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5:55 PM ET, March 4, 2021

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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 …
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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Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
'It's Not Fair!':  Rioter Who Posed at Pelosi's Desk Loses It in Court  —  “This has been a bunch of crap,” Richard Barnett screamed on Thursday, as he complained that other Capitol rioters have been released from jail.  —  The self-described white nationalist who stormed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office …
Discussion: USA Today, HuffPost and Law & Crime
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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Cotton to block Garland's quick confirmation to lead Biden DOJ  —  Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) will slow down the confirmation of Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's pick to lead the Department of Justice.  —  In a series of tweets Wednesday evening, Cotton said that Garland refused …
Discussion: Raw Story and Breitbart
Politico:
Biden's Covid aid bill advances in Senate
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
QAnon has merged with white Christian envangelicals, experts say — and the results could be lethal  —  The House of Representatives has left Capitol Hill for the week, but the National Guard soldiers standing watch around a hardened post-insurrection security perimeter could have their work cut out for them today.
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Michelle Stoddart / ABC News:
Biden's 1st 100 days live updates: Biden sets sights on infrastructure
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
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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Priscilla Alvarez / CNN:
Texas Gov. Abbott stalled federal offer to test migrants then blamed them for spreading Covid  —  (CNN)Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is stalling efforts by the Biden administration to provide federal funds for Covid-19 tests for migrants released from custody, a senior Homeland Security official tells CNN.
Washington Post:
Texas family detention centers expected to transform into rapid-processing hubs
Discussion: Breitbart, The Hill and Rolling Stone
Gwynne Hogan / Gothamist:
“It's The Cuomo Way”: Former Staffers Describe Toxic Workplace Under Governor's Relentless Thumb  —  Sarah, a blonde woman in her twenties, won a fellowship to work in Governor Andrew Cuomo's office in 2013.  She was surprised when she was quickly invited by senior staffers to sit …
Discussion: HotAir and Insider
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Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
Cuomo's troubles put New York AG Tish James in the spotlight
Discussion: CNN, Bloomberg and Washington Post
Steven W. Thrasher / Scientific American:
Andrew Cuomo Should Resign
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 …
Washington Post:
As Senate rushes $1.9 trillion bill through Congress, Biden faces doubts over whether it's still the right package  —  The pandemic was exacting a brutal toll when, six days before his inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden first released his $1.9 trillion relief proposal.
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Brandon Gillespie / The Daily Caller:
Glenn Greenwald Says ‘I Consider Tucker Carlson To Be A Socialist’  —  Glenn Greenwald, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and co-founder of The Intercept, claimed Monday that Fox News host Tucker Carlson is “a socialist.”  —  Greenwald appeared on the Daily Caller's “Wall Street Meets Washington” …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Mediaite
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.
Dave Zirin / The Nation:
Kelly Loeffler Just Lost Her WNBA Team to a Player She Refused to Meet  —  A massive story just went down in Atlanta, if we take the time to acknowledge it.  —  By any measure, it should be the biggest story in sports: a franchise owner runs a racist Senate campaign, throwing their own Black players under the bus in the process.
Discussion: The Root
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 …
Anne Tergesen / Wall Street Journal:
Is Your Dog Fat?  Blame Covid  —  As people struggle with ‘Covid 15’ poundage increases, they're discovering their pets aren't far behind  —  Melissa Marion, 22, noticed her 4-year-old cavapoo Louie gaining weight last year when the neon vest the dog wears for nighttime walks became a little snug.
CBS News:
“QAnon Shaman” claims he wasn't attacking the country in first interview since Capitol riot arrest  —  Jacob Chansley, the man seen wearing face paint and a fur helmet with horns during the January 6 insurrection, tells 60 Minutes+ he was trying “to bring God back to the Senate.”
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jasmine Payoute / KSDK-TV:
'I'm angry and I'm hurt' |  Social media post shows 5 teachers holding up racial slur  —  It started as a game of human Scrabble.  The photo shows faculty from the Christian School District rearranging letters to form the word “coons”  —  O'FALLON, Mo. — The St. Charles County branch …
Michele Kambas / Reuters:
Cyprus to lift veil of secrecy with register of company owners  —  NICOSIA (Reuters) - Cyprus plans to launch a register in coming months identifying the owners of thousands of companies on the island, lifting a veil of secrecy on opaque and complex corporate structures that campaigners say can help criminals seeking to hide their loot.
