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New York Times:
Inspector General's Report Cites Elaine Chao for Misuse of Office  —  The report said the Justice Department declined to investigate her promotion of her family's shipbuilding business while serving as transportation secretary in the Trump administration.  —  WASHINGTON — The Transportation …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
United States Capitol Police:
Capitol Police Increase Security Following Threat  —  The United States Capitol Police Department is aware of and prepared for any potential threats towards members of Congress or towards the Capitol complex.  We have obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol …
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Politico:
House scraps work schedule amid security threat  —  Top House Democrats are abruptly wrapping up all work on Wednesday and sending members home — a day earlier than planned — as congressional leaders grapple with another potential threat to the Capitol, nearly two months after deadly riots overtook the complex.
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Police uncover ‘possible plot’ by militia to breach Capitol  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Police say they have intelligence showing a “possible plot” by a militia group to breach the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, nearly two months after a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed …
Alana Wise / NPR:
DOD Took Hours To Approve National Guard Request During Capitol Riot, Commander Says
Washington Post:
Military reaction was ‘sprint speed,’ top officer says as Pentagon takes heat for Capitol riot response
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
‘Three Hours and 19 Minutes Later’: D.C. National Guard Chief Testifies About Protracted Delay Between Alert to the Army and Pentagon Approval
Discussion: Palmer Report and Crooks and Liars
Washington Post:
Biden limits eligibility for stimulus payments under pressure from moderate Senate Democrats  —  President Biden has agreed to narrow eligibility for a new round of $1,400 stimulus payments in his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, under pressure from moderate Senate Democrats who've pushed for more “targeted” spending in the bill.
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Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Democrats Have Decided to Send Checks to Fewer People for No Actual Good Reason  —  After being badgered to death by moderate Senate Democrats, the Biden administration has agreed to put stricter limits on who will be eligible for a relief check as part of its big COVID recovery bill.
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Moderate Democrats Strip Stimulus Checks From 12 Million Voters for No Reason  —  For weeks, a handful of moderate Democrats in the Senate have been fighting to prevent $1,400 COVID-relief checks from reaching their own upper-middle-class constituents.  It has never been all that clear to the public …
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Joe Biden just yanked away stimulus checks from 17 million Americans
Mike Pence / The Daily Signal:
Election Integrity Is a National Imperative  —  After an election marked by significant voting irregularities and numerous instances of officials setting aside state election law, I share the concerns of millions of Americans about the integrity of the 2020 election.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Mike Pence's Blueprint for Permanent Authoritarian Rule  —  After a long period of silence on the subject of the 2020 election, some of which he spent hiding from an insurrectionist mob that was attempting to lynch him, Mike Pence has reemerged.  The former vice-president has written an op-ed …
Bloomberg:
Trump Weighs 2024 White House Run Without Mike Pence, Allies Say  — Pence drew Trump's ire by not rejecting Biden electoral votes  — Former president has said he's considering another run in 2024  —  Donald Trump is telling allies he's strongly considering another run for president in 2024 …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
David Shor on Why Trump Was Good for the GOP and How Dems Can Win in 2022  —  In the United States, every season is campaign season.  Four months after America last went to the polls, Democrats are still refining their autopsies of the 2020 race and already governing with an eye toward the 2022 midterms.
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
The House Is Poised to Pass a Major Voting Rights Bill—and Create a Helluva Battle in the Senate  —  Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.  —  With a supercharged assault on voting rights …
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Democrats' Only Chance to Stop the GOP Assault on Voting Rights
Anna Gronewold / Politico:
Some key aides jump ship as Cuomo scandals spiral  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — At least two top aides to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are leaving his office as the governor faces allegations of sexual harassment from former aides and a federal probe into his administration's handling of nursing home deaths.
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: Tom Reed hiring team for New York governor run
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Cuomo, Contrite Over Sex Harassment Accusations, Refuses to Resign
Jacob Kornbluh / The Forward:
Design firm takes responsibility for CPAC stage controversy  —  The company that was hired to set up the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida last weekend has taken full responsibility for the design of the stage that resembled a Nazi insignia.
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Nick Arama / RedState:
Designer of CPAC Stage, Accused of Looking Like Nazi Symbol, Is Identified, Kicker Is Who They Are and For Whom They've Worked
Discussion: HotAir
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Jim Jordan Under Scrutiny for Nearly $3 Million in Unreported Campaign Funds  —  “Jordan's campaign appears to have had systemic reporting problems over multiple years,” Brendan Fischer, director of reform at the Campaign Legal Center, told the Daily Beast.  —  This week, the campaign committee …
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Martin Austermuhle / DCist:
Two Transformer Statues At Center Of Georgetown Debate  —  The fate of humanity may not exactly have been at stake, but still the battle was on.  —  On one side, Optimus Prime and Bumblebee.  On the other, a Georgetown Advisory Neighborhood Commission.  (Cue dramatic music.)
