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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.
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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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 …
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
The House Is Poised to Pass a Major Voting Rights Bill—and Create a Helluva Battle in the Senate
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 …
Politico:
D.C. National Guard chief: Pentagon dragged its feet on Jan. 6 backup
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
Washington Post:
Military reaction was ‘sprint speed,’ top officer says as Pentagon takes heat for Capitol riot response
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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Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Former White House physician, now congressman Ronny Jackson bullied staff, made sexual remarks, report says
Discussion: HotAir
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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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.
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  —  Experiment shows partisan framing does little to affect overall support for Democrats' plan  — 77% of voters backed the stimulus plan when its Democratic origin is not disclosed vs. 71% …
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.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   House GOP campaign chief: Not helpful for Trump to meddle in primaries
Ben Leonard / Politico:
NRCC chair cautions Trump against backing primary challenges for Republicans who voted to impeach
Discussion: National Review
Adam Rawnsley / The Daily Beast:
Trump Served With Civil Rights Lawsuit 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: The Daily Boulder and Raw Story
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Yahoo News:
Trump Served With Civil Rights Lawsuit After Capitol Riot
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Daily Beast
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
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Chris Buckley / New York Times:   ‘The East Is Rising’: Xi Maps Out China's Post-Covid Ascent
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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
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
Discussion: New Republic and Associated Press
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.
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Laura Edelson / Cybersecurity for Democracy:
Far-right news sources on Facebook more engaging
Discussion: CNN
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Senate Finance Committee split on HHS nominee Becerra in tie vote  —  Becerra's nomination will advance to the Senate pending a motion by Senate leadership  —  HHS pick Becerra grilled by GOP over abortion, health care experience  —  The Senate Finance Committee did not make a determination …
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: Fox News, Twitchy and Breitbart
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 …
Discussion: Forbes and Gizmodo, more at Techmeme »
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’  —  Rep. Shepherd thinks this chance to help kids get ready for kindergarten would do damage to the family unit.  —  BOISE, Idaho — March is Women's History Month …
Discussion: Raw Story
Chris Jewers / Agence France-Presse:
Denmark becomes the first European nation to tell Syrian refugees they must return home, saying the country is now safe  — Denmark has stripped 94 Syrian refugees in the country of residency permits  — The revocation of permits comes after Denmark deemed Damascus as safe
Des Moines Register:
Suspicious device found at Ankeny polling place confirmed as live pipe bomb  —  Melody Mercado Andrea May SahouriDes Moines Register  —  The suspicious device found near an Ankeny polling place Tuesday has been confirmed to be a live pipe bomb.  —  Lakeside Center, 400 NW Lakeshore Drive …
 
 
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Aris Roussinos / UnHerd:
Twilight of the American empire
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Biden Agrees to Narrow Eligibility for Stimulus Payments
Discussion: Bloomberg
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Kemp faces test with GOP-backed voting restrictions
Discussion: Popular Information and The Root
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
How Mike Lee Ditched Constitutional Conservatism for the Cult of Trump
Kevin Ambrose / Washington Post:
The cicadas are coming. Rising temperatures and thawing soils portend insect explosion.
Associated Press:
Analysis: Biden aims to manage expectations with pandemic
Discussion: HotAir
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Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
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Hope Yen / Associated Press:
US infrastructure gets C- from engineers as roads stagnate
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Maria Cramer / New York Times:
Wisconsin Hunters Kill Over 200 Wolves in Less Than 3 Days
Discussion: Althouse
Will Wilkinson / Model Citizen:
Against Child Hostages  —  Conditioning child benefits on work isn't required for a durable social compact.
Jason L. Riley / Wall Street Journal:
Why Did Amazon Cancel Justice Thomas?
Miguel Cardona / USA Today:
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona: Here is my five-point plan to get students back in school full time
Discussion: Politico, Eduwonk and ABC News