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9:30 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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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.'
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Trump stages GOP comeback at CPAC by refusing to concede 2020 defeat
David Siders / Politico:
Trump teases 2024 run in CPAC remarks, as he looks to keep his grip on GOP
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 …
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.
Reuters:
Biden urges workers to ‘make your voice heard’ as Amazon employees vote on union  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden defended workers' rights to form unions and warned against intimidation of workers in a video posted on Twitter on Sunday night, as Amazon.com Inc employees in Alabama vote on whether to unionize.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kim Bellware / Washington Post:
‘Three percenters’ truck at Capitol belongs to husband of congresswoman who said, ‘Hitler got one thing right’  —  An Illinois lawmaker married to a member of Congress, who was herself recently criticized for quoting Hitler, is facing his own rebuke for displaying the logo of an extremist movement …
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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 …
Josefa Velasquez / THE CITY:
Cuomo Sexual Harassment Claims Follow Years of Public Warning Signs — and Anti-Misconduct Training He Mandated  —  Even as the governor advocated a Women's Equality Act that promised to “ban” workplace sexual harassment, female Albany reporters and employees heard a very different message.
 
 
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Casey Michel / NBC News:
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Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
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Discussion: Twitchy and Crooks and Liars