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New York Times:
Inspector General's Report Cites Elaine Chao for Using Office to Help Family  —  The Justice Department under the Trump administration declined to open a criminal investigation into the actions by Ms. Chao when she was transportation secretary.  —  WASHINGTON — While serving …
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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.
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Bloomberg:
Trump Weighs 2024 White House Run Without Mike Pence, Allies Say
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Mike Pence's Blueprint for Permanent Authoritarian Rule
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
Biden's bungling anti-Trumpism starts to fray  —  “Orange man bad” is the leitmotif of Biden administration messaging and policymaking.  If you want to know what President Biden is doing, check what President Donald Trump did, and it'll either be the opposite or be presented that way.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Ezra Klein / New York Times:
Speak Softly, and Carry a Big Agenda
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Did the Pentagon wait for Trump's approval before defending the Capitol?  —  Three hours and 19 minutes.  —  That's how long it took from the first, desperate pleas for help from the Capitol Police to the Trump Pentagon on Jan. 6 until the D.C. National Guard finally received permission to help put down the bloody insurrection.
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Washington Post:
The Pentagon delayed three hours in sending troops on Jan. 6. It still hasn't given a good reason.
Discussion: Associated Press and NPR
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Schumer and his flip phone get their moment  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  A busy Wednesday night in the House:  —  H.R. 1 ... “House passes sweeping bill on election, government reforms,” by Sarah Ferris: “Nearly every Democrat voted for the bill, which includes a slew of ballot access …
Discussion: Washington Post, Bloomberg and CNN
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New York Times:
Capitol Police Warn of Threat on Thursday, and House Cancels the Day's Session
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Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Sole GOP vote on House police reform bill says he ‘accidentally pressed the wrong voting button’
Discussion: Mediaite, Townhall and Fox News
Washington Post:
House passes expansive policing overhaul bill named in honor of George Floyd
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
House Democrats pass sweeping elections bill as GOP legislatures push to restrict voting  —  The House late Wednesday night passed expansive legislation to create uniform national voting standards, overhaul campaign finance laws and outlaw partisan redistricting, advancing a centerpiece …
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Sarah Ferris / Politico:
House passes sweeping bill on election, government reforms
Discussion: National Review and NPR
BuzzFeed News:
David Brooks's Side Hustle Was Funded By Facebook And Jeff Bezos's Father  —  New York Times columnist David Brooks is drawing a second salary for his work on an Aspen Institute project funded by Facebook and other large donors — a fact he has not disclosed in his columns.
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.
John F. Harris / Politico:
Oh, Yeah, Now We Remember Why We Thought Andrew Cuomo Was a Jerk  —  For a quarter-century or so, anyone who hung around New York politics, or knew people who did, had a file full of anecdotes and impressions of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  To summarize the file: He was a talented and ambitious guy who was often a jerk.
Discussion: Axios and Fox News
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Stephanie Clegg / ITEP:
New Estimates on Senate's Slightly Revised Cash Payment … As the Senate takes up the COVID relief bill passed by the House last week, Senate Democrats have proposed to lower the income level at which the $1,400 cash payments would be phased out.  New estimates from ITEP demonstrate that …
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Asher Price / Austin American-Statesman:
3 out of 4 Abbott medical advisers say they were not consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate  —  Texas' top health official said Wednesday he did not speak with Gov. Greg Abbott before the governor announced Tuesday he would end his statewide mask order and “open Texas 100%.”
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Shawn Mulcahy / The Texas Tribune:
Three of Gov. Greg Abbott's four coronavirus medical advisers say they weren't directly consulted prior to lifting mask mandate
Discussion: Houston Public Media
Politico:
White House weighs minimum wage negotiations with Republicans  —  The White House is weighing whether to engage in talks with Republicans on a minimum wage hike once Congress passes its Covid relief bill, two sources with knowledge of their strategic thinking say.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The minimum-wage fiasco will hurt millions. But it will hit red states hardest.
Discussion: The Intellectualist and Breitbart
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Former Trump appointees say they're still waiting on their vacation payouts  —  A number of former Trump political appointees have still not received their lump-sum vacation payouts and required forms that are necessary to file for unemployment benefits as they face a tough job market in a Democratic Washington.
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Stoller / BIG:
Apple Threatens North Dakota, Suffers Crushing Loss in Arizona: “A Lot of It is Just Fear”  —  Facebook, Apple, Google do not obey the law.  Lawmakers know it.  —  4 hr ago  —  Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly and finance.  If you'd like to sign up, you can do so here.
The Guardian:
Brexit: Northern Ireland loyalist armies renounce Good Friday Agreement  —  Loyalist Communities Council warns of ‘strength of feeling’ over border checks but says protests about Northern Ireland Protocol should stay peaceful  —  A body that claims to represent loyalist paramilitary organisations …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Washington Post:
In Trump probe, Manhattan district attorney puts pressure on his longtime chief financial officer  —  The Manhattan district attorney is delving deeply into the personal and financial affairs of the chief financial officer for former president Donald Trump's company, probing the extent …
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.
Axios:
Here's how a single resignation, retirement or death could flip control of the 50-50 Senate  —  19 seats could potentially flip if there was an unexpected vacancy, according to state vacancy rules.
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.
Steve Israel / The Hill:
Republicans, please save your party  —  President Trump's address last weekend to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), in which he publicly identified his opponents, had all the charm and grace of another speech given in 1979, by Saddam Hussein, in Baghdad.
CNN:
Pediatrician: The pandemic is taking an alarming toll on children  —  How teens are coping with COVID-19's mental health crisis  —  Lee Savio Beers, MD, FAAP, is the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  The views expressed in this commentary belong to the author.  View more opinion at CNN.
Discussion: Ohio Capital Journal
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Extremists discussed plans to ‘remove Democratic lawmakers’: FBI-Homeland Security bulletin … The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI sent a joint intelligence bulletin to state and local law enforcement agencies late Tuesday warning that some domestic groups have …
 
 
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Ann Coulter:
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James Arkin / Politico:
Club for Growth endorses Mandel in Ohio GOP Senate primary
Meron Rapoport / +972 Magazine:
Israel denies COVID vaccine to Palestinian student at Tel Aviv University
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
US decision not to punish crown prince puts us in grave danger, Saudi exiles say
Discussion: Insider
Jason Rantz / MyNorthwest.com:
Rantz: Man calls 911 on self to ‘goad’ cops into George Floyd incident, reports Black man with gun
Tovia Smith / NPR:
‘Exit Counselors’ Strain To Pull Americans Out Of A Web Of False Conspiracies
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Mary Spicuzza / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
‘She wished that she had spoken up more’: Why a Madison woman's obituary asks people to donate to Ron Johnson's 2022 opponent
Katherine Clarke / Wall Street Journal:
Jeffrey Epstein's New York Townhouse to Sell for Roughly $50 Million
Erin Banco / Politico:
CDC delays guidelines for vaccinated people
Discussion: Insider and RedState
Washington Post:
Murkowski emerges as focus of Biden effort to find GOP support for his agenda
Discussion: HotAir, Politico and Fox News
Micah Lee / The Intercept:
Donald Trump's Gab Account Uses an Email Address Belonging to the Extremist Platform's CEO
Discussion: Raw Story