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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.
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 …
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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.
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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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
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Erin Durkin / Politico:
De Blasio's payback: New York mayor unloads on wounded Cuomo
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
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
Biden's Cabinet half-empty after slow start in confirmations
Discussion: Politico
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 Guardian
Reuters:
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
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Washington Post:
Greg Abbott is endangering the health of Texas and beyond
Houston Chronicle:
Abbott's COVID rollbacks were ‘like PTSD’ for Houston doctors, health experts
Discussion: The Texas Tribune and Insider
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
Elaina Plott / New York Times:
Ambitious Republicans' Dance: Embrace Trump, but Don't Try to Be Him  —  As jockeying begins for 2024, rank-and-file Republicans say they are most drawn to leaders who both pledge fealty to the former president and appear to showcase a distinct political identity.
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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
DeSantis's rising GOP profile fuels 2024 talk
Discussion: IJR
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
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Why Republicans think Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potato Head can save them  —  (CNN)The prevailing message that emerged from last weekend's annual Conservative Political Action Conference wasn't that Joe Biden is a bad president or that Donald Trump is great (although both speakers and attendees voiced those sentiments).
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Wrap and Rolling Stone
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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.
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 …
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:
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.
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Column: San Francisco plays a guessing game.  After Pelosi, who?  —  In the past half-century, just three people have held the seat representing this lovely, boisterous city in Congress.  Two of them — Phil Burton and Nancy Pelosi — account for all but a handful of those 57 years.
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Vernon Jordan, Civil Rights Leader and D.C. Power Broker, Dies at 85  —  Mr. Jordan, who was selected to head the National Urban League while still in his 30s, counseled presidents and business leaders.  —  Vernon E. Jordan Jr., the civil rights leader and Washington power broker whose private counsel …
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Robin Givhan / Washington Post:   Vernon Jordan made being a Black man in America look effortless
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 Slate
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.
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
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
 
 
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Hope Yen / Associated Press:
US infrastructure gets C- from engineers as roads stagnate
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Former Flack for GOP Russia Stooge Finds Redemption as Lincoln Project Damage Control Adviser
Reuters:
Islamic State says it killed female media workers in east Afghanistan
Discussion: The Hill
Mary Ziegler / New York Times:
Absolutists Are Taking Over the Anti-Abortion Movement
Washington Post:
America must embrace civics and history instruction for the sake of our democracy
Discussion: The Federalist
Washington Examiner:
The Equality Act must die in the Senate
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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