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10:20 AM 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.
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 …
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.
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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.
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
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Chris Buckley / New York Times:   ‘The East Is Rising’: Xi Maps Out China's Post-Covid Ascent
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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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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Houston Chronicle:
Abbott's COVID rollbacks were ‘like PTSD’ for Houston doctors, health experts  —  Houston-area doctors and medical professionals reacted with dismay to Gov. Greg Abbott's Tuesday decision to roll back the state's mask mandate and other precautions against COVID-19.
Discussion: The Texas Tribune and Insider
Washington Post:
Greg Abbott is endangering the health of Texas and beyond
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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Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
How Andrew Cuomo plans to buck calls to resign
Discussion: Power Line and The Other McCain
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
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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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” …
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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
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.
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: The Wrap and Rolling Stone
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Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
Cuomo Signed Law Lowering the Bar for Sexual Harassment  —  ‘Love Gov’ likely liable under new standards  —  Before he was accused of sexual harassment, New York governor Andrew Cuomo (D.) signed a bill that dramatically lowered the bar for proving harassment claims—a bar his accusers would almost certainly clear.
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Erin Durkin / Politico:
De Blasio's payback: New York mayor unloads on wounded Cuomo
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 …
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
DeSantis's rising GOP profile fuels 2024 talk  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has seen his star rise over the past year as Republicans look to him as a potential successor to former President Trump.  —  DeSantis's profile grew early on after he took his cue from Trump by not shutting …
Discussion: IJR
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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.
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.
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.
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Susan Collins Will Vote For Interior Secretary Nominee Deb Haaland  —  The Maine senator is the first Republican to support Biden's historic pick to lead the federal agency with oversight of public lands and tribal obligations.  —  Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) will vote to confirm interior …
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Bangor Daily News
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
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
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
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
US infrastructure gets C- from engineers as roads stagnate  —  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — America's infrastructure has scored near-failing grades for its deteriorating roads, public transit and storm water systems due to years of inaction from the federal government, the American Society of Civil Engineers reports.
Discussion: Al Jazeera
 
 
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Maria Cramer / New York Times:
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Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
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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: Joanne Jacobs and The Federalist
Washington Examiner:
The Equality Act must die in the Senate
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Feds Arrest White Supremacist Livestreamer in Dawn Raid, Rattling Supporters
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel, CBS Miami and Raw Story