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7:25 AM ET, March 5, 2021

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Just Rewrite the Senate Rules Already  —  As part of their ongoing effort to delay passage of the Democratic Covid-19 relief bill, Republicans are forcing Senate clerks to read the entire text aloud on the Senate floor.  The bill is around 600 to 700 pages long.
Discussion: NPR, Palmer Report and Axios
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Axios:
Harris breaks tie as Senate proceeds with lengthy debate on COVID relief bill
Discussion: New York Magazine and Bloomberg
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Senate Chamber Empties As Reading Of 628-Page Relief Bill Gets Underway
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
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Action on Stimulus Bill Halts as Senate Clerks Read All 628 Pages Aloud
Discussion: Insider and The Hill
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump's Georgia Rewrite  —  The former President is unhappy with us for recognizing reality.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Former Presidents and Vice Presidents have told us how psychologically difficult the early months of lost political power can be.
Discussion: TheBlaze, The Hill and Mediaite
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Steve Holland / Reuters:
Civil War: Trump attacks Republican strategist Rove, who fires back
Discussion: HuffPost and The Moderate Voice
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Appeal Rings Hollow at CPAC
Discussion: Washington Examiner and TheBlaze
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
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
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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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Haley Victory Smith / Washington Examiner:
eBay removing all listings of six canceled Dr. Seuss books
Chris Spargo / RADAR:
Bill Clinton ‘Bagman’ Doug Band Provides Evidence To Feds Investigating Ties To Epstein ‘Madam’ Ghislaine Maxwell  —  Bill Clinton's former body-man-turned-aide Doug Band has turned whistleblower in the federal sex trafficking investigation involving Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein …
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 …
Politico:
Biden backs new war powers vote in Congress, White House says  —  Facing a bipartisan push to sunset decades-old authorizations, the president will pursue “a narrow and specific framework” to rein in open-ended conflicts.  —  President Joe Biden intends to work with Congress to repeal …
Darryl Fears / Washington Post:
‘I...really struggled through this one’: A Republican senator chose history over oil and gas  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted to confirm Rep. Deb Haaland's nomination as the first Native American interior secretary  —  Rep. Deb Haaland's bid to become the first Native American interior secretary …
Politico:
GOP grapples with extremist episodes among its own  —  Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) speaks during a panel discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference held in Orlando, Fla. |  The House GOP's No. 3 leader recently urged Republicans to make clear they're not the party of white supremacy.
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Biden confronts mounting humanitarian crisis at the border  —  Just over a month into his presidency, President Biden is staring down a mounting crisis at the border that could be just as bad as the ones faced by Barack Obama and Donald Trump, if not worse.  —  Why it matters: Immigration is an issue that can consume a presidency.
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 …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: McCarthy struggles to manage Trump  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  After KEVIN MCCARTHY visited DONALD TRUMP at Mar-a-Lago in late January, the House minority leader released a picture of the two men smiling side by side.  The image — accompanied by a statement announcing Trump had …
Discussion: Insider
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.”
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 …
Discussion: Summit News
Zack Stanton / Politico:
The Rise of the Biden Republicans  —  There are unwritten rules that dictate how American politics works.  Former presidents shouldn't weigh in on quotidian partisan squabbles.  An incumbent senator shouldn't support a primary challenger running against a fellow incumbent.
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, Forbes and The Diplomat
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.
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 …
Brittny Mejia / Los Angeles Times:
Her journey from Guatemala to the U.S. ended with a crash near the border  —  Yesenia Magali Melendrez Cardona told her father she wanted to follow in his footsteps.  —  He had made the trek from Guatemala to the U.S. 15 years earlier in search of a new life.  In February, she left a job and her studies behind and headed north.
Discussion: Associated Press and Fox News
Marc Owen Jones / Middle East Eye:
Clubhouse: A new avenue of free speech, or yet another tool of repression?  —  It is not a question of ‘if’ the app will be coopted by Arab authoritarian regimes as a means of surveillance and control - it's a question of how quickly  —  Clubhouse is taking parts of the Arab world by storm.
U.S. Department of Justice:
White Supremacists Plead Guilty to Violent Crime in Aid of Racketeering  —  Two members of the Aryan Circle (AC) pleaded guilty this week to their roles in a violent assault of a man in October 2016.  —  Michael Martin, aka Aryan Prodigy, aka AP, 38, of Austin, Texas, and Bobby Dayle Boney …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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: WEB OF EVIL
 
 
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Sarah Mucha / Axios:
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Bloomberg:
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Jamie McIntyre / Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: Foreign Affairs and Politico
Politico:
Biden primary campaign staffers left waiting for administration jobs
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New York Times:
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Discussion: The Week, HuffPost and Vanity Fair
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
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Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Mediaite
Alex Ward / Vox:
An “emotional” moment at an NSC meeting shows why withdrawing from Afghanistan is so hard
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
He told the world about his brutal torture in Syria. Then, mysteriously, he went back.
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News' scrappy White House correspondent grills Biden, who plays along
BuzzFeed News:
Some Oath Keepers Say Its Founder Has Betrayed The Group's Mission — And Them
Ryan W. Miller / Yahoo News:
In ‘exceedingly rare’ case, Iowa journalist faces charges from reporting on summer protests
Discussion: The Intellectualist