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8:30 AM ET, March 4, 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 …
CNN:
Once omnipresent Kushner now MIA from Trump's political pack  —  (CNN)As Donald Trump plotted his Conservative Political Action Conference appearance last week, and a broader, more-robust plan to return to politics as an omnipresent disruptor, one person was conspicuously absent from the confab.
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Bloomberg:
Trump Weighs 2024 White House Run Without Mike Pence, Allies Say
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Mike Pence's Blueprint for Permanent Authoritarian Rule
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Did the Pentagon wait for Trump's approval before defending the Capitol?  —  Three hours and 19 minutes.  —  That's how long it took from the first, desperate pleas for help from the Capitol Police to the Trump Pentagon on Jan. 6 until the D.C. National Guard finally received permission to help put down the bloody insurrection.
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Washington Post:
The Pentagon delayed three hours in sending troops on Jan. 6. It still hasn't given a good reason.
Discussion: Associated Press and NPR
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
Biden's bungling anti-Trumpism starts to fray  —  “Orange man bad” is the leitmotif of Biden administration messaging and policymaking.  If you want to know what President Biden is doing, check what President Donald Trump did, and it'll either be the opposite or be presented that way.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Ezra Klein / New York Times:
Speak Softly, and Carry a Big Agenda
Politico:
White House weighs minimum wage negotiations with Republicans  —  The White House is weighing whether to engage in talks with Republicans on a minimum wage hike once Congress passes its Covid relief bill, two sources with knowledge of their strategic thinking say.
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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 …
Politico:
Neera Tanden's OMB nomination failed. Her fallback plan remains a mystery.
Discussion: spectator.us and Khmer Times
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.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Schumer and his flip phone get their moment  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  A busy Wednesday night in the House:  —  H.R. 1 ... “House passes sweeping bill on election, government reforms,” by Sarah Ferris: “Nearly every Democrat voted for the bill, which includes a slew of ballot access …
Discussion: Washington Post, Bloomberg and CNN
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New York Times:
Capitol Police Warn of Threat on Thursday, and House Cancels the Day's Session
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Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Sole GOP vote on House police reform bill says he ‘accidentally pressed the wrong voting button’
Discussion: Townhall, Politico and Fox News
Washington Post:
House passes expansive policing overhaul bill named in honor of George Floyd
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%.”
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Shawn Mulcahy / The Texas Tribune:
Three of Gov. Greg Abbott's four coronavirus medical advisers say they weren't directly consulted prior to lifting mask mandate
Discussion: Houston Public Media
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Maybe It's a Good Thing Andrew Cuomo Is Still Governor  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo stands accused by three different women of sexual harassment.  And yet, oddly enough, he is still serving as governor.  And that, friends, may be a good thing.  —  In Monday's New York Times …
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John F. Harris / Politico:
What the Andrew Cuomo Saga Tells Us About the Shallowness of Modern Politics
Discussion: Gothamist, Axios and Fox News
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 …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
House Democrats pass sweeping elections bill as GOP legislatures push to restrict voting  —  The House late Wednesday night passed expansive legislation to create uniform national voting standards, overhaul campaign finance laws and outlaw partisan redistricting, advancing a centerpiece …
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.
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 …
The Guardian:
Brexit: Northern Ireland loyalist armies renounce Good Friday Agreement  —  Loyalist Communities Council warns of ‘strength of feeling’ over border checks but says protests about Northern Ireland Protocol should stay peaceful  —  A body that claims to represent loyalist paramilitary organisations …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Extremists discussed plans to ‘remove Democratic lawmakers’: FBI-Homeland Security bulletin … The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI sent a joint intelligence bulletin to state and local law enforcement agencies late Tuesday warning that some domestic groups have …
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Politico:
House scraps work schedule amid security threat
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Former Trump appointees say they're still waiting on their vacation payouts  —  Some former political appointees say they were promised lump-sum payouts and are now struggling to pay rent.  —  A number of former Trump political appointees have still not received their lump-sum vacation payouts …
Discussion: Raw Story
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Republicans Won Blue-Collar Votes.  They're Not Offering Much in Return.  —  Party leaders want to capitalize on Donald Trump's appeal to the white working class.  But in recent weeks, they've offered very little to advance working people's economic interests.
Steve Israel / The Hill:
Republicans, please save your party  —  President Trump's address last weekend to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), in which he publicly identified his opponents, had all the charm and grace of another speech given in 1979, by Saddam Hussein, in Baghdad.
Sam Baker / Axios:
The danger of a fourth wave  —  The U.S. may be on the verge of another surge in coronavirus cases, despite weeks of good news.  —  The big picture: Nationwide, progress against the virus has stalled.  And some states are ditching their most important public safety measures even as their outbreaks are getting worse.
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 …
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Katherine Clarke / Wall Street Journal:
Jeffrey Epstein's New York Townhouse to Sell for Roughly $50 Million  —  The late financier and convicted sex offender's Upper East Side home originally asked $88 million.  —  The New York City townhouse of the late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is in contract to sell …
Jason Rantz / MyNorthwest.com:
Rantz: Man calls 911 on self to ‘goad’ cops into George Floyd incident, reports Black man with gun  —  Arlington Police were called to a bus stop near a middle school after a report of a young Black man brandishing a handgun.  That man, Tamon Leverette, later said that “he was stopped and frisked” …
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
US decision not to punish crown prince puts us in grave danger, Saudi exiles say  —  Dissidents decry lack of sanctions for Mohammed bin Salman over Khashoggi killing and warn of ‘permanent impunity’ for Saudi heir  —  Exiled dissidents who have been warned about threats against them by Saudi Arabia …
Discussion: Insider
 
 
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James Arkin / Politico:
Club for Growth endorses Mandel in Ohio GOP Senate primary
Dave Zirin / The Nation:
Kelly Loeffler Just Lost Her WNBA Team to a Player She Refused to Meet
Meron Rapoport / +972 Magazine:
Israel denies COVID vaccine to Palestinian student at Tel Aviv University
Tovia Smith / NPR:
‘Exit Counselors’ Strain To Pull Americans Out Of A Web Of False Conspiracies
Discussion: Raw Story
Mary Spicuzza / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
‘She wished that she had spoken up more’: Why a Madison woman's obituary asks people to donate to Ron Johnson's 2022 opponent
Caitlin McFall / Fox News:
Gov. Newsom suggests teachers ‘not comfortable going back in’ won't be required to return to schools
Discussion: Townhall and California Governor
 Earlier Items: 
Erin Banco / Politico:
CDC delays guidelines for vaccinated people
Discussion: Insider and RedState
Micah Lee / The Intercept:
Donald Trump's Gab Account Uses an Email Address Belonging to the Extremist Platform's CEO
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: HistoryNet
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Lin Wood Booted From Lawyers Club After Calling for Pence's Execution
Discussion: Forbes and Raw Story