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Wall Street Journal:
Cuomo Advisers Altered Report on Covid-19 Nursing-Home Deaths  —  Changes resulted in a significant undercount of the death toll attributed to long-term-care facility residents  —  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's top advisers successfully pushed state health officials to strip a public report …
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New York Times:
Cuomo Aides Rewrote Nursing Home Report to Hide Higher Death Toll  —  The intervention was the earliest action yet known in an effort by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo that concealed how many nursing home residents died in the pandemic.  —  Top aides to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo were alarmed …
Evan Perez / CNN:
Federal investigators are examining communications between US lawmakers and Capitol rioters  —  (CNN)Federal investigators are examining records of communications between members of Congress and the pro-Trump mob that attacked the US Capitol, as the investigation moves closer …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot  —  The FBI on Thursday arrested Federico Klein, a former State Department aide, on charges related to the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, marking the first known instance of an appointee of President Donald Trump facing criminal prosecution …
CNN:
Ron Johnson at the center of the storm: ‘People are out to destroy me’  —  Bash: This is why key GOP senator is fighting Biden's stimulus  —  (CNN)Sen. Ron Johnson seems to be relishing his place at the center of the controversies dominating Washington.  —  For two months …
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Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Senate Chamber Empties As Reading Of 628-Page Relief Bill Gets Underway  —  Senators vanished from the U.S. Senate chamber on Thursday as clerks begin reading the upper house's 628-page coronavirus relief bill, with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), who objected to waiving its reading as a way to delay the process …
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   While the Senate reads the coronavirus relief bill, nearly 1,400 Americans may die from the virus
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
The man who put his feet up on a desk in Pelosi's office during the Capitol riot throws a tantrum in court.  —  Richard Barnett, the Arkansas man charged with breaking into Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office and stealing her mail during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, threw a tantrum during …
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Jeffrey A.Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Dr. Seuss Books Deemed Offensive Will Be Delisted From eBay  —  E-commerce giant says it ‘is currently sweeping our marketplace to remove these items’  —  Online marketplace eBay Inc. said it is working to prevent the resale of six Dr. Seuss books that were pulled earlier this week …
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Haley Victory Smith / Washington Examiner:
eBay removing all listings of six canceled Dr. Seuss books  —  Online retailer eBay is removing several Dr. Seuss books from its website that are no longer being published.  —  A spokeswoman for the website told the Washington Examiner on Thursday that it would no longer be allowing sellers …
Politico:
Biden World gives a shoulder shrug to the raging culture wars  —  There's a war on The Muppets.  And “The Cat and the Hat!”  —  But Biden is busy.  He has no time for all that.  —  Over the past few weeks, Republicans have simmered over the “cancellation” of seemingly innocent family favorites …
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:   “Cat in the Hat” puts cash in the bank for GOP
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
What Does National Security Even Mean Anymore, After January 6th and the Pandemic?  —  Talking threats, foreign and domestic, with Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  —  Donald Trump's image was flickering on the oversized TV screen in the private cabin of the Air Force jet …
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Alex Ward / Vox:
An “emotional” moment at an NSC meeting shows why withdrawing from Afghanistan is so hard
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Bloomberg
Axios:
Scoop: Leaked HHS docs spotlight Biden's child migrant dilemma  —  Fresh internal documents from the Department of Health and Human Services show how quickly the number of child migrants crossing the border is overwhelming the administration's stretched resources.
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Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News' scrappy White House correspondent grills Biden, who plays along  —  Whenever President Biden leaves a stage or lectern after an appearance in front of the media, the last voice viewers hear usually belongs to Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Glenn Greenwald Says Tucker Carlson Is a True Socialist  —  Glenn Greenwald's long intellectual journey from center left to far left to, well, somewhere is a subject of fascination in elite circles.  Greenwald comes out of a tradition of progressive journalism that focused primarily …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Brandon Gillespie / The Daily Caller:
Glenn Greenwald Says ‘I Consider Tucker Carlson To Be A Socialist’
Discussion: Mediaite
Washington Post:
At the Capitol, a March 4 threat from militant Trump supporters proves a mirage  —  On the day when former President Donald Trump's most delusional supporters swore he would return to power — and the House suspended its business because of supposed threats to the U.S. Capitol …
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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Cotton to block Garland's quick confirmation to lead Biden DOJ
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Trump tells Fox News to fire ‘pompous fool’ Karl Rove  —  Former President Donald Trump issued a 700-word statement on Thursday complaining about Fox News analyst Karl Rove.  —  “Karl Rove has been losing for years, except for himself,” Trump began.  —  “Karl Rove's voice on Fox is always negative for those who know how to win.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
‘Nobody Is in Charge’: Capitol's Secretive Police Board Faces Overhaul After Riot  —  Top lawmakers say the Capitol Police Board, which is beholden to House and Senate leaders, needs significant changes after the security failures of Jan. 6.  —  WASHINGTON — The congressional inquiry …
Brendan J. Lyons / Albany Times Union:
Cuomo's office ignored rules governing sexual harassment investigations  —  There was no referral of woman's sexual harassment allegations as required under 2018 executive order  —  ALBANY — A former female aide's allegations that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had sexually harassed her last year …
Discussion: New York Post
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Michael Ruiz / Fox News:
Cuomo accuser Charlotte Bennett discusses allegations in CBS interview: ‘He felt like he was untouchable’
Zack Stanton / Politico:
The Rise of the Biden Republicans  —  The pollster who identified “Reagan Democrats” in the 1980s sees the emergence of a mirror image voting bloc.  And it spells trouble for a GOP dominated by Trump.  —  There are unwritten rules that dictate how American politics works.