Annie Lowrey / The Atlantic:
Stockton's Basic-Income Experiment Pays Off  —  Two years ago, the city of Stockton, California, did something remarkable: It brought back welfare.  —  Using donated funds, the industrial city on the edge of the Bay Area tech economy launched a small demonstration program …
Discussion: Insider, The Hill, WINK NEWS and Defense One
Wall Street Journal:
Google to Stop Selling Ads Based on Your Specific Web Browsing  —  Citing privacy concerns, Google says it won't use technologies that track individuals across multiple websites  —  Google plans to stop selling ads based on individuals' browsing across multiple websites …
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
US militia group draws members from military and police, website leak shows  —  Analysis: Membership list of American Patriots Three Percent also shows widespread network of people from variety of occupations  —  A Guardian investigation of a website leak from the American Patriots Three Percent shows …
Discussion: Raw Story
Vicky Prodeline / Monmouth University Polling …:
Public Wants Stimulus Checks More Than GOP Support for Plan  —  Majority back jobless benefits, wage hike, some college debt relief; Negative views of Biden, Congress rise  —  West Long Branch, NJ - More than 6 in 10 Americans support the Covid stimulus bill being considered by Congress …
New York Times:
Biden Agrees to Narrow Eligibility for Stimulus Payments  —  Hosted by Michael Barbaro; produced by Stella Tan and Daniel Guillemette; edited by M.J. Davis Lin and Lisa Chow; and engineered by Corey Schreppel.  —  As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on President Biden's first major piece of legislation …
Discussion: Bloomberg and National Review
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Lin Wood Booted From Lawyers Club After Calling for Pence's Execution  —  OBJECTIONABLE  —  Pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood has been banished from a private lawyer's club in Atlanta after calling for former Vice President Mike Pence to face a firing squad.  Wood, who was behind several failed …
Discussion: Forbes and Raw Story
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Zero COVID Risk Is the Wrong Standard  —  Oregon governor Kate Brown has been fighting to reopen the state's schools, some 80 percent of which remain fully remote.  Her efforts included providing schools with masks, testing, and ventilation, and giving teachers access to vaccines.
Sophie Lewis / CBS News:
Alabama Senate votes to make hormone therapy and surgery for trans youth a felony  —  Under a new law, transgender youth in Alabama could not be treated with puberty-blockers, hormone therapy or surgery.  The state Senate voted to make the treatment a felony on Tuesday.
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
Virginia governor candidate Pete Snyder reveals election-integrity plan  —  Snyder's announcement comes as many within the GOP express distrust in elections  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for March 3  —  EXCLUSIVE - Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Snyder revealed …
Discussion: Politico
Bridget Read / The Cut:
‘I Really Believe the Senate Is Broken’  —  For a fleeting few weeks, it seemed as though the Democratic establishment was really going to fight for a $15 federal minimum wage.  It is an incredibly popular policy proposal, one that would lift over a million Americans out of poverty and boost the economy.
Justice News:
Marionville Man Indicted for Threatening Two Congressmen  —  SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A Marionville, Missouri, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for threatening two members of the U.S. House of Representatives.  —  Kenneth R. Hubert, 63, was charged in a three-count indictment returned under seal …
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
Jim Saksa / Roll Call:
Cafe au yay!  Cups to reopen in April  —  We all have our own watershed moments, the events that delineate life before coronavirus and the waking nightmare after.  For some, it was when the NBA suddenly sent home fans on March 11.  For others, it was when news broke that Tom Hanks had COVID-19.
Washington Post:
House scraps plans for Thursday session after security officials warn of possible plot to breach Capitol  —  Latest: Full Senate vote on Garland to be attorney general likely delayed until next week; Durbin blames Republicans  —  The House scrapped plans for a Thursday session …
Mica Soellner / Washington Examiner:
San Francisco, where Gavin Newsom was mayor, home to top donors for recall campaign: Report  —  The financial drive behind California Gov. Gavin Newsom's recall campaign is largely being fueled by his hometown of San Francisco, where many large donors reside.  —  Finance reports cited
Lis Power / Media Matters for America:
Fox News' Dr. Seuss obsession, by the numbers … If you watched Fox News yesterday, you'd think the most pressing news of the day was the supposed cancelation of Dr. Seuss.  The network devoted an hour and nine minutes of coverage to Dr. Seuss, more than twice as much as it gave …
Micah Lee / The Intercept:
Donald Trump's Gab Account Uses an Email Address Belonging to the Extremist Platform's CEO … Gab, the far-right social network that's known as a safe space for hate speech, QAnon believers, Trump election fraud conspiracists, and white supremacist terrorists, was hacked pretty badly.
 
 
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Associated Press:
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Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Germany Places Far-Right AfD Party Under Surveillance for Extremism
Discussion: Politico, NPR and National File
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
‘Vial Of Death’: Louis Farrakhan Pushes Vaccine Conspiracy Theories In Videos Posted On Facebook, Twitter
Discussion: HotAir and Final Call News
Anthony Adragna / Politico:
House Energy and Commerce leaders unveil sweeping climate change legislation
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Adam Tooze / Chartbook:
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Wall Street Journal:
The Billionaire Behind the Biggest U.S. Tax Fraud Case Ever Filed
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Aris Roussinos / UnHerd:
Twilight of the American empire
Discussion: Politico
Valentine Low / The Times:
Royal aides reveal bullying claim before Meghan's Oprah interview
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
How Mike Lee Ditched Constitutional Conservatism for the Cult of Trump
Discussion: Washington Post
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
The White House's use of Zoom for meetings raises China-related security concerns
Discussion: The Daily Caller