Jaclyn Diaz / NPR:
Elaine Chao Used DOT Resources For Personal Errands, Family Business, IG Report Says  —  In her time as former President Donald Trump's transportation secretary, Elaine Chao repeatedly used her position and agency staff to help family members who run a shipping business with ties to China …
Sam Baker / Axios:
The danger of a fourth wave  —  The U.S. may be on the verge of another surge in coronavirus cases, despite weeks of good news.  —  The big picture: Nationwide, progress against the virus has stalled.  And some states are ditching their most important public safety measures even as their outbreaks are getting worse.
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Justice Amy Coney Barrett issues first Supreme Court opinion  —  The 7-2 decision dealt with a Freedom of Information Act exception  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for March 4  —  Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett authored her first merits decision in a case since joining the high court in October.
Lee Drutman / FiveThirtyEight:
How Much Longer Can This Era Of Political Gridlock Last?  —  Democrats may have a narrow majority in both the House and the Senate for the next two years, but it's nothing near the margin they hoped for.  And the likelihood that Democrats keep both the House and the Senate in 2022 are low …
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.
The COVID Tracking Project:
Our Final Week: This Week in COVID-19 Data, Mar 4  —  Tests are up, while cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue their declines.  We are at a crucial moment in the pandemic, with vaccinations ramping up but multiple variants of SARS-CoV-2 gaining footholds across the US.
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Republicans Won Blue-Collar Votes.  They're Not Offering Much in Return.  —  Party leaders want to capitalize on Donald Trump's appeal to the white working class.  But in recent weeks, they've offered very little to advance working people's economic interests.
CNN:
Once omnipresent Kushner now MIA from Trump's political pack  —  (CNN)As Donald Trump plotted his Conservative Political Action Conference appearance last week, and a broader, more-robust plan to return to politics as an omnipresent disruptor, one person was conspicuously absent from the confab.
USA Today:
Former LSU football coach Les Miles was banned from contacting female students after 2013 probe  —  Kenny Jacoby, Nancy Armour and Jessica LutherUSA TODAY  —  At the height of his fame as Louisiana State University's head football coach, Les Miles was accused of texting female students …
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Dave Levinthal / Insider:
Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski, a champion for transparency, failed to disclose dozens of stock transactions worth at least $671,000 in apparent violation of federal law … - Rep. Tom Malinowski's office blamed an “oversight” on his failure to disclose stock trades.
Discussion: Fox News
Joshua Nelson / Fox News:
Cuomo won't be getting Emmy for apology ‘performance,’ GOP assemblyman tells Harris Faulkner  —  Doug Smith calls for governor's impeachment, women to ‘share their stories’  —  NY State Assemblyman on Cuomo: 'It's time for us to pursue impeachment'  —  New York state lawmakers “must act” …
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
C.I.A. to Expand Havana Syndrome Inquiry
Politico:
Rick Scott gets no love from the MAGA-verse
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Congressman Dan Crenshaw on President Biden's “Diminished Cognitive Capacity.”
Discussion: HotAir and TheBlaze
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Biden's midterm Morning in America
Washington Post:
As schools reopen, Asian American students are missing from classrooms
Discussion: The Hill
Sam Mellins / The Appeal:
In Manhattan D.A. Race, Momentum Builds to Decriminalize Sex Work
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Yablon / New Republic:
The Deficit Hawks That Make Moderate Democrats Cower
Discussion: New York Times
Susan Walsh / Real Clear Politics:
Idea Man Rubio Envisions a ‘Common Good’ GOP
Discussion: RedState
Associated Press:
Businesses tied to Noem family got $600,000 in virus grants
Discussion: The Intellectualist and Raw Story
Adam Beam / WFAA-TV:
125 people got $500 per month free for 2 years. Here's what happened.
Discussion: Washington Post
Axios:
Here's how a single resignation, retirement or death could flip control of the 50-50 Senate