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Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Wants To Outsource Stalling COVID Relief To Senate Clerks.  The Clerks Have A Plan.  —  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) proclaimed on Twitter Wednesday that he's “going to make the Senate clerk read the Democrats' $1.9 trillion bill.  All several hundred pages of it.”
Discussion: CNN, Fox News, The Hill, POLITICUSUSA and KYMA-TV
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Politico:
GOP pushes Murkowski to stay in line against Biden's Covid bill  —  Senate Republicans are leaning on Lisa Murkowski to reject President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion pandemic relief plan, hoping they can get unanimous GOP opposition and prevent Democrats from claiming the bill is bipartisan.
Discussion: Fox News, Washington Post and Daily Kos
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
Politico:
Biden's Covid aid bill advances in Senate
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 …
Discussion: HuffPost and Law & Crime
Ninette Sosa / KNWA FOX24:
Richard Barnett remains jailed, yells during court — 'I've been here a long time.  It's not fair'  —  WASHINGTON (KNWA/KFTA) — A Gravette man involved in the January 6 Capitol riot will have another status conference on May 4, a date set by U.S. District Court Judge Christopher R. Cooper.
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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Washington Post:
Texas family detention centers expected to transform into rapid-processing hubs
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart 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
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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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” …
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 …
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
Washington Post:
As schools reopen, Asian American students are missing from classrooms  —  It's happening in well-to-do Pakistani households in the suburbs of Washington and among Chinese restaurant workers in Philadelphia.  It's happening among weary Filipino nurses in Queens, Hmong refugee families …
Discussion: The Hill
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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.”
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 …
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: HotAir and Insider
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Congressman Dan Crenshaw on President Biden's “Diminished Cognitive Capacity.”  —  Congressman Dan Crenshaw joined me this morning, and didn't hold back in response to President Biden's slam on Texans being “Neanderthals.”:  —  Audio:  —  03-04hhs-crenshaw  —  Transcript:
Discussion: TheBlaze and HotAir
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 …
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Biden's midterm Morning in America  —  As a patriotic American, I have a dream, which has high odds of coming true.  —  As Americans and people around the world benefit from the gigantic surge of COVID-19 vaccinations that has begun and will grow exponentially through Spring …
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.
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
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 and The Intellectualist
 
 
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