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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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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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: HuffPost
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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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.
Discussion: NBC News
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Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Hard and Soft Threats to Democracy  —  Conspiracy theorists and militia threats led the House of Representatives to abandon its work.  —  Today should be a typical Thursday in Washington, or at least as typical as COVID permits.  But on Capitol Hill, security threats have resulted …
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Did the Pentagon wait for Trump's approval before defending the Capitol?
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” …
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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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
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
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
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.
Steven W. Thrasher / Scientific American:
Andrew Cuomo Should Resign  —  The sexual harassment charges are bad enough, but the man the media crowned “America's Governor” last year needlessly let thousands of New Yorkers die from COVID  —  The first charge of a state governor should be to keep as many of their constituents alive as possible, especially during times of crisis.
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John F. Harris / Politico:
Oh, Yeah, Now We Remember Why We Thought Andrew Cuomo Was a Jerk
Discussion: Townhall, Axios and Fox News
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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Wall Street Journal:
WHO Investigators to Scrap Interim Report on Probe of Covid-19 Origins  —  U.S.-China tensions rise over investigation as group of scientists presses for fresh inquiry, including into lab escape theory  —  BEIJING—A World Health Organization team investigating the origins of Covid-19 …
Discussion: Forbes, Breitbart and The Daily Caller
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
How covid hastened the decline and fall of the U.S.-China relationship
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
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.
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 …
Kyle Iboshi / KGW-TV:
Feds quietly dismiss dozens of Portland protest cases  —  KGW found 31 of 90 protest cases have been dismissed by the U.S. Department of Justice, despite warnings there would be “consequences for acts of violence.”  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — Federal prosecutors have dismissed more than one-third …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: USA Today
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.”
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 …
Discussion: The Floridian
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: Insider
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: The Intellectualist and Raw Story
CNN:
Trump election fraud investigation in Georgia enters new phase with grand jury set to be seated  —  Atlanta (CNN)A criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia is set to intensify this week, as a grand jury convenes …
Sam Mellins / The Appeal:
In Manhattan D.A. Race, Momentum Builds to Decriminalize Sex Work  —  Most candidates running in the June election for DA say they would not prosecute cases involving consensual sex work, a striking sign of local activists' success.  —  This article is published as part of a partnership between …
Wall Street Journal:
A Military Strike in Syria Shows Biden Team at Work  —  ‘You own the clock,’ president was told by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.  But last-minute intelligence forced a change in plans.  —  WASHINGTON—After 10 days of deliberations, President Biden had ordered the Pentagon to conduct airstrikes …
William Murchison / The Spectator:
Glory Hallelujah for Texas!  —  Gov. Greg Abbott takes a calculated gamble on we, the people against the experts  —  Even in the quick-as-a-wink world of democratic politics, where calculations change at slot-machine speed, you can feel major moments growling and growing.
Discussion: Althouse and CNN
Alex Yablon / New Republic:
The Deficit Hawks That Make Moderate Democrats Cower  —  This week, the first true headline-grabbing legislative battle of the Biden administration and the Democratic Congress has begun as the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package takes center stage in the Senate.
Discussion: New York Times
Adam Beam / WFAA-TV:
125 people got $500 per month free for 2 years.  Here's what happened.  —  The real-world experiment in one U.S. city gave 125 people $500 per month with no rules on how to spend it.  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif — Editor's note: The video above was published July 1, 2020.
Discussion: Washington Post
Politico:
The one place House Republicans want to be Trump-free  —  Republicans have a message for Donald Trump: stay out of our primary races.  —  As Trump ramps up his revenge tour against the House Republicans who voted to impeach him, GOP lawmakers are sounding the alarm that his attempts to meddle …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Raw Story and Political Wire
 
 
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Washington Post:
As schools reopen, Asian American students are missing from classrooms
Discussion: The Hill
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Russian State TV Is Really Missing Trump Now Biden's Sanctions Hit Over Navalny
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Susan Walsh / Real Clear Politics:
Idea Man Rubio Envisions a ‘Common Good’ GOP
The National Pulse:
EXCLUSIVE: Politifact Founder Was “Journalist In Residence” At Chinese Communist Influence Group.
Jonathan Larsen / TYT Network:
Legal Documents Show Manchin Has Stakes in Companies That Pay Less Than $15 an Hour
Politico:
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Kylie Atwood / CNN:
Senior diplomatic security official removed from Afghanistan role after declaring ‘death of America’ when Trump lost election
Discussion: Raw Story
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Alexandra S. Levine / Politico:
Klobuchar lines up first antitrust hearing
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Associated Press:
Businesses tied to Noem family got $600,000 in virus grants
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
As Online Shopping Surged, Amazon Planned Its New York Takeover
The New York Times Company:
Honors for Doug Mills
Politico:
Trump made Twitter the White House's spiked-ball cudgel. Ron Klain wants to change that.
Discussion: NBC News
Steve Israel / The Hill:
Republicans, please save your party