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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 …
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Katie Benner / New York Times:
A midlevel member of the Trump State Dept. has been arrested on charges related to the Capitol attack.  —  The F.B.I. said on Thursday that it had arrested a former State Department aide on charges related to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, including unlawful entry, violent and disorderly conduct …
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
State Department aide appointed by Trump stormed the Capitol, beat police with a riot shield, FBI says  —  On Thursday, the FBI arrested a political appointee of former president Donald Trump on charges that he stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, according to a criminal complaint …
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 …
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.
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
While the Senate read the coronavirus relief bill, nearly 900 Americans may have died from the virus
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Senate Chamber Empties As Reading Of 628-Page Relief Bill Gets Underway
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
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.
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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
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Paul Gosar Spoke At A White Nationalist Conference.  The GOP Doesn't Care.  —  The congressman was the keynote speaker at a conference run by a virulent racist and anti-Semite.  HuffPost tried to find a Republican lawmaker to rebuke him.  —  Last week a sitting U.S. congressman delivered …
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Politico:   GOP grapples with extremist episodes among its own
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:   Paul Gosar: MTG In Lifts
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
A Leading Critic of Big Tech Is Expected to Join the White House  —  Tim Wu's appointment to the National Economic Council would signal a confrontational approach by the Biden administration.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden is expected to name Tim Wu, a Columbia University law professor …
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.
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Zack Stanton / Politico:
The Rise of the Biden Republicans
Discussion: Daily Torch
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 …
RJ Reinhart / Gallup:
U.S. Optimism About COVID-19 Situation Reaches New High  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — One year after the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the U.S., Americans have become markedly more upbeat in their views of the trajectory of the situation, and their worries about access to testing and medical supplies and services have eased.
Discussion: The Hill
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  —  President Joe Biden intends to work with Congress to repeal the war authorizations that have underpinned U.S. military operations across the globe for the past two decades and negotiate a new one that reins in the open-ended nature …
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 …
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 …
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.
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
50 years later, an historic act of civil disobedience in Delco is finally getting its due |  Will Bunch  —  On the night of March 8, 1971, or 50 years ago this Monday, a lot of things were going through Bonnie Raines' mind as she waited in a Media motel room that was a command hub for arguably …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Why is Joe Biden dodging the public and the press?  —  President Biden is not unlike Candidate Biden in terms of being largely hidden from the public and press.  Already, the decision by his team to limit his interactions with the media, while barely traveling outside the White House to address …
W. James Antle III / Washington Examiner:
Democrats hide radical ideas behind rosy bill titles  —  Congressional Democrats are baking some of their most controversial policy proposals into American-as-apple-pie bill titles as they try to enact a stridently liberal agenda with razor-thin majorities in both houses.
Melissa Weiss / Jewish Insider:
Matt Duss expected to remain on Bernie Sanders' staff  —  Amid new tweets critical of the Biden administration, Duss is now distributing a letter on Capitol Hill calling on the U.S. to pressure Israel on vaccines  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) foreign policy advisor Matt Duss …
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: Daily Kos, Insider and Mercury News
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
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.”
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 and Mediaite
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
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 …
CBS News:
You've been vaccinated — the CDC is finalizing guidance on what's safe for you to do  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is finalizing guidance aimed at clarifying what Americans who have received COVID-19 vaccines should and shouldn't do, according to two sources at the agency familiar with its drafting.
SBG San Antonio / KDBC:
Gov. Abbott to announce bill prohibiting social media companies from censoring viewpoints  —  SAN ANTONIO (WOAI/KABB) — Governor Greg Abbott will hold a press conference Friday, regarding a bill to prohibit social media companies from ‘censoring Texans’.  According to a press release …
Axios:
Harris breaks tie as Senate proceeds with lengthy debate on COVID relief bill  —  The Senate on Thursday voted 51-50 — with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie — to proceed to debate on President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package, likely setting up a final vote this weekend.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Bloomberg
Charles Creitz / Fox News:
Tale of two invasions: Ingraham says Dems ignore real border crisis while hyping threats to Capitol  —  Says Dems want Americans to believe Trump supporters are ‘ongoing threat to democracy’  —  In her “Ingraham Angle” commentary on Thursday, Laura Ingraham contrasted the two “invasions” …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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 …
 
 
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New York Times:
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Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
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U.S. Department of Justice:
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Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News' scrappy White House correspondent grills Biden, who plays along