rise of Reagan, I should have seen the grotesque display at this year's CPAC coming.  I failed to do so.  —  Several years ago, I was mugged and robbed as I took an early-morning walk through Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans.
Discussion: The Dispatch
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 …
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Democratic voting bill would make biggest changes in decades  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress begins debate this week on sweeping voting and ethics legislation, Democrats and Republicans can agree on one thing: If signed into law, it would usher in the biggest overhaul of U.S. elections law in at least a generation.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Washington Monthly
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Biden won't release White House virtual visitor logs  —  Few bars have been set lower than the one Joe Biden has had to clear when it comes to bringing transparency back to the White House.  Donald Trump has been an easy act to follow.  —  But five weeks into office, Biden has fallen short …
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
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 …
 
 
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Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Trump railed against the ‘deep state,’ but he also built his own. Biden is trying to dismantle it.
Yuichiro Kakutani / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden State Department Nominee Is a Defender of China Propaganda Program
Discussion: Instapundit
Hua Hsu / New Yorker:
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The Hill:
Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress
Discussion: Raw Story
John McWhorter / It Bears Mentioning:
Is it racist to expect black kids to do math for real?
Kim Bellware / Washington Post:
‘Three percenters’ truck at Capitol belongs to husband of congresswoman who said, ‘Hitler got one thing right’
Discussion: The Hill
Josefa Velasquez / THE CITY:
Cuomo Sexual Harassment Claims Follow Years of Public Warning Signs — and Anti-Misconduct Training He Mandated
Ben Smith / New York Times:
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Washington Post:
Two of Biden's top DOJ nominees are subjected to baseless smear campaigns
Just Security:
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