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5:35 PM ET, March 3, 2021

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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
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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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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Mike Pence's Blueprint for Permanent Authoritarian Rule
Discussion: Washington Post and HotAir
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.
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Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Democrats Have Decided to Send Checks to Fewer People for No Actual Good Reason  —  After being badgered to death by moderate Senate Democrats, the Biden administration has agreed to put stricter limits on who will be eligible for a relief check as part of its big COVID recovery bill.
Discussion: Washington Post and Roll Call
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Joe Biden just yanked away stimulus checks from 17 million Americans
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 …
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Jim Jordan Under Scrutiny for Nearly $3 Million in Unreported Campaign Funds  —  “Jordan's campaign appears to have had systemic reporting problems over multiple years,” Brendan Fischer, director of reform at the Campaign Legal Center, told the Daily Beast.  —  This week, the campaign committee …
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: Tom Reed hiring team for New York governor run
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Cuomo, Contrite Over Sex Harassment Accusations, Refuses to Resign
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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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
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, WINK NEWS, Insider and Defense One
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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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Lin Wood Booted From Lawyers Club After Calling for Pence's Execution  —  OBJECTIONABLE  —  Pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood has been banished from a private lawyer's club in Atlanta after calling for former Vice President Mike Pence to face a firing squad.  Wood, who was behind several failed …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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 …
New York Times:
Biden Agrees to Narrow Eligibility for Stimulus Payments  —  Hosted by Michael Barbaro; produced by Stella Tan and Daniel Guillemette; edited by M.J. Davis Lin and Lisa Chow; and engineered by Corey Schreppel.  —  As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on President Biden's first major piece of legislation …
Discussion: Bloomberg and National Review
Martin Austermuhle / DCist:
Two Transformer Statues At Center Of Georgetown Debate  —  The fate of humanity may not exactly have been at stake, but still the battle was on.  —  On one side, Optimus Prime and Bumblebee.  On the other, a Georgetown Advisory Neighborhood Commission.  (Cue dramatic music.)
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 …
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 …
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.
Lis Power / Media Matters for America:
Fox News' Dr. Seuss obsession, by the numbers … If you watched Fox News yesterday, you'd think the most pressing news of the day was the supposed cancelation of Dr. Seuss.  The network devoted an hour and nine minutes of coverage to Dr. Seuss, more than twice as much as it gave …
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.
Justice News:
Marionville Man Indicted for Threatening Two Congressmen  —  SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A Marionville, Missouri, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for threatening two members of the U.S. House of Representatives.  —  Kenneth R. Hubert, 63, was charged in a three-count indictment returned under seal …
Discussion: Associated Press
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
Ross D. Franklin / KNXV:
Governor Ducey issues executive order requiring schools to offer in-person learning by March 15  —  file photo, Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey speaks prior to Vice President Mike Pence speaking at the “Latter-Day Saints for Trump” Coalition launch event in Mesa, Ariz. Republicans …
 
 
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Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Germany Places Far-Right AfD Party Under Surveillance for Extremism
Discussion: Politico, NPR and National File
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
‘Vial Of Death’: Louis Farrakhan Pushes Vaccine Conspiracy Theories In Videos Posted On Facebook, Twitter
Discussion: Final Call News
Anthony Adragna / Politico:
House Energy and Commerce leaders unveil sweeping climate change legislation
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Bloomberg:
Biden Says Abbott, Reeves Made ‘Big Mistake’ Ending Mask Mandate
Erin Donaghue / CBS News:
Hate crime bill introduced in Wyoming, one of three states without such laws
Discussion: The Hill
Adam Tooze / Chartbook:
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Aris Roussinos / UnHerd:
Twilight of the American empire
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Valentine Low / The Times:
Royal aides reveal bullying claim before Meghan's Oprah interview
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
The White House's use of Zoom for meetings raises China-related security concerns
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Politico:
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