Giovanni Russonello / New York Times:
QAnon Proves Its Resilience  —  Worries about an enduring, violent conspiracy theory rise anew.  —  Tumbleweeds blew through the House chambers today, after Speaker Nancy Pelosi moved a major vote to Wednesday night, so that lawmakers could skip town a day early.
Discussion: FOX 2, Raw Story and WINK NEWS
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Those fever scanners that everyone is using to fight covid can be wildly inaccurate, researchers find  —  A flood of thermal scanners hit the market last year with promises to detect the signs of possible infection.  But many of the devices use software that can make a feverish person appear perfectly well.
Discussion: The Intercept
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Fox News will be ‘loyal opposition’ against Biden, Fox CEO says  —  Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch said Thursday it is the job of Fox News to serve as the opposition to the Biden administration, stating clearly the political biases of a network that until 2017 billed itself as “fair and balanced.”
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Trump Appointee At VOA Parent Paid Law Firm Millions To Investigate His Own Staff  —  Last summer, an appointee of former President Donald Trump was irate because he could not simply fire top executives who had warned him that some of his plans might be illegal.
Ryan W. Miller / Yahoo News:
In ‘exceedingly rare’ case, Iowa journalist faces charges from reporting on summer protests  —  The trial of a Des Moines Register reporter who was  —  arrested covering racial justice protests last summer is slated to begin next week in what experts said is a rare criminal prosecution of a journalist on assignment in the USA.
Discussion: The Intellectualist
HuffPost:
Republicans Who Voted To Overturn Election Say Congress Should Stay Out Of Elections  —  GOP lawmakers didn't care about leaving elections to the states when they tried to hand victory to Trump on Jan. 6.  —  A stunning 147 Republicans in Congress voted to overturn the results …
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
He told the world about his brutal torture in Syria.  Then, mysteriously, he went back.  —  Videos by Marzena Skubatz  —  LONDON — With his gaunt frame, haunted face and copious tears, Mazen al-Hamada became a poster boy for the suffering of Syrian torture victims.
Hartford Courant:
Connecticut dramatically rolls back COVID restrictions, allowing full indoor dining, increased entertainment and sports capacity; travel ban lifted  —  Gov. Ned Lamont on Thursday announced that he will roll back pandemic-related restrictions in Connecticut starting March 19 …
Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. blocked Myanmar junta attempt to empty $1 billion New York Fed account - sources  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Myanmar's military rulers attempted to move about $1 billion held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York days after seizing power on Feb. 1, prompting U.S. officials …
Discussion: Bloomberg
New York Times:
Elaine Chao's Mix of Work and Family Drew Early Ethics Scrutiny  —  An inspector general's report provided new details of how ethics lawyers at the Transportation Department raised flags starting in 2017 about efforts to promote her family and its shipping business.
Discussion: The Week, Vanity Fair and HuffPost
BuzzFeed News:
Some Oath Keepers Say Its Founder Has Betrayed The Group's Mission — And Them  —  “Like a moth to the flame,” one former Oath Keeper said of founder Stewart Rhodes.  “He flies in, throws up a PayPal, and then disappears.”  —  Copy  —  In a recent indictment of nine people who stormed …
Grant Stern / Occupy Democrats:
Florida's governor in hot water over alleged vaccine-for-campaign cash scandal  —  In a shocking, but hardly surprising report, the Republican Governor of Florida got caught selling vaccines to some of the state's wealthiest country club residents while those who don't donate …
Josh Barro / Insider:
COVID advice needs to be hopeful and realistic — and needs to tell people vaccines allow less restriction … - Texas and Mississippi are lifting COVID restrictions too soon.  — To get people to wait, you need to level with them about how long they'll be waiting.
Discussion: HotAir
Nick Storm / The Intercept:
Mitch McConnell Working With Kentucky Legislature on Senate Exit Strategy … Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has compiled a short list of successors in his home state of Kentucky, preparing for the possibility that he does not serve out his full term, Kentucky Republicans tell The Intercept.
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Volatility Is the New Normal  —  Many of us are wondering if this last year — one of the most tumultuous and consequential in American history — and the last four years of constant political turmoil were ‘outliers’ or if they represent the new normal.  —  A challenge for those of us …
 
 
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Sam Mellins / The Appeal:
In Manhattan D.A. Race, Momentum Builds to Decriminalize Sex Work
Michele Kambas / Reuters:
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Associated Press:
Businesses tied to Noem family got $600,000 in virus grants
Discussion: The Intellectualist and Raw Story
CBS News:
“QAnon Shaman” claims he wasn't attacking the country in first interview since Capitol riot arrest