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6:35 PM ET, March 4, 2021

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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 …
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
Andrew Solender / Forbes:   Senate Chamber Empties As Reading Of 628-Page Relief Bill Gets Underway
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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Priscilla Alvarez / CNN:
Texas Gov. Abbott stalled federal offer to test migrants then blamed them for spreading Covid  —  (CNN)Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is stalling efforts by the Biden administration to provide federal funds for Covid-19 tests for migrants released from custody, a senior Homeland Security official tells CNN.
Washington Post:
Texas family detention centers expected to transform into rapid-processing hubs
Discussion: Breitbart, The Hill and Rolling Stone
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
QAnon has merged with white Christian envangelicals, experts say — and the results could be lethal  —  The House of Representatives has left Capitol Hill for the week, but the National Guard soldiers standing watch around a hardened post-insurrection security perimeter could have their work cut out for them today.
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Michelle Stoddart / ABC News:
Biden's 1st 100 days live updates: Biden sets sights on infrastructure
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
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  —  Online retailer eBay is removing several Dr. Seuss books from its website that are no longer being published.  —  A spokeswoman for the website told the Washington Examiner on Thursday that it would no longer be allowing sellers …
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
Cuomo's troubles put New York AG Tish James in the spotlight  —  A woman who was once seen as an ally of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has become one of the main threats to his hold on power.  —  Letitia “Tish” James, the state's attorney general, is currently leading an investigation into
Discussion: CNN, Associated Press and Bloomberg
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Gwynne Hogan / Gothamist:
“It's The Cuomo Way”: Former Staffers Describe Toxic Workplace Under Governor's Relentless Thumb
Discussion: HotAir and Insider
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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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 Federalist and The Floridian
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Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:   Volatility Is the New Normal  —  Many of us are wondering if this last year …
Tom Tapp / Deadline:
Newsom Wants Californians To Wear 2 Masks; Will Not Follow “Terrible Mistake” Being Made Texas, Florida  —  “We will be doubling down on mask wearing,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday, “not arguing to follow the example of Texas and other states that I think are making a terrible mistake.”
Discussion: The Hill and California Governor
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William Murchison / The Spectator:
Glory Hallelujah for Texas!
Discussion: Althouse
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.
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.
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” …
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 …
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.”
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
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.”
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: Big League Politics and Raw Story
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 …
The COVID Tracking Project:
Our Final Week: This Week in COVID-19 Data, Mar 4  —  Tests are up, while cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue their declines.  We are at a crucial moment in the pandemic, with vaccinations ramping up but multiple variants of SARS-CoV-2 gaining footholds across the US.
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.
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.
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.
USA Today:
Former LSU football coach Les Miles was banned from contacting female students after 2013 probe  —  Kenny Jacoby, Nancy Armour and Jessica LutherUSA TODAY  —  At the height of his fame as Louisiana State University's head football coach, Les Miles was accused of texting female students …
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.
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 …
Reuters:
Western powers scrap plan for IAEA rebuke of Iran to make space for talks  —  VIENNA/PARIS (Reuters) - Britain, France and Germany have scrapped a U.S.-backed plan for the U.N. nuclear watchdog to criticise Iran for reducing cooperation with its inspectors, in a bid to avoid escalation …
 
 
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Politico:
Rick Scott gets no love from the MAGA-verse
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Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Congressman Dan Crenshaw on President Biden's “Diminished Cognitive Capacity.”
Discussion: HotAir and TheBlaze
Washington Post:
As schools reopen, Asian American students are missing from classrooms
Discussion: The Hill
Sam Mellins / The Appeal:
In Manhattan D.A. Race, Momentum Builds to Decriminalize Sex Work
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Jaclyn Diaz / NPR:
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Susan Walsh / Real Clear Politics:
Idea Man Rubio Envisions a ‘Common Good’ GOP
Discussion: RedState
Associated Press:
Businesses tied to Noem family got $600,000 in virus grants
Discussion: The Intellectualist and Raw Story
Axios:
Here's how a single resignation, retirement or death could flip control of the 50-50 Senate