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1:40 PM ET, March 4, 2021


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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
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 …
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” …
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Daily Boulder and Raw Story
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.
John F. Harris / Politico:
Oh, Yeah, Now We Remember Why We Thought Andrew Cuomo Was a Jerk
Discussion: Townhall, Axios and Fox News
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
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 …
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:   'It's Not Fair!': Rioter Who Posed at Pelosi's Desk Loses It in Court
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
How covid hastened the decline and fall of the U.S.-China relationship  —  Donald Trump's victory in 2016 shattered a fragile understanding between Washington and Beijing and put the most important relationship of the 21st century in the hands of a novice.  Trump had attacked China …
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
WHO Investigators to Scrap Interim Report on Probe of Covid-19 Origins
Discussion: Forbes and The Daily Caller
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.”
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
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: and The Floridian
Susan Walsh / Real Clear Politics:
Idea Man Rubio Envisions a ‘Common Good’ GOP  —  This is the first in a series of occasional profiles on potential 2024 White House hopefuls.  —  In this economy, even a sitting United States senator can use a second job.  So Marco Rubio teaches every Friday at Florida International University.
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.
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
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
The National Pulse:
EXCLUSIVE: Politifact Founder Was “Journalist In Residence” At Chinese Communist Influence Group.  —  The U.S.-China Education Trust, which has collaborated with Chinese Communist Party propaganda fronts and trained journalist from state-run media outlets, counts involvement from “fact check” …
Washington Post:
Texas family detention centers expected to transform into rapid-processing hubs  —  The Biden administration is preparing to convert its immigrant family detention centers in South Texas into Ellis-Island-style rapid-processing hubs that will screen migrant parents and children with a goal …
Discussion: The Hill
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
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: Breitbart
Trump made Twitter the White House's spiked-ball cudgel.  Ron Klain wants to change that.  —  After four years in which the White House used Twitter as a tool to batter the media and knife political opponents, the Biden administration is trying a softer touch.
Discussion: NBC News
Alexandra S. Levine / Politico:
Klobuchar lines up first antitrust hearing  —  With help from Cristiano Lima, Leah Nylen, Mark Scott and John Hendel  —  Act on the news with POLITICO Pro.  —  QUICK FIX  — Klo's big plans: Senate Judiciary Antitrust Chair Amy Klobuchar will hold her first hearing one week from today …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Associated Press:
Businesses tied to Noem family got $600,000 in virus grants  —  PIERRE, S.D. — Family members of South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem received more than $600,000 in funds from a state grant program pushed by the governor that directed federal coronavirus relief funds to small businesses.
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
OSHA's Job Is Workplace Safety.  In the Covid-19 Pandemic, It Often Struggled.  —  Federal and state agencies conducted fewer inspections than in the past and often handled coronavirus complaints through no more than an exchange of letters, a Wall Street Journal investigation shows
Jonathan Guyer / American Prospect:
Business as Usual With Saudi Arabia Is Good for Business  —  Biden missed an opportunity to hold MBS truly accountable.  —  Consultants linked to Bidenworld have advised Saudi Arabia about MBS's most ostentatious vanity project.  —  It's only taken six weeks for major conflicts of interest to arise for President Biden.
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
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Discussion: Raw Story
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
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Jonathan Larsen / TYT Network:
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Kylie Atwood / CNN:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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