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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 …
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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 …
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  —  Shortly after Jan. 5, it became apparent that Congress was likely to pass legislation substantially bolstering economic relief provided in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
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 …
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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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 …
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Washington Post:
At the Capitol, a March 4 threat from militant Trump supporters proves a mirage
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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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
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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Cotton to block Garland's quick confirmation to lead Biden DOJ
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
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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Bloomberg:
UN Gets Embroiled in Myanmar Crisis as Junta Dismisses Sanctions  — Security Council meeting Friday will be a test for U.S., China  — Myanmar ambassador gave poignant speech, ‘Hunger Games’ salute  —  The United Nations has turned into another battleground over the military coup in Myanmar …
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Reuters:   Clash over Myanmar U.N. seat averted as diplomatic revolt against junta widens
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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Lee Drutman / FiveThirtyEight:
How Much Longer Can This Era Of Political Gridlock Last?
Discussion: The Federalist and The Floridian
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Kurt Bardella / USA Today:
‘China virus’ redux: For Trump and Republicans, it's open season on Asian Americans like me  —  Asian Americans are under siege.  It's 2021 and one of our major political parties is applauding the provocation of hate crimes against my community.  —  “China virus.”
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Washington Post:
As schools reopen, Asian American students are missing from classrooms
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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.”
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.
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 …
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 …
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.”
Just Security:
Just Security Obtains Overseas Troop Counts That the Pentagon Concealed from the Public  —  [A note from Just Security's Ryan Goodman and Kate Brannen: Last April, Just Security filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the Department of Defense (DoD) seeking U.S. troop numbers in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.
Discussion: Military Times
 
 
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Associated Press:
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Dave Zirin / The Nation:
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