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9:35 PM ET, March 3, 2021

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New York Times:
Inspector General's Report Cites Elaine Chao for Using Office to Help Family  —  The Justice Department under the Trump administration declined to open a criminal investigation into the actions by Ms. Chao when she was transportation secretary.  —  WASHINGTON — While serving …
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David Corn / Mother Jones:
Inspector General Report Says Elaine Chao May Have Violated Federal Ethics Laws  —  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.  —  Two months after Elaine Chao resigned as secretary of transportation …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Politico
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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Alana Wise / NPR:
DOD Took Hours To Approve National Guard Request During Capitol Riot, Commander Says  —  It took more than three hours for former President Donald Trump's Defense Department to approve a request for the D.C. National Guard to intervene in the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection …
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Extremists discussed plans to ‘remove Democratic lawmakers’: FBI-Homeland Security bulletin
Discussion: Twitchy
Mark Katkov / NPR:
House Cancels Thursday Session After Police Warn Of Possible Attack On Congress
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
CNN:
Fact check: Pence echoes Trump's Big Lie in dishonest op-ed on election rules
Discussion: Washington Post, Raw Story and HotAir
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.
BuzzFeed News:
David Brooks's Side Hustle Was Funded By Facebook And Jeff Bezos's Father  —  New York Times columnist David Brooks is drawing a second salary for his work on an Aspen Institute project funded by Facebook and other large donors — a fact he has not disclosed in his columns.
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
Washington Post:
Murkowski emerges as focus of Biden effort to find GOP support for his agenda  —  As early as December, the incoming Biden administration began to woo a Republican who could prove pivotal in their legislative efforts: Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.  —  As transition officials sifted through …
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Politico:
Neera Tanden's OMB nomination failed. Her fallback plan remains a mystery.
Discussion: Khmer Times and spectator.us
Washington Post:
In Trump probe, Manhattan district attorney puts pressure on his longtime chief financial officer  —  The Manhattan district attorney is delving deeply into the personal and financial affairs of the chief financial officer for former president Donald Trump's company, probing the extent …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
New York Times:
Biden Secretly Limits Counterterrorism Drone Strikes Away From War Zones  —  Requiring higher-level approval is a stopgap measure as officials review whether to tighten Trump-era targeting rules and civilian safeguards.  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has quietly imposed temporary limits …
Discussion: Insider, The Hill and IJR
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.)
Brad Heath / Reuters:
U.S. suspends federal agent who joined crowd outside Capitol during rampage, lawyer says  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has suspended an agent who was outside the Capitol when a mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the building, his lawyer said …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
Asher Price / Austin American-Statesman:
3 out of 4 Abbott medical advisers say they were not consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate  —  Texas' top health official said Wednesday he did not speak with Gov. Greg Abbott before the governor announced Tuesday he would end his statewide mask order and “open Texas 100%.”
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, WINK NEWS, The Hill and Defense One
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Erin Banco / Politico:
CDC delays guidelines for vaccinated people  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will not be releasing its guidance for vaccinated Americans on Thursday as originally planned, according to two senior administration officials with knowledge of the situation.
Discussion: RedState
Matt Stoller / BIG:
Apple Threatens North Dakota, Suffers Crushing Loss in Arizona: “A Lot of It is Just Fear”  —  Facebook, Apple, Google do not obey the law.  Lawmakers know it.  —  4 hr ago  —  Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly and finance.  If you'd like to sign up, you can do so here.
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.
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.
Bari Weiss / Deseret News:
The silenced majority  —  In red America and blue America, an epidemic of self-censorship is threatening democracy  —  I know a lot of people who live in fear of saying what they really think.  In red America and in blue America — and, perhaps more so, on the red internet and the blue internet …
BuzzFeed News:
ID Requirements Are Meant To Stop Vaccine Tourists, But They Can Also Shut Out Vulnerable Residents  —  As an undocumented construction worker living outside Miami, Miguel is constantly challenged to prove that he exists.  Police hassle him for an ID he doesn't have.
Cathy Young / The Bulwark:
1619, 1776, and Us  —  What the conflict over the NYT extravaganza and the much-mocked Trump commission report is really about.  —  Among the Trump administration's final acts was the release, less than 48 hours before Donald Trump left office, of the “1776 Report.”
Discussion: Arizona Mirror and HistoryNet
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
‘Vial Of Death’: Louis Farrakhan Pushes Vaccine Conspiracy Theories In Videos Posted On Facebook, Twitter  — Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, called the coronavirus shot a “vial of death” at an event held this weekend, and falsely claimed that the vaccine has killed people.
Discussion: Final Call News and HotAir
The Daily Beast:
Trump Served With Civil Rights Suit After Capitol Riot  —  Attorneys for Rep. Bennie Thompson and the NAACP have served the former president at his Mar-a-Lago club with a lawsuit filed in February.  —  Attorneys for Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and the NAACP have served former President Donald Trump …
FiveThirtyEight:
How Marjorie Taylor Greene Won, And Why Someone Like Her Can Win Again  —  Before Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene set off a metal detector outside the House chamber, lost her committee assignments, or hung a transphobic sign in the halls of the Capitol complex, she was just a candidate in a Republican primary in Georgia.
 
 
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Associated Press:
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Bipartisan group of senators introduces bill to rein in Biden's war powers
Discussion: Fox News, RedState and Breitbart
Associated Press:
Lawmakers can't cite local examples of trans girls in sports
Associated Press:
Video: Myanmar police hold AP journalist in chokehold
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
Virginia governor candidate Pete Snyder reveals election-integrity plan
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
House scraps plans for Thursday session after security officials warn of possible plot to breach Capitol
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Justice News:
Marionville Man Indicted for Threatening Two Congressmen
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
Wall Street Journal:
The Billionaire Behind the Biggest U.S. Tax Fraud Case Ever Filed
Aris Roussinos / UnHerd:
Twilight of the American empire
Discussion: Politico
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
US militia group draws members from military and police, website leak shows
Discussion: Raw Story