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4:25 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.
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 …
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Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Police uncover ‘possible plot’ by militia to breach Capitol  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Police say they have intelligence showing a “possible plot” by a militia group to breach the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, nearly two months after a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed …
Washington Post:
Military reaction was ‘sprint speed,’ top officer says as Pentagon takes heat for Capitol riot response
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
Discussion: Palmer Report and Crooks and Liars
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.
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.
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Nick Arama / RedState:
Designer of CPAC Stage, Accused of Looking Like Nazi Symbol, Is Identified, Kicker Is Who They Are and For Whom They've Worked  —  We reported on the crazy leftist conspiracy theory that the CPAC stage was somehow a Nazi symbol.  —  Liberals flipped out, went after the CPAC organizers and Hyatt for hosting …
Discussion: HotAir
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
The House Is Poised to Pass a Major Voting Rights Bill—and Create a Helluva Battle in the Senate  —  Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.  —  With a supercharged assault on voting rights …
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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 …
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.
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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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: Tom Reed hiring team for New York governor run  —  Republican Rep. Tom Reed has begun hiring staffers to work on a campaign for governor of New York, a clear sign he's nearing a bid, Axios has learned.  —  Why it matters: The drama surrounding incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo has created an opening for challengers.
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Bridget Read / The Cut:
‘I Really Believe the Senate Is Broken’  —  For a fleeting few weeks, it seemed as though the Democratic establishment was really going to fight for a $15 federal minimum wage.  It is an incredibly popular policy proposal, one that would lift over a million Americans out of poverty and boost the economy.
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Morning Consult:
Broad, Bipartisan Support for $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Package Persists as Senate Gears Up to Tackle Bill
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 …
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Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:   Jim Jordan Under Scrutiny for Nearly $3 Million in Unreported Campaign Funds
Bloomberg:
Trump Weighs 2024 White House Run Without Mike Pence, Allies Say  — Pence drew Trump's ire by not rejecting Biden electoral votes  — Former president has said he's considering another run in 2024  —  Donald Trump is telling allies he's strongly considering another run for president in 2024 …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Served With Civil Rights Suit After Capitol Riot  —  Attorneys for Rep. Bennie Thompson and the NAACP have served the former president at his Mar-a-Lago club with a lawsuit filed in February.  —  Attorneys for Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and the NAACP have served former President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Boulder
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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 …
Annie Lowrey / The Atlantic:
Stockton's Basic-Income Experiment Pays Off  —  Two years ago, the city of Stockton, California, did something remarkable: It brought back welfare.  —  Using donated funds, the industrial city on the edge of the Bay Area tech economy launched a small demonstration program …
Discussion: The Hill, Insider and Defense One
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Nicholas Rowan / Washington Examiner:
Becerra downplayed China's abuses as a ‘different perspective’ on human rights  —  President Biden's pick to lead his Health and Human Services Department once downplayed China's human rights abuses amid a push to expand trade with the communist country.  —  As a California congressman in 1997 …
Discussion: HotAir and The Federalist
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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
The Billionaire Behind the Biggest U.S. Tax Fraud Case Ever Filed  —  Prosecutors accused Robert Brockman, a litigious, sometimes penny-pinching software entrepreneur, of hiding $2 billion from the Internal Revenue Service  —  More than 20 years ago, a group of former salesmen …
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
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Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
CNN has a Cuomo problem
Jim Saksa / Roll Call:
Cafe au yay: Cups to reopen in April  —  We all have our own watershed moments, the events that delineate life before coronavirus and the waking nightmare after.  For some, it was when the NBA suddenly sent home fans on March 11.  For others, it was when news broke that Tom Hanks had COVID-19.
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
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
My Cuomo ‘Crush’ Turned Out to Be Stockholm Syndrome  —  MY WORST TAKE … Hindsight is 20/20, but let's remember how scary and opaque the world was a year ago and what a relief it was to have someone who wasn't Trump projecting competence. … In my 42 years I've had the privilege …
Discussion: HotAir, Fox News, Breitbart and Twitchy
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Zero COVID Risk Is the Wrong Standard  —  Oregon governor Kate Brown has been fighting to reopen the state's schools, some 80 percent of which remain fully remote.  Her efforts included providing schools with masks, testing, and ventilation, and giving teachers access to vaccines.
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.
Valentine Low / The Times:
Royal aides reveal bullying claim before Meghan's Oprah interview … Royal aides have hit back at the Duchess of Sussex before her television interview with Oprah Winfrey by revealing that she faced a bullying complaint made by one of her closest advisers during her time at Kensington Palace.
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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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
‘Vial Of Death’: Louis Farrakhan Pushes Vaccine Conspiracy Theories In Videos Posted On Facebook, Twitter
Discussion: Final Call News
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Biden calls on all states to vaccinate teachers by end of March
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Anthony Adragna / Politico:
House Energy and Commerce leaders unveil sweeping climate change legislation
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Larry Hogan / Fox News:
Open the damn schools - Biden must send this message loud and clear
Discussion: Forbes
Adam Tooze / Chartbook:
Chartbook Newsletter #15  —  Talking (and reading) about Bitcoin  —  I was forced to talk about bitcoin this week.
Aris Roussinos / UnHerd:
Twilight of the American empire
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Biden Agrees to Narrow Eligibility for Stimulus Payments
Discussion: Bloomberg
 Earlier Items: 
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
How Mike Lee Ditched Constitutional Conservatism for the Cult of Trump
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’
Discussion: Raw Story
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Column: After Nancy Pelosi, who? San Francisco plays a guessing game
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
Former Parler CEO Matze Stripped Of All Company Shares Upon Firing, Sources Say
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