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12:45 PM ET, March 3, 2021


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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.
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.
First on CNN: Rep. Ronny Jackson made sexual comments, drank alcohol and took Ambien while working as White House physician, Pentagon watchdog finds  —  (CNN)The Department of Defense inspector general has issued a scathing review of Rep. Ronny Jackson during his time serving as the top White House physician …
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Former White House physician, now congressman Ronny Jackson bullied staff, made sexual remarks, report says  —  Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Tex.), a former top White House physician to two presidents, bullied his staff, made inappropriate sexual comments about a female subordinate and exhibited …
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.
D.C. National Guard chief: Pentagon dragged its feet on Jan. 6 backup  —  Senior Pentagon officials took more than three hours to approve sending National Guard troops to the Capitol as it was being violently breached on Jan. 6, even as troops were loaded on buses and ready to go …
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
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 …
Capitol Hill security increased around chatter about March 4 conspiracies
Discussion: The Hill
Morning Consult:
Broad, Bipartisan Support for $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Package Persists as Senate Gears Up to Tackle Bill  —  Experiment shows partisan framing does little to affect overall support for Democrats' plan  — 77% of voters backed the stimulus plan when its Democratic origin is not disclosed vs. 71% …
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.
Discussion: The Hill, Forbes and Los Angeles Times
Biden Backs Tighter Limits on Checks to Speed Relief Bill
Staff at some major U.S. firms to keep masks on in Texas even as state lifts mandate  —  (Reuters) - Employees at General Motors, Toyota Motor, Target Corp, and Macy's Inc in Texas will keep face masks on at work, the companies said on Tuesday, even as the U.S. state lifted …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and IJR
Washington Post:
Greg Abbott is endangering the health of Texas and beyond
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
The White House's use of Zoom for meetings raises China-related security concerns  —  Opinion by  —  The Biden White House is using the teleconference platform Zoom for most of its unclassified government-related virtual interactions, even as the Justice Department is prosecuting …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Chris Buckley / New York Times:
‘The East Is Rising’: Xi Maps Out China's Post-Covid Ascent
Discussion: Bloomberg
The real post-Trump GOP divide: House vs. Senate  —  Technically they belong to the same party.  But on a growing number of issues, House and Senate Republicans might as well live on different political planets.  —  And much of the intraparty strain revolves around the aftermath of Donald Trump's presidency.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
House GOP campaign chief: Not helpful for Trump to meddle in primaries
Discussion: Politico
Maureen Callahan / New York Post:
How is Chris Cuomo still on the air at CNN?  —  Is there a bigger joke in broadcast news than Chris Cuomo?  —  Now, he says, he cannot cover his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, because it's a conflict of interest.  You don't say?  Apparently no such conflict arose when Chris constantly hosted …
Discussion: Althouse and Fox News
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
CNN has a Cuomo problem
Discussion: New Republic and Associated Press
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 …
Discussion: CBS News, POLITICUSUSA and USA Today
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
The most engaging political news on Facebook?  Far-right misinformation.  —  In the months before and after the 2020 election, far-right pages that are known to spread misinformation consistently garnered more engagement on Facebook than any other partisan news, according to a New York University study published Wednesday.
Laura Edelson / Cybersecurity for Democracy:
Far-right news sources on Facebook more engaging
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Washington Post:
Internal DHS documents warned of potential for violence by groups at Jan. 6 rally  —  Internal reports and emails from the Homeland Security Department show that federal law enforcement authorities were alert to the potential for violence by extremist groups attending a pro-Trump rally …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Sara A. Carter
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 …
Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
Jim Jordan's campaign faces questions over accounting discrepancies that exceed $100K  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Federal Election Commission on Tuesday asked U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan's campaign committee to explain large accounting discrepancies between reports it filed several years ago …
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Democrats' Only Chance to Stop the GOP Assault on Voting Rights  —  The most explosive battle in decades over access to the voting booth will reach a new crescendo this week, as Republican-controlled states advance an array of measures to restrict the ballot, and the U.S. House of Representatives votes …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Kemp faces test with GOP-backed voting restrictions  —  Gov. Brian Kemp has taken some evasive action when it comes to the latest GOP proposals to add restrictions to voting.  —  After strongly endorsing new ID requirements for absentee ballots, the Republican ducked questions …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Root
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
House fight for Trump's financial records poised to stretch into the summer  —  Congressional investigators fighting to access former President Donald Trump's financial records are planning for a lengthy battle that stretches deep into 2021, according to a proposed legal schedule unveiled by House counsel Doug Letter on Tuesday.
Melissa Quinn / CBS News:
Democrats reissue subpoena to Trump's accounting firm for financial records
Discussion: NBC News and Forbes
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
Former Parler CEO Matze Stripped Of All Company Shares Upon Firing, Sources Say  —  The power struggle that led to conservative social media site Parler abruptly firing its founder and CEO John Matze last month became so acrimonious that when Matze was sacked, he was also involuntarily stripped …
Discussion: Forbes and Gizmodo, more at Techmeme »
Kevin Ambrose / Washington Post:
The cicadas are coming.  Rising temperatures and thawing soils portend insect explosion.  —  Expect the 17-year cicadas in parts of Northern Virginia, Maryland and the District between mid-May and early June  —  Are you ready for the arrival of cicadas this spring?
Brian Holmes / KTFT:
Idaho Republican votes against using federal funds for early education, says it makes it ‘easier for mothers to come out of the home’  —  Rep. Shepherd thinks this chance to help kids get ready for kindergarten would do damage to the family unit.  —  BOISE, Idaho — March is Women's History Month …
Discussion: Raw Story
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
‘Absolutely Depraved Moral Logic’: Keith Olbermann Dragged for Suggesting Texans Don't Deserve Vaccine  —  Former sports-news-sports-news-sports- news commentator Keith Olbermann once again reaped the online whirlwind for his latest hot take, this one involving his definitely …
Discussion: Twitchy and New York Post
Will Wilkinson / Model Citizen:
Against Child Hostages  —  Conditioning child benefits on work isn't required for a durable social compact.  It just hurts kids.  —  5 hr ago  —  I could hardly disagree more strenuously with Oren Cass' argument against the universality of the child allowance in Mitt Romney's Family Security Act.
POLITICO Playbook: The three factions set to face off over Tanden's replacement  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  There are two big questions to answer with the withdrawal of NEERA TANDEN'S nomination to be OMB director: Who killed it?  Who will replace her?  —  The more intriguing question this morning is who did the deed.
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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Senate Finance Committee split on HHS nominee Becerra in tie vote
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: Senate sick of FBI stonewalling
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
How Mike Lee Ditched Constitutional Conservatism for the Cult of Trump
Associated Press:
Analysis: Biden aims to manage expectations with pandemic
Des Moines Register:
Suspicious device found at Ankeny polling place confirmed as live pipe bomb
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Column: San Francisco plays a guessing game. After Pelosi, who?
 Earlier Items: 
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
US infrastructure gets C- from engineers as roads stagnate
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Maria Cramer / New York Times:
Wisconsin Hunters Kill Over 200 Wolves in Less Than 3 Days
Discussion: Althouse
Jason L. Riley / Wall Street Journal:
Why Did Amazon Cancel Justice Thomas?
Mary Ziegler / New York Times:
Absolutists Are Taking Over the Anti-Abortion Movement
Washington Examiner:
The Equality Act must die in the Senate
Miguel Cardona / USA Today:
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona: Here is my five-point plan to get students back in school full time
Discussion: Politico, Eduwonk and ABC News