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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.
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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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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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.
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.
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Melissa Quinn / CBS News:
Democrats reissue subpoena to Trump's accounting firm for financial records
Discussion: NBC News and Forbes
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.
Discussion: Associated Press, The Hill and Slate
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Murkowski never told White House she would oppose Tanden
Sam Stein / Politico:
The GOP is the party of half-Trump  —  Presented by The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL)  —  With help from Daniel Payne, Renuka Rayasam and Myah Ward  —  BREAKING — President Joe Biden is withdrawing Neera Tanden's nomination to be his budget director …
Discussion: NBC News, Washington Post and Fox News
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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.
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.”
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.
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
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.
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 and CNN
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.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Feds Arrest White Supremacist Livestreamer in Dawn Raid, Rattling Supporters  —  Paul N. Miller, who's amassed more than 40,000 followers on Telegram, was arrested in Florida early Tuesday.  Some of his followers fear they could be next.  —  The FBI arrested a notorious white supremacist livestreamer …
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel, CBS Miami and Raw Story
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.
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Donors gave a House candidate more than $8 million.  A single firm took nearly half of it.  —  U.S. House candidate Kim Klacik walked onto Mike Huckabee's cable talk show last August as the latest conservative celebrity, riding high on a viral campaign ad that had attracted 10 million views …
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Operation Warp Speed's Triumph  —  Trump's vaccine bet was government's best pandemic decision.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  American governments, federal and state, have made many mistakes in the Covid-19 pandemic.  But the great success—the saving grace—was making a financial bet …
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
Robert Frank / CNBC:
Jeff Bezos would pay over $5 billion a year under Warren's wealth tax  — Jeff Bezos would owe $5.7 billion in taxes for 2020 under the Ultra-Millionaire Tax Act proposed by a group of Senate and House Democrats and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday.
Reuters:
Islamic State says it killed female media workers in east Afghanistan  —  (Reuters) - The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed three female media workers in eastern Afghanistan.  —  The militant group, which has a presence in Afghanistan, said its fighters …
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Military reaction was ‘sprint speed,’ top officer says as Pentagon takes heat for Capitol riot response  —  The Pentagon acted as quickly as possible when asked to help respond to rioting at the Capitol on Jan. 6, the top U.S. military officer said, calling the turnaround “sprint speed” …
Sonia Moghe / CNN:
NYC Bar Association joins push to have Giuliani investigated to be disbarred  —  Hear Giuliani's response to disclaimer running before his radio show  —  New York (CNN)The New York City Bar Association added its name to the list of groups urging the state court committee that recommends whether …
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Former Flack for GOP Russia Stooge Finds Redemption as Lincoln Project Damage Control Adviser  —  Earlier this year, the Lincoln Project announced it was building a database of former Trump administration employees to ensure they “will be held accountable” and “not allowed to pretend they were not involved.”
The Wrap:
David Muir Clash With George Stephanopoulos Led to ABC News Chief Ouster (Exclusive)  —  Tension between ABC News morning anchor George Stephanopoulos and evening star David Muir over the anchor title led to the sudden exit of ABC News chief James Goldston in January, TheWrap has learned.
Discussion: CNN, more at Mediagazer »
 
 
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The Nation:
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NBC News:
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Baltimore Sun:
Hogan doubles down on Baltimore COVID vaccine comments as data reveals most city doses going to non-city residents
Ken Klippenstein / The Intercept:
Trump Administration Referred a Record Number of Leaks for Criminal Investigation
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