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9:45 AM ET, March 3, 2021

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CNN:
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 …
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.
Politico:
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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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Murkowski never told White House she would oppose Tanden
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
DeSantis's rising GOP profile fuels 2024 talk
Discussion: IJR
Sam Stein / Politico:
The GOP is the party of half-Trump
Discussion: Washington Post, NBC News and Fox News
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
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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.
Norman Ornstein / Washington Post:
Democrats can't kill the filibuster.  But they can gut it.  —  Three reforms Manchin and Sinema might consider  —  Norman Ornstein, an emeritus scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, is a co-author of “One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate and the Not-Yet Deported.”
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Democrats' Only Chance to Stop the GOP Assault on Voting Rights
Washington Post:
Greg Abbott is endangering the health of Texas and beyond  —  Opinion by Editorial Board  —  THE GOVERNOR of Texas, Greg Abbott, is gambling with the health of his state and beyond.  He announced plans on Tuesday to completely open establishments next week and lift a face mask mandate for public areas …
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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 …
Melissa Quinn / CBS News:
Democrats reissue subpoena to Trump's accounting firm for financial records  —  Washington — House Democrats have reissued their subpoena to former President Donald Trump's accounting firm for a trove of his financial records, lawyers for the House revealed in a court filing Tuesday.
Discussion: NBC News and Forbes
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NBC News:
D.C. police, FBI on alert ahead of QAnon's ‘true Inauguration Day’  —  Law enforcement agencies around Washington, D.C., are adding extra security out of concern about a coming date — March 4, which is Thursday — that has swirled online among QAnon supporters.
Discussion: USA Today
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ABC News:
US Capitol Police beef up security for March 4 amid concerns over QAnon conspiracy theory
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Jason L. Riley / Wall Street Journal:
Why Did Amazon Cancel Justice Thomas?  —  Without explanation, the company took down a popular documentary during Black History Month.  —  Now that another February has come and gone, perhaps Amazon will revert to offering customers a broader and more variegated view of black history.
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Why Fox News is having a day-long meltdown over Dr. Seuss  —  Biden didn't mention Dr. Seuss in his Read Across America Day statement.  All hell broke loose from there.  —  Conservative media turned 2021's National Read Across America Day into an epic culture war meltdown.
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Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Why Republicans think Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potato Head can save them
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Wrap and Rolling Stone
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 …
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: The Other McCain
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Erin Durkin / Politico:
De Blasio's payback: New York mayor unloads on wounded Cuomo
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Vernon Jordan made being a Black man in America look effortless  —  Senior critic-at-large  —  Vernon Jordan came from humble beginnings and grew up in a segregated America, yet he moved through the world in the manner of someone who owned it.  He was a Black man who knew what it meant …
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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.
Associated Press:
Myanmar authorities charge Associated Press journalist  —  YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Authorities in Myanmar have charged Associated Press journalist Thein Zaw and five other members of the media with violating a public order law that could see them imprisoned for up to three years, a lawyer said Tuesday.
Politico:
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.
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
The ‘free world’ keeps shrinking  —  You're reading an excerpt from the Today's WorldView newsletter.  Sign up to get the rest, including news from around the globe, interesting ideas and opinions to know, sent to your inbox every weekday.  —  Three-quarters of the people on earth live in countries where freedom is declining.
Discussion: Vox, Persuasion and Election Law Blog
Miguel Cardona / USA Today:
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona: Here is my five-point plan to get students back in school full time  —  With the right support, students are remarkably resilient.  They have risen to the COVID challenge in ways that inspire me as an educator and a father.
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
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.
Discussion: Wired, CNN and Boing Boing
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Boulder
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The Georgia legislators pushing voter suppression bills are backed by millions in corporate cash  —  Following surprise losses in November and January, Republican legislators in Georgia are aggressively pushing legislation to restrict voting before the next election.
Maria Cramer / New York Times:
Wisconsin Hunters Kill Over 200 Wolves in Less Than 3 Days  —  The gray wolf lost Endangered Species Act protections last year, prompting a recent hunt that killed at least 216 wolves — far exceeding a quota set by state wildlife officials.  —  Hunters in Wisconsin killed more than 200 wolves last week …
Discussion: Althouse
Mary Ziegler / New York Times:
Absolutists Are Taking Over the Anti-Abortion Movement  —  Taking their cue from Trump, they are going all out to overturn Roe v. Wade.  —  Ms. Ziegler is a professor of law at Florida State University and the author of “Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present.”
Washington Examiner:
The Equality Act must die in the Senate  —  The House last week passed the Equality Act, a deceptively named bill that claims to secure equal rights but threatens the liberties of millions of people who disagree with the Left's extremist gender ideology.  The bill now moves to a split Senate …
 
 
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Hope Yen / Associated Press:
US infrastructure gets C- from engineers as roads stagnate
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
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Reuters:
Islamic State says it killed female media workers in east Afghanistan
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
America must embrace civics and history instruction for the sake of our democracy
Discussion: The Federalist
Wall Street Journal:
Operation Warp Speed's Triumph
The Nation:
VP Harris, Maybe You Were Elected for Such a Time as This
Meg O'Connor / The Appeal:
Tishaura Jones and Cara Spencer Win St. Louis Mayoral Primary
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
When U.S. blamed Saudi crown prince for role in Khashoggi killing, fake Twitter accounts went to war
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Sonia Moghe / CNN:
NYC Bar Association joins push to have Giuliani investigated to be disbarred
Baltimore Sun:
Hogan doubles down on Baltimore COVID vaccine comments as data reveals most city doses going to non-city residents
Washington Post:
Donors gave a House candidate more than $8 million. A single firm took nearly half of it.
Discussion: Raw Story
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Feds Arrest White Supremacist Livestreamer in Dawn Raid, Rattling Supporters
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel, CBS Miami and Raw Story